HDS 2115

Sound, Gender, and the Study of Religion

Rosalind I. J. Hackett


The acoustic and auditory dimensions of women's religious worlds are remarkably under-researched. So the goal of this course is 1) to promote more sonically aware studies of gender and religion 2) to develop a more gendered approach to the emergent field of cross-cultural and comparative studies of the role of sound (including music) in religion. The course will seek to balance the study of sound production with that of auditory experiences and listening practices, while not forgetting the mediatory role of socio-cultural contexts and interpretive communities in assigning differential value to women's religious sonic and musical praxis. Case studies will include those areas where women dominate (e.g. singing), as well as those where they are traditionally excluded, such as drumming. The role of women in sound therapy will be explored and examples for the course will be drawn cross-culturally from major religions and indigenous religions, as well as new religious movements.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes

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0.50 credits
Spring 2015
Mon 12pm-2pm
Rockefeller Hall Room 116

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Comparative Studies
  • Religion and the Social Sciences
  • Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Non-Tradition Specific
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None