Drs. Girim Jung and Ted Vial email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours by Appointment. Please contact us by email to schedule.
Intro to the course:
Mechanics of the Course:
The contemporary world offers different deployments of the politics of inclusion/exclusion. What roles do religion and theology play in shaping the identities and actions of Black Lives Matter, Burmese Buddhists, and alt-right white nationalist movements in the U.S.? Through reading classic and contemporary works on religion and identity, students will gain sophisticated theoretical frameworks to help analyze phenomena that increasingly seem to shape events.
The following books are for purchase:
Hucks, Tracey E. Yoruba Traditions and African American Religious Nationalism (University of New Mexico Press, 2012) (available as an ebook through Taylor library).
Finley, Gray, and Martin eds. The Religion of White Rage: Religious Fervor, White Workers and the Myth of Black Racial Progress (Edinburgh UP, 2020). (Available for $4.99 as a pdf from Edinburgh Press)
Beliso-De Jesus. Electric Santeria: Racial and Sexual Assemblages of Transnational Religion (Columbia). (Our amazing librarians have now been able to provide access to this book as an ebook!)
Further readings will be provided via Canvas
Degree Learning Goals:
First Year Interdisciplinary Course (4 credits): This course is team-taught and will introduce students to terminology, reading of primary texts and how to write academic papers as well as expose them to the complexity and significance of theological reflection. The course must be taken within the student's first 40 credit hours.
By the end of this class students will:
1. be able to articulate some of the ways religion, race, and nationalism function in the modern world;
2. be able to articulate some of the ways religious nationalism has shaped the identities of groups and individuals in different parts of the world and different times;
3. increase their facility with analyzing arguments; and
4. be able to write academic papers that make and support real arguments.
Statement of Inclusivity:
If you have a preferred pronoun that you would like for the class to address you by, please let us know so that we can honor that for you.
Important Guidelines you will want to read before writing a paper or making a post:
Throughout the quarter, we will have several discussions which will compose a large part of our engagement with each other in this online learning space. For these discussions to be meaningful conversation spaces, we all need to take responsibility for consistent and substantial participation. Over the course of a conversation, substantial engagement means:
Each post need not do all of these things, but your overall participation in each conversation should demonstrate all of these components. You might have several short posts and a handful of longer posts in a week or you might have only a few strategic substantial posts (minimum of 2 posts per discussion). Either way, your overall participation in each conversation will be evaluated for substantial engagement. The goal of this discussion design is to encourage and reward interchange, so post often and engage each other with meaningful questions that open to other questions.
We are looking for posts that help us understand and analyze the text at hand. Application of our texts to new situations is of course the ultimate goal, but we can't do that responsibly without understanding what the author is doing first. And that can be hard!
If your first post (due Wednesday) focuses on one of the assigned papers/readings, please focus your second post (due Friday) on a discussion about another paper/reading.
Each student will prepare 3 papers of 3 double-spaced pages each.
On a week you have signed up to write, you will submit your paper by Monday night on canvas.
Papers will be graded according to the following 4 criteria:
In a short paper the claim typically appears as the last sentence of the introductory paragraph (if it is not there the writer needs clearly to mark where it is, since otherwise readers will assume that sentence is the claim). A claim states the conclusion of the argument put forward in the paper. You have a great deal of freedom here. A claim might state what is the most important idea in the reading, or what the author must assume to make his or her argument, or what the logical extension of that argument might be, or how that argument relates to other readings on our syllabus, or what the author gets right or wrong, etc. In a short paper you will likely not be able to summarize the all the points the author makes, nor should you try. Part of your task of analysis is to prioritize what is most important to lift up for discussion for our class. Your paper will likely not follow the same organization as the reading under analysis, since the logic of your argument will not be the same as the logic of the argument of the reading. If your paragraphs tend to begin “And then . . .; Next . . .” then it is probably time to go back and do at least one more draft and re-think what you are presenting and how. Papers for this class are a little closer to the summary end of the spectrum than a term paper might be, since they are the basis for our discussion. But they are still papers that make engage the text by making a point about the text.
The purpose of the papers is three-fold:
Papers will be graded on the following scale:
4 = A
3 = B
2 = C
1 = D
0 = F
|Jan 06, 2021||Wed||Intros||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 06, 2021||Wed||Sign up for artifacts||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 06, 2021||Wed||Sign up for backgrounds||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 06, 2021||Wed||Group Annotation: Syllabus||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 07, 2021||Thu||Week 1 Discussion: African Diasporic Religious Nationalism||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 07, 2021||Thu||Sign up for papers||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 09, 2021||Sat||Week 1 Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 12, 2021||Tue||Week 2 Papers||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 13, 2021||Wed||Zoom Discussion||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 14, 2021||Thu||Week 2 Discussion: African Diasporic Religious Nationalism||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 16, 2021||Sat||Week 2 Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 19, 2021||Tue||Week 3 Papers||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 21, 2021||Thu||Week 3 Discussion: African Diasporic Religious Nationalism; Library Resources||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 23, 2021||Sat||Week 3 Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 26, 2021||Tue||Week 4 Papers||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 27, 2021||Wed||Zoom Discussion||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 28, 2021||Thu||Week 4 Discussion: Myanmar; Writing Resources||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 30, 2021||Sat||Week 4 Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 02, 2021||Tue||Week 5 Papers||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 04, 2021||Thu||Week 5 Discussion: Myanmar||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 06, 2021||Sat||Week 5 Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 09, 2021||Tue||Week 6 Papers||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 10, 2021||Wed||Zoom Discussion||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 11, 2021||Thu||Week 6 Discussion: Myanmar||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 13, 2021||Sat||Week 6 Discussion Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 16, 2021||Tue||Week 7 Papers||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 18, 2021||Thu||Week 7 Discussion: White Nationalism||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 20, 2021||Sat||Week 7 Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 23, 2021||Tue||Week 8 Papers||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 24, 2021||Wed||Zoom Discussion||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 25, 2021||Thu||Week 8 Discussion: White Nationalism||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 27, 2021||Sat||Week 8 Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Mar 02, 2021||Tue||Week 9 Papers||due by 06:59AM|
|Mar 04, 2021||Thu||Week 9 Discussion: White Nationalism||due by 06:59AM|
|Mar 06, 2021||Sat||Week 9 Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Mar 10, 2021||Wed||Zoom Discussion||due by 06:59AM|
|Mar 11, 2021||Thu||Group Annotation: Combahee River Collective Statement||due by 06:59AM|
|Mar 11, 2021||Thu||Group Annotation: The BREATHE ACT||due by 06:59AM|
|Mar 11, 2021||Thu||Group Annotation: Sunrise's Principles||due by 06:59AM|
|Mar 13, 2021||Sat||Background||due by 06:59AM|
|Mar 13, 2021||Sat||Week 10 Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Mar 14, 2021||Sun||Artifacts||due by 06:59AM|
|Mar 14, 2021||Sun||Participation||due by 06:59AM|
|Apr 01, 2021||Thu||Week 10 Discussion: Liberating Futures||due by 05:59AM|