Podcasting the Study of Religions

The Religious Studies
Project

Podcasting the Study of Religions

The Religious Studies
Project

Podcasting the Study of Religions

The Religious Studies
Project

Podcasting the Study of Religions

The Religious Studies
Project

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What is Mindfulness? A Critical Religious Studies Approach

Any casual user of social media can’t have missed the increasing number of adverts for dozens of ‘mindfulness’ apps. Perhaps you have encountered the term in the workplace or in a healthcare setting? It seems that, in the contemporary West, mindfulness is everywhere. But what is it? How popular is it? What is its connection to particular forms of Buddhism? Can it ever be considered wholly secular or is it necessarily religious? And why does this matter, and for whom? Today, Chris is joined by Ville Husgafvel of the University of Helsinki to discuss these important questions surrounding an increasingly pervasive phenomenon that has received little engagement from the critical religious studies community.
alternative spirituality
Buddhism
critical religion
meditation
Mindfulness
Secularity
Spirituality
world religions

Latest Features

Cosmpolitan and Cool--and Modest

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Rebecca Barrett-Fox
A response to "Modest Dress Beyond the Headscarf" by Saskia…
gender
Islam
women

The Garments of Latter-Day Saints as Embodied Sacred Practice

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Rebecca Barrett-Fox
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkTz_NQqKA8&feature=youtu.be Discussing…

Latest OppS Digest

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest - 10 April 2019

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Ella Bock
Welcome back to the latest edition of the Religious Studies…

More Recent Podcasts

What is Mindfulness? A Critical Religious Studies Approach

Any casual user of social media can’t have missed the increasing number of adverts for dozens of ‘mindfulness’ apps. Perhaps you have encountered the term in the workplace or in a healthcare setting? It seems that, in the contemporary West, mindfulness is everywhere. But what is it? How popular is it? What is its connection to particular forms of Buddhism? Can it ever be considered wholly secular or is it necessarily religious? And why does this matter, and for whom? Today, Chris is joined by Ville Husgafvel of the University of Helsinki to discuss these important questions surrounding an increasingly pervasive phenomenon that has received little engagement from the critical religious studies community.
alternative spirituality
Buddhism
critical religion
meditation
Mindfulness
Secularity
Spirituality
world religions

Atheism, New Religious Movements, and Cultural Tension

Extensive research has been conducted in exploration of the American religious landscape; however, only recently has social science research started to explore nonbelief in any detail. Research on nonbelief has been limited as most research focuses on the popularity of the religious “nones” or the complexities of alternative faith expressions such as spirituality. Through two studies, one qualitative and one quantitative, Dr. Christopher F. Silver's research explored how nonbelievers’ self-identify.
Atheism
faith expressions
non-belief
Non-Religion
Personality
Secularism
typology

Discussing Pious Fashion and Muslim Dress Beyond the Headscarf

In this discussion, we cover some key terms from Bucar's book, such as what Pious Fashion is, why it might be defined that way, and how it helps further a conversation about Muslim women beyond the veil. We discuss the differences in performing fieldwork for this project in Iran, Indonesia, and Turkey. Connecting this research to Islamophobia and Muslim experience in America, Liz Bucar reflects on how modesty has become more mainstream.
contemporary religion
gender
Indonesia
Iran
Islam
muslim
Turkey

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The Religious Studies Project (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 250 interviews (of around 30 minutes) on cutting-edge theoretical, methodological and empirical issues, which is available through the website, iTunes and other portals. In addition to the podcasts, the website also features weekly essays, roundtable discussions, book reviews, resources, and conference reports, plus our weekly digest of opportunities (jobs, journals, conferences, etc). Find out more about our international team here. The Religious Studies Project is produced by The Religious Studies Project Association (SCIO), a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (charity number SC047750). Our constitution can be viewed here.

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