Fall 2015

Religions of Latin America

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-231  |  Religion, as RELI-131


William Girard (Section 01)


(Offered as RELI 131 and ANTH 231.) This course provides an overview of religious traditions in Latin America with an emphasis on how colonialism, migration, missionary activities, and social and political movements have contributed to religious change in the region. The beginning of the course will focus on the religious history of Latin America. Topics to be considered include pre-Columbian religion, the Conquest, colonial Catholicism, church and state, religious syncretism, anti-clericalism in the nineteenth century, and the arrival of Protestant missionaries in the early twentieth century.  The remainder of the course will be devoted to contemporary religious life.  Particular attention will be paid to the entanglements between religious traditions and other social forces: women’s movements, revolution, neoliberalism, and the political mobilization of indigenous peoples and Latin Americans of African descent. The final weeks of the course will examine Latina/o religions in the United States.

Fall semester.  Visiting Lecturer Girard.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2015