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Carol Lowery Delaney

Visiting Scholar of Religious Studies:
Religious Studies
Phone: +1 401 863 3104
Carol_Delaney@brown.edu

My interests focus on the symbolic intersections of gender and religion, and more recently in the apocalyptic aspects of fundamentalist religious views.

Interests

My original fieldwork, conducted in a Turkish village, explored the intertwined relationship of gender and religion through a theory of procreation and resulted in The Seed and The Soil (1991). My next project explored this theory in the Biblical and Qur'anic texts, focusing on the foundation story in the monotheistic religions, of Abraham and the sacrifice of the child (Abraham on Trial: the Social Legacy of Biblical Myth, 1998). My current project is exploring Columbus's apocalyptic religious beliefs. A programmatic article, "Columbus's Ultimate Goal: Jerusalem" was published in Comparative Studies in Society and History. In addition, I have written Investigating Culture, based on the pedagogy of a freshman seminar I developed that utilizes the experience of entering the university as an analogy to that of anthropologists entering another culture, helping students become aware of the constructed nature of culture.

Degrees

MTS Harvard Divinity School, 1976, MA and PhD, University of Chicago, 1984, Cultural Anthropology

Awards

2004 National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, John Carter Brown Library (for 2004-5)
1998 Finalist for National Jewish Book Award [category: Scholarship] and special mention for Victor Turner Prize of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology for Abraham on Trial: The Social Legacy of Biblical Myth. (1998) Princeton: Princeton University Press.
1996-97 Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford
1992-93 Harvard University, Research Fellowship on Gender and Religion, Divinity School
1990 Joseph J. Malone Faculty Fellowship - study trip to Iraq and United Arab Emirates
1989-90 Stanford Humanities Center, Fellow
1984-85 Fulbright Advanced Research Fellowship (Belgium)

1981-82 Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Fellowship (Turkey)

1981-82 National Science Foundation Dissertation Grant

1980-81 American Research Institute in Turkey

1979-80 Fulbright Cultural Exchange Scholar (Turkey)

Affiliations

American Anthropological Association

Royal Anthropological Institute

American Ethnological Society

Society for Cultural Anthropology

Society for Humanistic Anthropology

American Academy of Religion

Middle East Studies Association

Turkish Studies Association

Society of Feminist Anthropologists

MERGA (Middle East Research Group in Anthropology)

AMEWS (Association of Middle East Women Scholars)

Society for the History of Discoveries

Funded Research

2004 National Endowment for the Humanities, John Carter Brown Library (for 2004-5)

2002 Summer Grant, Book Research (Provost's Office)

1999 IIS, summer research, Turkey

1996-97 Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford

1995 Ford Foundation [Stanford] travel/research in Europe [Summer]

1992-93 Harvard University, Research Fellowship on Gender and Religion, Divinity School

1990 Joseph J. Malone Faculty Fellowship - study trip to Iraq and United Arab Emirates

1990 Ford Foundation Initiative for Undergraduate Education in a Global Context [Spring]

1990 IIS Hewlett Fund [Spring]

1989-90 Stanford Humanities Center, Fellow

1986 Institute for Intercultural Studies (Turkey) [Summer]

1984-85 Fulbright Advanced Research Fellowship (Belgium)

1981-82 Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Fellowship (Turkey)

1981-82 National Science Foundation Dissertation Grant

1980-81 American Research Institute in Turkey

1979-80 Fulbright Cultural Exchange Scholar (Turkey)

1975 American Schools of Oriental Research Travel Grant Summer (Turkey)