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Spring 2019 Religion GU4228 section 001
SOUTH ASIA AND THE SECULAR

Call Number 61780
Day & Time
Location
R 12:10pm-2:00pm
101 80 Claremont Ave
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Rajbir S Judge
Type SEMINAR
Course Description This seminar explores different contestations and inflections of the secular in South Asia.We will begin by tracing a genealogy of the secular, which gave rise to a particular discursive grammar. Grounding ourselves in this formative space of the secular, we will study the constitutive nature of imperialism within the secular by examining the disciplining and conscripting role of Orientalism and the colonial state. Though noting these changes produced by colonial rule, this course also explores the arguments scholars of South Asia have made distinguishing between “secularisms” and the production of a tolerant and cosmopolitan South Asian orientation. In conjunction and against these possibilities, rather than consider the religious retrograde or communal, we will consider the continual striving toward political autonomy through disputation in the parameters of a given tradition—which resist incorporation into a broader pluralist or syncretic Indic model.
Web Site Vergil
Department Religion
Enrollment 11 students (20 max) as of 10:04AM Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Subject Religion
Number GU4228
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Open To School of the Arts, Barnard, Columbia College, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate, Engineering and Applied Science: Graduate, Graduate School of Arts and Science, General Studies, School of Professional Studies, Global Programs, International and Public Affairs
Campus Morningside
Section key 20191RELI4228W001

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