Ritual and the Body
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Religion
Course Number: LREL 2804
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
  • Religious Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Social Sciences
This course explores one of the central aspects of religion: ritual. We will consider the role of rituals in structuring the lives of individuals and communities, both as a means of expressing beliefs and values and as a means of training the body to develop certain habits and dispositions. We will also see how rituals shape, and are shaped by, local gender roles – how they perform, perpetuate, and transform what it means to be gendered in a variety of communities. Readings include anthropological, sociological, and philosophical accounts of ritual, and will be supplemented by the concrete examples of ritual introduced by site visits and observations, film, and students’ own experiences.
Course Open to: Degree Students