Women and Gender in Islamic Law RELST-GA.1854 (Same as MEIS-GA.1854), Katz
Tuesday 4:55pm-7:35pm. Class #23482. 4 Pts. 194 Mercer Rm. 202
Islamic law and its treatment of women in theory and practice.
Topics in Ancient Studies: 3rd Century Literature RELST-GA.2020 (Same as HBRJD-GA.2020), Reed/ Feldman
Wednesday 2:00pm-4:45pm. Class #23378. 3 Pts. KJCC Basement
The third century BCE has long been described as a "dark age" in the history of Judaism. Yet it is also critical both for Biblical Studies, as a key era in the consolidation of now-biblical texts and their translation into Greek, and for the study of Second Temple Judaism, as the era of the most ancient Jewish writings known from outside the Bible, including the oldest apocalypses and the earliest known Jewish writings in Greek. Drawing on new evidence from the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as recent research in Classics on the Hellenistic Near East, this seminar will explore what we know of Jewish literature and cultural history in the period between the conquests of Alexander the Great and the Maccabean Revolt. In the process, we will explore the intersections--both past and potential--between specialist research in Biblical Studies and on Second Temple Judaism. Students should have proficiency in Hebrew and Aramaic and/or Greek.
Topics Seminar: Rage, Religion, and Race RELST-GA.2467, Pickett
Wednesday 11:00am-1:45pm. Class #20950. 4 Pts. 726 Broadway, Rm. 541
This course explores theories and examples of rage with special attention to religion, politics, race, gender and sexuality. In an increasing divided and divisive world, almost everyone is angry about something or has something about which to be angry. But when is anger a moral emotion and a political compass? When does it derail religious, political and ethical purposes? What counts as anger and how is it (de)legitimated in practices of social organization, control, or privilege? This course will take up such questions as a way to reevaluate our assumptions about rage and its effects.
Religion as Media RELST-GA.3397 (Same as ANTH-GA.2397), Zito
Wednesday 2:00pm-4:45pm. Class #19662. 4 Pts. 726 Broadway Rm. 542
This course will introduce you to the longstanding and complex connection between religious practices and various media, based upon the premise that, like all social practice, religion is always mediated in some form or other. Yet, religion does not function simply as unchanging content, while media names the ways that content is formed. Instead shifts in media technique, from ritual innovations to the invention of printing, through TV, to the internet, also shape religious practice. We are interested in gathering theoretical tools for understanding the form and politics of this mutual dialectic. We will analyze how human hearing, vision and the performing body have been used historically to express and maintain religious life through music, voice, images, words and rituals. Then we will spend time on more recent electronic media such as cassette, film, television, video, and the internet. We will consider, among other things: religious memory, both embodied and out-sourced in other media; role of TV in the rise of the Hindu Right; the material culture of Buddhism (icons, relics, sutras); religion and commodification; film as religious experience; Christian Evangelical media.
M.A. Thesis Research RELST-GA 2902
Class # 3000. 4 Pts.
Directed Study - Christianity RELST-GA 2922
Class #2756. 1-4 Pts.
Directed Study - Judaism RELST-GA 2932
Class # 2757. 1-4 Pts.
Directed Study - Islam RELST-GA 2942
Class # 2758. 1-4 Pts.
Directed Study - Asian Religion RELST-GA 2952
Class # 2759. 1-4 Pts.
Directed Study - Philosophy of Religion RELST-GA 2962
Class # 2760. 1-4 Pts.
Directed Study - Topics in Religion RELST-GA 2972
Class #2761. 1-4 Pts.
COURSES APPLICABLE TO THE MA PROGRAM
Topic: Law & Religion in Europe EURO-GA.3112 (Same as SOC-GA.3112), Samara
Monday 2:00pm-4:00pm. Class #22818. 4 Pts. KJCC 324
How and why is religious difference managed through law in Europe? Which expressions of religious identity are permitted in public space or reflected in the urban landscape, which are marked as problematic, and why? What principles do courts invoke to support restrictions on religious practice, and what conceptions of religion does this privilege? To examine the complex ways in which law and religion intersect in contemporary Europe, this course integrates anthropological approaches to studying law and culture, including studies of secularism, with geographical approaches to studying space and power. Through a range of case studies from across Europe, we consider how the legal regulation of religion may intersect with other categories such as gender, race, sexuality and ethnicity, and examine the assumptions and impacts of legal doctrines delineating “public” and “private” spheres. We also explore how the regulation of religious practices impacts citizenship and rights for minority members, such as through the regulation of clothing, bodily conduct, places of worship or urban "soundscapes" (e.g. in debates on regulating public prayer calls). To understand the stakes and limits of state efforts to regulate religion, we analyze these dynamics at local, municipal, national, and regional scales, including European-level human rights frameworks, and consider how notions such as religious freedom are invoked in policymaking at the international scale. While the course focuses on contemporary debates on religion and law in Europe, it will also analyze selected U.S and global case studies to highlight diverse policy approaches and their consequences.
