The Center for Intercultural Studies at will present a lecture at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in room 142 of Adorjan Hall. Andrea Borella, Ph.D., will discuss "Anthropological Reflections on the Construction of Amish Cultural Boundaries: Notes from the Field." The lecture is co-sponsored by the Global and Local Justice Program.
Borella is an Italian anthropologist of religion with a doctorate in anthropological sciences from the University of Turin, a master's degree in political science from the University of Milan, and master's in anthropology and ethnology from the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy.
This lecture focuses on the relationship between Amish eschatology and the rules of Amish tradition, known as the Ordnung. The argument is that, according to Amish worldview, the purpose of the Ordnung is not properly soteriological. Indeed, the laws of Amish communities are not considered as directly revealed by God, but can be seen as the cultural instrument that the Amish utilize for keeping their community aloof from the "outside world." This paper is based on anthropological research conducted in the Old Order Amish congregation of Lancaster County, Penn.