Anthropology, Political science, Religious studies

Course date

30 June - 11 July, 2003
Application deadline:
15 February, 2003
Course Director(s): 

Pál Nyíri

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Course Faculty: 

Dru Gladney

School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, United States of America

Istvan Kamaras

University of Pannonia, Veszprem, Hungary

Dimitrina Merdjanova

DEMOS Foundation, Silistra, Bulgaria

Peter van der Veer

University of Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands

Robert Weller

Boston University, Institute for the Study of Economic Culture, Boston, United States of America

Galina Yemelianova

University of Birmingham, Centre for Russian and east European Studies, Birmingham, United Kingdom

This course uses an interdisciplinary perspective to explore the complex and often contradictory role of religion in shaping identities and advancing or resisting elite agendas in contemporary society. It covers themes such as the interaction of religion and nationalism, religion and transnational networks, religion and state control, religion and civil society. Case material is drawn mainly from Eastern and Southeastern Europe and Asia.