Refugees & Exiles: Religion in the Diaspora|
Fall 2021 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate, Service Learning|
Recent years have seen the on-going tragic refugee crisis, with millions of people being displaced because of war and ecological disasters. That this crisis also has religious overtones is evident by the so-called travel ban in the United States or the rhetoric used by right wing leaders across Europe. This course deals with the meaning of refuge, exile, and diaspora through three perspectives: philosophical, historical, and literary. A variety of case studies--including the contemporary refugee crises in the Middle East, the black transatlantic, and the destruction of the temple in the Hebrew Bible--will raise for us various questions: What does it mean to be violently forced to leave one's home? How is it possible to make sense of such a tragedy? What creative power can diaspora muster to the rescue of culture? This course is a Service Learning course in cooperation with WESU 88.1 FM Middletown. Each student's final project will be a radio show based on an analysis of a selected refugee crisis. To learn more and listen to last year's shows visit https://reli213.site.wesleyan.edu.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIVI-MN)(CJST-MN)(CSCT)(MEST-MN)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Edward Said, "Reflections on Exile"
Carl Schmitt, THE CONCEPT OF THE POLITICAL
Jason de Leon, THE LAND OF OPEN GRAVES: LIVING AND DYING ON THE MIGRANT TRAIL
Paul Gilroy, THE BLACK ATLANTIC: MODERNITY AND DOUBLE CONSCIOUSNESS
Luca Mavelli and Erin K. Wilson (eds.), RELIGION AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS
Yael Zerubavel, RECOVERED ROOTS: MEMORY AND THE MAKING OF ISRAELI NATIONAL TRADITION
|Examinations and Assignments: |
weekly responses, three essays
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
To learn more and listen to last year's shows visit
This course satisfies the "Thematic Approach" requirement for the Religion major.
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