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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The Hugging Guru: Amma and Transnationalism

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In this interview conducted at the 2018 EASR conference in Bern, Marianne Qvortrup Fibiger speaks to Sammy Bishop about Amma, a guru who has become world famous for her healing hugs - apparently giving more than 33 million hugs over the past 30 years. They discuss the ways in which different audiences can interpret Amma's message, and how she reconnects Hindus in diaspora with their traditions.
Amma
diaspora
guru
Guruism
hinduism
Transnational

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On the Global Guru Circuit: From India to the West and Back Again

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As transnational gurus have increasingly mobilized globally in multidirectional patterns and occupy significant virtual spaces of connectivity, the ideal that religious traditions are dependent on geographical fixity has become increasingly destabilized.
Amma
darshan
guru
hinduism
hugging
Transnational

Public School Islamic Religious Education as Safe Space for Identity Development and Bottom-Up Negotiation of Citizenship

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Muslim students experience the Islamic Religious Education classroom as an in-between space where they can ask questions that they feel are too delicate to be discussed in religious communities or even with their parents but need to be discussed with an adult who is an insider of their tradition but also understand their everyday life at school.
canada
children
Education
Finland
Inkeri Rissanan
IRE
Islamic religious education
Jasmin Zine
k-12
muslim
Muslim schools
public schools
religion in schools
religious identity

Latest OppS Digest

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest - 15 November 2018

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Welcome to the latest edition of The Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest! This week you will find four job, two program, one network, and three event opportunities. Thanks to everyone who has signed up to support the RSP thus far through our Patreon–and PayPal options. We are aiming for 100 patrons (currently 33) to fund planned developments over the coming year. See our donations page for details of how you can sign up for a regular subscription, leave a one-off donation, advertise with us, or use our Amazon links.

More Recent Podcasts

The Hugging Guru: Amma and Transnationalism

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In this interview conducted at the 2018 EASR conference in Bern, Marianne Qvortrup Fibiger speaks to Sammy Bishop about Amma, a guru who has become world famous for her healing hugs - apparently giving more than 33 million hugs over the past 30 years. They discuss the ways in which different audiences can interpret Amma's message, and how she reconnects Hindus in diaspora with their traditions.
Amma
diaspora
guru
Guruism
hinduism
Transnational

RE Commission report: A Way Forward?

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At a recent RE research and policy conference #2020RE, Dr Wendy Dossett had the opportunity to chat with two of the Commissioners and authors of the Religion and Worldviews report, Dr Joyce Miller and Prof Eleanor Nesbitt, along with Religious Education sociologist (and convener of SOCREL), Céline Benoit. Their conversation ranged over some of the following issues: the rationale for the move from calling the subject ‘Religious Education’ to ‘Religion and Worldviews’; the inadequacy for the classroom of a world religions approach; the degree to which faith communities are entitled to influence what gets taught in schools; and the anomaly of the so-called withdrawal clause.
Religious Education
world religions paradigm
worldviews

Preserving identity and empowering women. How do Canadian Muslim schools affect their students?

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In this interview, Dr. Jasmin Zine talks about Muslim schools in Canada and their impact on their students’ identity development and integration in the society. Having served for decades as a tool to preserve a particular religious identity, Islamic schooling also plays a crucial role in empowering female students. In some cases, Muslim schools have become a safe haven, especially for women, “a place where their identity is not in question, where they can feel safe and comfortable”.
faith-centered education
integration
Muslim schools
religious identity

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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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