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Faith on the Field: Performing Religion in Sport

October 23, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


“Taking a knee” is an aesthetic performance loaded with cultural meaning from religion to politics to daily rituals. In the past five years—from Tebow to Kaepernick—the on-field genuflection during public football competition has been hotly debated. Though deployed for varying purposes, these performed actions for millions of spectators elicit similar polarized reactions.

This talk explores expressions of faith in sport as the body in performance with reception by multiple audiences—an angle absent in most discussions that provides valuable insights and possible solutions to the social divisions these acts illuminate.

Join former Duke professor Claire Conceison (scholar of Chinese studies, theater, and sport at MIT) for a lively discussion of religion in sport as worship, witness, and performance.






Co-sponsored by Athletes in Action and the Center for Christianity and Scholarship.

Open to the public.


Claire Conceison is the Quanta Professor of Chinese Culture and Professor of Theater Arts at MIT, where she teaches Chinese theater and Asian American theater, as well as introductory and advanced levels of Sport as Performance (a course she created fifteen years ago and taught at Duke from 2010 to 2015). At Duke, she co-founded the Faculty Working Group on Sport, served on the Professional Sports Counseling Committee, and was the Faculty Athletic Associate for the women’s soccer team. At MIT, she serves in a similar capacity for the MIT football team. In addition to her research, Conceison is an active play translator and director.


Parking and Directions: The Murray Athletic Building is across from Cameron Indoor Stadium. View a map HERE. Visitor Parking is available in the Science Drive Visitor lot. View a map HERE. If you need accessible parking, please contact the Center at info@christianityandscholarship.org.


October 23, 2017
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Team Meeting Room, Murray Athletic Building