Religious Studies | Issues in Religion in the Americas
C300 | 31224 | S. Selka

Topic: Saints and Spirits: African-Derived Religions in the Americas
This course explores current issues in the study of African-derived religions in the Americas.
We will explore, through text and film, religions such as Candomblé in Brazil, Vodou in Haiti,
Santería in the United States, and Rastafarianism in Jamaica. Issues that we will examine
include the relationship of these religions to Christianity, their connections to Africa, their
engagements with racial politics, as well as their connections to ethnic, national and
transnational projects and processes. In addition to a wide range of approaches to the study
of religion, students will become familiar with a variety of perspectives on the relationship
between religion, identity and politics.