teaching

Fall term 2016/17 and 2017/18: MA Social Sciences seminar “Body Politics and the Margins of Life: The Secular/Religious Tensions”, co-teaching with Prof. Dr. Gökce Yurdakul

“This seminar is concerned with how conflicts between religion and secularity (i.e., secular and religious discourses, norms, actors, and institutions) are shaped differently in differing socio-legal contexts in the Middle East, Europe and North America. Specifically, we will examine the way religion and secularity shape disputes and are shaped by disputes over “body politics” and “the margins of life”.  We will explore the secular laws and religious disputes governing what is permissible to do to the body and who has the authority to decide (the religion, the mother, the public, the individual etc.)  We will focus on current legal and social controversies that have erupted around the practices of male circumcision, organ donation, abortion, reproductive technologies and transgender rights, and place these controversies in a theoretical framework of sociology of the body, biopolitics and (post)-secularism.”