American Studies | U.S. Arts and Media / Topic: Religion and Violence in Latin America
A202 | 11005 | Kevin O'Neill


(3 cr. hrs.)

M/W 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Class carries COLL A&H distribution credit

Instructor Email: kloneill@indiana.edu

How does one begin to theorize the relationship between religion and
violence in the Americas?  When has violence constituted religious
practice?  When has violence been the passionate response to
religious orthodoxy?  And, conversely, when have faith and theology
been the reaction to structural violence?  To address these
questions, this class will assess a range of links between religion
and violence from Spanish Harlem to the Southern Cone.  Those links
will include Spanish conquest and colonization, the religious
dimensions of nation-state formation, genocides and civil wars, the
murders of Roman Catholic clergy, indigenous spirituality and social
movements, as well as Christianity’s response to drug trafficking,
transnational street gangs, and free trade agreements.