||Recent studies on migration and diaspora emphasize the important role religion plays for migrants to integrate into and settle in urban contexts. Moreover, churches, communities or lifestyles bear witness to the creative and flexible ways migrants appropriate, create and transform urban space.
The course aims to introduce students in Area and Global Studies to the anthropology of migrant religion and to familiarize them with core ethnographic methods such as participant observation and various qualitative interview techniques. Starting from the discussion of anthropological concepts that are relevant in the field of religious and migrant studies, such as “materiality”, “subjectivity”, “ritual”, “community” and “space” and “networks” students will be trained towards conceptualizing and conducting a small field-research that links religious phenomena with migrants everyday life in Berlin independently. Besides reflecting theoretical concepts and practicing ethnographic methods, the laboratory character of the course also includes exercises in data analysis and anthropological writing. Teaching language will be English.