Maggie Slaughter

Maggie Slaughter

Graduate Student

About Maggie Slaughter

I began the doctoral program in Religious Studies in Fall 2018, directly after completing an MA with the department. Before coming to Indiana, I was a Religion Specialist focusing on Judaism and Christianity at the University of Toronto graduating with a thesis on Christian apostolic poverty in the thirteenth century.

Currently, my work concentrates on the nexus of spirituality, materiality, and visuality. My questions explore how the opening of flesh, the handling of bones, and the presentation of the dead operate as material theology in Christian traditions of the Latin West. Integrating flows of knowledge from History of Science and Art History, my work endeavours to discover how ornament and anatomy can be understood together as a means of knowing. Knowing our bodies, our worlds, our Gods. My research foregrounds the idea that the display of the dead is expressive not only of one’s soteriology, but also an anthropology of religion.