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Disorderly Doctrines: Religion, Race, and the Fountaingrove Sex Scandal


April 8, 2014
4:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Bldg. 360, CCSRE Conference Room


Kathryn Gin Lum

Workshop with Joshua Paddison (Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Wittenberg University). Sponsored by the American Religions Workshop and co-sponsored by the Stanford Initiative for Religious and Ethnic Understanding and Coexistence, the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Taube Center for Jewish Studies.

Discussion of Prof. Paddison’s work-in-progress on Fountaingrove, a mystical utopian colony in northern California with white and Japanese members. The colony became Orientalized in the public imagination, showing how new religions and non-normative sexual practices were coded as racially other. The Japanese members of Fountaingrove inhabited several unstable categories at once, viewed as neither “heathen” nor Christian, neither adult nor children, neither male nor female, neither white nor Chinese. The paper will be distributed in advance; please contact Prof. Kathryn Gin Lum for a copy.