Special Topics in Social/Cultural Anthropology

Religion and Music
Course Number: 
189
Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2018
Section: 
003
Location: 
Hearst Field Annex B5
Instructor: 
Charles Hirschkind
Units: 
4
Time: 
Tu, Th 11:00 am - 12:29 pm
CCN: 
15298

Class Description

In this course, we will explore the place of music and muscial performance across a wide variety of religious contexts - from indigenous traditions of Africa and the Americas, to Islam and Hinduism, to American sacred song.

Drawing from both historical and contemporary sources, the course will examine such questions as: How have religious traditions used acoustic and musical metaphors for the elaboration of distinct concepts of transcendence, divinity, or cosmology? What forms of knowledge and agency is ascribed to the performance and audtion of music within different traditions? What forms of sensory attunement does religious listening require across these traditions? How does the spread of popular, mass - mediated forms of religious music impact on the role ascribed to music by different religions?

Course Catalog Description

Various topics covering current research theory, method; issues of social and cultural concern; culture change, conflict, and adaption. May combine more than one subdiscipline of Anthropology.