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November 23 2017, 3AM

by Adam J. Powell What if I told you that last night I was visited by an angel whilst lying in bed? What if I could provide specific details, like that there were diffuse light and a sense of euphoria accompanying my encounter with the angel? What if I s... [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Adam J. Powell] [Alexandre Brierre de Boismont] [Alfred Maury] [Durham University] [Hallucinations] [Hearing the Voice project] [hypnagogia]

November 21, 3AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars of religion to share with our readers what’s in their religion syllabus, from a new class or a class they’ve taught for years, reflecting on what has worked, what has been modified, and how it has prov... [Uncategorized] [AAR] [Joshua Patterson] [Wabash] [What's in Your Religion Syllabus]

November 14, 4AM

Edited by Steven A. Benko What makes a joke right or wrong? When is it good or bad to laugh? The rights and wrongs of a joke can be expressed in political terms: a joke is politically incorrect or it exploits a marginalized group of people. Alternatively,... [Call for Papers] [humor] [Theory and Method] [Steven A. Benko]

November 9, 3AM

by Teemu Taira Have you seen the recent conference announcement by the European Academy of Religion (EuARe)? If you haven’t, I would strongly suggest that you have a look at the list of announced keynotes for the conference that takes place in Bologna i... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Suzanne Owen] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Alberto Melloni] [Belgium] [Bologna] [EASR] [EuARe] [European Association for the Study of Religions] [Leuven] [Teemu Taira]

November 7, 3AM

October 26, 2AM

by Natasha L. Mikles It’s my favorite time of year—when everything is draped in orange and black, skeleton décor abounds, and little children dressed as superheroes run amok in big-box stores. During the month leading up to Halloween, we welcome into... [Natasha Mikles] [Religion and Society] [Theory in the Real World] [David S. Pumpkins] [Douglas Cowan] [H.P. Lovecraft] [halloween] [Mae Nak] [Pennywise] [Rudolf Otto] [Sacred Terror] [Saturday Night Live] [Stephen King] [Tom Hanks] [Vulture]

October 24, 2AM

By David G. Robertson This post originally appeared on the author’s blog. In Discourse on Civility and Barbarity (2007), Timothy Fitzgerald argues that the modern category of religion emerged in the meeting between (Christian) colonial powers a... [Uncategorized]

October 12, 2AM

Alongside the AAR/SBL this year in Boston, NAASR will host its third annual job market workshop. This is a great opportunity for early career scholars to receive feedback on their application materials from senior scholars with experience navigating the ... [Announcements] [AAR] [Michael Graziano] [NAASR] [SBL]

October 5, 2AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars of religion to share with our readers what’s in their religion syllabus, from a new class or a class they’ve taught for years, reflecting on what has worked, what has been modified, and how it has prov... [pedagogy] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Dawson College] [Grace Hart] [Ian Alexander Cuthbertson] [Kaitlyn Hollander] [Queen’s University] [Rhiannon Allen-Roberts] [sigmund freud] [University of Toronto] [What's in Your Religion Syllabus]

September 21, 2AM

by Matt Sheedy For those paying attention to Canadian politics these days (beyond the occasional swoon-fest over Justin Trudeau, Canada’s “super hot Prime Minister”) one of the more popular figures to have emerged in recent months is Jagmeet Singh, ... [Matt Sheedy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Bloc Québécois] [Jagmeet Singh] [Justin Trudeau] [laïcité] [Martine Ouellet] [New Democratic Party] [Québec Charter of Secular Values] [religious symbols] [religious values] [Rise Canada] [sikhism]

August 31, 2AM

by Craig Martin This post originally appeared on the author’s blog. In preparation for a new course I’m teaching this fall, I’ve been reading a great deal on Islam. I’ve surveyed both scholarly and popular narratives on Islam, particularly a... [Uncategorized]

August 29, 6AM

by Shannon Schorey Several months ago I utilized my professional networks on social media to ask a question that had been on my mind for sometime: are personal websites valuable for grads on the market? Ultimately I decided, for me, that the answer was ye... [Academy] [pedagogy] [Uncategorized] [Friedrich Nietzsche] [karl marx] [Shannon Schorey]

August 17, 2AM

by Craig Martin This post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog. Recently on Netflix I watched an interesting episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (“Producer’s Backend,” season 16 episode 3, which originally aired 8 Octob... [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [alcohol] [Craig Martin] [Culture on the Edge] [Islam] [Law & Order: Special Victims Unit] [NetFlix] [Winnipeg]

July 6, 2AM

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June 27, 2AM

June 22, 2AM

June 16, 2AM

by Matt Sheedy The very popular Imagine No Religion conference/convention and gathering for atheists, agnostics, skeptics, and non-believers of all stripes is being held this year in Toronto, the first time the yearly event has journeyed from its British ... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Ali Rizvi] [Amen: What Prayer Can Mean in a World Beyond Belief] [anti-Islamophobia Motion] [Aruna Papp] [atheism] [Atheist Alliance of America] [Ayaan Hirsi Ali] [Bernie Sanders] [Bill Ligertwood] [Bill S7-Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices] [Canadian Thinkers’ Forum] [Christopher DiCarlo] [Coalition of Progressive Muslim Canadian Organizations] [Concordia university] [Democracy Index] [Donald Trump] [Doomsday Clock] [Field notes] [George W. Bush] [Godless: The Truth Beyond Belief] [Henry Beissel] [humanism] [Humanist Perspectives] [Ibrahim Khalil] [Imagine 7: A Secular Retreat] [Imagine No Religion] [Jerry Coyne] [Kathy Cruickshank] [Lawrence Krauss] [LGBTQ] [Losing Our Religion] [M-103] [Martin Buber] [Maryam Namazie] [Michael Higgins] [non-religion] [Richard Dawkins] [Road to Reason: A Skeptics Guide to the 21st Century] [Rob Penczak] [Salafism] [sam harris] [secularism] [Six Steps to Better Thinking: How to Disagree and Get Along] [social formation] [Society of Ontario Free Thinkers] [Star Trek] [Stephen Prothero] [TAG TV] [Tahir Gora] [The Atheist Muslim] [The Critical Thinking Project] [TheThinkingAtheist/com] [United Church of Canada] [Ustream TV] [Why Evolution Is True]

June 12, 2AM

by Tenzan Eaghll When I went for my first academic interview in a religious studies department after completing my PhD, the first question I was asked by the hiring committee was “what is the difference between religious studies and theology.”... [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Tenzan Eaghll] [Theory and Method] [Jacques Derrida] [Jean-Luc Marion] [Mahidol University] [Mircea Eliade] [Ninian Smart] [religious studies] [theology] [Wilfred Cantwell Smith]

June 6, 2AM

May 26, 2AM

The election of Donald Trump has given rise to new kind of politics that has already increased tensions between competing groups, including religious groups over issues such as public education, science funding, and a proposed travel ban impacting several... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Brexit] [David Cameron] [Donald Trump] [EU UKIP] [James Crossley] [Margaret Thatcher] [Slavoj Žižek] [Theorizing Religion in the Age of Trump] [Theresa May] [UKIP] [Vote Corbyn]

May 16, 2AM

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April 27, 7AM

April 20, 2AM

by Richard Amesbury and Méadhbh McIvor In September 2016, Rayouf Alhumedhi, a fifteen-year-old high school student living in Berlin, submitted a proposal to the Unicode Consortium, a non-profit corporation “devoted to developing, maintaining, and pro... [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion in the News] [Sexuality and Gender] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Hijab] [Méadhbh McIvor] [Rayouf Alhumedhi] [Richard Amesbury] [secular] [Unicode Consortium]

April 13, 2AM

In this new series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars of religion to share with our readers what’s in their religion syllabus, from a new class or a class they’ve taught for years, reflecting on what has worked, what has been modified, and how it has... [Uncategorized] [Bruce Lincoln] [Elizabeth Shakman-Hurd] [Finbarr Curtis] [Hugh Urban] [Michael Graziano] [Sarah Imhoff] [Stanley Fish] [Steven D. Smith] [Sylvester Johnson and Steven Weitzman] [University of Northern Iowa] [Wendy Brown] [What's in Your Religion Syllabus] [Winnifred Sullivan]

April 11, 2AM

The election of Donald Trump has given rise to new kind of politics that has already increased tensions between competing groups, including religious groups over issues such as public education, science funding, and a proposed travel ban impacting several... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Bruce Lincoln] [Donald Trump] [Franklin Graham] [Islamophobia] [J.Z. Smith] [Map Is Not Territory] [Theorizing Religion in the Age of Trump] [William Connolly]

April 4, 2AM

March 31, 2AM

The election of Donald Trump has given rise to new kind of politics that has already increased tensions between competing groups, including religious groups over issues such as public education, science funding, and a travel ban impacting several Muslim m... [Uncategorized] [Theorizing Religion in the Age of Trump]

March 23, 2AM

by Matt Sheedy The launch of Reza Aslan’s Believer on CNN has, not surprisingly, garnered a fair bit of attention since its release earlier this month, from both popular websites as well as from scholars of religion. For example, The Huffington Post, T... [Uncategorized] [Andrew Henry] [Believer] [Canadian Museum for Human Rights] [CNN] [Fox News] [Ian Brown] [Matt Sheedy] [Megan Goodwin] [Michael J. Altman] [Real Time with Bill Maher] [religion dispatches] [Reza Aslan] [The Atlantic] [The Huffington Post] [Variety] [zealot]

March 21, 2AM

The election of Donald Trump has given rise to new kind of politics that has already increased tensions between competing groups, including religious groups over issues such as public education, science funding, and a travel ban impacting several Muslim m... [Uncategorized] [American Enterprise Institute] [Andrew Sullivan] [Benson Saler] [Charles Murray] [J.Z. Smith] [Kocku von Stuckrad] [Melford Spiro] [Middlebury College] [Milo Yiannopoulos] [Wil DiGravio]

March 16, 2AM

March 14, 2AM

by Ting GuoThis post originally appeared on the LA Review of Books.With Stranger Things, Netflix produced an original science fiction drama that went viral. But for me, it is also offered up a political drama that illuminated elements of our persistentl... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Theory] [Southeast Asian Studies] [Theory and Method] [Cold War] [john carpenter] [LA Review of Books] [Stranger Things] [Ting Guo]

March 2, 3AM

February 27, 2PM

The Comparative Approaches to Religion and Violence Group is affiliated with the Journal of Religion and Violence. Please note that conference papers presented through this AAR program unit will be considered for publication in the journal. Submission du... [Call for Papers] [Theory and Method] [Comparative Approaches to Religion and Violence Group] [Journal of Religion and Violence]

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February 21, 3AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars of religion to share with our readers what’s in their religion syllabus, from a new class or a class they’ve taught for years, reflecting on what has worked, what has been modified, and how it has pro... [pedagogy] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Aristotle University of Thessaloniki] [Athanasia Kyriakou] [Brent Nongbri] [Bruce Lincoln] [Encyclopedia of Religion] [Eric Hobsbawm] [Hayden White] [Ian Bremmer] [Pierre Bourdieu] [Vaia Touna] [W. J. Mitchell] [What's in Your Religion Syllabus]

February 7, 3AM

In this new series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars of religion to share with our readers what’s in their religion syllabus, from a new class or a class they’ve taught for years, reflecting on what has worked, what has been modified, and ho... [pedagogy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Bruce David Forbes] [Joseph Kelly] [Keith A. Mayes] [Nathaniel Morehouse] [New Testament] [Penne L. Restad] [Saturnalia] [Sol Invictus] [What's in Your Religion Syllabus] [Yule]

February 2, 7AM

This post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog.by Ian Alexander CuthbertsonOn January 29, 2017 six people were killed and others left in critical condition following a shooting at a mosque in Sainte-Foy Québec. What is at stake in classi... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory and Method] [Alexandre Bissonnette] [Ian Alexander Cuthbertson] [Justin Trudeau] [Muslim Terror] [Philippe Couillard] [Queen’s University] [Sainte-Foy] [terrorism]

February 1, 3AM

Statement of PurposeThis Unit provides space for theoretically-informed discussion of the relationship between religion, affect, and emotion. The Unit serves as a meeting point for conversations on the affective, noncognitive, and passional dimensions of ... [Call for Papers] [Uncategorized] [Abigail Kluchin] [affect] [and Emotion Group] [and Genocide unit] [Critical Theory and Discourses on Religion] [Donovan Schaefer] [Holocaust] [J. Barton Scott] [Jill Petersen Adams] [Liane Carlson] [M. Gail Hamner] [religion] [Tam K. Parker]

January 31, 6AM

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January 17, 3AM

Benefits – Ring Binder on Office Desktop with Office Supplies. Business Concept on Blurred Background. Toned Illustration.by Philip L. TiteThis post originally appeared on the author’s blog.Last semester I taught two sections of a course on th... [Philip L. Tite] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory in the Real World] [affect theory] [Craig Calhoun] [Donald Trump] [intersectionality] [privilege] [Religion and Violence] [Robert McAfee Brown] [Stephen Mennell] [systemic violence] [Tony Bilton]

January 12, 9AM

by Philip L. TiteThis post originally appeared on the author’s blog on Christmas Day.So as it is Christmas Day — and for the first time in three years I’m actually celebrating Christmas (long story) — I wanted to share “other” Christmas st... [Philip L. Tite] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [A. J. Droge] [Infancy Gospel of Thomas] [jesus] [John the Baptist] [Joseph] [Muslim Christmas story] [Proto-Gospel of James] [Qur'an]

December 22 2016, 3AM

Editor’s note: Back in February of this year a number of scholars weighed in on the American Academy of Religion‘s chosen theme of Revolutionary Love for the 2016 annual conference (held this past November), with posts from Aaron Hughes, Naomi... [Uncategorized] [AAR] [Aaron Hughes] [Craig R. Prentiss] [David Gushee] [Deepak Sarma] [Donald Trump] [Eleanor Finnegan] [Hussein Rashid] [Laura Levitt] [Mercer University] [Naomi Goldenberg] [revolutionary love] [Richard Newton] [Steven Engler]

December 13, 7AM

April 27-28, 2017With Keynote Addresses from:Dr. Winnifred Sullivan, Indiana University BloomingtonDr. John W. Marshall, University of TorontoThe study of religion operates in a tension between the demands of its frameworks and the demands its data. Schol... [Uncategorized]

December 8, 3AM

As one of NAASR’s journals, the editors of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion wish to extend a warm invitation to NAASR members to contribute articles, review essays, interviews, response articles, and announcements.The Bulletin is the premiere ... [Announcements] [Call for Papers] [Uncategorized] [NAASR]

December 6, 3AM

by Russell McCutcheonThis post originally appeared on the Studying Religion in Culture blog.Seeing cheering crowds in Miami celebrating Fidel Castro’s death, made me think a little about our disdain when there were rumors of people cheering after the t... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory and Method] [AAR] [Donald Trump] [Fidel Castro] [revolutionary love]

December 1, 3AM

by Hussein RashidLike many scholars of religion, I normally make my plans to attend the annual national meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). This year, I decided I would not attend. Some of my friends and colleagues thought it was perhaps be... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Uncategorized] [Donald Trump] [Hussein Rashid] [revolutionary love] [San Antonio] [Scott Walker] [University of Texas]

November 29, 3AM

by Laura LevittI attended a recent plenary session at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) national meeting in San Antonio where I heard Michelle Alexander, the 2016 recipient of the Heinz Award for Public Policy, civil rights attorney and professor of ... [Uncategorized] [American Academy of Religion] [Goucher College] [Kelly Brown Douglas] [Laura Levitt] [Michelle Alexander] [revolutionary love] [San Antonio] [Temple University] [Union Seminary]

November 24, 7AM

by Matt SheedyIn the preface to his book Islam and the Tyranny of Authenticity (2016), Aaron Hughes writes:Rather than judge the Islamic bone fides of such groups as Boko Haram and ISIS, why not attempt to explain and understand such groups within the ... [Matt Sheedy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Tenzan Eaghll] [Theory and Method] [Aaron Hughes] [American Academy of Religion] [Boko Haram] [Donald Trump] [Isis] [Jeb Bush] [Mike Pence] [North American Association for the Study of Religion] [Roland Barthes] [Sarah Ahmed]

November 17, 3AM

In this series with the Bulletin–whose title is a play on Stephen Colbert’s “Better Know a District” segment, and whose alternate title is “Religious Studies Blogs: What do they talk about? Do they talk about things? Let’s find out!” ... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Better Know a Religion Blog] [Donald Trump] [Finbarr Curtis] [Immanent Frame] [Leviathan and You]

November 15, 3AM

by Tenzen EaghallI don’t know if Donald Trump is a sexist, racist, misogynist, bigot, or even if he is a neo-fascist, but he sure played one in this year’s election. Just like the World Wrestling champion Hulk Hogan, who presented himself as a... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Tenzan Eaghll] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Donald Trump] [Hillary Clinton] [Hulk Hogan] [Iron Sheik] [Jeb Bush] [Rick Flair] [Roland Barthes]

November 11, 3AM

by Eliza RosenbergFor other instalments in this series, see here.[Entries will avoid spoilers for future chapters. The references cited, however, may contain spoilers, whether in discussions of American Gods or of the traditions on which it draws.]Introdu... [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Uncategorized] [American Gods] [Eliza Rosenberg]

November 8, 3AM

by Adam J. Powell Over the past five years, a number of academic organisations have expressed growing concern for the state of sociology of religion in the 21st century. Whether from the American Academy of Religion, the British Sociological Association... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Uncategorized] [Adam J. Powell] [American Academy of Religion] [British Sociological Association] [Hans Mol]

October 27, 2AM

by Steven RameyThis post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog.A New Jersey fundraiser last weekend titled “Humanity United Against Terror” provides an excellent example of one of the tricks of building cooperation. The Republican Hindu ... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory and Method] [BJP] [Donald Trump] [Hillary Clinton] [Hindu nationalism] [Republican Hindu Coalition] [Sonia Gandhi] [Steven Ramey]

October 25, 2AM

In this series with the Bulletin–whose title is a play on Stephen Colbert’s “Better Know a District” segment, and whose alternate title is “Religious Studies Blogs: What do they talk about? Do they talk about things? Let’s find out!” ... [Interviews] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Uncategorized] [Danforth Center] [Religion & Politics] [Washington University]