Jewish Bible as an Artifact: Ancient to Modern Times HBRJD-GA.2651, Schiffman
Tuesday 11:00am-1:45pm. Class #25178. 3 pts. Location
The Bible as an object, whether in the form of scrolls or later in the codex, has served as a central object in Judaism, both from a religious and cultural point of view. This course aims to trace the history of the Hebrew Scriptures concentrating both on the development of the Hebrew text and the physical form in which it has been transmitted from ancient to modern times. Much attention will be paid to reflections of the wider historical and cultural contexts in which Jews read and transmitted their Bible. Because of the great significance of biblical literature in the development of Judaism and the history of the Jewish people, familiarity with the history of its text and transmission will greatly enrich students’ ability to understand a wide variety of other aspects of the wider field of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. Further, the course aims to supply students with a variety of important primary and secondary sources that illuminate various historical and cultural developments. Primary texts will be read carefully with attention to their context and the manner in which they make use of earlier source materials. In this way, the course will contribute as well to the overall training of students in Judaic Studies. Students will be expected as well to develop their skills in critiquing secondary literature. It is expected that research papers will allow the students to work on topics relating to their own areas of specialization, thus adding a new perspective to their work.
Judaism and the Arts HBRJD-GA.2671, Russ-Fishbane
Wednesday 11:00am-1:45pm. Class #23668. 3 pts. KJCC Rm. 109
Does the historic Jewish tradition, founded in part on its opposition to idolatry, have a place for the visual arts? Marc Chagall, icon of modern Jewish art, once declared that “Judaism struggled with ancient idolatry so that it remained with no share in the treasures of graphic art.” This course takes a close look at the approaches to the visual arts in the Jewish tradition, from antiquity through modernity, reflecting a spectrum of positions and perspectives far more nuanced than Chagall’s statement would warrant. It also explores the rich and creative treasures of what historians identify as uniquely Jewish art. Our survey in this course encompasses synagogue and ceremonial art, manuscript illumination, micrography, and new developments by Jewish artists from the nineteenth century to the present. The course is designed as integrative, open both to doctoral and masters students. Nearly all primary Hebrew sources are available in English translation. Doctoral students are expected to read and translate the original Hebrew texts.
Topics in Museum Studies: Spirit(ual) Collections- Magic, Science, and Religion in Museums MSMS-GA.3030.002, Franz
Thursday 2:00pm-5:00pm. Class #22811. 4 pts. 240 Greene St. Rm. 410
This course looks at museums and their collections of religious, spiritual, scientific, and magical materials. This will involve addressing various aspects of museum labour, including collection practices, preservation, curation, and classification. The class will engage the intellectual histories that created categories such as the fetish, the icon, the idol, and the totem. The course will look at how museums deal with ritual practices, hauntings, and immortality. As a group, we will work with a diverse selection of case studies to explore how different museums and cultural sites are caring for these objects. Through this investigation, we will consider more broadly the epistemic and ontological systems within museums that shape how we understand religious, spiritual, scientific and magical materials.
Social Life of Ethics MEIS-GA.1770.002, Alatas
Tuesday 4:55pm-7:35pm. Class #3296. 4 pts. GCASL Rm. 384
How do human beings imagine morality and ethics? How do they interact with moral codes? Do such norms curtail human freedom? What processes led to the formation and transformation of moral codes? What kind of texts, materialities, and technologies are used to convey, disseminate, and alter such norms? How do people produce, live, and negotiate ethical norms in their everyday lives? What is the relationship between ethics and politics, or between ethics and culture? How do we think about the connection between ethics, trauma, and precarity? What happens to ethical norms in the context of violence or moral breakdown? These are among the questions explored in this course.
Over the semester, we will read the works of philosophers, anthropologists, historians, and literary critics who have examined ethics and morality as empirical and sociological problems. The course is designed to allow students, whether they are engaging in ethnographic fieldwork, archival research, or textual study, to think conceptually and metholodigically about the evaluative dimension of human actions beyond instrumental reason or utilitarian goals, and the productive dimensions of power. We will work together to develop a conceptual toolkit that can help us comprehend how social actors understand, disseminate, and realize moral norms, negotiate ethical quandaries, and push for sociocultural change and transformation.
Readings include the works of Aristotle, Alasdair Macintyre, Bernard Williams, Emile Durkheim, Michael Foucault, Talal Asad, Veena Das, Judith Butler, Terry Eagleton, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Webb Keane, Joel Robbins, Michael Lambek, James Laidlaw, Michael Warner, Jarett Zigon, Cheryl Mattingly, and E. Valentine Daniel.
COURSES APPLICABLE TO THE JOURNALISM CONCENTRATION
Writing, Research, and Reporting Workshop II (Literary Reportage) JOUR-GA.1022, Conover
Monday 2:00pm-5:00pm. Class #3444. 4 Pts. 20 CS Rm. 700
Portfolio JOUR-GA.1044, Featherstone
Wednesday 9:15am-12:55pm. Class #2991. 4 Pts. 20 CS Rm. 659