ANTHRCUL 458 - Topics in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology
Section: 005 Religion, Media, and Politics
Term: FA 2019
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior and above.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines configurations of politics, publics, and power at the nexus of religion and media. Religious activists and groups have increasingly framed media technologies as central to their projects of sustaining existing social worlds, constructing alternatives, or resisting competing ones. Whether the Christian Right in the United States, Pentecostals in Latin America and Africa, Orthodox Jews in Israel/Palestine and North America, Hindu nationalists in South Asia, or Muslims of diverse orientations in the Middle East and beyond, radio, photography, television, and the internet have emerged as important terrains of cultural and political mediation by self-identified religious actors. We will delve into some of the most interesting ethnographic accounts of media as sites of shared (and contested) religious and political experience across diverse contexts. We will look beyond media content to consider the ways in which the materiality, infrastructure, and circulation of media structure the political implications of religious community, practice and belief. Throughout the course, we will explore the theorizations that ground this emergent field of inquiry, problematizing conventional understandings of “religion,” “media,” and “publics.”

ANTHRCUL 458 - Topics in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology
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002 (SEM)
Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: The class will meet in 208 West Hall.
003 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
005 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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