Course Schedule - Spring Semester 2023

     

RELI 393 001 (CRN: 23842)

MUTANTS AND MYSTICS

Long Title: MUTANTS AND MYSTICS: RACE, SEXUALITY, AND THE FUTURE OF THE HUMANITIES
Department: Religion
Instructor: Kripal, Jeffrey J.
Meeting: 2:00PM - 3:15PM MW BKH 233 (9-JAN-2023 - 21-APR-2023) 
Session: Full Term
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Method of Instruction: Face to Face
Credit Hours: 3
Course Syllabus:
Course Materials: Rice Campus Store
 
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Undergraduate Professional
Visiting Undergraduate
Undergraduate
Section Max Enrollment: 15
Section Enrolled: 9
Total Cross-list Max Enrollment: 30
Total Cross-list Enrolled: 16
Enrollment data as of: 8-FEB-2023 8:47PM
 
Additional Fees: None
 
Final Exam: No Final Exam
 
Description: This is a course about the deep historical and conceptual connections between the histories of science fiction, the paranormal, and social transformation around race, gender, sexuality, and the human. We will see that such events tend to erupt in the “gaps” or “fractures” of society and within both personal and historical traumatic contexts in order to both deconstruct the reigning social formations, epistemologies, and ontologies—usually of an objectivizing, colonizing, and scientistic nature--but also supply the numinous foundations for the imagining of new humanities, or what queer theorist Ramzi Fawaz calls our emerging “mutanity.” Cross-list: RELI 589. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for RELI 393 if student has credit for RELI 589.