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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP7078798, A.A. 2018/19

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0607, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ANTHROPOLOGY OF RELIGION
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge FERDINANDO FAVA M-DEA/01

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-DEA/01 Population Studies, Ethnography and Anthropology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 FAVA FERDINANDO (Presidente)
GRASSI PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
2 Commissione 2018/19 01/06/2019 30/11/2019 FAVA FERDINANDO (Presidente)
GRASSI PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)


Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: The course is divided into two parts. The first one wants to offer an overview of the main theoretical and methodological debates that marked the anthropological study of religion on the formation of the same discipline (from the key epistemological issues to the problems of the origin and function of religion, symbolism, etc. ). The direct comparison with the classical texts of Tylor, Durkheim, Evans-Pritchard, Levi-Strauss, Geertz will mark the rhythm of this part. In the second part we will explore some "traditional"research subjects connected to de formation itself of the anthropology of religion (totemism, ritual, shamanism and possession, pilgrimage, witchcraft, etc.). By the direct comparison with contemporary ethnographies will recognize the questions that they raise today on these same issues, the hermeneutic frames in which they are now read as well as the "anthropological knowledge" on the religious phenomenon in the making. Particular attention will be given over to the historical question of the relationship between religion and violence and to the anthropology of Christianity.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: After an introduction of the teacher, the participants will be asked to present a text and manage the following debate.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Articles and monographs not included in the bibliography will be delivered to the participants
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Durkheim E., Le forme elementari della vita religiosa.. Roma: Meltemi, 2005. 460 p. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Evans-Pritchard E.E., Stregoneria, oracoli e magia fra gli Azande. Milano: Raffaello Cortina, 2002. 310 p. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Evans-Pritchard E.E., Teorie sulla religione primitiva. Torino: Trauben, 1997. 211 p. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Geertz C., Interpretazione di culture. Bologna: Il Mulino, 1987. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Levi-Strauss C., Il totemismo oggi. Milano: Feltrinelli Economica, 1983. 151 p. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Augé M., Il dio oggetto. Roma: Meltemi, 1997. 192 p. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Dubisch J., In a Different Place: Pilgrimage, Gender, and Politics at a Greek Island Shrine. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995. 311 p. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Boddy J., Wombs and Alien Spirits : Women, Men, and the Zar Cult in Northern Sudan.. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1998. 399 p. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Haberman D. L., Journey Through the Twelve Forests: An Encounter With Krishna. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994. 272 p. Cerca nel catalogo
  • McCarthy Brown K., Mama Lola : A Vodoo Priestess in Brooklyn.. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001. 429 p. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Orsi R., Thank You St. Jude: Women's Devotion to the Patron Saint of Hopeless Cause. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998. 336 p. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Janice Boddy (Editor), Michael Lambek (Editor), A Companion to the Anhropology of Religion. Malden: Blackwell Publications, 2013. 584 p. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Turner E., Turner V., Il pellegrinaggio. Lecce: Argo, 1997. 328 p. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Turner V., Il processo rituale. Struttura e antistruttura. Brescia: Morcelliana, 2001. 240 p. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Douglas M., Purezza e pericolo. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2014. 272 p. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Augé M., Génie du paganisme. Paris: Gallimard, 1982. 344 p. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Anna-Karina Hermkens, Willy Jansen and Catrien Notermans (eds), Moved by Mary.The Power of Pilgrimage in the Modern World. Farnham: Ashgate, 2009. 267 p. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Francio Guadeloupe, Chanting down the New Jerusalem.Calypso, Christianity, and Capitalism in the Caribbean. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008. 272 p. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Elisabeth Claverie, Les Guerres de la Vierge. Une anthropologie des apparitions. Paris: Gallimard, 2003. 452 p. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Matthew Engelke, A Problem of Presence. Beyond Scripture in an African Church. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007. 321 p. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Andrew R. Murphy, The Blackwell Companion to Religion and Violence. Malden: Blackwell Publications, 2011. 632 p. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Bloch, Maurice, Da preda a cacciatore: la politica dell'esperienza religiosa. Milano: R. Cortina, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Fava, Ferdinando, In campo aperto. L'antropologo nei legami del mondo. Premessa di Marc Augé. Prefazione di Alberto Sobrero. Milano: Meltemi, 2017. 162 p. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Gallini, Clara, Il miracolo e la sua prova. Un etnologo a Lourdes. Napoli: Liguori, 1998. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Nelson, John, A Year in the Life of a Shinto Shrine. Washington: University of Washington Press, 1996. 288 p. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Fabietti, Ugo, Antropologia culturale, l'esperienza e l'interpretazione. Roma: Bari, Laterza, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Russell McCutcheon, The Insider/Outsider Problem in the Study of Religion: A Reader (Controversies in the Study of Religion). New York: Continuum, 1999. 416 p. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Concept maps
  • Peer feedback
  • Use of online videos
  • Learning journal
  • Reflective writing
  • Portfolio

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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