T80013 :Theory, methods and sources 1


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: lectures and seminars, with presentations and papers (Geen informatie over collegetijden bekend)
Tentamenvorm: papers and presentations during the course (Geen informatie over tentamendata bekend)
Studielast:7,5 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Inschrijven van 1 tot 20 augustus


prof. dr. W.E.A. van Beek

dr. A. Nugteren

Inhoud van de cursus

The course focuses on the structures, dynamics and semantics of rituals in their historical and socio-cultural context, as well as on their niche in various religions, of both great and local traditions. The various methodological approaches to ritual studies are related to the relevant theoretical approaches of religion, and to the position of the researcher him/herself. In this, the complex of methods known as `field studies' is in contrast to the study of source material and the dynamics of oral-written transmission of ritual and religious information.

Course objectives
The course aims at:
- the introduction and analysis of various theoretical-cum-methodological approaches, using a general book on religious anthropology;
- developing understanding to what extent rituals and religions are generated by their cultural-historical contexts, and what generalities lie behind the complexity of ritual forms.

As a result the student is able to critically and creatively analyse a given complex of rituals and relate it to the relevant theoretical and methodological insights.


Comments: This course is part of the Liturgical and Ritual Studies-track

Verplichte literatuur

  1. During the course relevant material and literature will be provided.

Aanbevolen literatuur

  1. R. Crapo, Anthropology of Religion: the Unity and Diversity of Religions, Boston/London: McGraw Hill, 2003.