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Cornell University    
  Feb 18, 2018
Courses of Study 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ANTHR 4405 - [The Anthropology of Conversion: Colonialism, Modernity and the Body]

(crosslisted) RELST 4402  
Spring. Next offered 2016-2017. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Co-meets with ANTHR 7405 .

L. Ramberg.

Working between postcolonial theory, queer theory and religious studies, this seminar will consider religious and sexual conversion among other projects of self and other transformation, such as reform and rehabilitation in settler and non-settler (post) colonies. Recent ethnographic accounts of religious conversion have focused on modern subject formation, colonialism and its legacies. Inaddition to this work, we will consider studies of sexual conversion projects and therapies, especially where they converge with religious conversion, asthey often do. Throughout, we will attend to the ways forms of modernpower has saturated both ‘religion’ and ‘sexuality.’ Especially, we will consider the ways that conversion projects are not only ideological and political but also corporeal. They remake the body, its ethical comportment, its capacities, and its sensibilities.

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