Leonard Norman Primiano: Studying Vernacular Religion in the US

Vernacular religion is a subject which fascinates us here at the RSP, because in keeping with our critical perspective, it challenges that idea that neat categorical boundaries may be drawn, and reminds us that when attempts are made to draw them, particular interests are being served. David Robertson was given

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  • Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 30 September 2014

    Welcome to this week’s opportunities digest!

    We would like to invite our readers to contribute to the Religious Studies Project. If you would like to contribute with an interview, book reviews, conference reports, comments or other ideas, we would love to hear from you! Also keep in mind that you can find us on Twitter, Facebook and iTunes!

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    Os serés matáves: An Interview on Pentecostalism in the Prisons of Rio, with Dr. Andrew Johnson

    For Brazil’s “killable people”, there are two prevalent ways to deal with the relative hell of prison – both involving allegiance and devotion. You can give your life to the gang or give your life to God. Only three types of people dare to venture into the heart of a Minas Gerais prison: the condemned, the pentecostal pastors leading the prison ministry, and curiously brave sociologists such as Dr. Andrew Johnson.

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    Religion and memory, by Hannah Holtschneider

    “By shifting attention to the performance of religion, neuroscience might help understand the processes in the brain which support or bring forth such practices. This could then lead to better understandings of the workings of memory, the invocation of ‘religion’, and the relations between these, without essentialising strategies.”

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    “Religion and Memory”, an interview with Alexandra Grieser

    In the year 2000, English-speaking scholars interested in ‘religion’ were introduced (in translation) to one of the most important texts in the sociology of religion in recent years, Danièle Hervieu-Léger’s “Religion as a Chain of Memory”. This book placed the study of ‘religion and memory’ firmly on the academic agenda,

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    Conference Report: Religious History Association Biennial Conference/Australian Historical Association Annual Conference 2014

    Conference report by Josip Matesic, PhD Candidate, University of Wollongong

    The University of Queensland hosted last month (8-10 July) the biennial conference of the Religious History Association (RHA). The conference itself was one stream of a larger conference: the annual conference for the Australian Historical Association (AHA) (7-11 July). The theme

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    Conference Report: North American Patristics Society (NAPS) May 2014

    Conference report by Nathaniel J. Morehouse, PhD, University of Manitoba

    Between Thursday May 22 through Saturday May 24, the North American Patristics Society held its annual conference in Chicago. Attendance this year was an all-time high with nearly 400 members attending, and roughly 300 paper presentations over 75 sessions. It was

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    Conference Report: International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion (IACSR) 5th Biennial Conference

    The RSP would like to thank Christopher Kavanagh for writing the conference report.

    For the past few days I attended the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion’s (IACSR) 5th Biennial Conference. The theme this year was focused on addressing the state of the field, 25 years after the cognitive

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    What “in the world” is theory?, by Kati Curts

    Despite Meyer’s own resistance to being named a theorist, I argue that her sensational mediation is a form of theory making, one which more students of religion should embrace.

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    Visual Culture and the Study of Religion: An Interview with Birgit Meyer

    After the keynote, at the EASR, guest interviewer George Ioannides had the opportunity to meet with Professor Meyer to discuss her work, her career, her views on the importance of studying religion and/as material and visual culture, and her advice for students who similarly wish to research topics at the intersection of cultural anthropology and the study of religion.

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    “Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge”: A Roundtable Discussion

    It’s time for another RSP roundtable, folks. Thanks very much to Liam for facilitating this, and to Angus, Essi, George and Hanna for joining him for a stimulating discussion.

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    On the Outside Looking In: Western Appropriations of Eastern “Subtle Body” Discourse, by David Gordon White

    To my knowledge, prior to the nineteenth century, suksma sarira was never applied to the body of a living human being. In India’s yogic and tantric literature, this has simply been called “the body,”

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    “The Subtle Body”, an interview with Jay Johnston

    During the annual conference of the European Association for the Study of Religion at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, Damon Lycourinos had the pleasure of interviewing Jay regarding her work on the subtle body and alternative notions of intersubjectivity, addressing both the theoretical and methodological implications for the academic study of subtle embodiment, and what the future might hold for this in the academy and beyond.

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    At the Limits of Orientalism: The Politics and Problems of Labelling in the Career of Michael A. Cook, by Stephanie Wright

    Having so vigorously rocked the academic boat early in his career, Cook later changed tack gracefully when he realised that he had set a course in the wrong direction.

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    The Holberg Prize 2014 Episode With Michael Cook, “Bigger Things Do Rest On Smaller Things.”

    Professor Michael Cook, winner of the Holberg Prize 2014, has had a huge influence on the historical study of Islam. In this episode, Knut interviews Professor Cook about his decision to go into history in the first place, about his writing process, the role of the humanities, his reflections about teaching, and why he finds it so important to get the details right.

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