October 20, 2AM

by Travis CooperIn Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, a 2015 BBC miniseries, an omniscient narrating voice opens the story as the camera hovers over an early modern British town and zooms in to focus on a public house:Some years ago, there was, in the ci... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [AAR] [Constance Furey] [Craig Martin] [Donald Wiebe] [Finbarr Curtis] [Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell] [Jonathan Z. Smith] [Kevin Schilbrack] [Race Mochridhe] [Thomas Lewis] [Thomas Tweed] [Travis Cooper]

October 18, 2AM

5[Note: This is the first in a series of entries on Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods. The series will consist of chapter-by-chapter discussions of the book from a religious studies perspective, each avoiding spoilers for future chapters.]Neil Gaiman’... [Uncategorized] [American Gods] [Eliza Rosenberg] [Neil Gaiman] [William Morrow]

October 13, 2AM

This post originally appeared on the Studying Religion in Culture blog.by Daniel Jones“The hegemony of normalcy is, like other hegemonic practices, so effective because of its invisibility.”-Lennard Davis“We must… take account of the persistence o... [Uncategorized] [Alvin Plantinga] [Bruce Lincoln] [Daniel Jones] [Jacques Rancière] [Lennard Davis] [Missouri State University] [Pierre Bourdieu] [Studying Religion in Culture] [Thomas Nagel]

October 6, 2AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars to talk about how they describe what they do to outsiders by sharing a story or two, and reflect on how this has affected their identity as scholars of religion. For other posts in this series, follow th... [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Alastair Campbell] [British Social Attitudes] [But Not Religious] [David Cameron] [James Crossley] [So You're Not a Priest? Scholars Explain What They Do to Outsiders] [Spiritual] [Tony Blair] [Ward Blanton]

October 4, 5AM

by Matt SheedyThe other day I came across a short article on Facebook entitled, “Pope says gender theory part of ‘global war’ on marriage, family,” which I promptly shared on my wall.The Reuters News Agency piece recounts comments made by ... [Matt Sheedy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Catholic Church] [gender theory] [interpellate] [intersex] [Pope Francis] [Reuters News Agency] [Slavoj Žižek] [the new yorker]

September 29, 2AM

by Andie AlexanderNote: This post originally appeared on the Studying Religion in Culture blog.Over the past few weeks I have heard repeated talk of primary sources vs. secondary sources, privileging the former over the latter in every case. The argument ... [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [AAR] [Andie Alexander] [‪Merinda Simmons] [revolutionary love] [Studying Religion in Culture]

September 27, 2AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars to talk about how they describe what they do to outsiders by sharing a story or two, and reflect on how this has affected their identity as scholars of religion. For other posts in this series, follow th... [Politics and Religion] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Adam J. Powell] [Durham University] [Ninian Smart] [Russell McCutcheon] [So You're Not a Priest? Scholars Explain What They Do to Outsiders]

September 22, 7AM

by Stacie SwainWhen I began writing this piece, I was on a plane ride back to Ottawa for the 2nd year of my MA in the study of religion, after travelling for two and a half months for both studious and non-studious reasons. Constantly switching contexts r... [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Buzzfeed] [NAASR] [Russell McCutcheon] [So You're Not a Priest? Scholars Explain What They Do to Outsiders] [Stacie Swain] [University of Trømso]

September 15, 2AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars to talk about how they describe what they do to outsiders by sharing a story or two, and reflect on how this has affected their identity as scholars of religion. For other posts in this series, follow th... [Uncategorized] [Russell McCutcheon] [So You're Not a Priest? Scholars Explain What They Do to Outsiders]

September 13, 2AM

by Philip L. TiteNote: This post originally appeared not the author’s blog.Over the past few years, I have taught an undergraduate course on “Theories in the Study of Religion” at the University of Washington. Such a course is not atypical for s... [pedagogy] [Philip L. Tite] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Daniel Pals] [Russell McCutcheon]

September 8, 2AM

by Matt SheedyThe image of a woman being forced to remove layers of clothing on a beach in Nice last month by four armed police sparked protest from around the world, and is the latest incident in France’s on-going struggle between so-called secular val... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Aheda Zanetti] [burkini] [governmentality] [Justinianic Code] [laïcité] [Leila Ahmed] [Michel Foucault] [modernization theory] [nice] [Sarah E. Bond]

September 6, 2AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars to talk about how they describe what they do to outsiders by sharing a story or two, and reflect on how this has affected their identity as scholars of religion. For other posts in this series, follow th... [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Anna Cwikla] [Da Vinci Code] [J.Z. Smith] [Mary Magdalene] [Nag Hammadi Codices] [So You're Not a Priest? Scholars Explain What They Do to Outsiders] [Toronto Blue Jays]

September 1, 2AM

by Adam HenryDespite stiff competition from cat videos and corporate-sponsored content, educational YouTube channels have carved out a respected niche in the landscape of online video. Borrowing the style of video bloggers pioneered in the early years of... [pedagogy] [Religion and Society] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Adam Henry] [CrashCourse] [ExtraCredit] [Religion For Breakfast] [Veritasium] [Wisecrack] [YouTube]

August 25, 2AM

by Philip L. Tite.The American Academy of Religion is the largest professional society for scholars studying religion. The annual meeting (held jointly with the Society of Biblical Literature), held in different cities each year in North America, draws ... [Editorial] [Philip L. Tite] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [American Academy of Religion] [Bulletin for the Study of Religion] [IAHR] [North American Association for the Study of Religion] [revolutionary love] [Russell McCutcheon] [Society of Biblical Literature] [Tim Jensen]

August 23, 2AM

by Tyler TullyStranger Things, the Netflix television series of the summer, has captivated audiences with its imaginative storytelling and nostalgic nods to the paranormal thrillers of the 1980’s. The show’s originators, the Duff brothers, originally ... [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Uncategorized] [Dungeons and Dragons] [Kimberely Patton] [NetFlix] [Stranger Things] [the Duff brothers] [Tyler Tully] [Winona Ryder]

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August 4, 2AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars to talk about how they describe what they do to outsiders by sharing a story or two, and reflect on how this has affected their identity as scholars of religion. For other posts in this series, follow th... [Theory in the Real World] [American Pie 2] [Florida State University] [Hamza Ali Abassi] [Harvard Divinity School] [Islamiyat] [Macalester College] [Mark Philippoussis] [Nick Kyrgios] [Sher Afgan Tareen] [So You're Not a Priest? Scholars Explain What They Do to Outsiders] [Talal Asad]

July 28, 2AM

by Philip TiteThis post initially appeared on the author’s blog.CNN: Comparing the SpeechesThis week the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland OH made headlines with a controversial, and somewhat amusing, speech by Melania Trump in ... [Uncategorized]

July 26, 2AM

by Matt SheedyOn July 3rd I attended the Pride parade in Toronto, which drew increased media attention this year in light of such things as its proximity to the Orlando massacre, a terror threat on a “German-language ISIS fanboy channel,” and ... [Matt Sheedy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Sexuality and Gender] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [black lives matter] [Hayden White] [Justin Trudeau] [LGBTory] [Pride Toronto] [Rona Ambrose]

July 14, 2AM

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In this series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars to talk about how they describe what they do to outsiders by sharing a story or two, and reflect on how this has affected their identity as scholars of religion. For other posts in this series, follow th... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Uncategorized] [Catholic] [Eoin O'Mahony] [So You're Not a Priest? Scholars Explain What They Do to Outsiders]

June 23, 2AM

 In this series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars to talk about how they describe what they do to outsiders by sharing a story or two, and reflect on how this has affected their identity as scholars of religion. For other posts in this series, follow ... [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Chicago School] [Randi R. Warne] [So You're Not a Priest? Scholars Explain What They Do to Outsiders] [Toronto School] [University of Winnipeg]

June 10, 2AM

by Jens Kreinath, Ipsita Chatterjea and the SORAAAD workshopThe coherence without apparent intention and the unity without an immediately visible unifying principle of all the cultural realities that are informed by a quasi-natural logic … are the produ... [Uncategorized]

June 3, 2AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars to talk about how they describe what they do to outsiders by sharing a story or two, and reflect on how this has affected their identity as scholars of religion. For other posts in this series, follow th... [Dennis LoRusso] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Comparative Religion: A History] [Eric Sharpe] [Matthew Baldwin] [Max Müller]

June 1, 2AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars to talk about how they describe what they do to outsiders by sharing a story or two, and reflect on how this has affected their identity as scholars of religion. For other posts in this series, follow th... [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Indiana University of Pennsylvania] [karl marx] [Sarah Lynn Kleeb] [So You're Not a Priest? Scholars Explain What They Do to Outsiders] [Spivak] [T. Nicole Goulet] [Talal Asad]

May 30, 2AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars to talk about how they describe what they do to outsiders by sharing a story or two, and reflect on how this has affected their identity as scholars of religion. For other posts in this series, follow th... [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Jewish studies] [So You're Not a Priest? Scholars Explain What They Do to Outsiders] [Zachary Braiterman]

May 27, 2AM

Note: This post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog.by Steven RameyThe meaning of words, even entire texts, reflect our expectations of them and our assumptions of their context. This point is apparent in the Argentine soccer ad that uses ... [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Steven Ramey] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Argentina] [Donald Trump] [Roland Barthes]

May 23, 6AM

Note: This post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog.by Russell McCutcheonHave you heard?There’s a new theory as to where the term “eskimo” originated.Click the above image to read the brief article, but here’s a snippet:So, contrar... [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Culture on the Edge] [Russell McCutcheon]

May 18, 2AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars to talk about how they describe what they do to outsiders by sharing a story or two, and reflect on how this has affected their identity as scholars of religion.Small Talk and the “Religious Studies&... [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Asheville] [Bureau of Labor Statistics] [Carolyn Gregoire] [Josiah Royce] [Lumina Foundation] [Matthew Baldwin] [NC] [Oliver Wendell Holmes] [Quoctrung Bui] [So You're Not a Priest? Scholars Explain What They Do to Outsiders] [Sr]

May 16, 2AM

May 13, 2AM

by Aaron W. Hughes Last week I wrote on my recent experiences during an interview for an endowed position in Jewish studies. I had been “long shortlisted,” and on the Skype interview was informed that a non-academic from the local Jewish Federation wa... [Editorial] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Aaron W. Hughes] [Chronicle of Higher Education] [Jewish Federation] [Jewish studies] [Sheldon Pollock] [Wendy Doniger]

May 11, 2AM

by Sarah Lynn KleebAbout 10 years ago, I was returning home from one of my first big academic conferences. I was in that weird post-conference headspace of feeling mildly buzzed and yet utterly spent, as I entered the taxi that would take me home from the... [Religion and Society] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Critical Theory] [karl marx] [Ludwig Feuerbach] [Sarah Lynn Kleeb] [So You're Not a Priest? Scholars Explain What They Do to Outsiders] [Yugoslavia]

May 9, 2AM

by Matt SheedyMy parents were in town last week for a visit and stayed at a bed and breakfast not far from where I live. On their last morning they convinced the proprietor of the B&B to have me over for breakfast, which we shared with two other coupl... [Matt Sheedy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [C.S. Lewis] [Comparative Religious Ideas Project] [Ravi Zacharias] [Stephen Prothero] [Thomas A. Lewis]

May 6, 2AM

Note: this post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog.by Steven RameyThe Daily Show’s recent sketch about Waris Ahluwalia and the problematic assumptions that those who wear turbans and identify as Sikhs continually face illustrates quit... [Uncategorized] [Adi Granth] [Culture on the Edge] [Fredrik Barth] [Steven Ramey] [The Daily Show] [Waris Ahluwalia]

May 4, 2AM

In this series, a number of scholars respond to Kate Daley-Bailey’s provocative essay, “For  the Good or the ‘Guild’: An Open Letter to the American Academy of Religion,” which appears in the most recent issue of the Bulletin journal, Vol 4... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Uncategorized] [AAR] [For the Good or the Guild] [Helen Ramirez] [Kate Daley-Bailey]

April 27, 2AM

by Stacie A. SwainNote: Note: This post originally appeared on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog.Words matter.[i] When I began to understand deconstruction as a method, I felt like I no longer knew how to speak (I’m still... [Uncategorized] [Stacie A. Swain]

April 25, 2AM

In this series, a number of scholars respond to Kate Daley-Bailey’s provocative essay, “For  the Good or the ‘Guild’: An Open Letter to the American Academy of Religion,” which appears in the most recent issue of the Bulletin journal, Vol 4... [Editorial] [pedagogy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Uncategorized] [AAR] [Henry VIII] [Jane Jacobs] [Jason Sager] [Kate Daley-Bailey] [Laurier University] [Stefan Collini] [STEM] [Thomas Cromwell]

April 22, 2AM

Note: This post originally appeared on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog.by Stacie A. SwainRecently I wrote a response to an editorial in Critical Research on Religion (CRR).The editorial debates a ‘critical religion’ ... [Uncategorized]

April 20, 2AM

by Matt SheedyIt is rare that a blog post materializes late at night, the night before posting, as this one did, though a fit of creative energy with a dash of serendipity made it so. Just yesterday I came across a blog post in my Facebook feed with the h... [Uncategorized] [Andrew Bradford] [Dennis Covington] [Holiness church] [John David Brock] [liberalamerica.org] [Mark Wolford] [Mossy Simpson Pentecostal Church] [Salvation on Sand Mountain] [Snake handling]

April 11, 2AM

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This post originally appeared on the author’s blog.by Adam T. MillerIf you’re friends with me on Facebook, you may have noticed a recent spell of Wittgenstein quotes as status updates. This is because I’ve been doing a quick read of his Philos... [Uncategorized] [Method and Theory in the Study of Religion] [Wittgenstein]

April 1, 2AM

On the heels of a successful series based on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, where 21 early career scholars weighed-in on a separate thesis, we at the Bulletin would like to continue with the theme of professionalization as it r... [If I Only Knew Then … Tenured Scholars on Professionalization] [Theses on Professionalization] [Uncategorized] [Kocku von Stuckrad] [Max Weber]

March 30, 2AM

Note: This post originally appeared on Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog.by Tenzan EaghllDid you catch the article that was making the rounds on Facebook last month about a new free online course on religion being offered by Harvard... [pedagogy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Tenzan Eaghll] [Theory and Method] [Facebook] [Harvard Divinity School] [Ninian Smart] [Practicum: Critical Theory]

March 25, 2AM

by Steven RameyThis post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog.The reporting surrounding President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland as Supreme Court justice both reveals and complicates the concept of privilege in an intriguing manner... [Uncategorized]

March 23, 2AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we’ve asked a number of scholars to weigh-in on the theme of this year’s upcoming annual conference for the American Academy of Religion in San Antonio, TX, “revolutionary love.” Our aim is to provide a forum for... [Uncategorized] [Revolutionary Love: Scholars Respond to the AAR's 2016 Conference Theme]

March 18, 2AM

In this series, a number of scholars respond to Kate Daley-Bailey’s provocative essay, “For  the Good or the ‘Guild’: An Open Letter to the American Academy of Religion,” which appears in the most recent issue of the Bulletin journal, Vol 44,... [Uncategorized] [AAR] [American Academy of Religion] [Charles McCrary] [For the Good or the Guild] [Jack Fitzmier] [Kate Daley-Bailey]

March 16, 2AM

In this new series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars who have published in the field to share some insights on the dissertation-to-book process–what to do, what to avoid, to put it all together. For other posts in this series, see here.by K. Merinda ... [Laying it All Out: On Moving from Dissertation to Book Series] [Uncategorized] [Changing the Subject: Writing Women across the African Diaspora] [K. Merinda Simmons] [University of Alabama]

March 11, 3AM

In this series, a number of scholars respond to Kate Daley-Bailey’s provocative essay, “For  the Good or the ‘Guild’: An Open Letter to the American Academy of Religion,” which appears in the most recent issue of the Bulletin journal, Vol 44,... [Editorial] [American Academy of Religion] [Chronicle of Higher Education] [Faculty Forward] [For the Good or the Guild] [Kate Daley-Bailey]

March 9, 3AM

In this new series with the Bulletin, we’ve asked a number of scholars to weigh-in on the theme of this year’s upcoming annual conference for the American Academy of Religion in San Antonio, TX, “revolutionary love.” Our aim is to provide a forum... [Editorial] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Uncategorized] [AAR] [Craig R. Prentiss] [Deepak Sarma] [Naomi Goldenberg] [Revolutionary Love: Scholars Respond to the AAR's 2016 Conference Theme] [Richard Newton] [Serene Jones]

March 7, 3AM

Image processed by CodeCarvings Piczard ### FREE Community Edition ### on 2015-05-18 15:35:01Z | http://piczard.com | http://codecarvings.comNote: This post initially appeared on the American Psychological Association blog.Thomas J. Coleman III, David F. ... [Announcements] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [& Culture] [Alex Uzdavines] [American Psychological Association] [David F. Bradley] [Division 36] [Julie Exline] [Michael Nielsen] [non-religion] [Psychology of Religion and Spirituality] [religion] [science] [secularity] [Thomas J. Coleman III] [William James]

March 4, 3AM

March 2, 3AM

by Steven RameyNote: This post originally appeared on the Studying Religion in Culture blog at the University of Alabama.Group identifications are not something inherent or automatic; they require work to construct and maintain, and that work only makes s... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [South Asian Studies] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Dalits] [Haryana] [Jats] [Rajasthan] [Rajputs] [Steven Ramey] [Studying Religion in Culture]

February 29, 3AM

by Deepak Sarma“Love is taking over, Like a tidal wave”Janet Jackson, “Night” from Unbreakable (2015, Rhythm Nation/BMG Rights Management)Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is just another in a long line of Christian theologians who try to mask and masquerade... [Editorial] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [American Academy of Religion] [Deepak Sarma] [Frank Zappa] [Janet Jackson] [Revolutionary Love: Scholars Respond to the AAR's 2016 Conference Theme] [Serene Jones]

February 24, 3AM

In this new series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars who have published in the field to share some insights on the dissertation-to-book process–what to do, what to avoid, to put it all together. For other posts in this series, see here. “Let Me Ent... [Laying it All Out: On Moving from Dissertation to Book Series] [Uncategorized] [AAR] [Aaron Hughes] [Avila University] [Craig Martin] [Leslie Dorrough Smith]

