RELST 4480

RELST 4480

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2022-2023.

Idea(l)s of modernity across the Global South have been largely rooted in Euro-American projections of "civilization", and "civilizational" projects. The colonial worldview in which only Western(ized) experiences could be modern is foundational to the multifarious ways in which scholarship and nation-builders have engaged with progress, whether aspiring to it, rejecting it, or appropriating it. In this seminar we explore how imperial authorities, nationalists, and scholars/intellectuals have interfaced with idea(l)s of progress and modernity in Asia, reading works ("one book a week") grounded in multiple disciplines and cultural settings. Core themes will include: health and hygiene, consumption, technology, gender, piety and devotion, imperialism and race, and nationalism.

When Offered Spring.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: one 3000 level course in the humanities; some knowledge of Asian history. 

Breadth Requirement (GB)
Distribution Category (CA-AS, GLC-AS)

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  • 17574 RELST 4480   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    One 3000-level course in the humanities; some knowledge of Asian history.