Classes

    Women, Gender, and the Quest for Social Justice: Cases in Buddhism

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2020

    We will do two things in this course: take in the history, literature, visual imagery, and theoretical pronouncements around the nature of women and gender in Buddhist materials; and cultivate the critical and hermeneutical skills for processing these materials and contributing to a just and woke future.... Read more about Women, Gender, and the Quest for Social Justice: Cases in Buddhism

    Islam, Bodies, Sexuality: Islam and Islamic Bodies in South and Southeast Asia

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2020
    This course introduces students to scholarship on Islam in Southeast Asia. It focuses on the literature on Islamic bodies and sexuality in Southeast Asia, paying particular attention to how Islamic adepts associated the health, growth and regeneration of religion with the cultivation of bodies and sexual practices.... Read more about Islam, Bodies, Sexuality: Islam and Islamic Bodies in South and Southeast Asia

    Gender and Ritual in Ancient Egyptian Funerary Practices

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2020

    Ancient Egyptian men and women constructed enduring mortuary monuments, compiled funerary texts, and created elaborate myths & intricate rituals to deal with death. This course explores how women feature in ancient Egyptian conceptions of death, salvation, and the afterlife and whether the Egyptians conceived of gendered pathways to the afterlife.... Read more about Gender and Ritual in Ancient Egyptian Funerary Practices

    Christian Sex

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2020
    Religious groups labelled 'Christian' have long been preoccupied with sex. The effects of their preoccupation can be seen all around us-in contemporary churches, in ethical and political debates, in our languages and cultural symbols. This seminar will consider this preoccupation in three steps.... Read more about Christian Sex

    Women, Religion, and the Problem of Historical Agency

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2020

    This course examines recent scholarship on women in American religious history, focusing particularly on questions of narration, agency and power. We will ask several interrelated questions: How have historians integrated women into narratives of American religious history? Whose stories have they highlighted, and why? How have they conceptualized women as historical agents?... Read more about Women, Religion, and the Problem of Historical Agency

    Religion and Family

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2020

    Religion and family are contested concepts that become politicized as they are mobilized and debated in the public sphere. Religion and family are also often depicted as separate forms of social organization. This course explores the ways in which religious and familial concepts, institutions, and relationships intersect to shape the lived experiences of religious participants who create and imbue their relationships with social and sacred significance.... Read more about Religion and Family

    Women as Photographers in Weimar Germany and in Exile

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    An extraordinary number of women trained to become photographers in Weimar Germany (1919-1933). Their presence and practices dramatically altered the conditions of visual culture in a country that had never achieved the levels of French modernism, for example, neither in terms of its aesthetic complexity nor in terms of its contributions to nation state identity.... Read more about Women as Photographers in Weimar Germany and in Exile

    Women, Religion, and the Problem of Historical Agency

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    This course examines recent scholarship on women in American religious history, focusing particularly on questions of narration, agency and power. We will ask several interrelated questions: How have historians integrated women into narratives of American religious history? Whose stories have they highlighted, and why? How have they conceptualized women as historical agents?... Read more about Women, Religion, and the Problem of Historical Agency

    Roman Catholic Christianity and Contemporary Crises

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    In the face of political and social change, and demands for racial, gender and economic justice, religious traditions struggle to respond while maintaining identity.  As an example, the Second Vatican Council of the early 1960s brought the Roman Catholic Church to a deeper engagement with modern academic scholarship such as historical critical methods of interpreting texts, environmental and evolutionary sciences’ relation to the Church, and the fundamental importance of modern philosophical and political thought to the institution’s self-understanding.... Read more about Roman Catholic Christianity and Contemporary Crises

    Witch Hunts: Persecution in Public History and Ethics

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    This course treats persecution in America as a site of public history and ethics. Focusing on three historical cases—the Salem Witch trials, the Underground Railroad, and Cold War-era McCarthyism—we will explore how hunts for witches, runaway slaves, and communists (along with their fellow travelers) have shaped American political culture.... Read more about Witch Hunts: Persecution in Public History and Ethics

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