February 22, 3AM

In this new series with the Bulletin, we’ve asked a number of scholars to weigh-in on the theme of this year’s upcoming annual conference for the American Academy of Religion in San Antonio, TX, “revolutionary love.” Our aim is to provide a forum... [Uncategorized] [AAR] [Aaron Hughes] [elizabethtown college] [‪Merinda Simmons] [Michel de Certeau] [Monica Miller] [Pearl Jam] [Revolutionary Love: Scholars Respond to the AAR's 2016 Conference Theme] [Richard Newton] [Russell McCutcheon] [Serene Jones] [Union Theological Seminary]

February 19, 3AM

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Statement of Purpose: This Group provides space for theoretically-informed discussion of the relationship between religion, affect, and emotion.The Group serves as a meeting point for conversations on the affective, noncognitive, and passional dimensions ... [Uncategorized] [Affect and Emotion Group] [and Power] [Animals and Religion Group] [Claudia Rankine] [Daniel Heifetz] [Donovan Schaefer] [evolution] [james baldwin] [religion] [Religion in South Asia Section] [Religious Affects: Animality]

February 17, 3AM

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In this new series with the Bulletin, we’ve asked a number of scholars to weigh-in on the theme of this year’s upcoming annual conference for the American Academy of Religion in San Antonio, TX, “revolutionary love.” Our aim is to provide a forum... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [AAR] [james baldwin] [Naomi Goldenberg] [Revolutionary Love: Scholars Respond to the AAR's 2016 Conference Theme] [University of Ottawa]

February 12, 3AM

NAASR Notes is a feature with the Bulletin where we invite members of the North American Association for the Study of Religion to describe books they are reading and/or research and writing projects that will be of interests to scholars in the field. For ... [NAASR Notes] [Brett Kaplan] [Committed to Memory] [Holocaust Icons] [Holocaust Memorial Museum] [Holocaust Studies] [James Young] [Jane Mixer] [Jennifer Hughes] [Laura S. Levitt] [Maggie Nelson] [NAASR] [Oren Stier] [WJT Mitchell]

February 11, 3AM

The Religion, Media, and Culture Group invites individual presentations, paper/multimedia research presentation sessions, and roundtable proposals on the following themes:1) Media, Secularity/Non-religion, and the Performance of Secularities (possible co-... [Call for Papers] [AAR] [and Culture] [Andrew Aghapour] [media] [religion] [Sarah Taylor-McFarland]

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The CTDR group offers an interdisciplinary and international forum for analytical scholars of religion to engage the intersection of critical theory and methodology with a focus on concrete ethnographic and historical case studies. Critical theory draws o... [Announcements] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Critical Theory and Discourses on Religion Group] [David Walker] [Emile Durkheim] [Michel de Certeau] [Michel Foucault] [William E. Arnal]

February 3, 3AM

February 1, 3AM

by Nicola Denzey Lewis, Brown UniversityI’m going to direct my comments particularly at junior women scholars, partly because despite having had a female doctoral advisor myself, I still could have used more advice, and partly because of the significant... [Guest Contributor] [If I Only Knew Then … Tenured Scholars on Professionalization] [Uncategorized] [30 Rock] [Brown University] [Jimmy Choo] [Liz Lemon] [Nicola Denzey Lewis] [Princeton University] [sarah palin] [University of Toronto]

January 27, 3AM

The following is an interview with Donovan O. Schaefer based on his new book, Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power (2015), with Duke University Press. An excerpt from the book can be found here.Matt Sheedy: Following your introduction and... [Donovan Schaefer] [Interviews] [Matt Sheedy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Bill Maher] [Eve Sedgwick] [Michel Foucault] [New Atheists] [Religious Affects: Animality] [Religulous] [secularism] [Touching Feeling]

January 25, 3AM

January 18, 3AM

On the heels of a successful series based on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, where 21 early career scholars weighed-in on a separate thesis, we at the Bulletin would like to continue with the theme of professionalization as it r... [If I Only Knew Then … Tenured Scholars on Professionalization] [Religion and Society] [Uncategorized] [Culture and Politics in the Twentieth Century United States] [Mark Hulsether] [religion] [Russell McCutcheon] [Theses on Professionalization] [University of Tennessee]

January 15, 3AM

by Matt SheedyI recently came across a blog post entitled, “How About Some Oregon Militia Homoerotic Fan Fiction?” and promptly shared it with a friend, who I assumed would get a kick out of what I took, on first blush, to be a playful subversion of t... [Donovan Schaefer] [Uncategorized] [#bundyeroticfanfic] [Ammon Bundy] [Colin Meloy] [Joe.My.God.] [Sara Ahmed] [The Decemberists]

January 13, 3AM

Religion Snapshots is a feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially topics relating to definitions, ... [Carl Stoneham] [Religion and Theory] [Religion Snapshots] [Theory and Method] [Carl J. Stoneham] [Journal of the American Academy of Religion] [Michael A. Cantrell] [Zeba Crook]

January 11, 3AM

On the heels of a successful series based on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, where 21 early career scholars weighed-in on a separate thesis, we at the Bulletin would like to continue with the theme of professionalization as it rel... [If I Only Knew Then … Tenured Scholars on Professionalization] [Uncategorized] [Russell McCutcheon] [Stephen C. Berkwitz] [Theses on Professionalization]

January 9, 3AM

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference University of Chicago Divinity SchoolApril 15-16, 2016Keynote Speaker: Professor Thomas TweedThe University of Chicago Divinity School is pleased to announce its first annual Graduate Student Conference, t... [Announcements] [Uncategorized] [dance] [Diaspora] [immigration and/or migration] [Pilgrimage] [ritual] [Thomas Tweed] [University of Chicago Divinity School]

January 8, 3AM

by Travis Cooper@socalitybarbie, 2015’s Instagram sensation, has an impressive 1.3 million followers on the platform, up from just over 7,000 back in September. Although not as popular as @taylorswift (with 60.4 million Instagram followers), @socalityba... [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Travis Cooper] [Uncategorized] [@socalitybarbie] [Darby Cisneros] [Evangelicals] [Facebook] [Hillsong Church] [Instagram] [People Magazine] [Relevant Magazine] [Scott Bakken] [The Atlantic] [Twitter]

January 6, 6AM

by Adam MillerNote: This post originally appeared on the author’s blog.While reading Jan Nattier’s translation of The Inquiry of Ugra (Skt. Ugraparipṛcchā), a work most all scholars associate with the early Mahāyāna, I came across ... [Religion and Theory] [South Asian Studies] [Theory and Method] [Adam Miller] [Jan Nattier] [Mahāyāna] [The Inquiry of Ugra] [Ugra]

January 4, 3AM

On the heels of a successful series based on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, where 21 early career scholars weighed-in on a separate thesis, we at the Bulletin would like to continue with the theme of professionalization as it re... [pedagogy] [Uncategorized] [AAR] [Karen Kelsky] [Mark Gardiner] [NAASR] [Richard Swedberg] [Russell McCutcheon] [Steven Engler] [The Professor Is In]

December 21, 3AM

Dissertation vs. Book: What’s the Difference?by Aaron W. HughesNo matter what your well-intentioned committee may tell you, your dissertation is not a book. A book is not a dissertation from which you have simply removed the review of literature chapter... [Laying it All Out: On Moving from Dissertation to Book Series] [Uncategorized] [Aaron W. Hughes] [Brill] [John Banville] [William Germano]

December 18, 3AM

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by Karen ZoppaNote: This post is in response to Philip L. Tite’s short essay, “Editor’s Corner:  Critics or Caretakers? It’s All in the Mapping” Bulletin for the Study of Religion 44.3 (September 2015): 38-39.Phillip Tite reflects on a... [Uncategorized] [autoimmunity] [Jacques Derrida] [Karen Zoppa] [Philip L. Tite] [Randi Warne] [University of Manitoba]

December 14, 3AM

by Russell T. McCutcheonIn this new series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars who have published in the field to share some insights on the dissertation-to-book process–what to do, what to avoid, to put it all together.So, your dissertation is done... [Laying it All Out: On Moving from Dissertation to Book Series] [Uncategorized] [Russell McCutcheon]

December 11, 3AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we have asked 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars entering (or soon to ent... [Theses on Professionalization] [Djuna Barnes] [Katelyn Dykstra Dykerman] [Russell McCutcheon] [The University of Prince Edward Island] [University of Manitoba] [william faulkner]

December 9, 3AM

by Stephanie FrankThis is the second post summarizing a panel discussion entitled “The Study of Religion and Responses to Terrorism: Paris, Beirut and Beyond,” held at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta. For part 1,... [Uncategorized] [Edward Curtis] [Islamophobia] [Jerusha Lamptey] [Joshua Ralston] [Sarah Rollens] [Stephanie Frank] [Todd Green]

December 7, 3AM

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by Matt SheedyThe recent murders outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, CO, at the hands of Robert Lewis Dear, produced a spate of familiar narratives in the media, such as the state of his mental health, his anti-abortion stance, an... [Matt Sheedy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Bernard Lewis] [Christian terrorism] [Franz Fanon] [Planned Parenthood] [representational bürden] [Robert Lewis Dear] [Sarah Rollens]

December 2, 3AM

A member of the University of Chicago Police patrols the campus in Chicago, Illinois, United States, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Youngby Joel A. BrownNote: this post originally appeared on the author’s blog.Yesterday was kind of like a snow day ... [Uncategorized] [alex haley] [Black Power movement] [Elijah Muhammad] [Jabari R. Dean] [Jason Van Dyke] [Joel A. Brown] [Jr.] [Laquan McDonald] [malcolm x] [Martin Luther King] [Nation of Islam] [Robert Zimmer] [university of chicago] [www.worldstarhiphop.com]

November 30, 3AM

by Steven RameyNote: This post initially appear on the Culture on the Edge blog just after the Paris attacks on November 13. Given our goal at the Bulletin blog to keep this conversation going, a re-post is in order.The deadly attacks in Paris last Friday... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Steven Ramey] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Black Lives Matter movement] [Culture on the Edge]

November 27, 3AM

“Spirituality” as the Creative Self in the Digital AgeThis post is part of the Theory & Religion Series, where contributors are asked to discuss a current project they are working on, or a book or essay by a particular theorist that they have fo... [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory & Religion Series] [Alan Turing] [Creative Evolution] [Henri Bergson] [Linda Woodhead] [Pamela McCorduck] [Paul Heelas] [Ting Guo]

November 20, 3AM

November 16, 3AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we have asked 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars entering (or soon to ent... [Charles McCrary] [Theses on Professionalization] [AAR] [Florida State University] [J.Z. Smith] [Jason Josephson] [Russell McCutcheon] [The Invention of Religion in Japan]

November 13, 7AM

by Matt SheedyIn the aftermath of the Canadian election on October 19, which saw the long dormant Liberal Party rise to the position of majority government after nearly a decade of Conservative Party rule, much ado was made of the sea-change that took pla... [Matt Sheedy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [atheism] [Brian Lilley] [Constitution Act] [Friendly Atheist] [Hemant Mehta] [John Oliver] [Justin Trudeau] [Last Week Tonight] [niqab] [Patheos] [Stephen Harper] [Sun TV News] [Union Jack]

November 12, 3AM

 Academic Publishing and the AAR Groups on Comparative Approaches to Religion and Violence, Cultural History in the Study of Religion and Critical Theory and Discourses on Religion are proud to sponsor a reception for the Journal of Religion and Vio... [Announcements] [Uncategorized] [AAR] [Comparative Approaches to Religion and Violence] [Critical Theory and Discourses on Religion] [Cultural History in the Study of Religion] [Journal of Religion and Violence] [Margo Kitts] [Michael Jerryson]

November 11, 3AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we have asked 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars entering (or soon to ent... [pedagogy] [Theses on Professionalization] [Uncategorized] [Sarah Lynn Kleeb] [World Religions]

November 10, 3AM

Statement of Purpose: This Group seeks to provide a forum in which scholars of religion from a wide range of disciplines can examine and question their disciplinary presuppositions. The work of this Group can be placed under three main rubrics:Critical in... [Announcements] [Critical Theory and Discourses on Religion Group] [Georgia State University] [SORAAAD] [University of Regina]

November 6, 3AM

by Steven RameyTenzan Eaghll’s post on this blog on Wednesday made a significant point. Calls for more accessible scholarly writing, which have been making the social media rounds lately, ignore the ways that critical theory often challenges assumptions... [pedagogy] [Steven Ramey] [Tenzan Eaghll] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Critical Theory] [derrida] [kant] [Nietzsche]

November 4, 5AM

by Tenzan EaghllToday I read my 500th article on why the humanities are failing. Since I began working in religious studies these articles have been published with abandon, all of them claiming that the humanities are devalued, underfunded, and destined t... [pedagogy] [Tenzan Eaghll] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Critical Theory] [Critique of Pure Reason] [Harold Bloom] [Jacques Derrida] [James Joyce] [kant] [Nietzsche]

November 2, 3AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we have asked 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars entering (or soon to ent... [pedagogy] [Theses on Professionalization] [Uncategorized] [Russell McCutcheon] [Thomas J. Whitley]

October 30, 2AM

SATURDAY: 1PM- 3:30PM: “Children, Religion, and Violence.”Hyatt-Harris (Atlanta Conference Level)Chair: Philip TiteRespondent: Sarah Iles JohnstonJoel LeMon, Emory University“Violence Against Children and Girls in the Reception History of Psalm 137... [Uncategorized]

October 27, 2AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we have asked 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars entering (or soon to ent... [Theses on Professionalization] [Uncategorized] [AAR/SBL] [Russell McCutcheon] [University of Toronto]

October 23, 10AM

by Zachary BraitermanNote: This post originally appeared on the author’s blog, Jewish Philosophy Place.A philosophical problem, it’s impossible to ascertain what’s inside another person’s head at the moment he or she mangles a foundational his... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Uncategorized] [Adolph Hitler] [Benjamin Netanyahu] [Haj Amin al-Husseini] [Jewish Philosophy Place] [Mufti of Jerusalem] [Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mount] [the Holocaust] [Zachary Braiterman]

October 21, 7AM

by Steven RameyNote: This post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog.“A war against Christianity,” a friend on Facebook asserted, as he pointed to examples in the United States and around the world. The shooting at Umpqua Community Colle... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Steven Ramey] [Theory and Method] [al Qaeda] [Bernie Sanders] [Black Lives Matter movement] [Isis] [Rohingya Muslims] [Taliban] [Umpqua Community College]

October 19, 2AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we have asked 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars entering (or soon to ent... [Theory in the Real World] [Theses on Professionalization] [Uncategorized] [American Academy of Religion] [Inside Higher Ed] [Lauren E. Osbourne] [Rob Weir] [RSS feed] [Russell McCutcheon] [Society of Biblical Literature] [Whitman College]

October 16, 9AM

October 15, 10AM

Dear Colleagues,I was surprised to see the nominations for Vice President that were put forth by the AAR’s Nominating Committee this year. Both candidates are Christian ethicists/theologians. While colleagues tell me that at least one of them is a “pr... [Editorial] [Aaron W. Hughes] [American Academy of Religion] [University of Rochester]

October 12, 2AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we have asked 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars entering (or soon to ent... [Theses on Professionalization] [Uncategorized] [1915-1930] [Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America] [Kelly J. Baker] [Ku Klux Klan] [Matt Sheedy] [Russell McCutcheon] [The Zombies Are Coming!: The Realities of the Zombie Apocalypse in American Culture]

October 7, 2AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we have asked 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars entering (or soon to ent... [Theses on Professionalization] [Uncategorized] [Adrian Hermann] [Russell McCutcheon] [University of Hamburg]

October 6, 2AM

September 16, 2015To: Professor Richard Oram and Professor Gerry McCormacRe: Proposed Closure of the Religion department at the University of StirlingOn behalf of the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and C... [Uncategorized]

October 1, 2AM

*   Call for Nominations: ISSRNC Lifetime Achievement Award.*   Registration for the ISSRNC 2016 Conference Religion, Science and the Future, now open*   Prize for Best Student Conference Paper, Religion, Science and the Future.Call for Nominations:... [Announcements] [International Society for the Study of Religion] [ISSRNC] [Nature and Culture]

September 30, 2AM

This post originally appeared on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog.by Tenzan EaghllThis summer I taught a class on Religion and Film, and I feel as though I had to reinvent the wheel. This was my first time teaching Religion and ... [pedagogy] [Tenzan Eaghll] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [and Pedagogy] [Clifford Geertz] [Conrad E. Ostwalt] [Critical Theory] [Douglas Kellner] [Gregory J. Watkins] [Joel Martin] [John C. Lyden] [Louis Giannetti] [M. Gail Hamner] [Michael Ryan] [Oliver Stone] [Platoon] [religion] [Timothy Corrigan]

September 28, 2AM

by Nathan Rein* This post originally appeared on Medium.These fifteen “maxims” are a work in progress. I first started drafting them seven years ago. They were intended mainly for students who were at the early stages of a religion major, but we had s... [pedagogy] [Medium] [Nathan Rein] [Ursinus College]

September 23, 2AM

In this past Monday’s post, Joseph Laycock discusses the Ahmed Mohamed affair–the 14-year old Texas boy arrested for bringing a clock to school, mistaken for a bomb, despite a clear lack of evidence–and asks whether it is “necessary to bel... [Joseph Laycock] [#IStandWithAhmed] [Ahmed Mohamed] [Chris Hadfield] [Evelyn Alsultany] [Facebook] [Google] [Islamphobia] [NASA] [President Obama] [Sara Ahmed] [Stanley Cohen] [Twitter] [wired.com]

September 21, 2AM

by Joseph LaycockThousands have expressed outrage over the treatment of Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old Muslim student at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, who was arrested after trying to show his English teacher an electronic clock he had constructed... [Joseph Laycock] [Ahmed Mohamed] [Aldous Huxley] [Beth Van Duyne] [Cardinal Richelieu] [George Orwell] [glenn beck] [Jade Helm] [Larry Boyd] [MacArthur High School] [moral panic] [Roger Caillois] [Stanley Cohen] [The Devils of Loudun] [Urbain Grandier]

