Amanda Summers

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E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Fellow in Early American Religious StudiesPh.D Candidate, Temple University

"Controlling Bodies, Controlling Empire: Sex and Violence in The Inquisition Prisons of the Early Seventeenth Century Iberian Atlantic"

Amanda received a BA with honors and MA in history along with a graduate certificate in Gender, Race, and Identity Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno. Her PhD is in progress at Temple University. She has spent time living in Mexico and was the recipient of a Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Research Grant to Spain. Her work focuses on the intersection of gender, race, and religion in the Iberian Atlantic through the lens of the treatment of bodies in the prisons of the Inquisition. She examines social and physical death brough by the Inquisition upon suspects in the witchcraft and Jewish conspiracies of the early 17th century, and how sex, violence, and discourse were used by inmates to resist the Inquisition. Her work's central consideration is of people who were denied "good death" by the Inquisition in an intervention to death and dying studies, seeking to have a fuller consideration of how carceral states contribute to bad or shameful death of those deemed Other or unworthy.

Read more about Amanda Summers on her Fellow Profile page.