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Becoming Small ‘Big Men’: Charismatic Pastorship in Ghana

Becoming Small ‘Big Men’: Charismatic Pastorship in Ghana
Speaker: Dr Karen Lauterbach # University of Copenhagen
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8th Mar 2017 16:00 - 8th Mar 2017 17:30
Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, Ground floor, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square

In this seminar Karen Lauterbach will talk about pastorship as a pathway to becoming small ‘big men’ and how people in subordinate positions seek to join power. The analysis integrates historical, social and religious dimensions of how power and wealth are conceptualised and legitimized in the Asante context of Ghana. The focus is on the many mid-level aspiring pastors and spiritual leaders that are at the center of the Pentecostal and charismatic movement in Africa. In the seminar the current expressions of charismatic Christianity are historicized, and seeks to bring the role of religion and belief to bear on our understanding of how wealth and power function more broadly in society.

The seminar is based on Karen Lauterbach’s recently published monograph ’Christianity, Wealth, and Spiritual Power in Ghana’, published by Palgrave Macmillan 2017.

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