Part seminar and part lecture, this class addresses questions concerning spaces defined as sacred. Who defines them, when, why, where: these are the general questions with which the course begins. What does 'sacred' mean in the context of different types of spaces? On what basis do individuals or groups decide that a site is sacred, and on what authority? Many such spaces end up being contested, for a variety of reasons. The subject opens up multiple possibilities, many of which we will examine in detail beginning with a series of lectures followed by discussions of historical examples of sacred spaces.
*SPRING 2018: The first meeting of this course will be Monday, January 29. There will be a total of 8 meetings at 2 hours 50 minutes each. The meeting dates may be found on the sample syllabus.
Prerequisite: ARCH 214a, ARCH 214b or ARCH 304.