Professor Maldonado-Estrada


RELG: MWF 11:55-1:10pm, ULC 213
CONTACT INFO


email: amaldona@kzoo.edu
Alyssa.Maldonado-Estrada@kzoo.edu

Office Phone: 269-337-7426

OFFICE HOURS


Office: Humphrey House Rm. 206 
Monday 9:30-11:30am
, Wednesday 10-11:30am
Friday 1:30-2:30pm 
**I am also available by appointment, email me and we will work out a time to meet.

Course Description
Burning convents. Urban riots. Confessionals and Catacombs. Spectacular devotions. Saints in the streets. This course introduces students to Catholic life in the Americas, from colonial encounter to the present. By engaging with primary documents and ethnographic texts we explore the everyday texture of Catholic life and how Catholics negotiate issues of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, and immigration through devotions and religious rituals. This course encourages students to think about the global Church in its local and lived contexts. We will think critically together about the relationship between Catholicism and ideas of “Americanness” and national/ethnic/racial identity at different moments in history.

Professor Maldonado-Estrada


RELG 222: MWF 245-4:00pm, ULC 302

CONTACT INFO


email: amaldona@kzoo.edu
Alyssa.Maldonado-Estrada@kzoo.edu

Office Phone: 269-337-7426

OFFICE HOURS


Office: Humphrey House Rm. 206 
Monday 9:30-11:30am, 
Wednesday 10-11:30am &
Friday 1:30-2:30pm
 **I am also available by appointment, email me and we will work out a time to meet.

Course Description:
Cities are sites of convergence, creativity, and encounter. They are simultaneously cramped and expansive. They are places where people from all over the world encounter each other, navigate public space, and coexist in neighborhoods. This course explores urban religion and asks how religious communities and traditions dynamically engage with cityscapes and their diverse populations. This course will consider how religious, ethnic, and racial identities are mapped onto urban space, and how people creatively adapt their religious practices to the architectural, spatial constraints of the city. Throughout the course we will explore the following questions: How do religious communities invest neighborhoods and city spaces with sacred meaning? How do people publicly perform their ethnic and religious identities? How do migrants and immigrants maintain connections to their ancestral homes and spirits in new built environments? We also consider competition and boundary making between different religious, racial and ethnic communities, and the violence and contestation that occurs over neighborhood space.