Majors Colloquium in Religious Studies|
This seminar provides an opportunity for majors to reflect even more critically upon the theories, methods, and discourses that constitute the academic study of religion. We will be concerned with current studies in history and the history of religions, the interpretation of texts, anthropology, feminist theory, and post-colonial theory.
With particular emphasis on case studies, the seminar will explore how scholars operate within disciplinary communities, choose their topics, engage interlocutors, weigh issues of emic and etic interpretation, and--on good days--publish their analyses.
Each member of the seminar will choose a local religious community to engage throughout the semester as a further opportunity to consider the choices scholarship entails.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI-MN)(RELI)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Sarah Lamb, WHITE SARIS AND SWEET MANGOES: AGING, GENDER, AND BODY IN NORTH INDIA
Saba Mahmood, et.al., IS CRITIQUE SECULAR?
Jonathan Z. Smith, TO TAKE PLACE: TOWARD THEORY IN RITUAL
Daniel Martin Varisco, ISLAM OBSCURED: THE RHETORIC OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL REPRESENTATION
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three short papers, final research project, and intensively literate participation in class discussion
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This is a required course for religion majors, is limited to them, and is to be taken in one's junior year. Only majors who have already taken RELI151: Introduction to the Study of Religion may enroll in the Colloquium. This course fulfills a "Method & Theory" requirement for the Religion Department major.
|Instructor(s): Gottschalk,Peter S. Times: .M.W... 01:20PM-02:40PM; Location: RSCSEM; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 12||SR major: 3||JR major: 9|| || |
|Seats Available: 6||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 0||FR: 0|