Friday 11 January 2019

Course: Myth, Ritual & Magic: Anthropology of Religion

Goldsmiths University is running an evening course over 10 weeks starting on 15 January, called Myth, Ritual and Magic: Introducing the Anthropology of Religion. The tutor is Dr Justin Woodman, who I previously heard talk at Seriously Possessed and Cthulhu and Contemporary Occultures.

Here are the details about Myth, Ritual and Magic from Goldmsith's website:
This course introduces an anthropological perspective on religion, examining its role in diverse cross-cultural contexts and investigating the evolutionary and psychological significance of religious behaviours in order to understand what, if anything, constitutes ‘human nature’. We will encourage you to engage critically with your perception of different beliefs, reflecting on the cultural biases that we employ when thinking about religious, sociocultural or ethnic groups different to our own.

Students will examine the key categories of magico-religious belief and practice used by anthropologists, including:

As well as surveying theories regarding the continued importance of religion in a contemporary, globalised world in relation to topics such as fundamentalism and identity, religion and violence, and new religious movements.

Possession of an anthropological perspective is a valuable tool for understanding and navigating the increasingly globalised and multicultural environment that we all participate in, and students' understanding of such a world and the diversity it encompasses will be significantly enriched through this course.
This is an introductory short course with weekly sessions from 6.30pm-8.30pm at Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW. It runs for 10 weeks starting on Tuesday, 15 January. The cost for the course is £295.

You can find out more and book here:

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