September 18, 4AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we have asked 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars entering (or soon to ent... [Theses on Professionalization] [Cornell University] [Daniel Pals] [Emily D. Crews] [Jeffrey Wheatley] [Matt Sheedy] [Mircea Eliade] [Russell McCutcheon] [Tim Murphy] [Vincent Burgess]

September 17, 2AM

CFP: Globalizing the Humanities – #EIRAAR CALL FOR PROPOSALS“Globalizing the Human(ities)”Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion 2016 Annual MeetingUniversity of Pittsburgh May 6-7, 2016Deadline for submission of propo... [Call for Papers] [Uncategorized] [AAR] [Globalizing the Human(ivies)] [Verna Ehret]

September 7, 2AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we have asked 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars entering (or soon to ent... [pedagogy] [Theory in the Real World] [Theses on Professionalization] [Uncategorized] [Aristotle University] [Bruce Lincoln] [Gerhard van den Heever] [Nickolas Roubekas] [Religion & Theology] [Russell McCutcheon] [University of Aberdeen] [University of South Africa]

September 4, 2AM

Note: This post originally appeared on the Marginalia Los Angeles Review of Books blog.by Aaron W. HughesWe like nothing more than a really big story about religion. If we are religious, it makes us feel good about ourselves regardless of denomination. If... [Uncategorized] [Aaron W. Hughes]

September 2, 5AM

Thesis #11. While higher education is organized so as to train ever increasing specialists–a process that begins with surveys and broad course work, examines candidates on their knowledge in general areas, and then culminates in writing a dissertation o... [Matt Sheedy] [pedagogy] [Religion and Society] [Theses on Professionalization] [Emily D. Crews] [Florida State University] [Jennifer Collins-Elliott] [Russell McCutcheon]

August 31, 5AM

by Adam T. MillerNAASR Notes is a feature with the Bulletin where we invite members of the North American Association for the Study of Religion to describe books they are reading and/or research and writing projects that will be of interests to scholars i... [NAASR Notes] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Adam T. Miller] [and Proof] [aristotle] [Bruce Lincoln] [Carlo Ginzburg] [David Drewes] [Gods and Demons] [Gregory Schopen] [Hayden White] [history] [Jan Nattier] [Mahāyāna Buddhism] [Priests and Scholars] [Rhetoric] [Richard S. Cohen] [The Content of the Form] [university of chicago]

August 28, 5AM

“May the Force be with you.”“And also with you.”Note: This post originally appear on the Feeling the Force blog.by Kate Daley-BaileyIf you were to catch the end of any conversation I have with my family, you would hear the above dialogue. Vari... [Kate Daley-Bailey] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Bill Moyers] [Feeling the Force] [George Lucas] [Hoth Dog] [Jedi Churches] [Jediism] [Joel Hodge] [John C. McDowell] [Joseph Campbell] [Obi-Wan] [Star Wars] [the force] [The Washington Post] [Time Magazine] [Wookie Cookie]

August 26, 2AM

by Charles McCraryEarlier this year, during the spring semester, I wrote a post about my teaching world religions and the possibility of using a tentative definition of “religion.” In the post I briefly considered how the course might look as a class ... [Charles McCrary] [pedagogy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Bruce Lincoln] [David Chidester] [Florida State University] [karl marx] [Michel Foucault] [Russell McCutcheon] [Tomoko Masuzawa] [Wendy Brown] [World Religions]

August 24, 2AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we have asked 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars entering (or soon to ent... [Theory in the Real World] [Theses on Professionalization] [Uncategorized] [Emily D. Crews] [history of religions] [Religion and Culture Web Forum] [Russell McCutcheon] [Sophie’s Choice] [University of Chicago Divinity School]

August 21, 2AM

August 17, 5AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we have asked 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars entering (or soon to ent... [Uncategorized] [Apply For The Damn Job] [Barbara Krawcowicz] [Chronicle of Higher Education] [Indiana University Bloomington] [Russell McCutcheon] [Theses on Professionalization]

August 14, 4AM

by Jeffrey WheatleyIn this series with the Bulletin, we have asked 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars enter... [Politics and Religion] [Theses on Professionalization] [Uncategorized] [Florida State University] [Jeffrey Wheatley] [Russell McCutcheon] [Tara Baldrick-Morrone]

August 7, 2AM

by Steven RameyNote: This post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog.“World religions” as a way of organizing the world have become the focus of scholarly critiques (including my recent post) that connect this discourse to the interes... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Archdiocese of Ottawa] [Ashley Madison] [Banksy Graffiti] [Culture on the Edge] [Ottawa Sun] [Rajan Zed] [Reverend Terrence Thomas Prendergast] [Richard Cocks] [Steven Ramey] [Universal Society of Hinduism] [World Religions]

August 5, 5AM

Announcing the publication of “Atheism, Secularity, and Science,” a special issue of the journal Science, Religion & Culture, guest edited by John R. Shook, Ralph W. Hood Jr., and Thomas J. Coleman III. The journal issue contains theoretical and ... [Uncategorized] [and Science] [atheism] [John R. Shook] [Living the Secular Life] [Ralph W. Hood Jr.] [Religion & Culture] [science] [secularity] [The New Atheist Novel] [The Problem of Animal Pain] [Thomas J. Coleman III]

August 3, 2AM

In this series with the Bulletin, we have asked 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars entering (or soon to ent... [Theses on Professionalization] [Andrew Durdin] [Mike Altman] [Russell McCutcheon] [Slavoj Žižek] [university of chicago]

July 27, 2AM

In this new feature with the Bulletin, we have asked 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars entering (or soon t... [Theses on Professionalization] [AAR] [Caleb Simmons] [Drew Durdin] [Florida State University] [Frank Donoghue] [Kelly J. Baker] [Matt Dougherty] [Mike Altman] [Russell McCutcheon] [SBL] [Tara Baldrick-Morrone] [University of Notre Dame]

July 24, 2AM

In this new feature with the Bulletin, we have asked 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars entering (or soon t... [Matt Sheedy] [Theses on Professionalization] [From Dissertation to Book] [Mitt Romney] [NAASR] [North American Association for the Study of Religion] [Reinventing Religious Studies] [Russell McCutcheon] [second edition] [University of Toronto] [William Germano]

July 22, 2AM

Friday, November 20, 12:20-5:45 pm Atlanta, GA“…in any given society, the social practices of reading and writing are systematically regulated. The social effects of this regulation are produced, therefore, by the concerted operation of social ins... [Announcements] [SORAAAD]

July 20, 2AM

by James LinvilleThe Creation of Myth and Meaning Among Young Earth CreationistsNumerous studies exist of Christian Young Earth Creationism’s (YEC) history, political strategies, impact on public discourse on science and education. My new research proje... [NAASR Notes] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Christian Young Earth Creationism] [J.Z. Smith] [University of Lethbridge]

July 17, 2AM

* This post originally appear on the Culture on the Edge Blog.by Steven RameyWhile discussions of “World Religions” often attempt to encourage appreciation of human diversity, these presentations have become the focus of scholarly critiques because of... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Business Insider] [Hinduism] [Jonathan Z. Smith] [Judaism] [Shinto] [sikhism] [Steven Ramey] [World Religions]

July 15, 2AM

by Caleb SimmonsIn this new feature with the Bulletin, we have asked 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars ent... [Theses on Professionalization] [Uncategorized] [AAR] [Caleb Simmons] [Russell McCutcheon] [SBL] [South Asian Religions] [University of Arizona] [University of Florida]

July 13, 2AM

July 10, 2AM

In this feature with the Bulletin, ask 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars entering (or soon to enter) the j... [pedagogy] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theses on Professionalization] [Uncategorized] [Russell McCutcheon] [Shannon Trosper Schorey]

July 8, 2AM

July 6, 2AM

July 1, 2AM

by Sher Afgan TareenThe recent 5-4 ruling in Obergefell vs. Hodges raised Justice Anthony Kennedy to a venerable stature amongst those who vigorously celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision. In arguing why same sex marriage ought to be a constitutional ... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Sexuality and Gender] [Theory and Method] [Diotima] [Hussein Agrama] [Justice Anthony Kennedy] [Ken Paxton] [Plato] [Row V. Wade] [same sex marriage] [Sarah Ahmed] [Sher Afgan Tareen] [Socrates] [The Promise of Happiness]

June 29, 2AM

June 26, 2AM

In this new feature with the Bulletin, we have asked 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars entering (or soon t... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theses on Professionalization] [Uncategorized] [Critics Not Caretakers] [Introduction to World Religions] [Religion and Violence] [Russell McCutcheon] [Tenzan Eaghll] [University of Toronto]

June 24, 2AM

by Simon Frankel PrattOne does not have to engage all that deeply with popular and academic conversations on terrorism before religion shows up. These days, and especially in the media, such conversations mainly consider one religion in particular, but th... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Uncategorized] [al-Qa’ida] [Hamas] [Hans-Georg Gadamer] [IRA] [Mark Juergensmeyer] [Red Army Faction] [Simon Frankel Pratt] [Terror in the Mind of God] [The Myth of Religious Violence] [Wilfred Cantwell Smith] [William Cavanaugh]

June 22, 2AM

by Donovan SchaeferEditor’s note: This post initially came out in response to the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in 2012. We are reposting it in the light of recent discussions about white terrorism, racism, and the symbols of racism—su... [Donovan Schaefer] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Uncategorized] [Asra Nomani] [Charleston] [confederate flag] [gurdwara] [Islamophobia] [kathleen stewart] [ordinary affects] [South Carolina] [Wade Page]

June 15, 2AM

In this new feature with the Bulletin, we have asked 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars entering (or soon ... [pedagogy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theses on Professionalization] [Uncategorized] [Matthew W. Dougherty] [Russell McCutcheon] [University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill]

June 12, 2AM

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June 8, 2AM

June 5, 2AM

By Deeksha SivakumarReligion has always provided a reliable and recognizable brand name in the realm of the market where choices are too many. This is especially so in India, where Hindu gods have more celebrity appeal than any movie star and “Hindu... [Deeksha Sivakumar] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [South Asian Studies] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Hinduism]

June 3, 2AM

by Luther H. MartinI have always been interested in a scientific approach to the study of religion, i.e., in explanatory models for that study. I was trained as a biblical scholar, and upon whatever theological trajectories biblical scholars might embark,... [NAASR Notes] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Ara Norenzayan] [Bloomsbury] [cognitive science of religion] [De Gruyter] [Donald Wiebe] [E. Clark Barrett] [Eric Kandel] [Ian Morris] [Journal of the American Academy of Religion] [Norman Yoffe] [Peter Turchin] [Robert Kaplan] [scientific study of religion]

June 1, 2AM

May 29, 2AM

by Eoin O’MahonyLate last week, a majority of citizens in Ireland voted to accept same-sex marriage. Many states in Europe and North America have legislated for same-sex marriage but Ireland’s citizens voted to amend the country’s constitution. ... [Eoin O'Mahony] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Catholic Church] [Dublin Pride] [European Court of Human Rights] [Ireland] [lgbt] [Twitter] [Yes Equality]

May 27, 2AM

Note: This post originally appeared on the Religion in American History blog.by Charles McCraryAccording to the new Pew study “America’s Changing Religious Landscape,” 6.9% of respondents identified their religious affiliation or belief as “noth... [Charles McCrary] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [A Ministry of Presence] [Franklin Baz] [Hugh Urban] [John Modern] [Mike Graziano] [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] [The Church of Scientology] [William James] [Winnifred Sullivan]

May 25, 2AM

by Ian CuthbertsonI suppose I had better just come out and say it: I’m interested in lucky charms. My research in Montréal, Québec involves an online survey and in-depth semi-structured interviews with individuals who possess and use lucky or protecti... [NAASR Notes] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Bronislaw Malinowski] [Christopher Partridge] [E.E Evans-Prichard] [Emile Durkheim] [Ian Cuthbertson] [James George Frazer] [Keith Thomas] [magic] [Marcel Mauss] [Max Weber] [Randall Styers] [Simon During]

May 22, 2AM

by Dennis LoRussoAbiding the Habitus, or the Habitus Abides: Getting acquainted with BourdieuChances are, if you’ve had the (mis)fortune of reading any of my scholarly work, I probably mentioned some aspect of Pierre Bourdieu’s ideas. His ambitious ef... [Dennis LoRusso] [Baptist] [Book of Jerry Falwell] [coen brothers] [Habitus] [narrative belief] [Pierre Bourdieu] [Sam Elliot] [Susan Harding] [The Big Lebowski]

May 15, 2AM

May 13, 2AM

If the phrase “academic job market” makes you feel like this……you’re not alone. There’s no shortage of posts, essays, tweets, and columns devoted to how to position yourself on the job market: what to study, how to shape a CV, and what to say ... [Announcements] [Uncategorized] [NAASR]

May 11, 2AM

NAASR Notes is a new feature with the Bulletin where we invite members of the North American Association for the Study of Religion to describe books they are reading and/or research and writing projects that will be of interests to scholars in the field. ... [NAASR Notes] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Daniel Philpott] [Elizabeth Shakman-Hurd] [International Relations theory] [Jürgen Habermas] [Maria Birnbaum] [Naomi Goldenberg] [Religion as a Category of Governance and Sovereignty] [Scott Thomas] [Timothy Fitzgerald] [Trevor Stack]

May 4, 2AM

by Steven Ramey* This post originally appear on the Culture on the Edge blog.History-making involves the creation of connections between events that generate meaning and order. It is really the same as any storytelling, where the creator of the (hi)story ... [Craig Martin] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [South Asian Studies] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Baltimore] [Culture on the Edge] [Facebook] [Ferguson] [Gadhimai] [Howard Zinn] [Nepal] [Steven Ramey]

May 1, 2AM

April 29, 2AM

by Matt SheedyWhile sitting in the waiting area of local yoga studio the other day, I read through a book that the studio had recently published entitled, Moksha Yoga: Expressions of Accessibility, which contained a mission statement along with pictures o... [Matt Sheedy] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [authority] [doxa] [social formations] [Yoga]

April 27, 2AM

NAASR Notes is a new feature with the Bulletin where we invite members of the North American Association for the Study of Religion to describe books they are reading and/or research and writing projects that will be of interests to scholars in the field. ... [NAASR Notes] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [AAR] [Brill] [Critics Not Caretakers] [IAHR] [Journal of the American Academy of Religion] [Manly Hall] [Mike Altman] [MTSR] [Russell McCutcheon] [Ted Trost]

April 22, 2AM

* This post originally appear on the Culture on the Edge blog.by Steven RameyWe often assume that actions are either political or spiritual, that those two categories are easily discernible and inherently distinct, but are they different? At times the dis... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [South Asian Studies] [Steven Ramey] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Barak Obama] [Chishti order] [Culture on the Edge] [David Cameron] [gurdwara] [Kent] [Khalsa] [Moinuddin Chishti] [sikhism] [Sufi Islam] [Vaiskahi]

April 17, 2AM

NAASR Notes is a new feature with the Bulletin where we invite members of the North American Association for the Study of Religion to describe books they are reading and/or research and writing projects that will be of interests to scholars in the field. ... [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Donald Wiebe] [Luther Martin] [NAASR] [North American Association for the Study of Religion] [Thomas Lawson]

April 15, 2AM

NAASR Notes is a new feature with the Bulletin where we invite members of the North American Association for the Study of Religion to describe books they are reading and/or research and writing projects that will be of interests to scholars in the field. ... [Uncategorized] [cognitive science of religion] [Donald Wiebe] [Luther Martin] [NAASR] [North American Association for the Study of Religion] [Robert McCauley]

April 13, 2AM

NAASR Notes is a new feature with the Bulletin where we invite members of the North American Association for the Study of Religion to describe books they are reading and/or research and writing projects that will be of interests to scholars in the field. ... [NAASR Notes] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [cognitive science] [Donald Wiebe] [Levyna] [Luther Martin] [North American Association for the Study of Religion] [Robert McCauley]

April 8, 2AM

NAASR Notes is a new feature with the Bulletin where we invite members of the North American Association for the Study of Religion to describe books they are reading and/or research and writing projects that will be of interests to scholars in the field. ... [NAASR Notes] [Religion and Theory] [Uncategorized] [AUC] [Before Religion] [Brent Nongbri] [Jason Blum] [Jonathan Herman] [Method & Theory in the Study of Religion] [NAASR] [North American Association for the Study of Religion] [The American University in Cairo] [Zen and the Unspeakable God] [“The Spiritual Illusion"]

April 6, 2AM

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March 30, 2AM

NAASR Notes is a new feature with the Bulletin where we invite members of the North American Association for the Study of Religion to describe books they are reading and/or research and writing projects that will be of interests to scholars in the field.b... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Bruce Lincoln] [Christian Zionist] [Deane Galbraith] [Eric Ziolkowski] [Erin Roberts] [Jennifer Eyl] [NAASR] [NAASR Notes] [Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception] [Roland Barthes] [Russell McCutcheon] [Sacvan Bercovitch] [Sean Durbin] [Susan Harding] [William Arnal]

March 25, 2AM

March 20, 2AM

Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and CultureVolume 8, Number 4Special Issue: Religion and Nature in Asia and the HimalayasGuest Edited by Georgina Drew and Ashok GurungAbstracts“Wastes and Worldviews: Garbage and Pollution Challenges in Bhutan... [Religion and Society] [and Culture] [Antonio Terrone] [Ashok Gurung] [Dan Smyer Yu] [Elizabeth Allison] [Georgina Drew] [Jeremy Spoon] [Journal for the Study of Religion] [nature]

March 18, 2AM

March 13, 2AM

by Tenzan Eaghll* Photo by Ian BrownIt has been two weeks now since 1000 members of Cupe 3902, the union representing University of Toronto graduate students, decisively rejected a motion to send a tentative agreement reached on February 27 to a ratificat... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Tenzan Eaghll] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Emmanuel Levinas] [Max Horkheimer] [Simon Critchley] [Slavoj Žižek] [University of Toronto] [Walter Benjamin]

