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

Straight White American Jesus, the Podcast (classroom edit)

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David Mcconeghy
In this week's podcast, Skidmore College Professor Bradley Onishi speaks about Straight White American Jesus, a podcast he co-hosts with Dan Miller that blends insider religious experience with academic expertise about American Evangelicalism.

Discourse #11 | Oct 2019

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David Mcconeghy
Chris Cotter is joined by Susannah Crockford and Sierra Lawson in this month's edition of discourse, discussing college football politics in Alabama, Donald Trump's new 'spiritual adviser', a Day of the Dead/Dia de Muertos memorializing migrants who have died at the US border, Armistice/Remembrance/Veterans day rituals, and the recent controversy surrounding QR codes at the AAR-SBL.

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

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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.
Catholics
medical discourse
Michel De Certeau
miracles
Mysticism
protestants
saints
stigmata
Supernatural

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

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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.
Discourse
Identity
Jonathan Z. Smith
pedagogy
Scholarship
study of religion

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

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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.
Brazil
folk saints
Lived Religion