Religion and the Social Construction of Race|
AFAM 280, AMST 297|
|Certificates: Civic Engagement|
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies|
In this course we examine aspects of the intersections between "race" and "religion" in a number of historical and social contexts. We place at the center of our discussions the question of how race and religion are co-constructed categories that function as a prism through which people come to understand and experience their own identities and those of others. We will privilege interpretations that emphasize: a) the intersections of "race" and "religion" as a process in which power plays a pivotal role; and b) means through which communities form collective identities.
We will read a range of historical analysis and primary source materials from the U.S. and the Caribbean. After a theory module, we will examine a colonial-era captivity narrative, antebellum pro-slavery document, missionary works, analyses of anti-Semitism, works on Father Divine, the Nation of Islam, Rastafari, Haitian Vodou, Jonestown, the Christian ! White Supremacy movement, as well as the contemporary U.S. relationship to the Middle East.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM)(AMST)(CBST-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
David Chidester, SALVATION AND SUICIDE
Jill Watts, GOD, HARLEM U.S.A., THE FATHER DIVINE STORY
Melani McAlister, EPIC ENCOUNTERS
|Examination and Assignments: |
Attendance, weekly response papers, three critical essays.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills a "Method & Theory" OR "Thematic Approaches" requirement for the department major.
|Instructor(s): McAlister,Elizabeth Times: ...W.F. 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK115; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 24||SR major: 8||JR major: 7|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 3||FR: 0|