Department of Religion
Critique, Image & Politics Concentration
The Department of Religion offers the graduate concentration in Critique, Image & Politics to explore how religions shape and are shaped in aesthetics, ethics, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and political and culture theory.
The Critique, Image & Politics curriculum consists of four thematic clusters of courses. Students may repeat a given course up to three times so long as it is offered with a different subtitle reflecting different material.
Corporealities in the Study of Religion
- Classical and recent theorizations of embodiment, body, flesh, and materiality, including philosophical ontologies as well as theories of gender and sexuality.
- Courses include Self-Body-Transcendence, Image of the Body, or Deleuze & Foucault
Images in the Study of Religion
- Theoretical approaches in the study of religion to objects and events as reflected in the image, and to the image in art, film, and technology.
- Courses include Religion, Art, Aesthetics, Mass Culture, or Religion, Art, Politics
Thought in the Study of Religion
- Key figures and texts in continental philosophy of religion, including hermeneutical, phenomenological, and post-phenomenological approaches.
- Courses include Continental Philosophy of Religion, Political Theology, Theology and Liberation, Islamic Metaphysics and Epistemology, or Life, Philosophy and Phenomenology.
Subjectivities in the Study of Religion
- Methodological approaches to the formation of critical subjects under the rubrics of ethics, psychoanalytic theory, theories of consciousness and the sociology of religion.
- Courses include Postmodern Ethics, Post Freudian Psychoanalysis, Sociology of Religion, or Prophecy and Imagination
Core Faculty for the Critique, Image & Politics concentration
Associated Religion Faculty for the Critique, Image & Politics concentration