Religion and gender

This course takes up issues of religion and gender with reference to contemporary debates in the field. After asking what the study of gender brings to the study of religion and vice versa through an introductory unit on eating practices in several different traditions, the course takes up in turn issues of agency, the politics of the pluralist nation-state, and the intersections of colonialism, religion, and gender. Though the course materials include art, literature, documentary film, and primary textual sources, the course focuses on skills of reading, analyzing and criticizing arguments in secondary sources (indeed, we spend a couple of days of class working through articles with the help of a handout I have created, “How to read academic articles”).