The Public Square and the Heart of Culture War

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David Mcconeghy
In this conversation with Dr. Benji Roskly, we learn how the public square became the ideological focus of American liberal strategies in the 1970s and beyond thanks to the efforts of media figures like Norman Lear.
American politics
American religious history
culture wars
religion and television
religious liberalism
religious right

Empty Signs in an Automatic Signalling System (Classroom Edit)

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David Mcconeghy
In this week's episode, Timothy Fitzgerald speaks with David G. Robertson about why the history of the category “religion” should make us reconsider many other modern categories like politics, liberal, secular. Can these interrelated terms ever escape their origins in centuries of colonial epistemé?
category formation
critical
deconstruction
History
liberal
liberty
Politics
progress
property
Secular
Secularism

Who Are the Power Worshippers? (Classroom Edit)

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David Mcconeghy
In this episode, journalist Katherine Stewart, author of a new book about religious nationalism called The Power Worshippers, shares her perspective on the religio-political struggle for the power to share American life today.
American politics
eligious nationalism
investigative journalism
Politics and Religion
religious right

Narrating Belief: Vernacular Religion in India (Classroom Edit)

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David Mcconeghy
In northeast India, beliefs are more fluid than fixed, argues Ülo Valk in this week's episode. What are the consequences when what we believe changes over time and how does that impact the stories we tell about the world?
beliefs
doubt
epistemological uncertainty
India
liminality
Supernatural
vernacular religion

Founding American Religion, the Journal (Classroom Edit)

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David Mcconeghy
Find out about the founding of the new journal American Religion with editors Sarah Imhoff and Cooper Harris
American religion
journal
Publishing
religion in America

The Problem with 'Religion' (and related categories) (Classroom Edit)

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David Mcconeghy
Tim Fitzgerald - a founding figure in the critical study of religion - discusses his career up to his seminal volume, The Ideology of Religious Studies, published twenty years ago this year.
caste
category formation
critical
deconstruction
discursive
hinduism
Ideology
Japan
Ritual

Artificial Intelligence and Religion (Classroom Edit)

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David Mcconeghy
Chris Cotter and Beth Singler discuss the intersections between religion and Artificial Intelligence - everything from slavery and pain to machines taking over religious functions and practices.
Agency
AI
artificial intelligence
Discourse
Ethics
narrative
religion
science
Slavery
transhumanism

Media and the Study of Religion (Classroom Edit)

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David Mcconeghy
Vivian Asimos, Chris Cotter, Time Hutchings and Suzanne Owen discuss the intersections of Media and the Study of Religion.
Art
authenticity
Digital
Identity
media
Mediation
narrative
News
Online

The Sacrality of the Secular and Philosophy of Religion

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David Mcconeghy
In this week's podcast, we speak with Bradley Onishi about the ways in which philosophy of religion has thought "with" religion rather than for or against religion. "It's possible," he says, "to hold an enchanted secularity" if we think about religions themselves as tools for questioning our basic assumptions about the world.
Max Weber
philosophy of religion
Secular
Secularism
Secularity
Secularization thesis
theories of religion

Discourse! #13 | January 2020

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David Mcconeghy
This decade's first episode of Discourse! is hosted by Vivian…

Discourse #12 | December 2019

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David Mcconeghy
Religious studies scholars (and policy experts) Susan Hayward…

Applied Religious Studies at Georgia State University (classroom edit)

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David Mcconeghy
In this episode, Professor Molly Bassett, chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Georgia State University speaks about her program’s efforts to develop applied religious studies master’s certificates in “Religion and Aging” and “Nonprofit Management.”
Applied Religious Studies
curriculum
degrees in religion
georgia state university
gerontology
Molly Bassett
nonprofit management
pedagogy
religion and aging

Secular Jewish Millennials in Israel/Palestine (Classroom edit)

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David Mcconeghy
In this podcast, Chris Cotter is joined by Dr Stacey Gutkowski to discuss what it means to be a ‘secular Jewish Israeli millennial’.
Conflict
Identity
Israel
Judaism
Millennials
palestine
Phenomenology
Politics
Practice
Space
Tradition

Unbelief as a Nuanced Phenomenon: The Sociality of Nonreligion across Europe (classroom edit)

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David Mcconeghy
Unbelief has often been defined as either ignorance or rejection of religious systems, but this week's guests David Herbert and Josh Bullock see far more diversity in the ways one can be nonreligious.
europe
mixed-methods
Nonreligion
quantiative methods
Unbelief