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Same Sex Gender & Religion

Same Sex Gender and Religion:

This course explores the intersection of religions, same-sex affection/love/relations, and the category of gender. At the most basic level we examine what different religions have to say about sexuality, in particular, non-heterosexualities. We will look at the role that gender plays in these constructions of these sexualities, and we will return to our starting point to analyze the role of religions in these constructions of gender and sexualities. Throughout this term, students are introduced to the fundamental concerns of the academic study of religion, lesbian/gay/queer/trans/ intersex studies, and approaches to the study of these topics within the body of post/anticolonial theories. Among the topics considered are the construction of normative religious and sexual ideals, reading across the grain of religious teachings about sexuality and gender, and the role of ritual and performance in religion and sexuality. We will pay particular attention to the questions of identity, voice, history, and emerging discourses found around the globe.

Dr. Anderson
Kalamazoo College