This advanced seminar treats the formation of Christinaity as an instituional power in relation to the Roman Empire. Starting with the Edict of Milan in 313 CE, which put an end to persectution of Christians, and closing with the Council of Chalcedon in 451 CE, which established normative Christian doctrine, we will move through this development in seven roughly chronological units.
Best known for analyzing domination and power, Michel Foucault shifts his attention to ethics and √Ę¬Ä¬útechnologies of the self√Ę¬Ä¬Ě in 1976. In this advanced seminar, we study and critique Foucault√Ę¬Ä¬ôs turn to western antiquity through his lectures and volumes of foregrounding resistance to power through religion, politics and ethics.
Focused discussion of the history and methods of the study of religion via close readings of classical texts and narratives of the field from 1800-1900.
Focused discussion of the history and methods of the study of religion via close readings of classical texts and narratives of the field from 1900-present.
A survey of the historical development of the psychology of religion and its conversation with theology, comparative studies, gender studies, sociology, and anthropology. Topics include: mysticism, eroticism, conversion, feminism, psychobiography. Examples drawn from a variety of religious traditions. Readings include: Freud, Jung, Tillich, Erikson, Kristeva, Kakar.
Study and read classical Arabic texts with the goal of learning the material as well as the syntax and grammar of Arabic.