Wild Religion: Sacrifice, Sports, and Sovereignty in South Africa
Wednesday, April 3, 2013, Woodburn Hall 120 IU Bloomington
Although the “religion of football” might very well be global, the wild religion of the FIFA World Cup was distinctively local in South Africa, with prayers composed by Christian churches, events planned by interfaith organizations, and collective rituals emerging in fan walks and Football Fridays, which would awaken the rest of the world to Africa.
David Chidester is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Institute for Comparative Religion in Southern Africa (ICRSA) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Author or editor of over twenty books in North American studies, South African studies, and comparative religion, his major publications include Salvation and Suicide: Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and Jonestown (Indiana University Press, 1988; revised edition 2003); Authentic Fakes: Religion and American Popular Culture (University of California Press, 2005); Savage Systems: Colonialism and Comparative Religion in Southern Africa (University of Virginia Press, 1996); and Wild Religion: Tracking the Sacred in South Africa (University of California Press, 2012). Professor Chidester presented a Branigin Lecture on April 3, 2013.