AFR 427
Racial and Religious Mixture Spring 2016 Division II; Writing-Intensive; Exploring Diversity Initiative; Cross-listed as AMST327 / AFR427 / LATS427 / REL314
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The very term “mixture” implies that two or more distinct substances have been brought together. Distinctions of race and religion are social fictions; yet, the lived ramifications of these social fictions involve tense struggles over the boundaries of racial and religious communities. These boundaries are not just ideas but also practices. In the history of the Americas, mixed racial and religious identities and experiences have more often been the result of violent clashes than romantic encounters. Still, the romanticization of the New World as a geography that makes such mixtures possible reaches back to the earliest days of Spanish conquest in the Americas. This course critically reconsiders varying ways that racial and religious mixtures have been imagined, defined, challenged, negotiated, and survived under imaginative and legal rubrics of mestizaje, creolization, transculturation, passing, syncretism, religious hybridity, and mixed race studies. Focusing on how different peoples have critically theorized and made meaning about and out of racial and religious differences and interconnections, this EDI course investigates the ways that knowledge about mixture and difference have been critically constructed and transformed.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 10
Class#: 3955
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation based on participation, presentations, annotated bibliography, short writing assignments, writing workshop participation, and a 20- to 25-page research paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: seniors, concentrators, majors, those with prior relevant coursework
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive; Exploring Diversity Initiative;
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora;

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