October 2013 Publicity

Cotter & RobertsonGiven that the RSP has been running for nearly 2 years now, and in light of the website redesign, David and Chris thought it was about time to have another major publicity push. The email below has already been circulated around the DOLMEN, BASR, and NSRN lists. If you are a member of any other vaguely relevant mailing list, please considering copying it and circulating among friends, colleagues, and interested parties. 

As ever, the RSP depends on those who us the site for support. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for listening,

Chris & David

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Apologies for cross-posting. We are sending this email on behalf of the Religious Studies Project (RSP) in order to draw your attention to this rapidly expanding resource, and the many opportunities associated with it. We would appreciate if you could share and disseminate this widely.

The Religious Studies Project, http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/

The RSP is an international collaborative enterprise producing weekly podcasts with leading scholars on the social-scientific study of religion. Since January 2012 we have released over 70 interviews (of around 30 minutes) on cutting-edge theoretical, methodological and empirical issues, which are available through the websiteiTunes and other portals. In addition to the podcasts, the website also features weekly essays, roundtable discussions, book reviewsresources, and conference reports, plus our weekly digest of opportunities (jobs, journals, conferences, etc). You can find out more about our international team here.

For example, today’s podcast features Hanna Lehtinen (University of Turku, Finland) speaking with François Gauthier (University of Fribourg, Switzerland) on Religion, Neoliberalism and Consumer Culture:

http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/francois-gauthier-on-religion-neoliberalism-and-consumer-culture/

The RSP was launched in 2012 by Christopher R. Cotter (Ph.D. candidate, Lancaster University) and David G. Robertson (Ph.D. candidate, University of Edinburgh) to help disseminate contemporary issues in RS to a wider audience and provide a resource for undergraduate students of RS, their teachers, and interested members of the public. We aim to provide engaging, concise and reliable accounts of the most important concepts, traditions, scholars and methodologies in the contemporary study of religion, without pushing a religious or nonreligious agenda or resorting to presenting “fact files” about “World Religions”.  

The RSP is a non-profit organisation primarily supported by the British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR). You can support us by buying your books etc through our Amazon.com and  Amazon.co.uk Associates links, and can follow us on TwitterFacebook and iTunes.

We have a lot of ideas for the future, and we hope to continue complementing the excellent journals, conferences, associations and other resources already out there representing our field. Our aim is to always keep pushing boundaries, challenging disciplinary norms, and helping RS research get the increased exposure and engagement it deserves.

We are always looking to expand our team – whether in terms of interviewers, interviewees, contributors, or other roles – and are particularly keen to improve our representation in South America, Africa and Asia. If you are interested, know of anyone who might be, or have any other comments or ideas then please do get in touch with the editors via this link or via email at editors@religiousstudiesproject.com.

Many thanks for your time,

Chris Cotter & David Robertson (Editors-in-Chief)