Summer 2008

SOCS 612
Religion, Science, and Empire

Gottschalk,Peter S.

06/23/2008 - 08/01/2008
Monday & Wednesday 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Public Affairs Center 104

The Age of Discovery not only coincided with the rise of European imperialism, it was abetted by it. The development of modern science —and of modernity itself —depended in part on the expansion of Western political and economic control across most of the globe and the majority of its inhabitants. Meanwhile, religion was integral to both the roots of European science and Western encounters of the rest of the world. This class will explore how the intersections of religion, science, and empire have formed a globalized world with examples of European engagement with the Americas, Middle East, and, particularly, India from the age of Columbus through to today.

Sources to be studied include Christopher Columbus, The Four Voyages; Juan Cole, Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East; Mohanda Gandhi, An Autobiography; Rudyard Kipling, Kim; Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions; Timothy Mitchell, Colonising Egypt.

Students will be graded on class participation, one presentation, two short papers, and one longer paper (10-12 pp.).

A syllabus for this course is available at:
Course Syllabus


Peter Gottschalk (BA College of the Holy Cross; MA University of Wisconsin-Madison; PHD University of Chicago) is professor of religion at Wesleyan University. His research and teaching concentrate on the confluence of religious cultures in South Asia, with a particular focus on Muslims and Hindus in contemporary rural India. His work investigates issues of identity, social memory, modernity, and epistemology. Among other works, he has written Beyond Hindu and Muslim: Multiple Identity in Narratives from Village India (2000), co-written Islamophobia: Making Muslims the Enemy (2007), and co-designed the interactive website "A Virtual Village" (2001). Click here for more information about Peter Gottschalk and click here for more information about his work.


ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Juan Cole, NAPOLEON'S EGYPT: INVADING THE MIDDLE EAST (Palgrave MacMillan), Paperback

Christopher Columbus, THE FOUR VOYAGES (Penguin Classics), Paperbck

Mohandas Gandhi, AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY (Beacon Press), Paperback

Rubyard Kipling, KIM (Penguin Classics), Paperback

Thomas Kuhn, THE STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS (University of Chicago Press), Paperback

Edward Larson, SUMMER FOR THE GODS: THE SCOPES TRIAL AND AMERICA'S CONTINUING DEBATE OVER SCIENCE AND RELIGION (Basic Books), Paperback

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