In this course we will use travel narratives to explore how religion has motivated human movement—migrations, colonization, and even tourism—and how this travel has affected the religious practices, traditions, and identities of both the travelers and the peoples they encounter. We will look at both early moments of religiously motivated movement such as the Muslim incursions into Spain during the so-called convivencia, often viewed as a model of religious tolerance, and the expulsions that followed during the Inquisition; and also modern-day travel and migration. Key concepts for consideration will include globalization, transnational, multiculturalism, and identity, as well as religion.
Cluster: This course is part of a cluster with FLM-229, “Travel and Cultural Encounters in Film,” taught by Amy Corbin. Key questions in both courses include: who travels voluntarily and who is forced to travel? Who is able to return home and who is permanently displaced? How is a location changed by the arrival of travelers? Both courses also have an interest in the way that storytelling shapes travel experiences, so we ask: in what ways do written and visual narratives represent travel experiences and how might these narratives shape people’s perceptions of their own journeys and of other groups who travel?