Brown Bag Lunch: "The Sky Above, The Water Beneath, and God Everywhere"
God and Eighteenth-Century Seafarers
Atlantic travel narratives from the eighteenth-century reveal a kaleidoscope of practices and beliefs as people of varying persuasions intermixed on British sailing vessels without the established presence of any single religious tradition. This talk will focus on the spatial dimensions of shipboard life and its effects on passengers' religious practices as well as their interactions with one another. Despite the cramped quarters and social divides aboard ship, people carved out space to practice their religions.
Stephen Berry is an assistant professor of history at Simmons College in Boston. He has recently completed a book manuscript documenting the cultural history of the transatlantic voyage and its meanings for European passengers in the mid-eighteenth century.
Thursday, April 11th
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Program begins promptly at noon.