Course Description: In this course we will examine ways that people in the United States and around the world use religious discourse to frame changing relationships between their local communities and global social and political realities. The first part of the course will examine religious language in United States politics and is designed to coincide with the final months of the 2010 election cycle. Students will collect their own data samples from local or national politics and analyze these using the tools introduced in class. We'll extend our exploration from national to global politics by examining the role of Islam in public speech in the Middle East, by exploring changes in language use that accompany the encounter between the world's various indigenous communities and proselytizers of "world religions." And we will conclude by analyzing the emergent role of religious language in ecological activism among diverse peoples and cultures.
Professor: M. Eleanor Nevins
Office: AB 503