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080123 VO+UE M120 vertiefende Repräsentationen I: Religion and Rituality in Action: (2017W)

1) New Religious Practices in/and New Media; 2) Public Events and Festivals Case Studies from Europe

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

An/Abmeldung

Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").

Details

max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Mittwoch 04.10. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Mittwoch 11.10. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Mittwoch 18.10. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Mittwoch 25.10. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Mittwoch 08.11. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Mittwoch 15.11. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Mittwoch 22.11. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Mittwoch 29.11. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Mittwoch 06.12. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Mittwoch 13.12. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Mittwoch 10.01. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Mittwoch 17.01. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Mittwoch 24.01. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Mittwoch 31.01. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This is a composite course about religion, new media, and public rituality. It is divided into two main parts, which in turn are divided into sub-units.
The first part focuses on new forms of religiosity that have been emerging in Europe in the last few decades, and the more recent interconnection between these new religious practices and new media (especially, but not exclusively, the Internet). The second part is devoted to the anthropological interpretations of public rituals, events, and festivals. The interconnections between these phenomena and religion and new media will also be investigated.

Over the course, a significant number of case studies from throughout Europe will be presented and discussed. Concerning both themes, special attention will be devoted to the ethnographic investigations undertaken by the lecturer himself in Italy, Catalonia, and the Czech Republic.
Notions of "religion", "tradition", "ritual", "new media", "public events", and "new religious movements" will be critically examined and discussed during the lessons, with the support of the pertinent literature.

The provisional structure of the course will be the following:
a) What is religion? What is a new religious movement?
b) Representations and practices of religions and communities through the new media.
c) What is a ritual? How do rituals and public events work? The historical anthropology of public events and rituals.
d) Conclusions and further insights.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Die Lehrveranstaltung ist prüfungsimmanent; nur zweimaliges Fehlen ist erlaubt.

The students will be openly asked to actively participate in the teaching and learning processes. They will be encouraged to ask questions and contribute during the lessons and will also be given the opportunity to express their opinions voluntarily about the readings that will be handed out and read in itinere (25 points). Single students or small groups of students (2 to 3 people) will also be asked to present and discuss some articles chosen from the course literature (25 points). Nevertheless, the main learning methods will be attendance and participation in classes and the individual study.

The final assessment will be undertaken through an oral exam with the teacher (50 points). The exam will be held by means of questions/answers and discussions about the course and literature contents. Its purpose will be to ascertain the students’ knowledge of said contents, but also his/her capacity to acquire and autonomously use critical thinking and research methods.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Für den erfolgreichen Abschluss der LV sind zumindest 50 von 100 möglichen Punkten zu erreichen.
The grade scale will be the following:

1 (excellent): 87,5 points or more
2 (very good): 75 to 87 points
3 (good): 62,5 to 74,5 points
4 (sufficient): 50 to 62 points
5 (not sufficient): 49,5 or less points

Prüfungsstoff

The students will be openly asked to actively participate in the teaching and learning processes. They will be encouraged to ask questions and contribute during the lessons and will also be given the opportunity to express their opinions voluntarily about the readings that will be handed out and read in itinere. Single students or small groups of students (2 to 3 people) will also be asked to present and discuss some articles chosen from the course literature. Nevertheless, the main learning methods will be attendance and participation in classes and the individual study.

The final assessment will be undertaken through an oral exam with the teacher. The exam will be held by means of questions/answers and discussions about the course and literature contents. Its purpose will be to ascertain the students’ knowledge of said contents, but also his/her capacity to acquire and autonomously use critical thinking and research methods.

Literatur

Compulsory readings:

B. C. Wilson, "From the Lexical to the Polythetic: A Brief History of the Definition of Religion", in T. A. Idinopulos, B. C. Wilson (eds.), What is Religion?, Brill, Leiden-Boston 1998, pp. 141-153

G. Coleman, "Ethnographic Approaches to Digital Media", in Annual Review of Anthropology, n. 39, 2010, 487-505

F. Bowie, The Anthropology of Religion. An Introduction, Blackwell, Oxford 2006, chapter 6 ("Ritual Theory"), pp. 138-173

J. D. Eller, Introducing Anthropology of Religion, Routledge, New-York-London 2007, chapter 7 ("Religious Change and New Religious Movements"), pages 160-172

Additional readings:
(every student will have to choose and study at home, or present in the class, at least one of the following texts in addition to the compulsory ones)

L. Dawson, D. Cowan, "Introduction", in L. Dawson, D. Cowan (eds.), Religion online: finding faith on the internet, New York : Routledge, 2004, pp. 1-16

R. Hackett, "Religion and the Internet", in Diogenes 211, 2006, pp. 6776

C. Helland, "Digital Religion", in D. Yamane (ed.), Handbook of Religion and Social Institutions, Springer: Switzerland, 2016, pp. 177-196

R. Hutton, "Modern Pagan Festivals: A Study in the Nature of Tradition", in Folklore, n 119, 2008, pp. 251-273

K. Rountree, "Context Is Everything: Plurality and Paradox in Contemporary European Paganisms", in K. Rountree (ed.), Contemporary Pagan and Native Faith Movements in Europe, Berghahn, New York-London 2015, pp. 1-23

A. Testa, "?Fertility and the Carnival 1: Symbolic Effectiveness, Emic Beliefs, and the Re-enchantment of Europe", inFolklore, n. 128 (1), pp. 16-36

A. Testa, "Religions in Videogames. Historical and Anthropological Observations". In Online. Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet, n. 5, pp. 249-278

A. Testa, "Rethinking the Festival: Power and Politics", in Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, n. 26 (1), 2014, pp. 44-73

D. Visca, "Che fine hanno fatto i nuovi movimenti religiosi?", Prometeo, vol. 116, 2011, pp. 30-37

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:31