Pop-up Event: Researching Religion in the Collections of the Boston Athenæum
Join Sonia Hazard, who holds a joint research fellowship with the Congregational Library & Archives and the Boston Athenaeum, for a report on her current research at both institutions. Hazard works on the popular reception of evangelical print media in the antebellum United States, specifically the cultural impact of the American Tract Society, the biggest religious publisher in the country during that period. She is especially interested in recovering unorthodox modes of reception beyond "reading." In this talk, Hazard will describe her project and discuss materials she has found and used in the collections of the ACA's Congregational Library & Archives and the Boston Athenæum.
Sonia Hazard has just completed her PhD in religion at Duke University with a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in the material culture of American religions, with secondary fields in visual studies and critical theory. Hazard recently successfully defended her dissertation, "The American Tract Society and the Materiality of Print in Antebellum America," which examines the proliferation of religious print media in the United States from 1825 to 1860. Hazard also holds an MTS from Harvard Divinity School with a focus on the history of Christianity, and a BA from Macalester College in religious studies and art history.
Monday, April 24th
10:00 - 11:00 am
Registration not required.
Free and open to the public.
cover illustration from the 1849 edition of "Pilgrims Progress" by John Bunyan published by the American Tract Society