The first meeting of the RSP Trustees

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This afternoon we had the first meeting of the Trustees of the Religious Studies Project Association (that's the name of the Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation that produces the RSP). Besides Chris Cotter and myself (David Robertson), the Trustees are Carole Cusack (Sydney), Russell McCutcheon (Alabama) and Dominic Corrywright (Oxford Brooks), so getting them all in the same virtual room was quite a feat.
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RSP seeking interviewers and audio interns - particularly North America, Asia, Africa

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We’re delighted to announce some exciting new opportunities to join the RSP team. We particularly need interviewers in North America, as well as in Asia, Africa, and other regions that have been under-represented on the RSP to-date. We are also looking to bring in at least one more audio intern.

RSP seeking interviewers and audio interns!

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First of all, we are looking to increase our pool of interviewers. We need interviewers in North America, and especially in Asia, Africa, and other regions that have been under-represented on the RSP to-date. Our interviewers typically record two or more interviews a year, so the role doesn’t have to be a huge investment in time, but it is a great opportunity to be part of an growing international community, meet influential scholars in our area of study, and have your voice heard across the globe.

Not Just Any Body Will Do!

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White’s research, in conjunction with my own and others’, calls into question a theoretical assumption held by many CSR scholars that the body plays a negligible role in beliefs about supernatural agents. Dr. Claire White’s research addresses the religious topic of reincarnation that, although perhaps more adhered to by human cultures across time and space than the belief that we have only one earthly life followed by eternal reward or punishment, has received little serious scientific investigation—especially from the question through which Dr. White addresses it.
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K. Mitch Hodge
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First transcriptions of RSP Podcasts now available

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The RSP will be returning to your ears on Monday with a jam-packed season of excellent podcasts from the BASR Annual Conference, ASR Annual Meeting, SISR/ISSR Conference, the XXI IAHR World Congress, and more. In anticipation of this, we have some exciting news for you... (those of you who follow us on social media might already have an idea about what it is...) Over the past year, - our wonderful archive manager, ...
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Feedback for the RSP: A Request for Testimonials

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Over the past two-and-a-half years, the RSP Team have become increasingly aware that the podcasts and other resources that we disseminate are being used in a variety of interesting, innovative and unexpected ways in the teaching of Religious Studies, both by ‘students’ and their ‘teachers’, and at all levels of education.
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Welcome to the Theological Dispatch!

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BREAKING NEWS: Today, the RSP is “born again” - as the Theological Dispatch. Due to a huge donation from the Templeton Foundation, we are now going in a slightly different direction. As of today, our mandate is to investigate how religion and spirituality brings positive change to society, and helps make us all better citizens of God’s world.
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RSP Psychology of Religion Participatory Panel Special - Invitation to Submit Questions

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Would you like to participate in a special episode of the RSP that lets YOU steer the conversation and ask tough questions on the psychology of religion to a panel with some of the worlds top psychologists of religion? Thanks to Dr. Pierre-Yves Brandt, professor at the Institute for Social Sciences of Contemporary Religions (ISSRC) at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and working in conjunction with The Religious Studies Project team, you now have that opportunity!

New Posters, and Looking to the Future

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With a new academic year upon us (or already started in some regions), conference season fast approaching, and a new round of Religious Studies Project podcasts coming your way, we thought it was time to update our publicity material. Louise has done a sterling job on these posters and flyers, and I hope that you will all agree that it makes us look very professional.
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Video: The Religious Studies Project - What We're All About...

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Today marks a special occasion in the life of The Religious Studies Project - we're giving our first 'talk'. As part of Innovative Learning Week at the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh, we're presenting a session where students and staff can come and learn a bit more about the project and how it was put together, and offer some feedback on what they would like to see in the future.
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David Robertson
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A Plea from the Religious Studies Project: Publicity

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We decided when we launched the Religious Studies Project that we wanted to have a reasonable amount of content available on the site before we started a major publicity push. Now that we have published our fifth podcast - David's interview with Graham Harvey - we are ready to start publicity in earnest. Over the coming days the team shall be emailing their contacts and academic departments (mostly in the UK) to let them know about the Project.
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The Religious Studies Project launches...

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Every Monday, we'll be putting out a new podcast featuring an interview with a leading international scholar, presenting a key idea in the contemporary socio-scientific study of religion in a concise and accessible way. Our first podcast features Professor Emeritus James Cox (University of Edinburgh) speaking to David about the phenomenology of religion. You can find the podcast and accompanying notes here, or alternatively subscribe on iTunes.
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