HDS 3105

Religious Tourism

Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús


This seminar will explore the relationship between "religion" and "tourisms." We will examine theories of "the tour" and the production of touristic moments in relation to contemporary modernist movements and subjectivities including cosmopolitanisms, emigration, travelogues and the notion of "the tourist." This engagement will juxtapose conceptions of "religion" encompassed broadly within ritual, spiritual, diasporic and esoteric practices-as-tours. We will read ethnographies of religious tourisms in different trans-local sites, exploring the engagement with issues of commodification and religion, religion and the state, religion and nationalisms, and the inciting of touristic desires.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 20 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1042

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0.50 credits
Fall 2013
Thurs 4pm-6pm
Divinity Hall Room 213

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • Religion and the Social Sciences
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Non-Tradition Specific
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None