HDS 2231

Ritual, Culture and Postcolonial Imaginations

Sharon R. Fennema


Many ritual theorists have long understood rituals as events that inhabit and perform the complex and dynamic interactions of religion and culture. Postcolonial theorists and theologians have called our attention to the ways in which these interactions take place in the context of colonialism and imperialism. In this multi-faith, multi-race, multi-theological course, we will investigate the ways in which ritual theorists and liturgical theologians have understood the intersections of religion and culture as they are performed in ritual practices, using postcolonial theories and theologies as critical lenses with which to evaluate, interpret and challenge these understandings. In doing so, we will explore the ways in which rituals can both engender and inhibit postcolonial imaginations, acquiring analytical and practical tools for creating ritual practices which take account of postcolonial critiques.

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


0.50 credits
Spring 2013
Tues 2pm-4pm
Andover Hall Room 117

Relationship to Program Requirements

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