Religion & Secularism

New School for Social Research: Anthropology

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Religion & Secularism

Spring 2021

Taught By: Abou Farman

Section: A

CRN: 8976

Credits: 3

The resurgence of religion and spirituality worldwide in both private and public life, and questions about the limits of scientific knowledge, have led to critiques of secularism and secular views on religion and politics. This seminar will start with overviews of the anthropology of religion and the more recent work on the anthropology of secularism, reviewing the political and epistemological assumptions and colonial histories behind the separation of public and private, religious and secular, and theological and political spheres. The rest of the course will move through the disordered, shadowy zones of the religious-secular divide where the secular uncanny hovers over the realities of science, where the spiritual rises out of the machinic and computational, where postcolonial ghosts come to haunt the courts of law, and where life and death, mortality and immortality disappear into each other. What are the senses, practices, phenomena and categories that are used to create, in habit or analyze such spaces? What are the political and epistemological stakes in these zones? We will look especially at those instances when these surge up through apparently secular modern contexts – in courts, within the state, through political action, in recastings of scientific and medical work, in the sacralization of consciousness, the equivocations of psychology and the fashioning of selves…

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Anthropology (GANT)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:55am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/25/2021 - 5/10/2021