Anna Hennessey is currently a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR). She is the author of Imagery, Ritual, and Birth: Ontology Between the Sacred and the Secular (Rowman & Littlefield, December 2018), a detailed study of the artistic, philosophical, religious, and spiritual dimensions of birth. Anna is currently studying the role of mental imagery and visualization in the philosophy of mind, a project informed both by her dissertation research on the role of visualization in Chinese religions and by her examination of imagery used for mental and physiological transformation in birth as a rite of passage. She has used visualization during the births of both of her children (Kieran and Montserrat). Giving birth to her first child, Kieran, had a profound impact on her life, and she began this blog in 2010 when 3 months pregnant with her second child, Montserrat.
Anna holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (UC Santa Barbara), an M.A. in Art History (UC Santa Barbara), and a B.A. with a double major in Philosophy and Romance Language (New York University).
To contact Anna with questions or comments, or to submit artwork for the website, please email her at: visualizingbirth [at] gmail [dot] com.
Imagery, Ritual, and Birth: Ontology Between the Sacred and the Secular
Rowman & Littlefield, December 2018