AAMW566 - RITUAL,MEMORY,PERFORMANC

All human societies provide stages for countless performances, including rituals, festivals, plays, spectacles, and daily acts of self-presentation. In a secular world, however, people have a tendency to dismiss these phenomena as decorative pageantry, "mere rituals," that can do little to address more important economic or political processes. Similarly, the relentless pace of innovation can obscure the importance of memory. Yet ritual, memory and performance are central to the articulation of a range of political, social, and personal identities. We will consider these concepts using theories drawn from a variety of disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, sociology, psychology, religious studies, gender studies, performance studies and cultural studies. Students will be required to participate in seminar discussion and write a research paper that applies the concepts discussed in the seminar to a topic of their choice.
Section 401 - SEM - RITUAL,MEMORY,PERFORMANC
MW 0330PM-0500PM
RISTVET, LAUREN
WILLIAMS HALL 220