Anthropology: The Anthropology of Religion, Witchcraft
Course Length: Four weeks
Date(s): 9, 16, 23 and 30 September 2013
Time(s): 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: International Students House, 229 Great Portland St, London, W1W 5PN
Cost: £60 for all four classes
Minimum Requirements: Year 12 +
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Anthropology has humankind as its area of study, comparing and contrasting different customs, beliefs and cosmologies, and drawing on other disciplines, such as philosophy, sociology, and history to construct theories about the nature of our own species. It is a fascinating discipline of enormous relevance and application. The anthropologist has the task of studying and recording the ‘other’ objectively, compelling them to live in “two different worlds of thought at the same time, in categories and concepts and values which often cannot easily be reconciled” (Evans-Pritchard, 1976). This is perhaps particularly challenging when it comes to the Anthropology of Religion, as we tend to have a particular idea of what religion should look like as well as opinions about the truth of religious belief. The anthropologist is not exploring whether a religious belief is true or not; rather the focus is on identifying how these beliefs and practises influence politics, economics, gender, and the structures of society, as well as gleaning insights into the human condition.
This four week taster course into the Anthropology of Religion aims to introduce participants to the method and theory of Anthropology through an exploration of Witchcraft in a variety of cultural settings. The area is perhaps one of the most exotic to the Western mind with our own cultural references embedded in children’s stories, media, art, the celebration of Halloween, and inexorably linked to Christianity. This comparative study of witchcraft beliefs and practice from around the world not only provides insight into the rationale of ‘other’ groups and societies, it also highlights the challenges and development of the discipline.
Each of the four sessions will be one-hour in length. They will be delivered using short PowerPoint presentations, and ethnographic extracts, followed by discussion and debate. A suggested reading list will be provided to participants before the course to help understanding and direct further study.
Monday 9 September: Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Religion
Monday 16 September: African Witchcraft
Monday 23 September: European Witchcraft and the Evil Eye
Monday 30 September: Western Witchcraft in the 21st Century
Tutor Biography: Marelle Rice
Marelle Rice is the Founder of The Thinker’s Midwife collective and is a freelance educationist, teacher and SAPERE P4C trainer. She read Anthropology and Religious Studies at the University of Wales before completing a PGCE in Religious Studies. She has led an outstanding RS Department for almost a decade, providing opportunities for Gifted and Talented pupils to explore beyond prescribed curriculum area, including writing a number of courses to extend and stretch their knowledge and understanding.
Marelle is an exceptional A Level Philosophy teacher, with student results placing her among the top 10% of teachers in the country. She tutors students taking Philosophy and Ethics with Edexcel, OCR and AQA and has been an examiner for a number of exam boards. She was also a 6th Form tutor for many years, supporting numerous students in their UCAS applications as well as writing references for applicants. Students destinations include Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group universities.