NEAREAST 490 - Topics in Near Eastern Studies
Section: 006 Singing the Community: Armenian Liturgy and the Anthropology of Ritual and Sound
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Near East Studies (NEAREAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course pairs ethnographic material related to the role of Armenian Christianity in the lives of contemporary Armenians as a point of entry into three bodies of literature in anthropology and the social sciences. The first section pairs the literature on ritual with alternative attention to the category of liturgy and to Armenian and other Orthodox Christian reflections on the role of liturgy for Christian living. In the second section of the course, recent anthropological work on sound, soundscapes and voice is read through the detailed hymn system of the Armenian Apostolic Church and includes visits to liturgical services in Detroit. Finally, the third section rereads the literature on community with an eye to Armenian reflections on church and community. Each section will also involve activities and embodied practices related to the set of texts. Through these textual and embodied encounters with a little-known Christian religious tradition, students will become conversant with contemporary social scientific debates about affect and belonging, religion and ritual, and urban soundscapes.

NEAREAST 490 - Topics in Near Eastern Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
28447
Open
8
 
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Tu 3:30PM - 6:00PM
Note: This course is part of the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum. Students will video conference into a class at the University of Maryland. Please note that this course runs from January 24, 2018 through May 12, 2018.
002 (SEM)
P
32087
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
32095
Open
14
 
-
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
005 (SEM)
P
32669
Open
14
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
006 (SEM)
P
32670
Open
17
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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