Challenging the Normative Stance of Aniconism in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

In this episode, Candace Mixon discusses aniconism with Birgit Meyer & Terje Stordalen. Would our normative assumptions about the absence of images in certain traditions be better served by turning to aesthetics?
aniconism
christianity
Islam
Judaism
material culture
Visual Culture

The Public Square and the Heart of Culture War

In this conversation with Dr. Benji Rolsky, we learn how the public square became the ideological focus of American liberal strategies in the 1970s and beyond thanks to the efforts of media figures like Norman Lear.
American politics
American religious history
culture wars
religion and television
religious liberalism
religious right

Discourse! March 2020 with Theo Wildcroft, Dan Gorman, & Vivian Asimos

In this month's episode of Discourse!, Theo Wildcroft, Dan Gorman and special emergency guest Vivian Asimos discuss the US Supreme Court's relationship to Christianity, how the Independent dealt with criticism of a review of a book critical of paganism, and religion, abuse and the idea of a ‘witch hunt’ in yoga and academia. Oh and something called coronavirus?
current events
Discourse
religion and politics
religion in the news
sexual abuse

Empty Signs in an Automatic Signalling System

In this week's episode, Timothy Fitzgerald speaks with David G. Robertson about why the history of the category “religion” should make us reconsider many other modern categories like politics, liberal, secular. Can these interrelated terms ever escape their origins in centuries of colonial epistemé?
category formation
critical
deconstruction
History
liberal
liberty
Politics
progress
property
Secular
Secularism

Who Are the Power Worshippers?

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In this episode, journalist Katherine Stewart, author of a new book about religious nationalism called The Power Worshippers, shares her perspective on the religio-political struggle for the power to share American life today.
American politics
investigative journalism
Politics and Religion
religious nationalism
religious right

Narrating Belief: Vernacular Religion in India

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In northeast India, beliefs are more fluid than fixed, argues Ülo Valk in this week's episode. What are the consequences when what we believe changes over time and how does that impact the stories we tell about the world?
beliefs
doubt
Epistemology
Folklore
India
liminality
Supernatural
vernacular religion

Founding American Religion, the Journal

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David Mcconeghy
Find out about the founding of the new journal American Religion with editors Sarah Imhoff and Cooper Harris
American religion
journal
Publishing
religion in America

The Problem with 'Religion' (and related categories)

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David Mcconeghy
Tim Fitzgerald - a founding figure in the critical study of religion - discusses his career up to his seminal volume, The Ideology of Religious Studies, published twenty years ago this year.
caste
category formation
critical
deconstruction
discursive
hinduism
Ideology
Japan
Ritual

Artificial Intelligence and Religion

Chris Cotter and Beth Singler discuss the intersections between religion and Artificial Intelligence from slavery and pain to machines taking over religious functions and practices.
Agency
AI
artificial intelligence
Discourse
Ethics
narrative
religion
science
Slavery
transhumanism

Religious Literacy is Social Justice

Is Religious Literacy social justice? In this week's podcast with Professor Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, she discusses the University of Vermont’s new “Religious Literacy for Professionals” certificate and why religious studies does vital work for the academy.
Higher Education
ilyse morgenstein fuerst
religion degree programs
religious literacy
undergraduate education
university of vermont

Media and the Study of Religion

Vivian Asimos, Chris Cotter, Time Hutchings and Suzanne Owen discuss the intersections of Media and the Study of Religion.
Art
authenticity
Digital
Identity
media
Mediation
narrative
News
Online

The Sacrality of the Secular and Philosophy of Religion

In this week's podcast, we speak with Bradley Onishi about the ways in which philosophy of religion has thought "with" religion rather than for or against religion. "It's possible," he says, "to hold an enchanted secularity" if we think about religions themselves as tools for questioning our basic assumptions about the world.
Max Weber
philosophy of religion
Secular
Secularism
Secularity
Secularization thesis
theories of religion

Discourse! #13 | January 2020

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David Mcconeghy
This decade's first episode of Discourse! is hosted by Vivian…

Separating Religion and Government...But What Is Religion?: A Look at the US Supreme Court

Americans generally affirm the importance of separating "church" and "state." But what does church--or religion--mean? Hear two leading religious freedom lawyers discuss the meaning of religious freedom in key #SCOTUS cases, including one before the Court this term.
church and state
Law
Religious freedom
Supreme Court
United States

Special 2019: Only Sixty Seconds!

For our eighth(!) annual special, Only Sixty Seconds returns! This time, Chris Cotter is your host, as David G. Robertson returns to defend his 2018 crown against Bettina Schmidt, Douglas Davies and Theo Wildcroft. We may not have avoided repetition, but I do not hesitate in promising you no deviation from hilarity!
festive special
holiday special
Xmas special