Refugees & Exiles: Religion in the Diaspora|
Spring 2020 not offered
|Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies, Civic Engagement, Civic Engagement Minor, Jewish and Israel Studies, Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
|Course Cluster: 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)
Jacques Derrida, ON HOSPITALITY
Carl Schmitt, THE CONCEPT OF THE POLITICAL
Judith Butler, PARTING WAYS: JEWISHNESS AND THE CRITIQUE OF ZIONISM
Paul Gilroy, THE BLACK ATLANTIC: MODERNITY AND DOUBLE CONSCIOUSNESS
J.M. Coetzee, WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS
Daniel Boyarin, A TRAVELING HOMELAND: THE BABYLONIAN TALMUD AS DIASPORA
Jonathan Lear, RADICAL HOPE: ETHICS IN THE FACE OF CULTURAL DEVASTATION
|Examinations and Assignments: |
In-class presentation, two short essays, final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course satisfies the "Thematic Approach" requirement for the Religion major.
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