Ritual, Materiality, and Space

REL-R 662/762

chalk illustration on pavement
Stephen Selka
Course Description

This course focuses on the “spatial turn” and its implications for religious studies, cultural anthropology, cultural studies, and related disciplines. Our starting point is the idea that spaces and places are simultaneously material, imagined, and social. We will consider how that approach helps us understand particular spaces and the insights that thinking spatially provides. We will pay particular attention to the idea of sacred spaces and how they are constituted through discourse and practice. Our readings will focus on a range of theoretical perspectives and on a series of themes in the study of religion, space, and place. These themes include movement, globalization, diaspora, cityscapes, and cyberspace.