L57 RelPol 215

Performing Religion, Ritualizing Gender

Spring 2017, T/Th 1:00–2:30PM

This class introduces key academic approaches to “ritual,” “practice,” and “performance.”

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This class will introduce you to key academic approaches to “ritual,” “practice,” and “performance,” and will ask whether these distinctions are important or arbitrary. Ritual studies (based in religious studies) also happens to center around the very same questions that gave birth to gender and queer studies (is gender a performance?), thus a parallel examination of ritual and performance studies necessarily brings religious identity into conversation with broader questions of identity (gender, race, class).