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Christianity in Africa: Critical Perspectives on Religion, Gender, and Healing - Einzelansicht

Veranstaltungsart Seminar Langtext
Veranstaltungsnummer 082887 Kurztext
Semester WS 2020/21 SWS 2
Erwartete Teilnehmer/-innen Studienjahr
Max. Teilnehmer/-innen 20
Sprache englisch
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Do. 12:00 bis 14:00 woch 05.11.2020 bis 11.02.2021           
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Zugeordnete Person Zuständigkeit
Kovac, Uros, Dr. verantwort
Abschluss - Studiengang Sem ECTS Bereich Teilgebiet
Master - Social Anthropology/Sozialanthropologie (88 E95 16) - 5
Prüfungen / Module
Prüfungsnummer Modul
13003 Ggfs. Region C - Master Soc. Anthr./Sozialanthrop Version 2016
13002 Region B (Südasien) - Master Soc. Anthr./Sozialanthrop Version 2016
13001 Region A (z. Zt. Südostasien) - Master Soc. Anthr./Sozialanthrop Version 2016
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Fachbereich 08 Geschichte/Philosophie

Christianity in Africa: Critical perspectives on Religion, Gender, and Healing

MA Seminar, Social Anthropology

Instructor: Uros Kovac


Location: online, via Zoom

Time: weekly, Thursdays 12:00-14:00 (see detailed timetable below)

Consultation hours: Tuesdays 9:00-11:00, or by appointment, online via Zoom.

Email: uros.kovac.bg@gmail.com

All information is available on WWU Learnweb. Go to https://www.uni-muenster.de/LearnWeb/learnweb2/course/view.php?id=47283 and log in. You will need to enter a password to access the seminar; the password is: christianity



Contemporary forms of Christianity in Africa provide a fertile starting point for a better understanding of the continent, global economic and political issues, and anthropological debates on gender, faith, media, and sexuality. This seminar focuses on ethnographic insights into different iterations of Christianity throughout Africa in order to critically reflect on anthropological topics and issues of global significance.

The seminar is divided in three parts. The first one deals with encounters: between European missionaries and Africans during colonialism; between African Christians and proponents of ”African tradition” in contemporary Africa; and between Christians and Muslims. We will read about the role of missionaries in the European colonial project; how discursively constructed ”Christianity” and ”African tradition” influence one another; and what Christian conversion tells us about gendered agency. In the second part, we will discuss the role of Christianity in contemporary economic and political processes. Here different iterations of Christianity in Africa offer unique perspectives on global economic and political issues, such as neoliberalism, democracy, and the secular state. In the third part, we will read ethnographies of Christianity in Africa in search of unique perspectives on a number of anthropological topics. We will critically examine the concept of belief as a particular Christian construct; how Christians use electronic media in creative ways and challenge ideas of mediation and representation; how a sensorial approach to religion can yield new insights on healing; and how queer-identified Africans use Christianity for LGBT activism despite the religion’s stigmatization of non-normative gender identities and sexual practices.

By the end of the seminar, you will have acquired a solid understanding of different iterations of Christianity in Africa and certain debates in the anthropology of religion. Moreover, you will have developed an analytical vocabulary to critically engage contemporary debates on politics, economics, culture, and religion.


Seminar Timetable

Thursday, 05/11/2020, 12:00-14:00. Introduction to the Seminar.

Thursday, 12/11/2020, 12:00-14:00. Christianity and Colonialism.

Thursday, 19/11/2020, 12:00-14:00. Christian Conversion in Africa.

Thursday, 26/11/2020, 12:00-14:00. Christian Conversion and Gender.

Thursday, 03/12/2020, 12:00-14:00. Christianity and ”African Tradition.”

Thursday, 10/12/2020, 12:00-14:00. Christianity and Islam. (Essay 1 deadline)

Thursday, 17/12/2020, 12:00-14:00. Contemporary Christianity and Contemporary Africa.

Thursday, 07/01/2021, 12:00-14:00. Prosperity Gospel and Globalized Neoliberalism.

Thursday, 14/01/2021, 12:00-14:00. Christianity, Democracy, and the Secular State. (Essay 2 deadline)

Thursday, 21/01/2021, 12:00-14:00. Christianity and the Question of Belief.

Thursday, 28/01/2021, 12:00-14:00. Christianity, Media, and Mediation.

Thursday, 04/02/2021, 12:00-14:00. Christianity, Materiality, and Senses.

Thursday, 11/02/2021, 12:00-14:00. Christianity, Queerness, and LGBT Activism. (Essay 3 deadline

Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester WS 2020/21 , Aktuelles Semester: WiSe 2022/23