ATTEND TWO DIFFERENT “RELIGIOUS” OR “SACRED” EVENTS FOR ABOUT AN HOUR
WRITE A 2000-WORD DESCRIPTION
OF AT LEAST TWO VERNACULAR FORMS OF THE SACRED
20 POINT BONUS FOR HANDING IN DRAFT (DEPENDING ON EFFORT) ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 24 (Section B1) or OCTOBER 25 (Section B2) !
OPTIONAL: TAKE AT LEAST 10 PHOTOS/VIDEOS TOTAL, 1 PHOTO EVERY 6 MINUTES
GROUP OPTION: You may work with other group members, but are still responsible for writing 2000-words (on different “dimensions” or “approaches”).
Send to: [email_address] by due dates
FIRST DRAFT DUE (1000-WORDS): Monday, October 24 (Section B1)
FIRST DRAFT DUE (1000-WORDS): Tuesday, October 25 (Section B2)
FINAL EDIT DUE (2000-WORDS): Friday, November 18
ANALYZE EVENTS USING THE SEVEN DIMENSIONS OF RELIGION
OR THE SEVEN APPROCHES TO PERFORMANCE EVENTS
MAY PRESENT ORALLY IN FRONT OF CLASS FOR EXTRA CREDIT (0-15 POINTS)!
SYNAGOGUES AND MOSQUES
SANTERIA AND WICCAN RITUALS
SCIENTOLOGY AND CHRISTIANITY
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE AND CALVINISM
FUNDAMENTALIST EVENT AND FOOTBALL GAME
MEDITATION PRACTICES IN GYMS AND TEMPLES
SERMONS AND HOMILIES
ethnography: a process of writing about a specific place or group of people
deep play: an intense form of engagement among a group of people
scenario: sequence or development of events; the process of describing the setting of a particular event
WHERE? WHO? WHEN? TO WHAT EXTENT? WHAT IS GOING ON? WHY? HOW?
Structure Identity Process Ideology Framing Function Experience
Structure (WHERE?): How is the space organized? What are its general patterns? What are the informal and formal “rules” of this sacred space?
Process (WHEN?): When does this event take place? How does this event proceed from one moment to the next? What are we witnessing as we observe this social interaction over time?
Identity (WHO?): Who are the people involved? In what ways are they interacting? What are the “roles” or social identities they are taking on?
Experience (HOW?): How are the participants experiencing the event? How are their bodies positioned? What do you or they see, hear, feel, touch smell, taste (or other senses: temperature, pain, humor, etc.)?
Framing (WHAT IS GOING ON?): How do we know that the participants are really worshipping the “sacred”? What frames, codes, signals, or other vernacular or “local” forms of metacommunication are being used throughout the process?
Function (WHY?): Why are they even participating together at this event? What immediate purpose or function does this event serve for its participants?
Ideology (TO WHAT EXTENT?): What are the broader social meanings of the event? What are its political and economic implications? What cultural beliefs and values does this event uphold or resist?
What vernacular forms of religious experience do I intend to explore?
What theoretical or interpretive approaches might I use?
When is this project due?
When and where will I participate in these events or interviews?
What other projects are due around this time?
MINDMAPPING: EXERCISE 1 CREATE A MINDMAP FOR YOUR UPCOMING PROJECT