Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Institute Staff and Students visit India

Monday, 21 February 2011

Staff and students from the Religion and Theology department recently travelled to India on a course study trip. A group of eight undergraduate and PhD students joined staff in travelling to Bangalore, Karnataka, Southern India. The aim of the study trip was to aid student’s preparation for research topics in the study of religion. The visit was led by Religion and Theology Programme Leader, Dominic Corrywright, and Teaching Fellow, Tom Cosgrove in collaboration with Indian theologian, artist and writer Jyoti Sahi. The group stayed in the village of Silvepura at Sangam study centre. The village is Dalit Christian, closely bordered by Hindu and Muslim villages nearby. The centre provided a secure base to study, engage in discussion and reflect upon Indian religions and culture. The trip provided an exciting opportunity for students to use their learning experiences to form the basis of Independent Studies and other research based modules. Research issues identified included the use of music in sacred spaces, Indian politics and Hindu nationalism. The sights and sounds of India also challenged students to reflect on their own culture and ideas about religion, music, space, politics and education.