March 11, 2AM

* This post originally appear on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog.Abrahamic Religions: On the Uses and Abuses of History, by Aaron Hughes1. What is the main argument of your book? My main argument is the term “Abrahamic reli... [Uncategorized] [Aaron Hughes] [Abrahamic religions] [American Academy of Religion] [and Pedagogy] [Bruce Lincoln] [Donald Lopez] [Elliot Wolfson] [J.Z. Smith] [Jacob Neusner] [Practicum: Critical Theory] [religion] [Russell McCutcheon] [War on Terror]

March 4, 3AM

by Jospeh LaycockThis semester I had the pleasure of conducting a grand experiment with my students that I have wanted to do for several years. My class ran a simulation in which we created eleven imaginary religious traditions and allowed them to develop... [Uncategorized]

March 2, 9AM

by Matt SheedyA recent controversy has erupted in Canada over the case Zunera Ishaq of Mississauga, Ontario, (a suburb of Toronto) who sought to challenge a prohibition against wearing a niqab during her oath of allegiance in a swearing in ceremony for Ca... [Matt Sheedy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory and Method] [Charlie Hebdo] [Conservative Party] [Isis] [Jennifer Selby] [Margaret Wente] [Parti Québécois] [Stephen Harper] [Wendy Brown] [Zunera Ishaq]

February 27, 3AM

by Charles McCraryThis post originally appeared, in a slightly different version, at the group blog Religion in American History.This year I’ve been teaching “world religions” for the first time. I knew I would be required to do it at some point, an... [Charles McCrary] [pedagogy] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Andy McKee] [Bruce Lincoln] [David Chidester] [karl marx] [Matt Day] [Michel Foucault] [Mike Altman] [Mike Graziano] [Nicole Kelley] [Religion in American History] [Russell McCutcheon] [Tomoko Masuzawa] [Wendy Brown] [World Religions]

February 25, 3AM

Call for papers: Special Issue of Secularism & Nonreligion: Intersectionality and Power Guest Editors: Penny Edgell, Evan Stewart, and Jacqui Frost, University of MinnesotaThe past 30 years has seen a renewed interest in scholarship on secularism and ... [Call for Papers] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Evan Stewart] [Jacqui Frost] [New Atheist] [Penny Edgell] [secularism] [Secularism & Nonreligion] [University of Minnesota]

February 23, 3AM

by Russell McCutcheonNote: This post originally appeared on the Studying Religion in Culture blog at the University of Alabama.Did you hear about the White House summit this past week? It was in the news a fair bit and was on “countering violent extremi... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Islam] [Jihadists] [On the Media] [Russell McCutcheon]

February 20, 3AM

Secularism and Secularity Group CFPDeadline: Monday, March 2nd, 2015, 5:00PM EST, via https://papers.aarweb.org/Statement of Purpose: This Group seeks to explore a set of questions associated with secularism, secularity, and secularization — questions ... [Call for Papers] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [feminism] [Jonathan VanAntwerpen] [Joseph Blankholm] [nonreligion] [Secularism and Secularity Group] [secularization] [sex/gender]

February 19, 3AM

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February 17, 3AM

Cultural History of the Study of Religion Group CFPDeadline: Monday, March 2 2015, 5:00 PM EST, through: “http://papers.aarweb.org/Statement of Purpose:This group is devoted to historical inquiry into the social and cultural contexts of the study o... [Uncategorized] [affect] [American Academy of Religion] [and Emotion Group] [Ann M. Burlein] [Critical Theory and Discourses on Religion Group] [Cultural History of the Study of Religion Group] [David Chidester] [Emile Durkheim] [Randall Styers] [religion] [William James]

February 13, 3AM

February 12, 3AM

Ritual Studies Group Call for PapersDeadline: Monday, March 2 2015, 5:00 PM EST, through: http://papers.aarweb.org/Statement of Purpose:This Group provides a unique venue for the interdisciplinary exploration of ritual — broadly understood to include r... [Call for Papers] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [AAR] [Anthropology of Religion Group] [Grant H. Potts] [Jens Kreinath] [Ritual Studies Group] [Western Esotericism Group]

February 11, 3AM

by Tenzan EaghllNow that a month has passed since the Charlie Hebdo tragedy, it is useful to step back and consider the general treatment of religion and Islam in the media. Whenever one of these horrendous acts occurs there is an automatic reaction by jo... [Reflections on Islamic Studies] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Tenzan Eaghll] [Theory and Method] [Aaron Hughes] [Bernard Lewis] [Charlie Hebdo] [Clash of Civilizations] [Friedrich Nietzsche] [Islam] [Jacques Rancière] [MacLean's magazine] [Scott Gilmore] [Slavoj Žižek]

February 10, 3AM

Call for Papers: The Pauline Epistles Section. The SBL Annual Meeting Atlanta, Georgia,  November 21-24Deadline:  Thursday, March 5, 2014, 5:00 PM EST, through http://www.sbl-site.orgCall for Papers:The Redescribing Early Christianity unit is organizi... [Call for Papers] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [AAR] [Erin Roberts] [Redescribing Early Christianity] [SBL] [The Pauline Epistles Section] [William Arnal]

February 9, 3AM

by Matthew FaccianiPopular authors such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris have accrued notoriety by discussing the negative effects of religious belief. Such polemical figures and their followers often focus on the truth-value of religion while speculatin... [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Uncategorized] [anterior cingulate cortex] [Cognitive Psychology] [electroencephalograph] [Matthew Facciani] [Mormons] [neuroscience] [Richard Dawkins] [sam harris] [Stroop task] [The University of South Carolina]

February 6, 3AM

Religion Snapshots is a feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially topics relating to definitions, ... [Religion Snapshots] [Uncategorized] [Carl J. Stoneham] [Edward Said] [George W. Bush] [Hamas] [Hizbullah] [Judith Butler] [Michael Walzer] [Simon Frankel Pratt]

February 5, 6AM

Deadline:  Thursday, March 5, 2014, 5:00 PM EST, through http://www.sbl-site.orgAbout the Pauline Epistles Section:The Pauline Epistles section aims to stimulate critical analysis of the letters of Paul by offering a platform for new research. The secti... [Call for Papers] [Caroline E. Johnson Hodge] [Emma Wasserman] [Pauline Epistles Section]

February 4, 3AM

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January 28, 3AM

by Adam Miller* This post originally appeared on the author’s blog.The French marxist Louis Althusser theorized interpellation as “the process by which ideology addresses the individual.” Or, put differently, interpellation is the way a domina... [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [South Asian Studies] [Theory & Religion Series] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Adam Miller] [dharma] [interpellation] [Louis Althusser] [Richard S. Cohen] [Sanskrit] [sūtra] [tathagata] [The Splendid Vision]

January 23, 3AM

by Sher Afgan TareenOn December 16th, nine members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e- Taliban killed one hundred and thirty-two students attending Army Public School at Peshawar, wiping out the entire 9th grade except one boy who overslept and fortuitously skippe... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Army Public School at Peshawar] [Charlie Hebdo] [Je Suis Charlie] [Kevin Rozario] [Newsweek] [Pakistan] [Saba Mahmood] [secularism] [Sher Afgan Tareen] [Tehreek-e- Taliban]

January 22, 3AM

Second Undergraduate Conference on Religion and Culture Syracuse University | March 28, 2015 | Syracuse, NYThe Department of Religion at Syracuse University will host its second annual “Undergraduate Conference on Religion and Culture” on Saturday, M... [Announcements] [Call for Papers] [Uncategorized] [Syracuse University]

January 21, 3AM

The UCSB Department of Religious Studies, with support from the Cordano Endowment in Catholic Studies, will host a conference onFreedom of (and from) Religion: Debates Over the Accommodation of Religion in the Public Sphere April 30, 2015 to Saturday Ma... [Call for Papers] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Affordable Care Act] [Equal Access Act] [Hobby Lobby] [Indiana University Bloomington] [religious freedom] [Santa Barbara] [university of california] [Winnifred Sullivan]

January 19, 3AM

by Zachery Braiterman* This post initially appeared on the author’s blog.Clearly uncomfortable with the comics run by Charlie Hebdo depicting the Prophet, ALZ approached me at synagogue yesterday and asked me what I thought about them. He asked it i... [Uncategorized] [Bill Maher] [Book of Mormon] [Charlie Hebdo] [Eli Valley] [Friedrich Nietzsche] [Haskalah] [Je Suis Charlie] [Leo Strauss] [Spinoza] [Voltaire] [Zachary Braiterman]

January 16, 3AM

This is part of an ongoing series of posts in a collaborative effort between the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy and the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blogs. On November 23, 2014, approximately 20 scholars of religion, from gra... [pedagogy] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Ann Grodzins Gold] [Brian Malley] [Courtney Bender] [Dan Moseson] [Emile Durkheim] [Gloria Raheja] [J.Z. Smith] [Joanne Punzo Waghorne] [Max Weber] [Michel de Certeau] [NAASR] [sigmund freud] [Tanya Luhrmann]

January 14, 3AM

by Simon Frankel Pratt* This post original appeared on the author’s blog.As talking heads in the media once again make problematic, ultra-general claims about Islam’s supposed essential bellicosity, or attribute to Islamic texts and practice the ... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Uncategorized] [Asef Bayat] [Bill Maher] [Carrie Wickham] [Fox News] [Islamism] [Maajid Nawaz] [New Atheists] [Reza Aslan] [sam harris] [Shiraz Maher] [Simon Frankel Pratt] [William James]

January 12, 3AM

by Thomas J. Coleman IIIMillions of people in the world today, just as they have in the past, typically believe in something that is, or can be, considered supernatural. From an emic perspective, gods, ghosts, devils, demons and alluring forest nymphs usu... [Religion and Theory] [Uncategorized] [Ann Taves] [cognitive science of religion] [hyper agency detection device] [naturalness of religion thesis] [theory of mind] [Thomas J. Coleman III]

January 9, 3AM

January 7, 3AM

This is part of an ongoing series of posts in a collaborative effort between the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy and the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blogs. On November 23, 2014, approximately 20 scholars of religion, from gra... [pedagogy] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [and Pedagogy] [Emile Durkheim] [karl marx] [Lauren Horn Griffin] [Marcel Mauss] [Matthew King] [Max Weber] [NAASR] [Practicum: Critical Theory] [religion] [sigmund freud] [Taylor & Frazer] [William James]

January 6, 1PM

by Robert Myles* See author’s blog here.This full day academic seminar will take place in Sheffield on the 8th of January 2015 (precise venue still tbc by my co-conspirators James & Michael). The seminar covers a range of radical interpret... [Announcements] [James Crossley] [John Lyons & Mike Gulliver] [Marika Rose] [Mark McHenry] [Michael Sanford] [Robert Myles] [Sheffield] [Wei-Hsien Wan]

January 5, 3AM

January 2, 3AM

by Thomas J. Coleman III* This post is part of the Theory & Religion Series, where contributors are asked to discuss a book or essay by a particular theorist that they have found useful in their teaching and research in the study of religion.Finally ... [Religion and Theory] [Theory & Religion Series] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Agency Detection Device] [Ann Taves] [atheisms] [Christopher F. Silver] [cognitive science of religion] [Mircea Eliade] [theory of mind] [Thomas J. Coleman III] [University of Tennessee at Chattanooga]

December 24, 3AM

Announcing:Religion, Science and the FutureA Conference Sponsored by the The International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture,Celebrating its 10th Anniversary 14 – 17 January 2016 The University of FloridaGainesville FloridaMark your ... [Announcements] [Uncategorized] [Indigenous Knowledge Systems] [Journal for the Study of Religion] [Nature and Culture] [religion] [religion and science] [Science and the Future] [The University of Florida]

December 23, 3AM

CALL FOR PAPERSReligious Studies, Liberal Arts, and the Public UniversityThe conference will examine religious studies methods, curriculum, pedagogy, and ethos in terms of the field’s relationship to two key social locations, the liberal arts and the pu... [Announcements] [Uncategorized] [Rebecca Raphael] [San Marcos] [Texas State University]

December 22, 3AM

Call For PapersReligion Interruptus: The Affects of Sex, Politics, and BodiesGraduate Student Conference, Syracuse UniversityFebruary 27-March 1. Call for Papers Deadline: Jan 10th, 2015The Religion Graduate Organization invites you to submit paper and ... [Announcements] [Syracuse University]

December 16, 3AM

December 12, 3AM

December 10, 3AM

by Eoin O’Mahony* This post is part of the Theory & Religion Series, where contributors are asked to discuss a book or essay by a particular theorist that they have found useful in their teaching and research in the study of religion.I came to ... [Eoin O'Mahony] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory & Religion Series] [Theory and Method] [Formations of the Secular] [power] [public sphere] [secularism] [secularization] [Talal Asad]

December 5, 3AM

by Adam T. Miller* This post originally appeared on the author’s blog.In “Redescribing ‘Religion and …’ Film: Teaching the Insider/Outsider Problem,” Russell McCutcheon writes: “What makes a particular film a candidate for [r... [pedagogy] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Craig Martin] [Jonathan Z. Smith] [Russell McCutcheon] [Teenage]

December 3, 3AM

by Travis CooperNot too long ago a friend jokingly suggested via a comment on an Instagram post that my endorsement of a particular quarterly magazine had “crossed the threshold into full on BoBo.” I immediately did two things. First, and if only to c... [Uncategorized] [Barcelona] [Bruce Lincoln] [Damsels in Distress] [Greta Gerwig] [Lena Dunham] [Metropolitan] [The Last Days of Disco] [The Urban Dictionary] [Whit Stillman]

November 28, 3AM

by Jeffrey WheatleyIt might seem a bit silly to dedicate a post to Foucault for the Theory & Religious Series here at the Bulletin blog. Foucault’s influence in many sectors of the liberal arts—including many of those I participate in and, I think... [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory & Religion Series] [Theory and Method] [Achille Mbembe] [Jeffrey Wheatley] [Michel Foucault] [Society Must Be Defended]

November 24, 3AM

by Charles McCraryThis post’s titular sentence, quoted in Winnifred Sullivan’s new book A Ministry of Presence, is how a hospice chaplain summarized the purpose of his job (185). Sullivan brilliantly explains how, through legal and cultural history, s... [Charles McCrary] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Hugh Urban] [John Modern] [Kolby Knight] [L. Ron Hubbard] [Mike Graziano] [Winnifred Sullivan]

November 21, 3AM

by Travis CooperPaul Rabinow’s Reflections on Fieldwork in Morocco (1977) was a game changer. As a novice anthropologist of religion, picking my way slowly through the history of American anthropology—and conducting fieldwork at the same time—encou... [Theory & Religion Series] [Theory and Method] [Travis Cooper] [Uncategorized] [Paul Rabinow] [Pierre Bourdieu] [Reflections on Fieldwork in Morocco] [Russell McCutcheon]

November 19, 10AM

SBL – Metacriticism of Biblical ScholarshipNovember 21-25, 2014, San Diego, CAMetacriticism of Biblical Scholarship critically evaluates suppositions in and underlying biblical scholarship, including how an explicitly non-religious approach differs ... [Announcements] [Uncategorized] [AAR] [Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship] [SBL]

November 18, 6PM

AAR Cultural History of the Study of Religion Group November 21-25, 2014, San Diego, CAThe Cultural History of the Study of Religion group is devoted to historical inquiry into the social and cultural contexts of the study of religion and into the constr... [Announcements] [Cultural History of the Study of Religion Group] [SORAAAD]

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RE-DESCRIBING EARLY CHRISTIANITYThe seminar contributes to the study of early Christian history by problematizing current consensus views, unexamined assumptions, and categories; recontextualizing and redescribing the key data through comparative analysis... [Uncategorized]

November 17, 7AM

The Psychology of Religion/The Religion of PsychologyThe University of ChicagoFriday March 6, 2015Both to the discomfort and excitement of psychologists, scholars of religion, and religious practitioners, the overlap between the histories of psychology an... [Announcements] [Benjamin Y. Fong] [Frank E. Manuel] [Jeffrey Kripal] [Jonathan Lear] [Psychoanalysis] [Tanya Luhrmann] [University of Chicago Divinity School]

November 14, 3AM

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November 7, 3AM

by Tenzan EaghllNote: This post is the third in a series that seeks to summarize some of the clichés associated with religion. It is framed as a critique of a 1972 article by Ninian Smart. For the two first posts and a definition of cliché see here.Two... [Tenzan Eaghll] [al Qaeda] [Bernard Stiegler] [Isis] [J.Z. Smith] [Jean-Luc Nancy] [John Gray] [Ninian Smart] [Slavoj Žižek] [Welcome to the Desert of the Real]

November 5, 3AM

by Tara Baldrick-MorroneA few months ago, when I was preparing to write a blog detailing how early Christian groups used monuments to their martyrs as a way to imagine themselves as part of a Roman narrative, a New York Times op-ed caught my attention. In... [Uncategorized] [AAR] [Aaron Hughes] [Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi] [Bruce Lincoln] [Center for American-Islamic Relations] [Elizabeth Castelli] [Islamic State] [James E. Young] [Jonathan Z. Smith] [Nihad Awad] [Nikos Konstandaras] [Religion New Service] [Tara Baldrick-Morrone] [Theorizing Islam]

November 4, 3AM

2015 Eastern International Regional Meeting of the AAR McGill University Montreal, Quebec, Canada May 1–2, 2015Call for Papers Submission Deadline: February 16, 2015The Eastern International Region of the AAR invites you to submit proposals for papers ... [Announcements] [Uncategorized] [Desire and Devotion]

November 3, 3AM

by Justin K.H. TseThe public conversation swirling around Jian Ghomeshi’s termination from the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) is a grand exercise in secular sexualities.It begins with his Facebook post. Explaining that he was fired because of his ... [Uncategorized] [Ann Pellegrini] [BDSM] [CBC] [Charles Taylor] [Heather Conway] [Janet Jakobsen] [Jian Ghomeshi] [Joan Wallach Scott] [Joanna Beaven-Desjardins] [Justin K. H. Tse] [Lucy Decoutere] [Reva Seth] [Robert P. George] [sexularism] [Talal Asad] [University of Washington]

October 29, 2AM

October 27, 2AM

by Kate Daley-Bailey* This post is part of the Theory & Religion Series, where contributors are asked to discuss a book or essay by a particular theorist that they have found useful in their teaching and research in the study of religion.Perhaps one ... [Kate Daley-Bailey] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory & Religion Series] [Theory and Method] [Benedict Anderson] [Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism] [religion and media]

