Course aims and learning goals:|
• to assess and analyze central themes in the study of religion and popular culture
• to define and to distinguish the main concepts being used in the theoretical debates about religion and popular culture
• to critically evaluate various perspectives taken in the study of religion and popular culture
• to apply theory on manifestations of religion in popular culture and popular culture in religion and to effectively analyze them
• to academically write and speak about religion and popular culture
The course will discuss theoretical approaches to the study of religion and popular culture and will explore their applicability through the examination of various case studies drawn from film, consumer culture and different religious practice settings. Pop-cultural forms of expressions can be found in religious contexts (e.g. religious comics, religious movies, etc.), and religious themes are referenced in popular culture ranging form TV shows to fashion trends and advertisement. Both categories of cultural products are commoditized, i.e. produced, and distributed through the channels of contemporary consumer capitalism. Both, popular culture and religion mutually influence and shape each other. In addition, the consumption of pop-cultural products and events can be experienced in religious terms and are used in practices of religious world-making. The analysis of different intersections of popular culture and religion will allow a critical reconsideration of binary oppositions that often inform (normative) discussions about religion and popular culture such as religious/secular, sacred/profane, high culture/low culture or authentic/fake.
|Je moet voldoen aan de volgende eisen|
- Alle onderstaande cursussen zijn behaald
- Mastercursussen Geesteswetenschappen (200501100)
Bronnen van zelfstudie
|Basic knowledge of central concepts and theories in religious studies.|
|Martin, Craig. A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion, first edition. London: Routledge, 2014.||Verplicht materiaal-Aanbevolen materiaal|
|Lynch, Gordon (ed.). Between Sacred and Profane: Researching Religion and Popular Culture. London: I.B. Tauris, 2007.|
|Forbes, Bruce D. & Jeffrey H. Mahan (eds.). Religion and Popular Culture in America, third edition. Oakland: Univ. of California Press 2017.|
AlgemeenThe course works with a combination of small-scale interactive lectures followed by seminar-style discussions of the assigned literature, theoretical concepts, case studies and student presentations.
Voorbereiding bijeenkomstenStudents are expected to read the assigned literature in advance, to come well prepared to class and to participate actively in class discussions. Further, students are expected to actively participate by selecting and presenting empirical case studies of the intersection of popular culture and religion (academic articles, books, or papers), evaluating their scientific quality, and relating them to the theoretical debates under study.