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

Superheroes are Immigrants, or Immigrants are Superheroes?

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David Lewis talks about a niche topic, Muslim superheroes, located at the intersection of religion, media, culture, and immigration and he turns it into a relevant one. As mentioned below, immigration is particularly a conspicuous theme with the Muslim superheroes.
immigration
Kemal Budak
Ms Marvel
muslim superheroes

Putting an Umbrella Over a Bridge

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Author’s cat demonstrating the utility of having an overarching framework for discussing topics pertinent to religious studies within interdisciplinary contexts. Trying to squeeze “(non)religious and/or (non)spiritual identifications, beliefs, and/or practices are important to [psychology topic] because…” into a 150-word abstract for a conference paper is cumbersome, at best.
Alex Uzdavines
ann taves
Psychology of Religion
ways of life
worldviews

The Blog Assignment: “Authentic” Learning about Spirituality, Secularity, and Nonreligion?

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In this first post of a two-part series Sharday Mosurinjohn reflects on the outcome of a new assignment that was intended to invite students to write in a way that was both familiar to their usual online communication (short and social media-based) and scholarly. The results led her to rethink the meaning of “authentic learning” (pedagogical approaches that empower learners to collaborate with one another...
blogs
Digital Humanities
nsrn
pedagogy
Spirituality
teaching

Sounds of the Underground

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Owen Coggins’ RSP interview for his book(Mysticism, Ritual and Religion in Drone Metal) affords an opportunity to pick up on some areas that he mentions, that really are not engaged with enough in the more dominant discourses surrounding the study of religion. Specifically the embodied nature of aspects of what might be considered “religious”
drone metal
Francis Stewart
Owen Coggins
religion
sound

Religious cliché and stigma

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As part of the podcast on pervasive clichés, Chris Cotter interviews Brad Stoddard and Craig Martin regarding their recent work how popular clichés are enculturated within our culture. This conversation explores how clichés are both useful and detrimental to the study of religion in that they frame expectations about religion and speak to the social expectations of religious groups by others.
Brad Stoddard
chris silver
Cliche
craig martin
Identity
Psychology of Religion
stigma

The Return of Homo Religiosus

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A couple years ago I stumbled across a cartoon in my Facebook feed. It details two images on top of one another: The first image is of two ‘cavemen‘ who randomly decide to draw a bunch of dicks and boobs on a cave wall.
Agustin Fuentes
belief
Critical theory
evolutionary theory
homo religiosus
Tenzan Eaghll

Religion and its Publics (Part 1)

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This week we've got something a little different for the Features segment. A couple of months ago the RSP attended the Open University's conference on Contemporary Religion in Historical Perspectives. We thought this would be a great opportunity to do another RSP video!

Shall we play the game?

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The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is something which I have been commenting upon since and constitutes the core of one of my arguments about what it is to do “social science” in my forthcoming The Idea of a Genuine Social Science (Springer, 2018).
BASR
impact
Jonathan Tuckett
public benefit
public intellectual
REF
Religious Studies

This-Lifers and Afterlifers

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It's some time since I talked with my namesake Douglas Ezzy so it's good to have this chance to pick up some of his points even though Tasmania may not be the perfect location to boomerang something back to him from Durham UK. Good, too, since my more frequent friendly chats with Allan Kellehear find some echo in that conversation.
afterlife
Death
Douglas Davies
douglas ezzy