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

The Dark Goddess: A Post-Jungian Interpretation

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However, while Warren has found a consensus on the nature of the Dark Goddess amongst the texts and YouTube communities that she is examining, not all adherents within contemporary Goddess Spirituality view the Dark Goddess in the same way.  In fact, the Dark, or Shadow aspect of Goddess, is a point of heated debate within the Goddess community amongst adherents, feminist theologians, and thealogians.
experience
gender
Goddess
Jung
Pagan
Spirituality
Thealogy

Mother Earth, Sister Earth: A Response to the RSP Interview with Dr. Susannah Crockford

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I have lived in the American Southwest much of my life, and so Dr. Crockford’s description of Sedona and its inhabitants was very familiar to me (although I have never visited that particular corner of Arizona). I was somewhat startled, though, by the idea of connecting the kind of hyperemotionalized and largely disembodied approach to spirituality and the environment that she found there to gendered discourses. On a personal level, as a former inhabitant of the region, I see much closer connections between the kind of American New Age spirituality she described and the transhumanist millenarianism that pervades much of the culture of Silicon Valley.
Ecospirituality
emotion
gender
millenarianism
nature
Race MoChridhe
Susannah Crockford

Editors' Picks, Summer 2018: Disenchanting India

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This week, Ella Bock tells us why she thinks you should re-listen to our interview with Johannes Quack on Indian Rationalism, and a Relational Approach to Non-religion: "A great listen for better understanding the boundary between religion and non-religion, especially outside of a western context!"
anthropology
Atheism
Bourdieu
Christopher Cotter
Death
Fields
India
Johannes Quack
Nonreligion
Orientalism
Rationalism
science

Editors' Picks, Summer 2018: Re-Experiencing Religious Experience

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According to RSP Managing Editor, Tommy Coleman, "Anyone interested in stepping out the front door of their own discipline will find this podcast, like the book, contains tools for thinking you’d better not leave home without." During our "summer break", various members of the RSP editorial team will be sharing their thoughts on some podcasts from the RSP archive that they think you should listen to (again).
experience
method
psychology

Editors' Picks, Summer 2018: The Resonance of Vestigial States

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During our "summer break", various members of the RSP editorial team will be sharing their thoughts on some podcasts from the RSP archive that they think you should listen to (again). Editors' Picks, if you will. These aren't necessarily 'favourites', but just some podcasts that came to mind that the author has found useful for whatever reason.
critical religion
gender
Islam
psychology
religion
timothy fitzgerald

Editors' Picks, Summer 2018: The Co-Dependency of Religion and the Secular

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In our fifth editors' pick, Marek Sullivan writes "Few questions are as meta-reflexive as the question ‘Is secularism a world religion?’ It’s now established that secularism and religion are co-constitutive terms: the history of the category ‘religion' is inseparable from the history of secularisation.
categories
Discourse
pedagogy
religion
Secular
Secularism
Secularization
teaching
world religions

Editors' Picks, Summer 2018: Studying the "off-the-beaten-track"

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In the fourth of our editors' picks, Ray Radford takes "the soppy route on this choice, as David Robertson's interview with David Wilson on 'Spiritualism and Shamanism' was the very first interview/podcast I heard from the RSP way back in my days as an undergrad. This podcast (along with some amazing lecturers and tutors) helped cement that religious studies was the right choice.
boundaries
Health
Mircea Eliade
shamanism
spiritualism

Editors' Picks, Summer 2018: Shifting from religions to 'religion'

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In the third of our editors' picks, David Robertson picks "the interview that I wished I had done. Reading Tim Fitzgerald’s The Ideology of Religious Studies (2000) as an undergrad was part of a seismic shift in my perspective, from an interest in religions to an interest in ‘religion’ [...]. This is a dense interview that rewards another listen."
category formation
critical religion
Marxism
mystification

Editors' Picks, Summer 2018: The Intersections of Religion and Feminism

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In the second of our summer "Editors' Picks", Sammy Bishop flags up an important interview in which Dawn Llewellyn provides a great introduction to how feminism, religion, and the academic study of both, might (or indeed, might not) interact. Llewellyn also does an excellent job of flagging up how future work in these fields could become more productively interdisciplinary.
colonialism
feminism
Feminist
gender
methodology
Power
theory

Editors' Picks, Summer 2018: Critiquing the Axial Age

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In the first of our summer "Editors' Picks", Chris Cotter flags up an important interview, in which Jack Tsonis "demonstrates how the term 'Axial Age' shares much in common with the notion of 'World Religions' in that both - to quote the subtitle to Tomoko Masuzawa's seminal work - preserve 'European universalism [...] in the language of pluralism'."
Axial Age
colonialism
Discourse
Hegemony
Racism
theory

Religion and its Publics (Part 2)

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In the last feature of the "semester" we're continuing with the video format. A couple of months ago the RSP attended the Open University's conference on Contemporary Religion in Historical Perspectives. I went about asking the pundits a couple of questions about Religion and its Publics. This week we have the second question (link for Part 1 in the sidebar).
alison robertson
clive marsh
David Robertson
marion bowman
open university
Public
Religious Studies
suzanne newcombe
theo wildcroft

The Blog Assignment: Confronting “Spirituality” in Teaching Religious Studies

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In this second of a two-part series, Richard Ascough adds his voice to Sharday Mosurinjohn’s reflections on a new blog post assignment used in a course on Spirituality, Secularity, and Nonreligion taught through the School of Religion at Queen’s University. In the earlier post, Sharday noted that she learned two key lessons: that students are concerned...
authority
critical
Digital Humanities
pedagogy
Spirituality
teaching
Technology
theory