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Spring 2020 Religion GR6511 section 001
Religion and the Body

Call Number 14399
Day & Time
W 2:10pm-4:00pm
201 80 Claremont Ave
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Matthew Engelke
Course Description This course situates classic and contemporary work on the body, and broader concerns with materiality, in relation to the study of religion. Over the course of the semester, our readings and discussions will consider the body in relation to a range of topics and problematics, including: ideological distinctions between the material and immaterial; gender and sexuality; sovereignty and political authority; corpses, bones, and relics; affect, emotions, and the senses; race; and secularity/secularism. Course texts will include a combination of conceptual works as well as case studies drawn from major religious traditions. The learning goals of the course are: (1) to introduce seminal interpretive and methodological issues in the contemporary study of the body; (2) to study some theoretical classics in the field, as a foundation for further reading; (3) to introduce new writing in the field; and (4) to encourage students to think of ways in which the issues and authors surveyed might provide models for their own interests and research. This seminar is a gateway course for the Body “Zone” within the Religion Department and is cross-listed with the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Graduate students in other departments/institutes are also welcome to enroll with permission of the instructor.
Web Site Vergil
Department Religion
Enrollment 5 students (12 max) as of 8:04AM Friday, July 3, 2020
Subject Religion
Number GR6511
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20201RELI6511G001

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