Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
Lectures principales demandées : Gérald Arnaud & Henri Lecomte, Musiques de toutes les Afriques, Paris, Fayard, 2006.
POLITICAL ANTHROPOLY OF RELIGIONS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
the key readings, provide comments and/or comparisons between the readings, and include questions for the author(s) and/or questions to discuss in class. These forms will serve as a support for class discussion and will be handed in at the end of each class. The quality of the preparation forms and oral participation over the semester will each count for half of the mark. Pedagogical method : Students will be able to : critically analyze complex religious phenomena with regard to anthropological theory ; know the historical factors that led to the contemporary expressions of religions ; present the multiple dimensions of religions (ritual, social, political, economic) in various regional settings and offer a comparative perspective of these religious dynamics ; discuss the implications of contemporary religious dynamics for policy-making. Course Description : The course addresses the place and role of religion in various contemporary African societies, with reference to indigenous religious systems, Christianity and Islam. The course provides students with an introduction to the anthropology of religion and links it to contemporary socio-political issues. It also invites students to reﬂect on the implications of anthropological knowledge for policy-making. The objectives of the course are : introduce anthropological concepts related to the study of religion ; illustrate these concepts with speciﬁc ritual practices throughout the African continent ; understand the social and political signiﬁcance of religion and (past and present) ritual practices ; situate the pluralistic religious context of African societies within wider social and historical dynamics ; identify the implications of anthropological knowledge about religion for public and development policies. We will try to answer the following questions : How are or were religions represented ? How do religions intersect with public life (health, gender and sexuality, local and national politics, development) ? How do various religions and ritual practices inﬂuence each other locally ? Is
Teachers : to be deﬁned. Pedagogical format : Elective Course validation : The ﬁrst requirements for this course are regular attendance and active participation. You need to have done the required readings and to be prepared to ask questions and to engage critically in discussions. Active participation requires preparation : read the text, write your questions down (questions to the author and questions to the class), compare the texts and be ready to express what you think of them. The lecture prepares you to think about and discuss the topic in hand. Oral presentation (15-20min) 30% : Oral presentations are a response to the key questions addressed in class. Students are required to focus on the key readings and present a structured exposé that shows their ability to analyse the readings and provide a critical assessment of them. Essay or critical book review (10,000 words) 40% : The essay is a response to one of the key questions addressed during the course. It includes references to the key readings, uses concepts learned during the course and offers an elaborate and critical answer to the question(s). The book review is a critical comment of a key reading : it includes a summary of the author's argument and offers constructive comments and criticisms, based on the readings and other material discussed in class. For both exercises, students will show their ability to comment readings and discuss concepts acquired during the course. Essay or book review to be sent by email on Week 10. Class preparation and oral participation 30% : Students are asked to actively participate in class based on their knowledge of the key readings. Before each class, students are asked to ﬁll in a prep