To be human is to think about questions of meaning, transcendence, purpose, and relationship. This course will explore the context that shapes some of the ways that women of Asian heritage ask these questions. The course begins with an experience of dislocation through an immersion experience in Thailand and Myanmar. This will provide students with a taste of the context from which Asian and Asian American feminist theologies emerge. Students' direct engagement with the lived realities of Thai and Burmese women forms the core of the course.
The Dual location will serve to deepen and embody the learning that takes place on both a personal and theoretical level. Our time in Thailand and Myanmar will provide substantive experience and reflection on the impact of context on our lives and the theologies that emerge.
Upon our return we will consider ways in which our histories, social constructs, economies, dreams, faith, and aspirations are intertwined. We will also consider the ways that Asian American women’s experience informs their contribution to the feminist conversation.
Participation in Wooster in Thailand is by application only. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on April 22, 2013 to the Course Director at Babcock Hall, Room 114. Interviews will be held April 27 and 29.
Successful applicants will be notified through campus mail. Please bring signed copies of the Acknowledgement of Risk and Release of Liability form and the Commitment to Participate form BOTH of which need to be signed by the student and their parents/guardians to your interview.
Accepted students must register for THIRD WORLD FEMINIST THEOLOGIES for Spring 2014. The course is cross listed with Religious Studies and WGSS. One and a half credits. There will be THREE mandatory pre-departure group meetings in the fall of 2013.
(This itinerary is subject to change)
Meet in Bangkok
Travel to Buddhist Women's Monastery, Chiang Mai
Fly to Yangon, Myanmar (Orientation and team building)
Travel to Chiang Mai, Thailand
Interviews, lectures and field trips in Thailand
Depart for home
The total cost for the Wooster In Thailand program will be approximately $2,750 (subject to change). This fee includes mandatory insurance, all lodging, food and transportation in-country, fees for site visits and all classes and lectures in Thailand and Myanmar. Financial assistance may be available.
Students are responsible for their own airfare to Thailand, any passport and visa fees, vaccinations, and all incidentals and gifts purchased while abroad.
A $500 non-refundable deposit will be due July 1, 2013 to hold your place.
Please contact Rev. Dr. Linda Morgan-Clement or the Office of Off Campus Study for more information.
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