Religion and Popular Culture

REL-R 102 — Fall 2022

Days and Times
TR 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM; Second 8 weeks
Course Description

What makes culture popular? Is religion different from culture? Can the popular be religious? This course analyzes the complex relationship between human beings and the material worlds they create, redesign, deconstruct, and critique. We will consider how the production of popular culture aids the expression of religious ideas, collective and personal identity, and our positionality in the universe. Thinking through time and space, we’ll travel to temples and drag bars, comic strips and manuscripts, tunes and tombs and so much more! During our expedition, students will develop their own interpretations by applying course concepts and ideas to the media of the contexts we encounter. Together, we will learn and practice thinking and talking about how we frame cultural production and the history of religious life.

Credits: GenEd A&H, CASE A&H