Аnthropology of Religion
- 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
- Students understand the genealogy of the concept f religion
- Students know main ideas of academic debates about non-linearity of secularisation
- Students have knowledge on variety of rationalities
- Students know that religion can provide people with moral examples to follow
- Students have understanding on how religion is present in the public sphere
- Students understand that mediation is. a crucial part of religious pracrice
- Problems of definitionIs there such a thing as 'religion'? The first class looks at one of the most inclusive definitions of religion and its critique.
- Varieties of SecularismAlthough classical accounts of modernity predicted secularization, the world seems to be re-enchanted again, with religion fully reemerging in politics and the public sphere. What are the historical premises of secularization? How did different political orders accommodate religious forms? What are the modes of secularism predicated today?
- Morality, Ethics and Self-cultivationReligion offers ethical models and practices that shape moral selves. The anthropology of morality has for long dwelt in the Durkheimian and Weberian legacy, but the recent ethical turn in the discipline brought a deeper understanding of the relationship between morality and religion.
- Religious Temporalities and Regimes of HistoricitiesReligions are grounded on distinct temporal ontologies that shape religious beliefs and practices. Such temporalities influence perceptions of social continuity or rupture and individuals’ becoming in history.
- Religion, Mediation and Aesthetics s of PresenceThe concept of belief, central to most definitions of religion, came under strong critique for its Christian (Protestant) foundations. The shift from meaning to practices and processes of mediation has brought together religion and media in an innovative manner.
- Secular sensibilities in a postsecular ageThis class returns to the public role of religion to ask questions about moral expectations, religious claims and the failure of secular politics.
- Trading with God(s)How belief and religious affiliation define economic rationality?
- presentation of a text at the seminar, organization of discussion in class
- home exam - two short essays
- Interim assessment (2 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
- James S Bielo. (2015). Anthropology of Religion: The Basics. Routledge.
- 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