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Religion and Popular Culture in Latin America
M 3:30pm - 5:20pm
This course will examine the richness and diversity of Latin American religious culture, paying special attention to how religious practices and identities oftentimes defy boundaries and categories of religious denomination. We will take an interdisciplinary approach to our subject matter, reading works of anthropology, history, sociology, literature, religious studies, and theology in order to bring multiple perspectives to questions such as: How should we define “popular” religion? How does the rise of religious pluralism impact the nature of Latin American religious culture? What can we learn from transnational expressions of religious identity? How does popular religious culture evolve and change in an era shaped by mass media and tourism?
Readings (~200 pp. per week), two presentations, and one final research paper (15-20 pp.)
Participation: 30%; Presentations (15%); Short papers (15%); Final Paper (40%).