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Emotions, Bodies, Experience

Session Chair: Georgia Petridou | Tuesday, August 25, 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Venue

Brian Bantugan

From the outside in: Homosexual lay servants within the Catholic Church

The study investigated five homosexuals serving a selected Catholic parish in Metro Manila through direct observation, survey, and one-on-one interview. With the help of Stuart Hall’s conceptualization of cultural identity as an endless process of identification, it was found that the young adult homosexuals possess widely differing family circumstances but were all passionate about their engagement in the Church, with most of them starting early in life. Desiring security, and a supportive community as an agent and object of agency, they expect the Catholic Church to address their unique needs and help expand the space that acknowledges their agency. They experience spiritual growth as a result of having received love and respect, finding prospects for redemption and flourishing though limited human beings, and creating friendships and equal opportunities for other people, especially homosexuals like them.

Catherine Hinault

From Cloistered Asceticism to Callisthenics : the Emergence of a Protestant Health Ethic among French Canadians of Evangelical Obedience in late 19th - early 20th century Quebec

In the heyday of French-speaking Protestantism in Quebec (1880-1920), French Canadian Protestants, together with some of their liberal-minded Catholic – at least nominally – French Canadian "close connections," used L’Aurore, the interdenominational French Protestant weekly, as a soapbox to advance the reformation of French Canadian society, which they viewed as fettered by clerico-nationalism of the ultramontane variety and thus enfeebled, among other ills, by toxic Catholic representations of the body. Using hygienic teachings, an integral part of Anglo-Protestant late 19th-century culture, as their main battering ram, they endeavoured to push back the walls of this Catholic habitus while carrying out an attitudinal reterritorialization of the body complete with Muscular Christianity, prophylaxis, Temperance, or homeopathy. As well as being a projecting screen for modernist aspirations fleshed out by a Protestant ethos, the French Protestant body appeared at times geared up to become some sort of "cultural capital," as envisaged by Bourdieu.

Lukas Pokorny

‘Living in Cheon Il Guk’: Millenarian Dynamics in the Post-Mun Unification Movement

On 3 September 2012, Mun Sŏn-myŏng, the founder and unconditional leader of the world-spanning Unification Movement (UM), passed away aged 92 years. His demise heralded organisational, personnel and theological realignment, and concomitant apprehension of impending decline. Under his wife’s tutelage, the UM has perpetuated its millenarian pursuit, aligning the adherents to the next presumable historic caesura, auspiciously called ‘Vision 2020’, after the completion of ‘Foundation Day’, that is, the ‘last act’ of God’s ‘providence of restoration’ as envisioned by Mun. Drawing on a variety of primary sources and numerous interviews and personal conversations with adherents from East Asia, Europe and the United States, this paper sheds light on the latest historical and, especially, doctrinal developments in the UM after the demise of its founder.


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