October 24, 2AM

by Justin K.H. Tse and Matt SheedyJustin Tse: The shooting in Ottawa on 22 October 2014 has uncovered the remarkable way that the Canadian state remains theologically constituted. In some ways, this is a relatively uncontroversial argument. The White Hous... [Matt Sheedy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Giovana Boradorri] [Jacques Derrida] [Jamie Scott] [Justin Trudeau] [Martin Couture-Rouleau] [Michael Zehaf-Bibeau] [Nathan Cirllo] [Patrice Vincent] [Stephen Harper] [Tom Mulcair]

October 22, 2AM

* This is part three of a feature with the Bulletin on tips for research and writing. Part one can be found here and part two here.Emma Wasserman: I’m sure organization works for a lot of people in a lot of different ways, but these efforts can ... [Uncategorized] [Emma Wasserman] [Joseph Laycock] [Randi Warne] [Stephen Covey] [Suzanne Owen] [‪Kat Daley-Bailey] [‪Merinda Simmons]

October 20, 2AM

October 17, 8AM

by Tommy Carrico* This post originally appear on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog.Sometimes, an instructor is afforded a great amount of leeway when designing a course – reading schedules, assignments, course descriptions, and... [pedagogy] [Practicum: Critical Theory] [Tommy Carrico]

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        * This is part two of a mini-series feature with the Bulletin on tips for research and writing. Part one can be found here.Helen Mo: Being a very lateral/intuitive thinker, I’ve found that sketching th... [Karen de Vries] [Uncategorized] [Adam Miller] [Craig Martin] [Google Drive] [Helen Mo] [Juggling It All: Tips on Research and Writing] [Kenneth MacKendrick] [Tara Baldrick-Morrone]

October 10, 2AM

by Joseph LaycockLast week, two reports of exorcism made the news. In Oklahoma City, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley exorcized the Civic Center Music Hall to reverse the effects of a recent black mass. Meanwhile in Liberia, self-styled bishop Edward Adjei anno... [Joseph Laycock] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Uncategorized] [Baal] [C. Peter Wagner] [Charles Taylor] [Dakhma of Angra Mainyu Syndicate] [Ebola] [Edward Adjei] [Exorcism] [George Orwell] [J.Z. Smith] [Leviathan] [Liberia] [Malachi Martin] [Michel Foucault] [Oklahoma City] [Paul S. Coakley] [Satanists] [Vimto]

October 8, 2AM

Craig Martin: I find myself to be a creature of habit when it comes to the spaces in which I do work: I write on my couch at home, read on the back porch, grade papers in the dining room, write lectures in my office, etc. Usually, once I’m in that s... [Craig Martin] [Donovan Schaefer] [Kenneth G. MacKendrick] [Uncategorized] [NVivo] [Ryan Fics] [Sarah Rollens]

October 6, 2AM

by James Crossley* This post originally appeared on the author’s blog, Harnessing Chaos: History, Politics and Critical Biblical Studies.An old anarchist critique of the state and its institutions is that its power depends on the idea of God or a hi... [Uncategorized] [David Cameron] [Dionne Warwick] [George Monbiot] [IS] [ISIL] [Isis] [Margaret Thatcher] [the bible]

October 3, 2AM

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by Eleanor FinneganNote: the following is a commentary on the Reflections on Islamic Studies series, which appeared on the Bulletin blog earlier this year.My department has gained attention on campus for giving out buttons. A recent example boldly read &... [Uncategorized] [Edward Curtis] [Eleanor Finnegan] [Islamic Studies series] [Ruth Mas] [Social Constructionism]

September 29, 6AM

by Tenzan EaghllNote: This post is the second in a series that seeks to summarize some of the clichés associated with religion. It is framed as a critique of a 1972 article by Ninian Smart. For the first post and a definition of cliché see here.#3 True ... [Religion and Theory] [Tenzan Eaghll] [Theory and Method] [al Qaeda] [Bill Maher] [Carpocrates] [Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints] [Draupadi] [Gnostics] [Mahabharata] [Ninian Smart] [Pandava clan] [religion clichés] [Russell McCutcheon] [Sacred Texts of the World: A Universal Anthology] [sam harris] [Studying Religion: An Introduction]

September 22, 2AM

 by Steven RameyNote: This post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog.In a recent email discussion among scholars about general issues of representations and Wendy Doniger’s controversial book (about which I have written on Culture on... [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [South Asian Studies] [Steven Ramey] [Theory and Method] [Bollywood] [Culture on the Edge] [orientalism] [P. Pratap Kumar] [puranas] [Rig Veda] [Vedas] [Wendy Doniger]

September 17, 2AM

September 15, 2AM

by Dan LinfordNote: A version of this article originally appeared on Dan Linford’s blog Libere.Matt Sheedy recently wrote an article for the Bulletin blog, in which he addresses Kevin Sorbo’s statement that atheists are absurd because they are angr... [Uncategorized] [Alain de Botton] [Dan Linford] [Karen Armstrong] [Kevin Sorbo] [Peter Berger] [Richard Dawkins] [Rowan Williams] [Sarah Grey] [Wendy Brown] [“evolutionary debunking” argument]

September 12, 2AM

Editor’s Note: This is the third instalment in a series of interviews with former scholars of religion who have, for one or another reason, decided to leave the world of academia. In this series we hope to open up a conversation that can be of use to ot... [Guest Contributor] [Interviews] [Life After Religious Studies] [Religion and Society] [Uncategorized] [AK] [Aldo Leopold] [Bristol Bay] [Environmental Protection Agency] [Russell McCutcheon] [University of Alaska Anchorage] [University of Florida]

September 11, 3AM

Workshop: Introducing Theory in the ClassroomSunday, November 23, 2:45 PM-5:05 PM—Marriott Marquis-Solana.This NAASR workshop is in conjunction with the AAR/SBL annual meeting.This workshop—limited to approximately 15 participants—will focus on prac... [Announcements] [pedagogy] [Uncategorized] [AAR] [Matt Sheedy] [NAASR] [Rebekka King] [Suzanne Owen] [Tara Baldrick-Morrone]

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Workshop: Introducing Theory in the Classroom Sunday, November 23, 2:45 PM-5:05 PM—Marriott Marquis-Solana. This workshop—limited to approximately 15 participants—will focus on practical steps for introducing theory in the classroom. If you are inte... [Announcements] [Matt Sheedy] [pedagogy] [Uncategorized] [AAR] [NNASR] [Rebekka King] [San Diego] [SBL] [Suzanne Owen] [Tara Baldrick-Morrone]

September 9, 2AM

Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and CultureVolume 8, Number 2 2014Special Issue: Ecstatic Naturalism and Deep PantheismAbstractsAmerican Religious Empiricism and the Possibility of an Ecstatic Naturalist Process MetaphysicsDemian WheelerThe mo... [Announcements] [Theory and Method] [and Culture] [Journal for the Study of Religion] [nature]

September 8, 2AM

by Tenzan EaghllIn 1972 Ninian Smart published an article titled, “Comparative religion clichés: Crushing the clichés about comparative religion and then accentuating the positive value of the New Religious Education.” Smart’s goal was to debunk p... [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Tenzan Eaghll] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Capitalizing Religion] [Craig Martin] [karl marx] [Mircea Eliade] [Ninian Smart] [On the Jewish Question] [Rudolf Otto] [Theodore M. Ludwig]

September 3, 2AM

by Michael J. AltmanNote: This post originally appeared on the author’s blog.What is the relationship between spelling and theory? I often tell people my research is about “Hinduism in nineteenth century America.” But it’s really not. It’s n... [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [South Asian Studies] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Bill of Rights] [Hindoo] [Hindu American Foundation] [Hinduism] [Michael J. Altman] [Pew Research Center] [Rammohun Roy] [Swami Vivekananda] [Vishwa Hindu Parishad] [Wendell Thomas] [World’s Parliament of Religions]

September 1, 2AM

by Rebekka King* This post originally appeared on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog.ContextAt Middle Tennessee State University, I have inherited a course on Western Religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), which is a 4000-l... [pedagogy] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Joel Robbins] [Middle Tennessee State University] [PJ Harvey] [Rebekka King] [Ted Haggard]

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by Adam T. Miller* This piece originally appeared on the author’s blog.On August 13th, Matt Sheedy’s “Teaching Ethics and/in the World Religions Paradigm” (originally posted here) appeared on the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog. ... [Craig Martin] [Uncategorized] [A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion] [Adam T. Miller] [Gary E. Kessler] [Matt Sheedy]

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by Zachary BraitermanWhat’s at the root of the Israel-Palestinian conflict? When people on the left want to talk about Gaza or the larger Israel-Palestine conflict they often say that you can’t solve this or that aspect of the problem, this or that lo... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Anti-Semitism] [Benjamin Netanyahu] [Israel-Palestine] [Zachary Braiterman]

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Would you like to contribute to the Practicum blog’s syllabus project? In a sense every course is an argument. Of what do we want to persuade students over the course of the semester? We invite instructors to share a course syllabus and reflect on t... [Announcements] [and Pedagogy] [Practicum: Critical Theory] [religion]

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by Russell McCutcheon* This post originally appeared on the Studying Religion in Culture blog at the University of Alabama.I see posts like this on social media all the time (click here if you’re dying to find out what those 22 words are); what I think ... [Uncategorized] [and Pedagogy] [Practicum: Critical Theory] [religion] [Russell McCutcheon] [Studying Religion in Culture] [University of Alabama]

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by Matt Sheedy* This post originally appeared on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog.Like many PhD students, adjuncts, and even the occasional tenured professor, I inherited a course some years back, textbook, and all, called Ethic... [Matt Sheedy] [pedagogy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [and Pedagogy] [Craig Martin] [J.Z. Smith] [Practicum: Critical Theory] [religion] [Seyla Benhabib] [Thomas Hobbes] [World Religions]

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by Sean McCloud* This post originally appeared on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion and Pedagogy blog.“When that sick old mythology claimed you as its prize, you pulled the arrow out yourself but the poison’s still inside.” Mares of Thrace, ... [pedagogy] [Religion and Theory] [Sean McCloud] [Sexuality and Gender] [Belief] [Catherine Albanese] [Clifford Geertz] [Emile Durkheim] [Mares of Thrace] [mystical] [Practicum: Critical Theory] [Religion and Pedagogy] [Talal Asad] [The Sacred] [William James]

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by Zachary Braiterman* This post originally appeared on the author’s blog, Jewish Philosophy Place.A meme going around Jewish left circles has the speaker declare that the State of Israel and/or the war in Gaza and/or the State of Israel and Zionism... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [America Jewish left] [israel] [Jewish Philosophy Place] [Judaism] [New Testament] [Theodor Herzl] [umma] [Zachary Braiterman] [Zionism]

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* This post originally appeared in the North American Association for the Study of Religion’s (NAASR) website.The deadline for panel proposals for the 2015 IAHR World Congress—to be held in Erfurt, Germany—is 14 September 2014! (The deadline for... [Announcements] [Uncategorized] [Erfurt] [Germany] [IAHR World Congress] [Methodology: Representations and Interpretations] [Practices and Discourses: Innovation and Tradition] [Religious Communities in Society: Adaption and Transformation] [Spiritualities and individualization] [The Individual: Religiosity]

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by Travis Cooper* This post originally appeared on the author’s blog.As an advanced graduate student in religious studies, among other departments, I’ve been advised by or have sat under for classes a number of different types of instructors in th... [pedagogy] [Religion and Theory] [Ruminations] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Travis Cooper] [Uncategorized] [Emile Durkheim] [karl marx] [Max Weber] [Philosophy of Religion]

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by Tenzan EaghllIn a hundred years from now when historians and scholars of religion look back on the perceptions of Muslims between the later half of the 20th and the first half of the 21st Century I wonder what conclusions they will come to? Will they l... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Tenzan Eaghll] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Al Jazeera] [al Qaeda] [AntiSemitism] [Dr. Ivan Kalmar] [Dr. Sarah Farris] [Islamophobia] [Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada] [University of Toronto] [world religions paradigm]

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 Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of interviews with former scholars of religion who have, for one or another reason, decided to leave the world of academia. In this series we hope to open up a conversation that can be of use to other ... [Interviews] [Life After Religious Studies] [Matt Sheedy] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Uncategorized] [Jacques Lacan] [meyers-briggs] [Michel Foucault] [Pierre Bourdieu] [Queen’s University] [University of Ottawa] [University of Waterloo]

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Religion Snapshots is a feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to definiti... [Carl Stoneham] [Michael Graziano] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion Snapshots] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Hobby Lobby] [Hosanna-Tabor] [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] [Ruth Bader Ginsberg] [Samuel Alito] [Town of Greece] [Winnifred Sullivan]

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by Matt SheedyWhile much of the world is aware that today is America’s “birthday,” in commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, considerably fewer know that “Canada Day” was celebrated this past Tuesday, J... [Matt Sheedy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [British North American Act] [Canada Day] [Chris Hadfield] [David Suzuki] [declaration of independence] [John A. MacDonald] [Mythologies] [Roland Barthes] [Stephen Harper] [Terry Fox] [Wayne Gretzky]

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by Sean McCloud* This post originally appeared on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog.“Let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to start).”“Everything seems to be up in the air at this time.” –Camper van... [pedagogy] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Bruce Lincoln] [Camper van Beethoven] [J.Z. Smith] [Judith Richardson] [karl marx] [Meredith McGuire] [Pierre Bourdieu] [Practicum: Critical Theory] [Robert Orsi] [Sarah Pike] [Sean McCloud] [sigmund freud] [Victor Turner]

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by Dennis LoRusso* This post originally appeared on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog.I must admit that in all of my years of as a student, I never once heard a professor utter the phrase “critical theory.”  Perhaps this wa... [Uncategorized]

June 20, 2AM

by Kelly J. BakerHow do we make the theoretical tangible and personal? How do we show the expectations of a gendered being? How do we interrogate embodiment and the expectations beset on bodies? How do we understand our bodies as archives of the cultural ... [Kelly J. Baker] [pedagogy] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Sexuality and Gender] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Ann Braude] [Donna Harraway] [Joan Scott] [Judith Butler] [Lise Elliot] [performance]

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by Steven Ramey* This post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog.The persecution of Ahmadis has hit the news again with the killing of an American Ahmadi doctor in Pakistan last week while he was volunteering in an Ahmadi hospital. Having wr... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [South Asian Studies] [Steven Ramey] [Uncategorized] [Ahmadis] [Katherine Houreld] [Mirza Ghulam Ahmad] [Shi’ite Muslims] [Sufis] [Sunnis]

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by Charles McCraryLast month the band Being as an Ocean released their second album, How We Both Wondrously Perish, which reached the second-highest spot on Billboard’s “Hard Rock” chart. The band was formed only three years ago, yet they now have r... [Uncategorized]

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by Monica Miller* This post originally appeared on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog.On the first day of each of my classes, I ask students a simple question: What pronoun do you prefer? Usually, the question is met with giggles.... [pedagogy] [Monica Miller]

June 11, 7AM

by David Robertson* This post originally appeared on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion and Pedagogy blog.Yogi Berra is reputed to have said, “In theory, there’s no difference between theory and practice; in practice, there is.” In theory, I p... [pedagogy] [David Robertson] [Practicum: Critical Theory]

June 9, 2AM

by Matt SheedyHeaven Is For Real is the fourth religion-themed film to appear in mainstream cinemas in 2014. Emerging in the still-frothy wake of Son of God, Noah and God’s Not Dead, it earned 22.5 million on its opening weekend, placing second to Capit... [Uncategorized] [Baton Rouge] [Biblicism] [Captain America] [Christian drama film] [Colton Burpo] [Crossroads Wesleyan Church] [Darren Aronofsky] [Exodus 20:4-5] [God's Not Dead] [Greg Kinear] [Heaven Is For Real] [John 3:13] [New York Times] [Noah] [Randall Wallace] [Son of God] [Todd Burpo]

June 6, 2AM

by Juliane HammerNote: This post is part of the Reflections on Islamic Studies Series.At the entrance to the main building of my alma mater were featured in gold lettering these words: “Die Philosophen haben die Welt nur verschieden interpretiert, es ko... [Politics and Religion] [Reflections on Islamic Studies] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Humboldt University] [positionalities] [theses on Feuerbach]

June 4, 2AM

by Eoin O’MahonyNote: This is a condensation of a paper published in the new online refereed Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions.This is the story of a project to create digital maps of Catholic parishes, conducted by th... [Eoin O'Mahony] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Catholic Church] [Gaelic Athletic Association] [Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference] [Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions] [University College Cork]

June 3, 2AM

by Russell McCutcheon* Note: this post originally appeared on the Practicum, Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog.There’s a—in my opinion—facile approach to binaries that now seems to be all the rage: binaries are bad, we’re told, and we somehow ha... [pedagogy] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [and Pedagogy] [Huston Smith] [Practicum] [religion] [Russell McCutcheon] [social Darwinism] [Theory]

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by K. Merinda SimmonsNote: This post originally appeared on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog.When I teach my Introduction to Religious Studies class, I always require that my students read a very short essay by J. Z. Smith. It&#... [pedagogy] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [and Pedagogy] [Elementary Forms of Religious Life] [Emile Durkheim] [J.Z. Smith] [K. Merinda Simmons] [King James Bible] [Practicum: Critical Theory] [religion] [Russell McCutcheon] [Studying Religion: a Reader] [The Necessary Lie:Duplicity in the Disciplines]

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by Tommy CarricoNote: this post originally appeared on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion and Pedagogy blog.The division of labor in class society separates manual from mental (intellectual) workers and largely reserves intellectual functions – wh... [Uncategorized] [Antonio Gramsci] [Bruce Lincoln] [Tommy Carrico]

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by Leslie Dorrough Smith* This post initially appear on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion Pedagogy blog.Back in the 1980s – that decade of abundant pastel makeup – I loved nothing more than sitting in front of my grandmother’s makeup mirror, ... [pedagogy] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Christmas] [Kathleen Sands] [L. William Countryman] [Leslie Dorrough Smith] [Practicum: Critical Theory] [Religion Pedagogy]

