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Considers debates over the analytical value of a key category in the study of religion. By situating 'conversion' alongside cognate ideas in cultural and philosophical studies--such as askesis, shapeshifting, liminality, hybridity, and radical empiricism--we also explore its potential to mean more than merely the transfer of religious affiliation. Readings include Epictetus, Paul, Augustine, William James, B.R. Ambedkar, and Malcolm X. (Not offered 2020-21).
Prerequisite: Two courses in Religion or consent of instructor.