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Fall 2018 Religion UN3606 section 001

Call Number 93096
Day & Time
R 12:10pm-2:00pm
101 80 Claremont Ave
Points 3
Approvals Required None
Instructor Joseph A Fisher
Course Description This course examines the role of media in shaping religious identities, beliefs, practices, and institutions using case studies from American history and contemporary American culture. For the purpose of this course, the term media will be interpreted broadly to mean any technique or technology designed to communicate information such as verbal discourses, written texts, visual representations, ritual gestures, sacred objects, and telecommunication technologies. In foregrounding media, we will examine how religious beliefs and practices have been remembered, disseminated, translated, and contested in the American context. Just as important, we will examine how religious groups have negotiated their American identity through media practices and their narrative content.

As we will see, acts of transmission such as writing, mapping, broadcasting, and televising play essential parts in drawing and erasing communal boundaries from both within and without. With this in mind, we will not be attempting to identify what religion is, so much as the ways in which historical actors understood themselves to be religious. We will find that what counts as religion varies, sometimes dramatically, across times, spaces, and cultures; “America” is similarly unstable and contested. Our job, then, will be to understand the role of media and mediation in constituting their contours.
Web Site Vergil
Department Religion
Enrollment 11 students (15 max) as of 12:06AM Friday, January 18, 2019
Subject Religion
Number UN3606
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Open To Columbia College, General Studies, Barnard, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate
Campus Morningside
Section key 20183RELI3606W001

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