April 28, 2AM

by Kate Daley-BaileyEditor’s Note: Part 1 of this post ended with a few lines posing questions about what those in an adjunct position can do, which has been re-posted here as a lead-in to Part 2.So, make a final calculation… low pay, temporary p... [Kate Daley-Bailey] [pedagogy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Uncategorized] [A is for Adjunct] [American Association of University Professors] [Bulletin for the Study of Religion] [early christianity] [Indian Jones] [New Religious Movements] [NPR] [Religion Nerd] [Target] [The Adjunct Project] [The Diane Rehm Show] [the Humanities] [Theories and Methods]

April 25, 2AM

by Kate Daley-Bailey“Hello, my name is Kate and I am an adjunct.”Crowd’s unenthusiastic response… “Hi, Kate…”This is the cliché introduction which members of Alcoholics Anonymous use when greeting new inductees. While I am not trying to mak... [Kate Daley-Bailey] [adjunct] [Alcoholics Anonymous] [Continental Rationalism] [Georgia State University] [Norma Rae] [University of Georgia] [US History] [Wittgenstein] [World Religions]

April 23, 2AM

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of interviews with former scholars of religion who have, for one or another reason, decided to leave the world of academia. In this series we hope to open up a conversation that can be of use to other sch... [Religion and Society] [Uncategorized] [Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario] [Life After Religious Studies] [McGill University] [Nicholas Dion] [Stanford University] [University of Toronto]

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by Donovan SchaeferIn response to a question from a colleague, I asked a small group of scholars working on issues of secularism and secularity how they would define postsecularism, postsecular, or the postsecular (hereafter just “postsecularism... [Donovan Schaefer] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Ann Pellegrini] [Becoming Divine] [Grace Jantzen] [Janet R. Jakobsen] [postsecularism] [Secularisms] [secularization theory]

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Religion Snapshots is a feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to definiti... [Charles McCrary] [Matt Sheedy] [Michael Graziano] [Ann Pelligrini] [Chief Justice John Roberts] [Elizabeth Shakman-Hurd] [Hosanna-Tabor] [José Casanova] [Jürgen Habermas] [Kulturkampf] [multiple modernities] [Pippa Norris] [postsecular] [postsecularism] [Ronald Inglehart] [Schmuel Eisenstadt] [secularism] [secularization] [Steve Bruce] [the secular]

April 11, 2AM

Religion Snapshots is a feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to definiti... [Charles McCrary] [Donovan Schaefer] [Karen de Vries] [affect theory] [evolutionist] [postfeminism] [postmodernism] [postsecular] [postsecularism] [queer theorists] [Talal Asad] [the postsecular] [Winnifred Sullivan] [young earth creationist]

April 9, 2AM

by Matt SheedyNot since Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ has a biblical-themed film garnered so much attention, spurring a wave of commentary from supporters and detractors on one or the other (or the other) side of the fence. Such is the ability ... [Matt Sheedy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory and Method] [Black Swan] [Bruce Lincoln] [Darren Aronofsky] [ecology] [Francis Bacon] [glenn beck] [Mel Gibson] [Michel Foucault] [midrash] [Noah] [Novum Organum] [Roland Barthes] [Shakespeare] [The Fountain] [The Passion Of The Christ] [The Wrestler]

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by Tenzan EaghllDid you catch the 2008 interview with J.Z. Smith that was recently making the rounds on Facebook? In it, Smith suggests that the benefit of studying dead ancient religions is that they can’t talk back to you. When you study dead religi... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Theory] [Tenzan Eaghll] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Culture on the Edge] [Hegel] [J.Z. Smith] [Jacques Derrida] [Philosophy of Right] [Russell McCutcheon] [Wendy Doniger]

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by Tenzan EaghllDid you catch the 2008 interview with J.Z. Smith that was recently making the rounds on Facebook? In it, Smith suggests that the benefit of studying dead ancient religions is that they can’t talk back to you. When you study dead religion... [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Tenzan Eaghll] [Theory and Method] [Culture on the Edge] [Facebook] [Hegel] [Hinduism] [J.Z. Smith] [Jacques Derrida] [Philosophy of Right] [Russell McCutcheon] [Violence and Metaphysics] [Wendy Doniger]

April 4, 11AM

by Donovan SchaeferA recent Pew Research Center poll explored correlations between political party identification and beliefs about the origins of species in the U.S. The poll found that self-identified Republicans are the most likely to reject evolutio... [Donovan Schaefer] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Barack Obama] [Darwin] [democrats] [evolution] [Pew Forum] [postsecularism] [Republican Party] [secularization theory]

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by Brad StoddardOn April 3rd, the Sportsman Channel will debut a new show called “Amazing America with Sarah Palin.” As the title suggests, the show’s host is none other than former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin.In the... [Brad Stoddard] [Uncategorized] [Amazing America with Sarah Palin] [Emile Durkheim] [freedom] [Guns] [masculinity] [Michel Foucault] [religious freedom] [sarah palin] [Sportsman Channel] [Stanley Fish]

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by Craig Martin* This post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog.George Washington’s Sacred Fire—in which Peter A. Lillback argues that “founding father” George Washington was a Christian and not a deist—garnered a great deal of me... [Craig Martin] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [amazon.com] [Culture on the Edge] [Facebook] [George Washington] [George Washington’s Sacred Fire] [Islam] [jesus] [Joel Barlow] [John Adams] [Mahometan] [Peter A. Lillback]

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Religion Snapshots is a feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to definiti... [Matt Sheedy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Religion Snapshots] [Tenzan Eaghll] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Globalization] [J.Z. Smith] [Jacques Derrida] [John D. Caputo] [Michel Foucault] [New York Times] [post-secular] [Richard Dawkins] [Russell McCutcheon] [Tim Murphy]

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by Kate Daley-BaileyDid you ever play Mad Libs as a kid? Mad Libs is a word game in which one player asks the other for a list of words to fill in blanks within an already written short story or paragraph. If someone asks you for a random noun, you might ... [Uncategorized] [Mad Libs] [Thomas Payne] [University of Southern Mississippi]

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Religion Snapshots is a feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to definiti... [Carl Stoneham] [Uncategorized]

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AnonymousEditor’s note: Picking up on a recent and intriguing trend featured in the Guardian newspaper in the UK, where, as their editors put it, “academics can tell it like it is,” we at the Bulletin thought it would be interesting to p... [Editorial] [pedagogy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Uncategorized] [anonymous] [David Graeber] [The Guardian]

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Redescribing Early ChristianityThe AAR and SBL Meeting San Diego California, November 22-25Deadline March 1, 2013Call For Papers (PDF)The Redescribing Early Christianity seminar seeks proposals for the 2014 Annual Meeting that mesh with the seminar’s ag... [Announcements] [Call for Papers] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Theory] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [AAR] [AAR program unit] [AAR/SBL Annual Meeting] [cognitive theories] [early christianity] [Erin Roberts] [evolutionary theories] [San Diego] [SBL] [social formations] [William Arnal]

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* This post originally appeared on the University of Alabama’s Studying Religion in Culture blog.by Russell McCutcheonEvery now and then you hear about a really large, anonymous tip that’s been left for a server — here’s a story (including vi... [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [A Treatise on Human Nature] [causality] [David Hume] [jesus] [Knoxville] [Russell McCutcheon] [TN] [University of Alabama]

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Sociology of Religion GroupThe AAR and SBL Meeting San Diego California  November 22-25Deadline: Monday, March 3, 2014, 5:00 PM EST through PAPERSCall for Papers (PDF): The Sociology of Religion Group (SOR) provides a forum for the discussion of empir... [Academy] [Announcements] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method]

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* This post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog. by Leslie Dorrough Smith In yet another entry from the annals of my parenting adventures, a particularly memorable event has always served me well as a reminder of Durkheim’s claim that th... [humor] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Belief] [Emile Durkheim] [Individualism] [Leslie Dorrough Smith] [magic] [rationality] [ritual] [volition]

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by Matt Sheedy Talk about the unusually cold weather in North America (well, the U.S and Canada) has been all the rage of late on mainstream and social media, with record cold in the Southern U.S., thousands of cancelled flights, and frequent comparison... [Uncategorized] [biblical criticism] [CBC] [Chicago] [climate change] [Fox News] [Fundamentalism] [global warming] [Imagining Religion] [J.G. Frazer] [J.Z. Smith] [magic] [Mars] [Minneapolis] [New York] [Politifact.com] [protestantism] [Relating Religion] [Winnipeg]

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by Charlie McCrary On New Year’s Eve 2013, The Atlantic ran an article entitled, “Why Getting Drunk and Making Resolutions on New Year’s Are Profoundly Religious Acts.” If you’re the sort of person who reads the Bulletin Blog, it’s likely tha... [Charles McCrary] [pedagogy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory and Method] [Classification] [Diwali] [Emma Green] [Lent] [magic] [Rosh Hashanah] [Second Great Awakening] [secular] [The Atlantic] [Wendy Doniger]

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by James Dennis LoRusso The typical humanities student today experiences a multi-faceted exposure to new technologies.  I have given lectures that move seamlessly between video clips from Youtube, online news articles, and animated power point.  Courses... [James Dennis LoRusso] [Theory in the Real World] [Raymond Williams] [Twitter]

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The following is part two of an interview with Scott S. Elliott, who is assistant professor in the Philosophy and Religion department at Adrian College, with a speciality in Biblical Studies. His books include, Reconfiguring Mark’s Jesus: Narrati... [Matt Sheedy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [9/11] [Alexandra Petri] [Darlene Juschka] [Gustavo Benevides] [Islam] [Jacob Neusner] [religious studies] [Roland Boer] [Russell McCutcheon] [Scott S. Elliott] [Tim Jensen]

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The following is part one of an interview with Scott S. Elliott, who is assistant professor in the Philosophy and Religion department at Adrian College, with a speciality in Biblical Studies. His books include, Reconfiguring Mark’s Jesus: Narrative ... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Biblical Studies] [Council on the Study of Religion] [Critical Theory] [Gender] [Harold Remus] [Jonathan Z. Smith] [NAASR] [Roland Boer] [Scott S. Elliott] [secularism] [sui generis]

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by Tenzan Eaghll Since the election of Pope Francis I in March, 2013, the media has effectively given the Pope a free pass on account of his acts of pity. Bathing him in unquestioning acceptance, news agencies around the world have whole-heartily embraced... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Tenzan Eaghll] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [atheists] [Bergoglio] [Catholics] [Christianity] [contraception] [gay marriage] [ideology] [La Repubblica] [Nietzsche] [paedophilia] [pity] [politics] [Pope Francis] [sacralization] [sui generis] [Vatican] [Vito Mancuso]

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Religion Snapshots is a new feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to defi... [Matt Sheedy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Theory] [Religion Snapshots] [Scholarship on the Road] [Theory in the Real World] [AAR] [Idle No More] [NAASR] [Occupy Movement] [SORAAAD]

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by Monica Miller Note: this post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog, where the author was reporting from Skepticon 6, which is held annually in Springfield, Missouri. She uses her sweet, melodic, and soulful voice as a lyrical window int... [Uncategorized] [atheism] [Judaism] [religious studies] [Shelly Segal]

November 15, 3AM

Methodologies and Analytical Study of Religion  Friday, November 22, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. In its third year, SORAAAD will address a long over due need to focus on the methodologies with which the field observes and analyzes the range of activity that f... [pedagogy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [SORAAAD]

November 13, 3AM

NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF RELIGION 2013 ANNUAL MEETING, BALTIMORE Executive Council Meeting Fri, Nov 22, 8:30-10am—Hilton Baltimore, Calloway B “Is There a Religious Mode of Production?: Economic Aspects of Sacrifice and Related Beh... [Announcements] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [early christianity] [Equinox Publishing] [Method and Theory in the Study of Religion] [NAASR]

November 11, 3AM

Religion Snapshots is a new feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to defi... [Donovan Schaefer] [Matt Sheedy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Steven Ramey] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [alabama] [Circumfession] [Jacques Derrida] [John Locke] [New Atheists] [Oprah Winfrey] [Pew Forum] [the Nones] [Whovian] [William Connolly]

November 8, 3AM

by Russell McCutcheon * This post appeared recently on the Culture on the Edge blog and is part of an on-going conversation on the scholarly use and meaning of the term “data.” Culture on  the Edge also addressed this question here and here,... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Roland Barthes] [Russell McCutcheon] [The Daily Show]

November 4, 3AM

November 1, 2AM

by Douglas E. Cowan * The follow is a summary post of Dr. Cowan’s article appearing in the recent issues of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion on “Humor and Religion.” Many readers may be surprised by an article on atheist humour—o... [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [atheism] [Douglas E. Cowan] [humor] [J.Z. Smith]

October 30, 2AM

Religion Snapshots is a new feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to defi... [Eoin O'Mahony] [Kate Daley-Bailey] [Kelly J. Baker] [Kenneth G. MacKendrick] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Travis Cooper] [Uncategorized] [AAR] [Ireland] [Ku Klux Klan] [Michel Foucault] [Monica Miller] [Pentecostal] [Roma]

October 28, 2AM

Religion Snapshots is a new feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to defini... [Dennis LoRusso] [Ian Brown] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Tenzan Eaghll] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [J.Z. Smith] [Karen de Vries] [Russell McCutcheon] [Sam Gill]

October 23, 2AM

by Steven Ramey * This post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog. Two recent incidents of mistaken identity in the United States have garnered significant attention. The crowning of Nina Davuluri as Miss America, the first Indian-American... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Steven Ramey] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Nina Davuluri] [Prabhjot Singh] [September 11]

October 21, 7AM

October 16, 2AM

by Joseph Laycock * This post is a creative summary of the author’s essay that appears in the latest issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion 42.3 (September 2013), entitled “Laughing Matters: ‘Parody Religions’ and the Com... [Joseph Laycock] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [conspiracy theories] [Discordianism] [Eris] [Flying Spaghetti Monster] [Freud] [Greg Hill] [Hierophany] [J.Z. Smith] [Jesse Walker] [Kerry Thornley] [Mothman Festival] [paranormal]

October 14, 2AM

by Travis Cooper First, watch this short video introducing evangelical film critic and writer Brett McCracken’s Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism & Liberty (2013). Both the book’s video preview and the monograph itself frustrate ... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Brett McCracken] [Gray Matters] [Mark Chaves] [Pierre Bourdieu]

October 11, 2AM

by Tenzan Eaghll For a long time there was a passage in Derrida’s On Touching regarding Christianity that baffled me. In this particular passage, Derrida states that the “deconstruction of Christianity will be a Christian victory.” Now, what confuse... [Religion and Theory] [Tenzan Eaghll] [Theory and Method] [Jacques Derrida] [Martin Heidegger]

October 9, 2AM

by Ian Brown Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 2013 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium at York University. The symposium featured 20 invited papers from scholars hailing from numerous North American universities. The papers were very eclect... [Ian Brown] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Anne Rice] [Christian Apocrypha] [Classification] [Dan Brown] [jesus] [New Testament] [Tony Burke]

October 7, 2AM

by Jennifer Caplan I wanted to speak a bit more informally about the issues behind my recent Bulletin for the Study of Religion article “The Baal Sham Tov: Woody Allen’s Hassidic Tale-Telling.” It comes from a larger project (because, really, aren... [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Abraham Joshua Heschel] [Adam Sandler] [Alvy Singer] [Bernard Malamud] [C.S. Lewis] [cultural Judaism] [Gilda Radner] [Haym Soloveitchik] [Jennifer Caplan] [Jon Stewart] [Jonathan Safran Foer] [Judd Apatow] [Michael Chabon] [Philip Roth] [Rabbi Shmuley Boteach] [Woody Allen]

September 25, 2AM

by Steven Ramey * This post originally appear on the Culture on the Edge blog. During the 1800’s, British colonizers identified particular conflicts as being “religious,” a description that many now describe as part of the British strategy of Divide... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Steven Ramey] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Culture on the Edge] [India] [Uttar Pradesh]

September 23, 2AM

  2013 Panels: November 23-26 Baltimore, MD  The mission of the AAR Comparative Approaches to Religion and Violence Group (CARV) is to foster interdisciplinary analyses and methodologies for the expanding field of religion and violence. In our inaug... [Announcements] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [AAR] [Aaron W. Hughes] [Comparative Approaches to Religion and Violence Group] [Margo Kitts] [Mark Juergensmeyer] [Michael Jerryson] [Robert A. Segal]

September 20, 2AM

by Matt Sheedy I recently had occasion to attend a lecture given by the well-known British philosopher and popular atheist A.C. Grayling, entitled “Atheism, Secularism and Humanism.” While much has been written about the “New Atheist” phenomenon, ... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [A.C Grayling] [Christopher Hitchens] [David Hume] [Donovan Schaefer] [Kate Daley-Bailey] [New Atheists] [Richard] [Richard Dawkins] [sam harris] [Tenzan Eaghll]

September 18, 2AM

by Russell McCutcheon * This post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog. Editor’s note: This past Monday’s piece, entitled “Definitions are Never Innocent” by Kate Daley-Bailey, was a response to this post by Russell ... [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Kate Daley-Bailey] [ritual] [Russell McCutcheon]

September 16, 2AM

by Kate Daley-Bailey Russell McCutcheon’s recent post from Culture on the Edge blog has me contemplating definitions. The way that descriptions, encoded in definitions, tacitly reproduce theories, sets of interests, and ways of prioritizing, paying ... [Kate Daley-Bailey] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Darlene Juschka] [Mikhail Bakhtin] [Roland Barthes] [Russell McCutcheon] [Thomas Tweed] [William Arnal]

September 13, 2AM

by Steven Ramey * This post originally appear on the Culture on the Edge blog. A video that focused on religion among the urban middle class in India a couple of years ago illustrates what happens when people discuss problems with applying the category ... [Steven Ramey]

September 11, 2AM

By Kenneth G. MacKendrick Part of my job as a professional scholar is to write letters of reference for students and graduates. Asking for an academic letter of reference is not an intrusion on my duties nor should it be approached with trepidation or dem... [Kenneth G. MacKendrick] [pedagogy] [reference letters]

