Montana State University

Religious studies professor Scott lectures Feb. 24

February 8, 2011

Subscribe to MSU Newsletters

Bobcat Bulletin is a weekly e-newsletter designed to bring the most recent and relevant news about Montana State University directly to friends and neighbors via email. Visit Bobcat Bulletin.

MSU Today e-mail brings you news and events on campus thrice weekly during the academic year. Visit the MSU Today calendar.

MSU News Service
Tel: (406) 994-4571
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.


Barton Scott