Colgate University

First-Year Course Offerings — Fall 2020

ALST 242   Religions of Resistance
RestrictionsInstr perm req during Drop/Add
DistributionHuman Thought and Expression
Core AreaGlobal Engagements

Religions of Resistance: Gender, Sexuality and Performance in the Caribbean

Studies African-derived religions and practices in the Caribbean, particularly the ways in which they constitute anticolonial and decolonial perspectives and practices. By exploring texts drawn from cultural studies, religious studies, literature, theatre and anthropology, students will develop an analytical framework through which to examine concepts such as syncretism and hybridity, ritual and bodily performance, and the construction of gender and sexuality. Key concerns in this course are the empowerment of women and people of diverse gender and sexual identities in religious contexts, black identity in the Caribbean and beyond, and the creation of new spaces for marginalized voices to be heard.