CRCS offers the following courses during the second semester of the 2014-2015 academic year (February – June 2015). These courses are open for graduate students (S-2/M.A. or S-3/PhD) from other faculties, subject to availability of seats. Non-CRCS students interested to enroll for the course(s) should contact Lina Pary (firstname.lastname@example.org). All courses start in the week of February 9, 2015, and continue for 14 weeks.
The Emergence of Post-Cartesian Ethnographies
Instructor: Dr. Samsul Ma’arif
(Thursday, 13:00 – 15:30)
This seminar is concerned with dominant paradigms and methodologies undergirding the study of religion and with misrepresentations of “indigenous religions” in scholarship, as well as discrimination and persecution against followers of indigenous religions in the socio-political arena. It seeks to disrupt those paradigms including “world religions”, “agama” and imperialistic constructions of terminologies such as spirituality, the transcendent, the sacred and so forth. Only in that way will the study of indigenous religions be effective. Ethnographic methodologies as alternatives will be examined, and case studies of post-Cartesian ethnographies crossing the globe (Latin and North America, Africa, Asia, especially Indonesia) will be explored. Other main topics in relation with the case studies include inter-subjective cosmologies and relational epistemology. This class aims to come up with liberating paradigms and methodologies that are effective, operational, and productive for the study of indigenous religions.
Religion, State and Society
Instructor: Dr. Zainal Abidin Bagir
(Tuesday, 13.00 – 15.30)
As scholars have noted the resurgence of religion in many parts of the world, there has been renewed interest in understanding the relationship between religion and politics. Secularism, as the main paradigm for understanding the relation between religion, state and society, is being re-thought. Works on “rethinking secularism” have appeared in diverse disciplines such as political science, international relations, sociology, anthropology and religious studies. This course starts with a study of the trend. The main issues covered include: (i) post-secularization conceptual debates about religion-state relations (liberalism, its critiques, and multiculturalism); (ii) case studies of models of religion-state relations in Western, Asian, and more specifically Muslim countries; and (iii) case studies of particular topics such as religious freedom, gender issues and multiculturalism, shari’a,and religious defamation / blasphemy. Students will write a major paper, in addition to weekly response papers and presentations.
Research Design and Method
Instructor: Dr. Mohammad Iqbal Ahnaf
(Tuesday, 09.00 – 11.30)
This course is intended for graduate students planning to conduct research in social science in a variety of context, especially those related to religious and cultural studies. The course will equip students with step by step skills in preparing research designs and proposals. Topics include such essentials in research design and method as generating and developing research questions, conceptualization, and selection of types and methods of research. Building on the latest developments in studies of religion and its relation with varieties of issues such as spirituality, local culture, environment and politics, the course will help students in designing research proposals that are guided by best examples of research in religion and cultural studies.
Inter-religious dialogue: theory and practice
Instructor: Dr. Suhadi Cholil
(Thursday, 09.00 – 11.30)
The aim of this course is to study theories and practices of inter-religious dialogue. It is intended to enable students to link theories of dialogue to the analysis of inter-religious relations and the management of religious diversity in the context of changes and transformations within the global religious resurgence. Three main parts of the course are: (a) Introduction to theories of dialogue; (b) Analysis of practices of inter-religious dialogue; and (c) Mini-projects on inter-religious dialogue. Students are required to create group projects which represents their academic understanding of the theories and practices of dialogue.
Advanced Study of Christianity
Instructor: Dr. Greg Vanderbilt
(Monday, 09.00 – 11.30)
It would appear that Christianity is being turned on its head: its center of gravity has shifted to the “global south” as (in addition to an Argentine Pope) Pentecostal and charismatic movements have great attraction across South and Southeast Asia as well as in Latin America and Africa, historically “Christian countries” are experiencing a new multiculturalism amid ongoing secularity, nominally and formerly Communist societies are home to burgeoning churches, and ancient Christian minorities are being driven into exile and extinction. This course is designed to give non-Christian students of religious studies a deeper understanding of what constitutes Christianity/ies in the world. It takes a broadly historical approach to questions including: How have Christians understood and related to God, Jesus Christ, the Bible, the church and themselves? How has Christianity taken root in different cultural and social contexts, whether as a dominant religion of the state and/or society or as a minority position? How do its different streams—Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical, Pentecostal, and others—fit together or don’t fit together? What does it mean to be Christian in Indonesia?
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