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RELIGST 315: Death, Power, and Religion (RELIGST 215)

We live with the dead. Not only in the bodily traces of our ancestral origins, but also in the ways that the dead shape the worlds of the living - generating ethical structures, built environments, ritual performances, political imperatives, and conceptions of justice. Thinking with the dead also allows us into imaginaries of the future, whether in terms of a world beyond this one or as witnesses for this-worldly ideals of justice and righteousness. In this seminar we will explore the bodied and the disembodied, the powerful and the disempowered, and the disorienting potential of beginning from what is often regarded as the end. Readings will include Avery Gordon¿s Ghostly Matters, Michael Muhammad Knight's Muhammad's Body, Anand Vivek Taneja¿s Jinneaology, and LeRhonda Manigault Bryant's Talking to the Dead.nnUndergraduates register for 200-level for 5 units. Graduate students register for 300-level for 3-5 units.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3-5
Instructors: Bigelow, A. (PI)

RELIGST 315A: Chinese Buddhism

This year the seminar will focus on the twentieth century, perhaps the most vibrant and certainly the most tumultuous period in two thousand years of Chinese Buddhist history. After the collapse of the Qing dynasty in 1911, leading Buddhists proposed a series of radical reforms to the sangha in a frantic effort to adapt to the modern era. External changes forced creative Buddhist responses to imperialism, democratic government, communism, revolution, war and famine. By the end of the Cultural Revolution in the 1970s, it seemed as if reform had come too late, the persecution had been too brutal and too thorough, for Buddhist institutions and ideas to ever play a significant role in China again. But from the 1980s on, Buddhist rituals and practices resurfaced, at first through Buddhist organizations in Taiwan and then, increasingly, on the Mainland. By the end of the century, Buddhist leaders were posed to play a more prominent role than they had for a hundred years. In this course, we w more »
This year the seminar will focus on the twentieth century, perhaps the most vibrant and certainly the most tumultuous period in two thousand years of Chinese Buddhist history. After the collapse of the Qing dynasty in 1911, leading Buddhists proposed a series of radical reforms to the sangha in a frantic effort to adapt to the modern era. External changes forced creative Buddhist responses to imperialism, democratic government, communism, revolution, war and famine. By the end of the Cultural Revolution in the 1970s, it seemed as if reform had come too late, the persecution had been too brutal and too thorough, for Buddhist institutions and ideas to ever play a significant role in China again. But from the 1980s on, Buddhist rituals and practices resurfaced, at first through Buddhist organizations in Taiwan and then, increasingly, on the Mainland. By the end of the century, Buddhist leaders were posed to play a more prominent role than they had for a hundred years. In this course, we will focus on biographies and autobiographies by and about monks, nuns, laymen and laywomen in an attempt to work out from individuals to the wider trends that shaped Chinese Buddhism in the twentieth century. There is now enough material in English for a seminar on the subject, but students who can read Chinese will be encouraged to draw on the growing body of relevant material in Chinese as well.
Last offered: Spring 2021
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