Religion, Science, and Empire: Crucible of a Globalized World|
|Certificates: International Relations, South Asia Studies|
The development of modern science--and of modernity itself--not only coincided with the rise of European imperialism, it was abetted by it. Meanwhile, religion was integral to both the roots of European science and Western encounters with others. This class will explore how the intersections of religion, science, and empire have formed a globalized world with examples of European engagement with the Americas, Middle East, and, particularly, India from the age of Columbus through to the space race. We will examine how the disciplines we know today as biology, anthropology, archaeology, folklore, and the history of religions all crystallized in the crucible of imperial encounter and how non-Westerners have embraced, engaged, and resisted these epistemes.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(EDST-MN)(EDST)(MUST-MN)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SAST-MN)(SISP)(SISP-Reli Conc)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Primary sources including maps, photographs, art, travelogues, and other literature.
Juan Cole, NAPOLEON'S EGYPT: INVADING THE MIDDLE EAST
Christopher Columbus, THE FOUR VOYAGES
Thomas Kuhn, THE STRUCTURES OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS
James Gilbert, REDEEMING CULTURE
Timothy Mitchell, COLONIZING EGYPT
David C. Lindberg & Ronald L. Numbers, WHEN SCIENCE AND CHRISTIANITY MEET
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two small papers (5 pages) and one research paper on a topic of the students' choice (10-12 pages).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance and participation is mandatory.
This course fulfills the "Thematic Approach" requirement for Religion Department majors.
This course also counts toward the Historical Inquiry requirement for the certificate in South Asia Studies.
|Instructor(s): Gottschalk,Peter S. Times: ...W... 07:00PM-09:50PM; Location: RSCSEM; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 5||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 7||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 5||SO: 0||FR: X|
|Web Resources: Syllabus |
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