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Book
Remembering the Neoliberal Turn: Economic Change and Collective Memory in Eastern Europe after 1989

Gökarıksel S., Gontarska O., Hilmar T. et al.

L.: Routledge, 2023.

Article
Сholera Riots in Staraia Russa in 1831. People and the Authorities: Actions, Motives, Concerns
In press

Belan M.

Slavonic and East European Review. 2024. Vol. 102. No. 2.

Book chapter
The Stolbovo Treaty and Tracing the Border in Ingria in 1617–1618

Adrian Selin.

In bk.: Sweden, Russia, and the 1617 Peace of Stolbovo. Vol. 14. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2024. P. 99-118.

Working paper
The Image of the Past in Ciro Spontone’s ‘Historia Della Transilvania’

Khvalkov E., Levin F., Кузнецова А. Д.

Working Papers of Humanities. WP. Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2021

Аnthropology of Religion

2023/2024
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
3
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Type:
Compulsory course
When:
1 year, 1 module

Instructor

Oparin, Dmitriy

Oparin, Dmitriy

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, exploring topics such as discipline, agency, gender, mediation, secular and secularism, and ethnography of religion, aiming for a deep and critical understanding of religion in various cultures and societies.
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
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

  • 2023/2024 1st module
    0.5 * home exam - two short essays + 0.25 * homework + 0.25 * presentation of a text at the seminar, organization of discussion in class