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EMOTION, THE BODY AND THE SENSES IN ORTHODOX HYMNOGRAPHY AND LITURGY

After completing the course, the students are expected to be able to understand the way in which attitudes towards emotion and the senses reflect prevailing anthropological notions of Orthodox theology as well as the ways in which attitudes towards matter reflect the distinct approach of Orthodox theology to Incarnational theology and soteriology.

The topic of emotion and the senses lends itself as a tool for a deeper understanding of Orthodox ritual and the performative elements of faith, as exemplified in Byzantine theology, poetry and art. Thus, students completing this course will have gained an overview of topics pertaining to neuroscience and cognitive sciences, linking them to the core of Orthodox theological thought.

Furthermore, students are expected to have gained direct experience of primary sources in translation, thus getting accustomed to the idiom of Orthodox discourse in various literary genres (treatises, orations, hymns, etc.)

Last but not least, at the end of the course students are expected to be able to evaluate in a critical way the various genres of Byzantine literature and art and read behind the surface the symbolic language of the millennial empire