HDS 3253

The Shock of the Old: Conference Course

Michael D. Jackson and Kimberley C. Patton


This course is about the impact of the past on the "present" of historical time. Through the disciplinary lenses of anthropology and archaeology, we will explore how different peoples have encountered, imagined and appropriated earlier times-historical, prehistorical, mythical, ancestral, biographical, material and ideological. Key concepts include social time, memory, firstness, human temporality, the status of the dead, and eternal recurrence. We will also consider different conceptions and practices of transformation and rebirth, the nature of our thralldom to the past and our freedom to transcend it, and the modern West's relationship to the heritage of the classical world. Note: Limited to 30 students, by application at the first class meeting.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 30 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1016


0.50 credits
Spring 2014
Wed 2pm-4pm
Divinity Hall Room 211

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Comparative Studies
  • Religion and the Social Sciences
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Comparative
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None