ETHNOGRAPHY OF GLOBAL CHRISTIANITIES
SPRING 2008 12:40:4:00 TU:TH PSYCH 102
Professor Jon Bialecki
Elliot 100A, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours TBA (& by appointment)
- Attendance and Participation: Conference members are expected to attend regularly
and participate in conference discussions.
- Final Paper: A fifteen to twenty page research paper is due on May12th. Papers must
be given in both paper and electronic formats. The paper, on a topic of the student’s
choice, should incorporate course themes and readings, but it may also incorporate
outside research. A one-paragraph paper proposal (no longer than 250 words) will be
submitted by students on March 25th. No late final papers will be accepted. During the
final three weeks of class, students will give a brief (ten minute) presentation on their
research work to the class.
- Moodle: Students are required to post one question per class to the class Moodle; these
should be posted in a timely manner to give other students an opportunity to read them
Tentative Schedule of Readings
Jenkins, P. (2002) “The Next Christianity” The Atlantic Monthly, 290(3): 53-68. [available
on Electronic Reserve]
Harding, S. (1991). “Representing Fundamentalism: The Problem of the Repugnant Cultural Other.” Social Research 58(2): 373B393. [available on Electronic Reserve]
Robbins, Joel. (2003). “What is a Christian? Notes toward an anthropology of Christianity.” Religion 33(3): 191B199. [available on Electronic Reserve]
Engelke, M. (2002). “The Problem of Belief – Evans Pritchard and Victor Turner on ‘the
inner life’.”‘Anthropology’Today 18(6): 2-8. [available on Electronic Reserve]
Asad, T. (1993) Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity
and Islam. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, (Chapters 1-2). [Available on Hard
Sahlins, M. (1996) “The Sadness of Sweetness: The Native Anthropology of Western
Cosmology” Current’Anthropology 37(3): 395B428. [available on Electronic Reserve]
Cannell, F. (2005). “The Christianity of Anthropology.” The Journal of the Royal
Anthropological’Institute 11(2): 335B356. [available on Electronic Reserve]
Rafael V. (1992) Contracting Colonialism: Translation and Christian Conversion in Tagalog Society Under Early Spanish Rule. Durham: Duke University Press. [Introduction, Chapters 1 & 3; available in Bookstore, Hard Reserves]
Contracting’Colonialism, cont. [Chapters 4B6, Afterwards].
Robbins, J. (2004) Becoming Sinners: Christianity and Moral Torment in a Papua New Guinea Society. Berkeley, University of California Press. [Prologue, Introduction, Chapters 1 & 2; available in Bookstore, Hard Reserve]
Becoming Sinners, cont. [Chapters 3-5]
Becoming Sinners, cont. [Chapters 6-8, Conclusion].
Meyer, B. (1999). Translating the Devil: Religion and Modernity among the Ewe in Ghana. Trenton: Africa World Press [Intro, Chapters 1, 2, 3; availability to be determined].
Translating the Devil, cont. [sections TBA]
Keane, W. (1998). Calvin in the Tropics: Objects and Subjects at the Religious Frontier. In Border Fetishism. P. Spyer, ed. London: Routledge. [available on Electronic Reserve]
Keane, W. (2002). Sincerity, “Modernity,” and the Protestants. Cultural Anthropology 17(1):65B92. [available on Electronic Reserve]
Engelke, Matthew. (2007). A Problem of Presence: beyond Scripture in an African church. Berkeley: University of California Press. [Sections TBA; available in Bookstore, Hard Reserve]
A Problem of Presence, cont. [Sections TBA]
A Problem of Presence, cont. [Sections TBA]
Keller, E. (2005). The Road to Clarity. New York: Palgrave. [Introduction, Chapters 1B7;
available in Bookstore, Hard Reserve]
The Road to Clarity, cont. [Chapters 8B12]
Austin-Broos, D. (1997) Jamaica Genesis: Religion and the Politics of Moral Orders. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. [Forward, Introduction, Chapters 1B3; available in Bookstore, Hard Reserve]
Jamaica Genesis, cont. [Chapters 4 – 6]
Jamaica Genesis, cont. [Chapters 7 – 9, conclusion].
Weigele, K. (2005). Investing in Miracles: El Shaddai and the Transformation of Popular
Catholicism in the Philippines. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. [Chapters 1B 5; available in Bookstore, Hard Reserve]
Investing in Miracles, cont. [Chapters 6B7, Epilogue]
Coleman, Simon (2006). Materializing the Self: Words and Gifts in the Construction of Charismatic Protestant Identity. In The Anthropology of Christianity. F. Cannell, ed. Pp. 163-184. Durham: Duke University Press. [Available in Electronic Reserve]
Lester, R. (2005). Jesus in Our Wombs: Embodying Modernity in a Mexican Convent. Berkeley: University of California Press. [Sections TBA; available in Bookstore, Hard Reserve]
Jesus in Our Wombs, cont. [Sections TBA]
Harding, S. (2000) Book of Jerry Falwell. Princeton: Princeton University Press. [Preface- Acknowledgements, Introduction, Chapters 1 – 6].
Book of Jerry Falwell, cont. [7-10, Postscript].