The Lynching of the Impious: Violence, Politics, and Religion in Mexico (1930s–1960s)


This paper traces the weight of religion in the organization and legitimation of lynching and other expressions of collective violence, such as riots and vigilante killings, in twentieth-century Mexico. In particular, it seeks to address two questions: What makes these forms of collective violence religious? What is the entanglement between politics, power, and religion, and why does it matter in order to understand how religious violence unfolds?

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Gema Santamaría

Gema Santamaría (PhD, New School for Social Research), a 2017–18 Kellogg visiting fellow, is assistant professor of Latin American history at Loyola University, Chicago. Her research analyzes the history of Latin American processes of state building across the 20th and 21st centuries, with a particular attention to questions of violence, crime, justice, and the rule of law...
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Muhammad Yunus

Global Citizenship for Human Development: A Conversation with Muhammad Yunus

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Muhammad Yunus

Muhammad Yunus, the recipient of the 2017–18 Ford Family Notre Dame Award for International Development and Solidarity, is an economist, social entrepreneur, and Nobel Laureate, heralded around the world as a pioneer of microfinance. More recently, he has become known for his efforts to harness capitalism as a force for good that promotes equitable human development and global sustainability...
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Ray Offenheiser is the inaugural director of the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development and distinguished professor of the practice in the Keough School of Global Affairs, where he serves also on the Keough School’s Leadership Council...
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