REL 314
Racial and Religious Mixture Spring 2020
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed AMST 327 / AFR 357 / LATS 327 / REL 314

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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.
The Class: Type: mostly discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 10
Class#: 3956
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: participation, short writing exercises, a 3-page first essay, a 5- to 8-page second essay, and a 10- to 14-page final paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: seniors, concentrators, majors, those with prior relevant coursework
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 327 Division II AFR 357 Division II LATS 327 Division II REL 314 Division II
DPE Notes: Focusing on how different peoples have critically theorized and made meaning about and out of racial and religious differences and interconnections, this Difference, Power, and Equity course investigates the ways that knowledge about mixture and difference--and their roles in hierarchical distributions of social and political power--have been critically constructed and transformed.
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora

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