Religion and the Social Construction of Race|
AFAM 280, AMST 391|
|Certificates: Civic Engagement|
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies|
In this course we examine aspects of the intersections between race and religion in a number of historical and social contexts. We place at the center of our discussions the question of how race and religion are co-constructed categories that function as a prism through which people come to understand and experience their own identities and those of others. We will privilege interpretations that emphasize (a) the intersections of race and religion as a process in which power plays a pivotal role; and (b) the means through which communities form collective identities.
We will read a range of historical analysis and primary source materials from the U.S. and the Caribbean. After a theory module, we will examine a colonial-era captivity narrative, antebellum pro-slavery document, missionary works, analyses of anti-Semitism, works on Father Divine, the Nation of Islam, Rastafari, Haitian Vodou, Jonestown, the Christian White Supremacy movement, as well as the contemporary U.S. relationship to the Middle East.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM)(AMST)(CBST-MN)(CIVI-MN)(EDST)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Special Attributes: FYS|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Moustafa Bayoumi, "Racing Religion" in THE NEW CENTENNIAL REVIEW
David Chidester, SALVATION AND SUICIDE: AN INTERPRETATION OF JIM JONES, THE PEOPLES TEMPLE AND JONESTOWN
Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, "African-American Women's History and the Metalanguage of Race," in SIGNS
Daniel Lee, "A Great Racial Commission: Religion and the Construction of White America" in RACE, NATION AND RELIGION IN THE AMERICAS
Melani McAlister, EPIC ENCOUNTERS: CULTURE, MEDIA, AND U.S. INTERESTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, 1945-2000.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Attendance, weekly response papers, three critical essays.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills a "Method & Theory" OR "Thematic Approaches" requirement for the department major.
|Instructor(s): McAlister,Elizabeth Times: .M.W... 01:20PM-02:40PM; Location: FISK413; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 15|
|Web Resources: Syllabus |
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