Religion 1001. Religion and Ethnography

This course explores the use of ethnographic methods by anthropologists and scholars of religion as a means of interpreting the lived religious experiences of everyday people. Students will read contemporary ethnographies and conduct their own ethnographic research in order to discover how participant observation, interviews and other qualitative methods allow scholars to make sense of the very real religious sensibilities of worshipers, while simultaneously bringing to bear their own issues of subjectivity as ethnographers.