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240033 VS Religion and Morality: Anthropological Perspectives (3.3.5) (2016S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Anwesenheitspflicht in der ersten Einheit!


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 40 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 10.03. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Monday 11.04. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 12.04. 15:00 - 18:15 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Wednesday 13.04. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Monday 09.05. 15:00 - 18:15 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 10.05. 15:00 - 18:15 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Wednesday 11.05. 15:00 - 18:15 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course aims at exploring the interface of two fields of anthropological inquiry. One is the “classical” anthropological engagement with the issue of religion and the other a newly coined field of anthropological interest and expertise – the anthropology of morality.
After having introduced and discussed core concepts and approaches to religion and morality in anthropology, the participants of the course will have the opportunity to inquire into intersections of these notions and research fields along the following dimensions: social practice, embodiment, crisis/break-down, economy, politics, law, post-socialism, post-colonialism and migration.

The main didactic aim of the course is both the critical engagement with core notions and approaches as well as the “sharpening” of the comparative and conceptual gaze by a mutual exploration of religion and morality.

Assessment and permitted materials

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

attendance, presentation, seminar paper

Examination topics

Reading list

Compulsory Readings:

ASAD, Talal (1993): Genealogies of Religion. Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christinity and Islam. John Hopkins University Press. (Chapter 1, The Construction of Religion as a Genealogical Category)
FASSIN, Didier (2012): Companion to Moral Anthropology. Willey-Blackwell. (Introduction: Towards a Critical Moral Anthropology)
GELLNER, David (1999): Anthropological Approaches, in Connolly, Peter, Approaches to the Study of Religion. Cassell: 10-42.
LAMBEK, Michael (2002): A Reader In the Anthropology of Religion. Blackwell. (Introduction + Chapters 1,2,3,4)
LAMBEK, Michael (2012): Religion and Morality, in Fassin, Didier (ed.) A Companion to Moral Anthropology, Willey-Blackwell: 342-359
MORRIS, Brian (2006): Religion and Anthropology. Critical Introduction. Cambridge University Press. (Introduction)
ZIGON, Jarrett (2008): Morality. An Anthropological Perspective. Berg. (Introduction & Chapter 1)

Association in the course directory

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