Global(ized) religion and the study of religious tensions

This interview with global studies pioneer Mark Juergensmeyer takes on his keynote address at the 2016 Eastern International Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (EIR-AAR) at the University of Pittsburgh. He interrogates the intersections of different religions traditions, questions the world religion paradigm as taught in universities today, and examines new phenomena caused by decentralized localized antiauthoritarian characteristics of globalization.

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  • Timeless Yoga and Sinister Yogis: David Gordon White’s Brief History of Yoga

    The current proliferation of studies exploring the development of contemporary yoga can be seen as a direct challenge to popular perceptions of yoga as a timeless and unified practice which are reproduced (often as a marketing ploy) in non-academic contexts.

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    Historical, Popular, and Scholarly Constructions of Yoga

    In its earliest uses, the word “yoga” meant “yoke,” primarily yoking a warhorse to a chariot. In the classical period, yoga took on a variety of other meanings, including yoking the mind-body complex through meditative practices, such as breath control and mantras, to achieve liberation. In this interview, we discuss the history and development of yoga in its South Asian contexts, and then examine its transformations across the globe into the contemporary era.

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    Embodied religious practices, child psychology and cognitive neuroscience

    Bahler discusses the notion of ritual as a locus of power in terms of structure and agency. His recent book, Childlike Peace in Levinas and Merleau-Ponty. Intersubjectivity as a Dialectical Spiral (Lexington Books, forthcoming) focuses on neuroscience to grasp the topic power relations at the confluence of religion and other social influences on one’s trajectories.

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    ISKCON And When New Religions Aren’t So New Anymore

    A roundtable discussion considering the future of ISKCON and what happens when religions are no longer ‘new’.

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    ISKCON In Britain

    Kim Knott provides an overview of the Hare Krishna movement in Britain from its inception in 1966 to the present day.

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    The “Axial Age”: Problematising Religious History in a Post-Colonial Setting

    In the latest #RSPpod from our friends in Australia, Dr Jack Tsonis gets fired up about the “Axial Age” as well as the difficulties the immediate post-PhD years.

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    BDSM as Religious Practice

    Alison Robertson gives an insight to her doctoral research on BDSM as religious practice.

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    Permutations of Secularism

    In this interview, we first focus on the origins of the term “secularism,” the proliferation of its meanings, and the uses to which it is put in Anglo-American contexts. Then we discuss the uses of the terms secularism and the secular today, particularly using a specific case study from Joe’s research on American nonbeliever organizations.

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    Futures Found Wanting

    Figured as discursive objects, both the witch and the UFO exceeded (or were thought to exceed) the epistemic capacities of contemporary knowledge, necessitating the creation of new forms of knowing.

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    UFOs, Conspiracy Theories… and Religion?

    Area 51, Ancient Aliens, endemic child abuse at the BBC, and Reptilians,… This interview begins with David’s own journey to this research field, before considering some basic questions such as “what is a conspiracy theory?”

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    Time Travel and Fictions of Science

    Despite his best scholarly efforts, Tylor’s Anahuac is “fiction” in the same way that Europeans have drawn on their vast reservoir of myths, legends, and stories of Amazons and the Lost Tribes of Israel in their mastery of the Americas.

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    Popular Culture, Dr. Who, and Religion

    Go back to 2013 to discuss Religion & Pop Culture (and #DoctorWho) w/@ReligionProf

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    Ours Can Be To Reason Why

    While perspectives about conversion are Christian-centric, the idea of conversion itself is religion-centric.

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    Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 26 April 2016

    Dear subscriber,

    We are pleased to bring you this week’s opportunities digest and would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has submitted calls for papers, event notifications, job vacancies, etc. On that note, we would also like to encourage you to continue to do so (and invite those who remain hesitant to begin)!

    It is super easy

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