Newberry Seminar on Religion and Culture in the Americas - Friday, April 6, 2018

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April 6, 2018
Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
Religious Studies and Theology, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Borderlands


Newberry Seminar: Religion and Culture in the Americas

Sponsors: Albion College, the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Wheaton College.


Friday, April 6, 2018 / 3:00pm to 5:00pm / Room B-84

The Newberry Library / 60 West Walton Street / Chicago IL 60610



The Lynching of the Impious: Violence, Politics, and Religion in Mexico (1930s-1960s)

Gema Santamaría, Visiting Fellow, University of Notre Dame


This paper traces the weight of religion in the organization and legitimation of lynching and other expressions of collective violence, such as riots and vigilante killings, in twentieth-century Mexico. In particular, it seeks to address the two following questions: What makes these forms of collective violence religious? What is the entanglement between politics, power, and religion and why does it matter in order to understand how religious violence unfolds.

Respondent: Paul Gillingham, Northwestern University


Newberry Scholarly Seminar papers are pre-circulated electronically. For a copy of the paper, email Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend.