REL190-001: Fresh Sem: Religion

Topic: Pilgrimage and Tourism

August 24, 2016 - December 6, 2016
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Carlos Hall 211
Geslani, Marko
Appropriate for First Year students.

Dynamics of inquiry on a focused research topic. Will include discussion, debate, oral and written presentations. Topic varies.

Special Evidence-Focused Seminar. For more information:

What is the religion of travel? We are all on a journey, so they say. But is there salvation in the journey? Or merely recreation? This course explores the "religious" dimensions of travel in premodern and modern religious texts from and about Asia, while considering in depth the key terms "pilgrimage," "sacred space," and "tourism." An investigation of these terms offers a unique vantage point for introducing some of the critical terms and issues in the study of religion, including the holy or sacred, experience, liminality, relic and image, the dynamic of ritual and belief; the various tensions between religious orthodoxy and popular piety, local and trans-local practices, the “modern/secular” and the “pre- modern/religious;” and finally, the political dimensions of western depictions of Asia. The course pays particular attention to the ways in which pilgrimage and ritualized travel persist in modernity, first by examining active pilgrimages in modern Asia, and second, by investigating theories of tourism/secular space and depictions of Asia in western travel literature. Thus crisscrossing time (modern/premodern) and space (East/West), we will reconsider what it means to be modern.

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