HDS 2163

Altered States: Spirit Possession, Modernity, and Other Dangerous Crossings

Kristin Bloomer


Spirit possession had always been about crossings: between bodies, between human and non-human agencies, between illness and healing. This course considers spirit possession practices, particularly in south India but also around the world, in regard to questions of agency, gender, syncretism, power, and the making of the modern nation-state.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Fall 2012
Mon 12pm-2pm
Andover Hall Room 117

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Comparative Studies
  • South Asian Religious Traditions
  • Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
MDiv Distribution Category/ies None
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None