Decolonizing the Study of Religion (Classroom Edit)

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David Mcconeghy
How can the field address its whiteness, and its colonial origins and legacy? In this final episode of our 2019/2020 season Christopher Cotter speaks with Malory Nye about decolonizing Religious Studies.
colonialism
Higher Education
pedagogy
Race
Racism
Whiteness

The Science of Prayer: Genealogies and Biopolitics (Classroom Edit)

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David Mcconeghy
In this week's episode, John Lardas Modern discusses the genealogy and biopolitics of the scientific study of prayer from E.B. Tylor to DEVO.
Cognitive Science
modernity
prayer
social scientific methods

Holocaust Museums as Sacred-Secular Space (Classroom Edit)

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David Mcconeghy
In this interview, @Bre_Fallon talks to Dr Avril Alba on the tension between the secular and the sacred in Holocaust Museums.
Holocaust
Judaism
Memory
museum
sacred places
theodicy

Exploring African Shamanism and White Sangomas in South Africa

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David Mcconeghy
In this episode, Dr. Maxinne Connolly-Panagopolus asks Dr. Ullrich…
Cultural Syncretism
pyschotherapy
shamanism
South Africa

What does religious literacy mean in your context? (Classroom Edit)

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David Mcconeghy
Will #religiousliteracy save Religious Studies? At the 2019 AAR in San Diego, Dave McConeghy moderated a roundtable with early career scholars about the meaning of religious literacy in their context. Join us for a lively discussion about what it means to teach religious studies with Richard Newton, Chris Jones, Rebekka King, Jenna-Gray-Hildenbrand, Kevin Minister, and Bradly Onishi.
AAR
pedagogy
public scholarship
religious literacy
Religious Studies
teaching religion

May the Fourth Be With You (Classroom Edit)

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David Mcconeghy
To honor May the Fourth, International Star Wars Day, please enjoy this compilation of classic Religious Studies Project interviews about Star Wars!
category of religion
Identity
Popular Culture
Star Wars

Boxing and Religious Identity (Classroom Edit)

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David Mcconeghy
Are boxers' religious affiliations only as skin deep as their tattoos? Find out in this conversation about boxing and religious identity with Prof. Arlene Sanchez Walsh by David McConeghy.
boxing
conversion
religion and sports
religious identity

Near Death Experiences (Classroom Edit)

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David Mcconeghy
In this episode, Christopher Cotter discusses Near Death Experiences with Jens Schlieter. How does one study reports of such experiences from a critical study of religion perspective and how such reports are related to modern societal developments such as ‘secularization’, individualization, and advances in medical science?
christianity
Death
Esotericism
Medicine
modernity
narrative
Near Death Experiences
Secularization

Challenging the Normative Stance of Aniconism in the Study of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Classroom Edit)

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David Mcconeghy
In this episode, Candace Mixon discusses aniconism with Birgit Meyer & Terje Stordalen. Would our normative assumptions about the absence of images in certain traditions be better served by turning to aesthetics?
aniconism
christianity
Islam
Judaism
material culture
Visual Culture

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