Religious Studies | Religious Historiography: Myth, Memory and History
R664 | 3663 | Steven Weitzman

Our goal in this seminar is to explore different approaches to how
religious communities remember, construct, represent and/or make use
of their pasts.

How do communities remember? How do social, cultural, ideological, or
psychological forces shape that memory? Why do communities "invent"
memories, and how are these different from the real thing? Why are
certain memories contested and what issues are at stake? How do
scholars uncover the "repressed memories" of a community, and what
role does the unconscious play in shaping the perception of the past?
As we explore various approaches to these questions, students will
adopt one for a seminar paper focused on the religious community they
consider their specialty.