Nepal, Kathmandu

Religious Unity and Diversity Within Hinduism and Buddhism in Historical and Contemporary Perspective

when 27 July 2014 - 17 August 2014
duration 3 weeks
credits 9.9 ECTS

Two of the world's largest religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, have peacefully coexisted in the Kathmandu valley of Nepal for centuries. Many of the common religious practices Nepalis perform either occur at sites shared by both communities or the participants themselves do not self-identify as exclusively Hindu or Buddhist. Over the course of two weeks of lectures and visits to key field-sites, we will explore the historical and contemporary intersections between Hinduism and Buddhism in the Kathmandu Valley. We will also introduce relevant theories for the study of religious pluralism and the research methods traditionally employed in the field drawing on philology, history, ethnography, sociology, and visual studies.

Course leader

Jørn Borup, Aarhus University

Target group

Bachelor's and Master's students

Course aim

Students should achieve qualifications in the form of knowledge, understanding and competence in the following areas: • A clearly defined subject in the study of religion
• Issues of method and theory in the history of research on religion in relation to the defined subject Through their work with the academic material, students should acquire academic knowledge and skills enabling them to: • Give a confident definition and delimitation of a subject in the study of religion
• Give a confident, detailed and problem-conscious account and discussion of issues in relation to the subject.

Fee info

EUR 0: ONLY Free-mover students and Tomplads students MUST pay for the course:

Danish and EU/EØS (tomplads): 200 EUR

NON-EU-EØS students (free-mover): 1517 EUR

Students will pay for their own travel and accommodations, but we will arrange for mutual housing during the course period.