Secularism and Religion
Over the past two decades, many post-colonial societies have experienced a religious effervescence unseen since the colonial period. Religious violence has risen significantly and religious discourses originating in the post colony increasingly occupy public spaces and inflect on international and domestic politics around the world. This course will examine religion in post-colonial contexts, with a view to better understanding these recent developments and the histories that have contributed to them. The focus will be on the role of a variety of religious forms and spiritual practices in broader political and socio-economic processes, tracing their genealogies and interactions from the colonial period to the present. Case studies will be taken from a range of postcolonial societies, with a strong emphasis on Africa. (Given by the Departments of Political Science and Religion)
Format and Requirements
One two-hour lecture per week. Course requirements TBA.
2.0 200-level (or above) credits in Political Science or Study of Religion / permission of the instructor