September 6, 6AM

by Charles McCrary This is the final instalment of ShaunTology. Click on these links to read parts 1, 2, and 3. If you’ve been reading this series (first of all, thanks), you probably have learned more about Shaun T than you cared to know. Shaun T is... [Charles McCrary] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Emile Durkheim] [Erving Goffman] [Kathryn Lofton] [Michael Warner] [Michel Foucault] [Pierre Bourdieu] [seculariization] [Shaun T]

September 4, 2AM

September 2, 2AM

The American Academy of Religion’s Sociology of Religion Group’s (SOR) core mission is to foster the innovation that emerges when general sociological theory and methodologies are applied to the study of religious phenomena.  This year SOR is spo... [Announcements]

August 30, 2AM

by Charles McCrary Shaun T, probably the most popular fitness guru in the United States today, tells us a great deal about selfhood, agency, and the good in twenty-first-century America. The first two parts of this series (one and two) sought to historici... [Charles McCrary] [Benjamin Franklin] [Charles Taylor] [Individualism] [John Dewey] [Ralph Waldo Emerson] [seculariization] [Shaun T]

August 28, 2AM

August 23, 5AM

by Charles McCrary In my first post in this series, I began a discussion of fitness instructor Shaun T, treating him as a lens through which to explore secularization theses, especially as he embodies an ethic of “human flourishing” at the individual ... [Charles McCrary] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Benjamin Franklin] [Calvinism] [Daniel Walker Howe] [David Brainerd] [Horace Mann] [John Dewey] [Jonathan Edwards] [secularization] [Shaun T] [Talal Asad] [Transcendentalists] [Unitarians]

August 21, 5AM

* This article was initially posted on the Culture on the Edge blog. by Monica Miller What’s in a name? Well apparently a whole lot according to one judge in Eastern, Tennessee, Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew, who not too long ago, ruled (while... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Craig Martin] [Jean Francois-Bayart] [Messiah] [Monica Miller]

August 19, 2AM

by Michael Graziano In the course of preparing a new project on the Vietnam War, I stumbled upon a series of news articles covering Vietnamese President Sang’s visit to the United States last month. After meeting with President Obama at the White Ho... [Uncategorized]

August 16, 3AM

by Charlie McCrary This is the first in a series of posts on Shaun T, creator of the popular home workouts Insanity, Hip Hops Abs, and, most recently, Focus T25. The programs are available through Beachbody, a fitness company with an extensive network of ... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Brad Gregory] [Charlie McCrary] [John Locke] [John Modern] [Marcel Gauchet] [Peter Berger] [Talal Asad]

August 14, 2AM

by Craig Martin * This post originally appeared on the author’s blog. Some would have it that the work of scholars such as Don Wiebe in The Politics of Religious Studies, Tim Fitzgerald in The Ideology of Religious Studies, and Russell McCutcheon... [Craig Martin] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Christian Smith] [Don Wiebe] [JAAR] [José Casanova] [Russell McCutcheon] [Tim Fitzgerald]

August 12, 2AM

* This post originally appeared on Culture on the Edge. by Steven Ramey People involved in Kopimi, a movement promoting the free exchange of information and file sharing over the web (in opposition to anti-piracy and copyright regulations), have begun t... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Sexuality and Gender] [Steven Ramey] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [J.Z. Smith] [Kopimi] [Kopimistsamfundet] [Pussy Riot]

August 7, 2AM

2013 Annual Meeting, Baltimore, November 22 – 24 Schedule of Meetings (should now be complete but may be subject to corrections) Schedule of Meetings (click for printable PDF): Updated August 1st Executive Council Meeting Friday – 8:30 AM-10:0... [Announcements] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Scholarship on the Road] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [NAASR]

August 5, 2AM

by Tenzan Eaghll Have you heard the good news? The world is not a dark and dreary place of myth but is filled with true magic and wonder! No longer must you live under the weight of sin and myth foretold by generations past, for you can step out of the ca... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Tenzan Eaghll] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [magic] [religion] [Richard Dawkins] [science] [The God Delusion] [The Magic of Reality]

August 2, 2AM

by Ian Brown First, an admission. While I have watched Fox News anchor Lauren Green’s interview with Reza Aslan, I have not read his book and likely will not. Based on the book’s chapter headings, bibliography, indebtedness to N.T Wright, James Dunn,... [Ian Brown] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Craig Martin] [E. P Sanders] [Fox News] [James Dunn] [n.t. wright] [Reddit] [Reza Aslan] [Russell McCutcheon] [Steven Ramey]

July 31, 6AM

July 29, 5AM

* This post is one of several responses to Kelly J. Baker’s essay “Evidentiary Boundaries and Improper Interventions: Evidence, Implications and Illegitimacy in American Religious Studies,” which can be found here, here, here, here and here. b... [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Sexuality and Gender] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Burning Man] [Kelly Baker] [Kitt Peak] [Mount Carmel Center] [Rebecca Barrett-Fox] [Tohono O'odham]

July 26, 2AM

July 24, 2AM

* This post is one of several responses to Kelly J. Baker’s essay “Evidentiary Boundaries and Improper Interventions: Evidence, Implications and Illegitimacy in American Religious Studies,” which can be found here, here, here and here. (Inspira... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Anthony Santoro] [Kelly Baker]

July 22, 2AM

* This post is one of several responses to Kelly J. Baker’s essay “Evidentiary Boundaries and Improper Interventions: Evidence, Implications and Illegitimacy in American Religious Studies,” which can be found here, here and here. by Rachel McBri... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [american protestantism] [Kelly Baker] [Rachel McBride Lindsey] [zombies]

July 19, 2AM

by Eoin O’Mahony Introduction While people in Catholic parishes in Ireland appear keenly aware of parish boundaries, these understandings are more often oral than cartographic. And while there is no digital map of all Catholic parishes in Ireland, t... [Eoin O'Mahony] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Scholarship on the Road] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Brian Harley] [Catholic Church] [Ireland] [Willie Smyth]

July 17, 2AM

by Aaron W. Hughes and Randi R. Warne A worrying trend is gaining momentum in the academic study of religion.  Although we have departments and programs in Religious Studies, there appears to us to be an increasing tendency toward filling professorial va... [Uncategorized] [Alan Watts] [Arabist] [Christian studies] [Durkheim] [Erikson] [Esalen] [Freud] [Islam] [Islamic studies] [Islamicist] [Jewish studies] [Jung] [liberation theology] [Marxism] [Mircea Eliade] [religionists] [religious studies] [Weber]

July 15, 2AM

* This post is one of several responses to Kelly J. Baker’s essay “Evidentiary Boundaries and Improper Interventions: Evidence, Implications and Illegitimacy in American Religious Studies,” which can be found here and here. by Charlie McCrary ... [Uncategorized] [Diana Eck] [Kathryn Lofton] [Kelly Baker] [Ku Klux Klan] [pluralism] [Robert Orsi]

July 12, 2AM

by Tenzan Eaghll In 1953, Hannah Arendt wrote an allegorical critique of Heidegger called “Heidegger the fox.” In this allegory, Arendt points out the danger of becoming trapped in a theoretical construction… Once upon a time there was a fox who... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Theory] [Tenzan Eaghll] [Theory and Method] [Hannah Arendt] [Martin Heidegger] [phenomenology] [Positivism]

July 10, 2AM

* This post is a one of several responses to Kelly J. Baker’s essay “Evidentiary Boundaries and Improper Interventions: Evidence, Implications and Illegitimacy in American Religious Studies,” the first of which can be found here. “When we... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Sexuality and Gender] [Theory and Method]

July 5, 2AM

by Steven Ramey This post first appeared on the Culture on the Edge: Studies in Identity Formation blog. With all-American Fourth of July festivities like fireworks, frankfurters, and hamburgers, we continually construct our identification with an imagine... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Steven Ramey] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Benedict Anderson] [california] [Candy Gunther Brown] [Encinitas] [Fourth of July] [Yoga]

July 3, 2AM

by Emily Clark “Truth is we follow GOD! We’ve always been behind Him! The Carnival is GOD And may all Juggalos find Him!” – Insane Clown Posse, “Thy Unveiling,” 2002 “March, fight the political and religious despotism; it is the duty of ... [Guest Contributor] [Uncategorized] [abraham lincoln] [Afro-creole Spiritualists] [American religions] [American Religious Studies] [Gary Laderman] [Pierre Robespierre] [zombies]

July 1, 2AM

by Matt Sheedy In his book The Promise of Salvation: A Theory of Religion, Martin Riesebrodt looks at the ways that “religious complexes” are emphasized in relation to “the respective social position and interests of the actors” (22) involved in a... [Matt Sheedy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Aboriginal] [Canada Day] [Martin Riesebrodt] [USA]

June 28, 2AM

by Deepak Sarma This is the fifth instalment of the Critical Questions Series 3. The first post by Steven Ramey can be found here, the second by Nicole Goulet here, the third by James Mark Shield here, and the fourth by Sarah F. Haynes here. Question... [Critical Questions Series] [pedagogy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [South Asian Studies] [Southeast Asian Studies] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Deepak Sarma] [MOOC's] [Yoga]

June 26, 2AM

by Tenzan Eaghll Beer and religious studies go hand in hand. This has been a fact for as long as I have been hanging around religious studies departments. And we drink a lot of beer, not just at graduate ceremonies and dissertation defence parties, but af... [Uncategorized]

June 24, 2AM

* This post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge: Studies in Identity Formation blog. by Steven Ramey Symbols serve as a significant way to express identity within society. Crosses generally identify someone as a Christian, a hammer and sickle a... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Steven Ramey] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Hitler] [Native Americans] [Nazi ideology] [Ramesh Kallidia] [Sanskrit] [swastikas]

June 21, 2AM

by Matt Sheedy In a recent blog post, Stephen Ramey discusses his own teaching strategy of assigning and analyzing a traditional “world religions” text when teaching an introductory course. As he writes, The textbook represents one version of ... [pedagogy] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Alfred Korzybski] [Craig Martin] [J.Z. Smith] [Kate Daley-Bailey]

June 19, 2AM

by Sarah F. Haynes This is the fourth instalment of the Critical Questions Series 3. The first post by Steven Ramey can be found here, the second by Nicole Goulet here, and the third by James Mark Shield here. Question: The varieties of Hinduism, Sikh... [Critical Questions Series] [Politics and Religion] [South Asian Studies] [Southeast Asian Studies] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Dalai Lama] [Edward Said] [Jane Iwamura] [Nicole Goulet] [orientalism] [Sarah Haynes] [Virtual Orientalism]

June 17, 2AM

by Russell McCutcheon * This article has been re-posted from the blog Culture on the Edge: Studies in Identity Formation. I think it’s worth pausing for a moment to ask why the above photo, recently used as the cover image on the Culture on the Edge ... [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Southeast Asian Studies] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [buddhism] [Buddhist monks] [Culture on the Edge] [Donald Lopez] [Frank Capra] [Identity] [Lost Horizon] [Prisoners of Shangri-La] [Russell McCutcheon] [The Cup]

June 14, 2AM

This is the third instalment of the Critical Questions Series 3. The first post by Steven Ramey can be found here and the second by Nicole Goulet here. Question: The varieties of Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Shinto, along with t... [Critical Questions Series] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [South Asian Studies] [Southeast Asian Studies] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [buddhism] [James Mark Shields] [orientalism]

June 12, 2AM

by Kate Daley-Bailey In their latest book, Ancient and Modern Religion and Politics: Negotiating Transitive Spaces and Hybrid Identities, Carolyn M. Jones Medine and John Randolph LeBlanc explore Indian politician and psychologist Ashis Nandy’s renderi... [Kate Daley-Bailey] [pedagogy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Carolyn M. Jones Medine] [Edward Said] [John Randolph LeBlanc] [metanarrative] [Steven Ramey]

June 10, 2AM

By Nicole Goulet This is the second instalment of the Critical Questions Series 3. The first post by Steven Ramey can be found here. Question: The varieties of Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Shinto, along with the “Indigenous tra... [Critical Questions Series] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [South Asian Studies] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Edward Said] [Mary Pat Fisher] [Nicole Goulet] [Werner Herzog]

May 31, 2AM

by Eoin O’Mahony After the nightmarish tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma earlier this month, CNN did the usual “what effect does it have on the real people on the ground” news mop-up which worked so well for Anderson Cooper in Ohio. They sent Wolf B... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [CNN] [Eoin O'Mahony] [glenn beck] [Wolf Blitzer]

May 29, 2AM

by Tenzan Eaghll Dear Richard Dawkins, Would you please, for the love of all things intellectual and academic, read a book on the study of religion, preferably one by Jonathon Z. Smith, and a book from the continental philosophical tradition, in order to ... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Ruminations] [Tenzan Eaghll] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Jonathan Z. Smith] [Lawrence Krauss] [Richard Dawkins] [Timothy Havener]

May 27, 2AM

by Nickolas Roubekas The medium for evaluating the suitability of a future publication is the peer-review process. This is known to the academic world for decades and all junior or senior scholars go through such a process after submitting a paper to an a... [Uncategorized] [Nickolas Roubekas]

May 24, 2AM

by Steven Ramey Question: The varieties of Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Shinto, along with the “Indigenous traditions” of Asia and the Pacific Islands, are commonly referred to as “Eastern” in the taxonomie... [Critical Questions Series] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [South Asian Studies] [Steven Ramey] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized]

May 20, 2AM

by Matt Sheedy A friend of mine recently tipped me to a website and Facebook group called Decolonizing Yoga. The group describes itself as committed to Challenging racism, patriarchy, capitalism, colonialism, ableism, heteronormativity and privilege withi... [Matt Sheedy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Sexuality and Gender] [South Asian Studies] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Richard King] [Suzanne Owen]

May 17, 2AM

Interview by Matt Sheedy This is the second and final instalment of an interview with Aaron Hughes, editor of Method and Theory in the Study of Religion. Part one of the interview can be found here.   Matt Sheedy: As a respected scholarly journal i... [Interviews] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Aaron Hughes] [Donald Wiebe] [Method and Theory in the Study of Religion] [North American Association for the Study of Religion]

May 15, 2AM

Interview by Matt Sheedy Aaron Hughes is the current editor of Method and Theory in the Study of Religion and has generously agreed to talk with the Bulletin about his recent appointment and vision for the journal. He is professor of Religion, Jewish Stu... [Interviews] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [AAR] [Aaron Hughes] [Francais Landy] [JAAR] [Joseph Campbell] [Method and Theory in the Study of Religion] [Mircea Eliade] [Russell McCutcheon]

May 13, 2AM

* Note: this piece was originally posted in Religion in American History. by Kelly J. Baker Last week, I wrote a post for The Christian Century‘s Then and Now, curated by Edward J. Blum, on the label “evil” religion. As some might s... [Kelly J. Baker] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Aum Shinrikyo] [Branch Davidians] [David Chidester] [evil] [Jonestown] [Ku Klux Klan]

May 8, 2AM

by Steven Ramey Monks in Myanmar encouraging violence, while that image challenges common assumptions about those who identify as Buddhists, accounts of such events often actually reinforce those assumptions. On April 30 people identified as Buddhists bur... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Steven Ramey] [Theory in the Real World] [Myanmar]

May 6, 2AM

Editor’s Note: In the April issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion, Ipsita Chatterjea published her reflections as part of a round table discussion of Bruce Lincoln’s Gods and Demons, Priests and Scholars: Critical Explorations in the Hi... [Book Reviews] [Ipsita Chatterjea] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Bruce Lincoln]

May 3, 2AM

April 29, 2AM

by Jack Tsonis As many will be aware, the upcoming AAR meeting in Baltimore will see an experiment in format with the creation of program “Clusters.” Larger than Units, Groups, and Sections, the aim of the Cluster approach is to “cut across differen... [Jack Tsonis] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [AAR] [J.Z. Smith] [Social Theory and Religion Cluster] [William Connolly]

April 26, 2AM

by Deeksha Sivakumar It is the Tamil new year’s first month Chittirai, where several important festivals take place especially in Tamil Nadu. Madurai, home of the Tamil Sangam (Literary Council) and residence of the Goddess Meenakshi, witnesses a spect... [Deeksha Sivakumar] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [South Asian Studies] [Theory in the Real World] [Chittirai] [Meenakshi] [Tamil] [The Cult of Draupadi]

April 24, 2AM

by Matt Sheedy News broke this past Monday about a “terror plot” that was foiled by Canadian law enforcement and security units, where two men with alleged links to al Qaeda in Iran planned to blow up a passenger train between Toronto and New... [Matt Sheedy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [boston marathon bombings] [CAIR-CAN] [Islamophobia] [Terror plot]

April 19, 2AM

by Kate Daley-Bailey Motivated by not a little shameless self-promotion and a pseudo-masochistic desire for undergraduate feedback on my work, I ventured to present my Introduction to Religious Thought class with a ‘Jesus’ with which they are entirel... [Kate Daley-Bailey] [pedagogy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Roland Barthes] [Russell McCutcheon]

April 15, 2AM

by Travis Cooper * This is a revised version of a post originally found on the author’s personal blog. Novelty draws academics. This is no controversial claim. We cluster around the odd, the uncanny, and the strange. We gather around scenes of violence... [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Travis Cooper] [J.Z. Smith] [Pierre Bourdieu] [Robert Orsi]

April 12, 2AM

* This is part two of a two-part interview with David Feltmate. Part one can be found here. Matt Sheedy: Could you say something about your general approach to the study of humor as a sociological category in relation to the study of religion (e.g., your... [Uncategorized] [David Feltmate] [Emile Durkheim] [Peter Berger] [religion and humor]

April 10, 2AM

Matt Sheedy: In your recent essay, “It’s Funny Because It’s True? The Simpsons, Satire, and the Significance of Religious Humor in Popular Culture,” you look at the intersection between humor, religion and satire and note the var... [Interviews] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [David Feltmate] [The Simpsons]

April 8, 2AM

by Jack Tsonis Emily Bailey’s recent piece on the pedagogical challenges that surround new technologies got me thinking about another aspect of scholarship and technology, one that I have often reflected on over my four years as a doctoral student: how ... [Jack Tsonis] [pedagogy] [Marshall McLuhan]

April 1, 2AM

The Bulletin’s Blog is currently looking for new contributors that add to its roster. The Bulletin posts pieces that address questions of religion in general, particularly issues dealing with the history of the field, method and theory and pedagogical p... [Announcements] [Uncategorized]