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Academic Positions: The Application and Interview

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"My intentions rather are to assist applicants to understand a little better what all is involved in evaluating applicants for a position, and perhaps to help applicants prepare themselves better to participate in the application and interview processes." In what follows I have attempted to give some basic information and advice intended for the person who has recently finished graduate work and is seeking...
academia
hurtado
Interviews
Job Opportunities
resources

Meeting at the crossroads of public and private: sexuality and religion

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In a recent podcast on Youth, Sexuality and Religion, Dr Sarah-Jane Page discusses research that she conducted along with several colleagues, that concerned young people, sexuality and religion. This is an immediately controversial subject and one that generates many questions. As this research focused on “lived religion”, that is how people experience religion in their everyday lives,
Christopher Cotter
gender
Jillian Scott
Private
Public
religion
Sarah-jane Page
Sexuality
Youth
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Theses on Professionalization

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Too many graduate students seem unprepared for what awaits them once they complete their dissertations. Sadly, in many cases their professors seem not to have considered it to be their responsibility to provide them with some of the tools necessary for navigating the job market and beginning their careers. It is into this gap that the following twenty-one thesis statements--which have benefited ...
academia
Professionalization
resources
russell mccutcheon

Insider and Outsider: An Anthropological Perspective

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"What my own position may speak to is the categorisation of "religion"; when talked of in isolation, "religion" remains something fixed and visible. But in fact it intersects heavily across cultural domains, and having been in this ‘piggy in the middle’ situation, it is interesting to note the Christian heritage which is shared both by my family, myself and my non-religious participants: we are all insiders to a point."
Accessibility
anthropology
Christopher Cotter
Epistemology
Fieldwork
George Chryssides
Katie Aston
Nonreligion

Getting into Graduate School

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"Over the last few years, I’ve compiled a fairly large number of resources and points of advice that I offer [undergraduate] students. While some of the advice is biased by the particular field (psychology) and degree-type (PhD at a US research intensive institution) I have chosen, I think that there are some common elements that can be adapted to any field."
academia
Admission
Career
Erika Salomon
Higher Education
PhD
Research

An Evaluation of Harvey’s Approach to Animism and the Tylorian Legacy

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The interview with Graham Harvey on Animism was of particular interest to me because my Masters thesis concerns the theoretical relevance of the work of E.B Tylor, credited with introducing the concept of Animism to scholarship. Harvey related Animism back to the work of Tylor but when offered a definition of Animism by the interviewer (David Robertson), as “the attribution of a soul of some kind to non-human beings”...
animism
Graham Harvey
Liam Sutherland
Neo-Tylorian
Tylor

Using Bibliographic Software: Zotero or Mendeley?

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"Managing your bibliography is one of the most essential skills you can develop as an academic. For some, the system will be a matter of organised chaos; a personalised mess of paper, online files, post-it notes which makes sense to you and only you. And that's fine. In the end, no one else needs to understand your system for organising your personal reference library. For others, there will be a complex system of neatly ordered cards or word-processed documents. And for others, like me, there will be bibliographic software."
Christina Costa
Mendeley
Referencing
resources
Salford
Zotero

The Merits of Hybrid Theology

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Wiebe begins his interview by admitting that it may not be possible to clearly delineate religious studies and theology, an admirable concession which seems to lull the listener into the false belief that he is promulgating an understanding of the ‘dichotomy’ which understands the malleable nature of both academic disciplines and the relationship between them. Unfortunately, ...
Donald Wiebe
Gemma Gall
Islam
Theology
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How an Eerdmans Book is Born (In Sixteen Easy Steps)

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"More often than not, however, our manuscripts seem to come from (a.) authors we’ve worked with before, (b.) authors published by other companies whose previous books we like, or (c.) first-time authors recommended by other authors with whom we have established relationships.)" Things have been a little chaotic here at Eerdmans this summer.
disk fixing
editing
Eerdmans
manuscript
page proofs
Publishing
Rachel Bomberger
typesetting

Finding religiosity within a parody

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A parody of religion will include elements that are accepted as religious within the society. This makes sure the parody is recognized as being targeted towards religion. Hence, a parody of religion will tell us what is accepted as a legitimate part of religion in the society where a parody or a joke on religion would be at home. Intuitively this includes nonreligious, ...
Carole Cusack
Discordianism
Essi Makela
Fiction-based Religions
Flying Spaghetti Monster
Invented Religions
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How to Give an Academic Talk

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"Stage fright is something everybody has to handle in their own way. But academic culture is something we can deliberately change. This short essay is an attempt to begin that process with some pointers for effective public speaking." On behalf of bored audiences everywhere, I wrote this essay to promote good public speaking. It is being circulated widely on the Internet. As a result, ...
academia
paul edwards
public speaking
resources

What We're Learning from the Cognitive Study of Religion

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"As the cognitive science of religion matures, there will no doubt be creative and exciting approaches to the current debates and to questions that are only beginning to arise in the field, such as how thinking about malevolent agents differs from thinking about benevolent ones. It is an exciting time for the study of religious cognition." In Armin Geertz’s recent interview with the Religious Studies Project, he provides an excellent overview of the methods and challenges in the cognitive study of religion and provides examples of some interesting theories and findings from the field.
Armin Geertz
belief
Cognition
Cognitive Approaches
Erika Salomon
neurology
psychology
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The Academic Résumé: Some Recommendations

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"applicants should realize that in today’s situation most institutions advertising a position will receive many more applications than those charged with evaluation of them want to handle. So, the person(s) going through the applications will initially look for reasons to set aside as many applications as possible, so that a smaller, manageable lot is left for more detailed consideration."
hurtado
resources

What is Phenomenology?

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"This general lack of clarity over what is contained in the phrase ‘phenomenology of religion’ and who are phenomenologists has generated considerable misgivings about the field. Indeed, Willard Oxtoby rightly acknowledges that there are ‘as many phenomenologies as there are phenomenolgoists’ (Oxtoby, 1968:598)." In a recent podcast (2012), Professor James Cox has briefly sketched an outline of the phenomenology of religion.
James Cox
Jonathan Tuckett
Phenomenology
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Ways to Increase Your Academic Visibility

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"The aim of scholarly research is to make a contribution to the existing human knowledge. Still, many scholars are aware of valuable articles that are rarely cited in the academic literature. The innovative advances delayed by the cumulative research impact lost cannot be accurately calculated at this moment. Probably eighty years from now, future studies will present detailed insights into the causes and consequences of the early 21st century’s increased scholarship fragmentation."
academic
andreescu
resources
visibility