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Cherkaev X., Paxson H., Helmreich S.

In bk.: An Anthropogenic Table of Elements: Experiments in the Fundamental. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2022. P. 61-69.

Working paper
Language and Cultural Contacts in the Russian-Nordic Borderlands: Change and Continuity

Vlakhov A., Deresh A., Mironova E. et al.

Linguistics. WP BRP. НИУ ВШЭ, 2021. No. 108.

Аnthropology of Religion

2022/2023
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
3
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Type:
Compulsory course
When:
1 year, 1 module

Instructor

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Questions of religion have been central to anthropology from its beginnings and remain so today when religion (re)emerges as a global force. While the early scholarship perceived religious phenomena through the skeptical lens of secular science, recent critiques brought up anthropology’s own orthodoxies and the need for theoretical and methodological renewal. Every new paradigm took up the challenge to explain religion and its pervasiveness in human culture and society. The anthropology of religion emerged out of such creative tensions as a vibrant field of theoretical inquiry and impressive scholarship. The course is structured around major themes that shaped the study of religion
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The aim of the course is to introduce students into current theoretical debates in the filed of anthropology of religion.
  • The aim of the course is to discuss anthropological approach to the study of religion
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students have knowledge on variety of rationalities
  • Students have understanding on how religion is present in the public sphere
  • Students know main ideas of academic debates about non-linearity of secularisation
  • Students know that religion can provide people with moral examples to follow
  • Students understand that mediation is. a crucial part of religious pracrice
  • Students understand the genealogy of the concept f religion
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Problems of definition
  • Varieties of Secularism
  • Morality, Ethics and Self-cultivation
  • Religious Temporalities and Regimes of Historicities
  • Religion, Mediation and Aesthetics s of Presence
  • Secular sensibilities in a postsecular age
  • Trading with God(s)
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking presentation of a text at the seminar, organization of discussion in class
  • non-blocking home exam - two short essays
  • non-blocking homework
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2022/2023 1st module
    0.5 * home exam - two short essays + 0.25 * presentation of a text at the seminar, organization of discussion in class + 0.25 * homework
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • James S Bielo. (2015). Anthropology of Religion: The Basics. Routledge.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Bielo, J. S. (2016). A companion to the anthropology of religion. Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, 24(1), 103–106. https://doi.org/10.1111/1469-8676.12247