Doctors and Stigmatics in the 19th and 20th centuries (classroom edit)

David Mcconeghy
In this week's podcast with Gabor Klaniczay we learn about cases of stigmata during the 19th and 20th century in Europe, where medical discourses clashed with as well as supported religious discourses about the authenticity and meaning of famous stigmata cases like Italian Padre Pio.
medical discourse
Michel De Certeau

Reflections on "Thinking with Jonathan Z. Smith" (Classroom Edit)

David Mcconeghy
Aaron Hughes, the keynote speaker for the #JZSatNTNU Conference in Trondheim, Norway, talks with the RSP about the legacy of Jonathan Z. Smith's work for the field of religious studies.
Jonathan Z. Smith
study of religion

Lady Death and the Pluralization of Latin American Religion (classroom edit)

David Mcconeghy
In today’s podcast, Professor R. Andrew Chesnut connects Brazil’s colonial past to its pluralist present and explains why folk saint devotion to Santa Muerte or Lady Death is one of the fastest growing religious movements in the world.
folk saints
Lived Religion

The secularization of discourse in contemporary Latin American neoconservatism (classroom edit)

David Mcconeghy
In this week’s podcast, Professor Jerry Espinoza Rivera explains how Latin American conservatism became neoconservatism. Though Latin America is diverse, conservatism has been a widespread in the region shaping not only the political power plays of religious institutions but the people's daily experience of the world. Recently, however, neoconservatism has managed to develop a language of its own that blends science and philosophy with historical analysis of the contemporary world political landscape to become an significant religio-cultural force.
Latin America
religion and politics

Are you my data? #4 | Naomi Goldenberg

David Mcconeghy
David Robertson talks to Naomi Goldenberg in this episode of Are You My Data? recorded at Leibniz University in Hannover.

BASR 2019: The State of the Discipline (classroom edit)

David Mcconeghy
Vivian Asimos and Theodora Wildcroft took the opportunity to ask the BASR 2019 delegates a few pertinent questions: what inspired them about the conference theme, their opinion about major trends in the discipline, and how they were personally feeling about REF 2021.

When Archive Meets A.I. (Classroom Edit)

David Mcconeghy
In this week’s podcast, Katrine Frøkjaer Baunvig discusses preliminary results from the research project “Waking the Dead”. This project aims to build an a.i. bot of Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig (1783-1872), a Danish “secular saint” considered to be the father of modern Denmark, who contributed immensely into generating a national consciousness through his writings, both in a political and religious way.
artificial intelligence
computational humanities
machine learning
word embedding

How Religious Freedom Makes Religion (Classroom Edit)

David Mcconeghy
This conversation with Tisa Wenger, author of Religious Freedom: The Contested History of an American Ideal, starts with the question of how religious freedom talk functions to shape the category of religion and to transform what counts as religious in the modern world.
American religion
native Americans
Religious freedom
tisa wenger

Discourse #10 |Sept 2019

David Mcconeghy
  This month on Discourse! join David G. Robertson, Vivian…
Evangelical Christianity
Video Games

Natural Selection In the Evolution of Religion (Classroom Edit)

David Mcconeghy
In this week's podcast, professor Armin Geertz outlines an answer elaborating on the arguments presented in his co-authored book The Emergence and Evolution of Religion by Means of Natural Selection. He argues that there are multilevel selection processes that happen within different sociocultural formations, and these are key to understanding how religion has evolved throughout history.
cognitive science of religion
evolution of religion
natural selection
sociocultural evolution

Discourse! #9 | July 2019

David Robertson
This month on Discourse!, David Robertson, Suzanne Newcombe and Daniel Gorman, Jr. discuss some recent figures on religious change, and why the term 'cult' is making a comeback in the US

When Islam Is Not a Religion (Classroom)

Thomas Coleman III
Asma Uddin is the author of When Islam Is Not a Religion: Inside America's Fight for Religious Freedom. In this book, Uddin examines an alarming trend to redefine Islam as a political ideology, not a religion. In our conversation, we track the history of this movement to redefine Islam and its implications for the rights of Muslims. We discuss the widespread presumption among American progressives that courts tend to protect religious freedom for Christians, but not for Muslims, and we examine particular stories that support and problematize that narrative.

Discourse #8 (June 2019)

David Robertson
This month on Discourse, Breann Fallon, Carole Cusack and Ray Radford approach the Australian news from a Religious Studies perspective. We cover the appeal of Cardinal George Pell, the drama around Israel Folau, and the impact of Christianity on the recent Australian federal election results.

Spatial Contestations and Conversions (Classroom)

Thomas Coleman III
Listeners to the Religious Studies Project, particularly in a European context, might be quite familiar with the sight of a former church building that has now turned derelict, or is being used for a purposes that perhaps it wasn’t intended for, or is being rejuvenated by another ‘religious’ community, another Christian community, or put to some other use. Chris is joined today by Daan Beekers to discuss spatial contestations and conversions, particularly looking at (former) church buildings in the Dutch context.

Philology and the Comparative Study of Myths (Classroom)

Thomas Coleman III
In this week’s podcasts, Dr. Paola Corrente gives us insights in how the use of the philological approach can be beneficial for, not only providing a common and solid framework for comparative research but also, for providing more suitable ways of classification according to linguistic criteria. Her work on the “dying gods” –i.e. gods that die but come back to life– of Ancient Greece and Mesopotamia, which draws on the concept formulated by James George Frazer, provides a case for this exercise.