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Religious studies professor Scott lectures Feb. 24

February 8, 2011

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J. Barton Scott, Montana State University's new religious studies professor, will give a public lecture at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in room 346 of Leon Johnson Hall. The title of his talk is "Why is a Guru like a Writing Desk?"

Scott will discuss how gurus and writing desks function as pedagogic technologies, shaping pupils both actual and ideal. Using a series of narrative and theoretical vignettes, he will ask how pedagogy pertains to power, politics, and the idea of the free individual.

Scott's research centers on 19th century India and topics such as colonialism, religious reformism, occultism and print culture. His current book project is "A Peculiar History of Modern Priestcraft."

Scott's lecture is sponsored by Corona Productions and the MSU Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.

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Barton Scott bartonscott@gmail.com