Discourse #5, February Edition: With Irene Oh and Carolyn Davis

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Thomas Coleman III
On this month's episode of Discourse, Dr. Irene Oh (Director of the Peace Studies Program, George Washington University) and Dr. Carolyn Davis (independent consultant) spoke with Ben Marcus about a few key stories in religion and public life from February.
adoption
Catholicism
civil rights
Ilhan Omar
Islam
LGBT rights
pop culture
Religious freedom
U.S. Supreme Court

Melodies of Change: Music and Progressive Judaism (Classroom Edit)

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Thomas Coleman III
From piyyutim to zemirot to Yeshiva acapella groups in the United States, the use of music in the Jewish faith is numerous and varied. In this interview, Breann Fallon of the Sydney Jewish Museum chats to Dr Ruth Illman of Åbo Akademi University and Uppsala Universityi n about her research on the role of music as an agent of change within the progressive Jewish community in London that appears in her most recent monograph Music and Religious Change among Progressive Jews in London: Being Liberal and Doing Traditional.

America’s Dark Theologian Stephen King: A Religious Imagination Explored (Classroom Edit)

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Thomas Coleman III
In this podcast, Carmen Celestini speaks with Dr. Douglas Cowan on his newest book exploring the religious imagination of Stephen King through his horror novels. Cowan is well known for his research in the area of religion and pop culture through analysis of films and literature. The discussion focuses not only on Stephen King but the process of deciphering the religious motifs within King’s work, and the importance of this work to religious studies.

Slenderman and online mythology (Classroom Edit)

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Thomas Coleman III
In this podcast, Ross Downing discusses personal and communal narratives, online mythology and the grey areas between religion and media with Vivian Asimos. Miss Asimos’ work has investigated the potentiality of video games as contemporary mythology in popular culture. In the broader context of BASR 2018, the overall theme of boundaries and categories is explored and the possible insights online movements can yield in the perception and application of theories of religion.

The Study of Religion and National Identity in Estonia (Classroom Edit)

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Thomas Coleman III
Estonia, the northernmost of the Baltic states, has a reputation of being one of the most secularized countries in Europe. Although the visibility of religion is rising, being ‘not religious’ is still considered normative. Estonia is a context in which notions and debates on religion, atheism, and indifference are interrelated in complex ways with the history of Estonian nationalism, and two foreign religious-secular regimes: German Lutheran and Soviet Atheism. In this interview, Chris and Atko Remmel discuss why the Estonian context is – or should be – interesting to scholars of ‘religion’. What happened during the Soviet era? What about the academic study of religion in Estonia?

Religion as a Tactic of Governance (Classroom Edit)

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Thomas Coleman III
In this interview recorded at the BASR/ISASR, Naomi Goldenberg considers how ‘religion’ has developed as a separate sphere from ‘governance’. She argues that ‘religion’ has been projected onto the past for strategic purposes, as a management technique, or even alternative to violence. How does viewing religions as “restive once-and-future governments” help us understand the functioning of this category in contemporary discourse?

The Therwil Affair: Handshakes in Swiss Schools (Classroom Edit)

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Thomas Coleman III
In this podcast, taking place on the last day of the Annual EASR…

Discourse #3: Essi Mäkelä and Benjamin Marcus

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Thomas Coleman III
Welcome to the third issue of “Discourse”, where our editors…

Negotiating Gender in Contemporary Occultism (Classroom Edit)

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Thomas Coleman III
In this interview conducted at the 2018 EASR conference in Bern,…

A Global Study on Government Restrictions and Social Hostilities Related to Religion

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Thomas Coleman III
Restrictions on religion rose around the globe in 2016, according…

Religion, Education, and Politics in Australia and NZ (Classroom Edit)

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Thomas Coleman III
Following on from the delivery of her conference paper at the…

Are You My Data? #2: Russell McCutcheon

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Thomas Coleman III
Welcome to a brand new Patron-only series here at the RSP – Are…

New Directions in the Study of Scientology (Classroom Edit)

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Thomas Coleman III
How can we move the study of Scientology forward? Academic work…

The Hugging Guru: Amma and Transnationalism (Classroom Edit)

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Thomas Coleman III
In this interview conducted at the 2018 EASR conference in Bern,…

Patrons Special: RSP Discourse #2 (October 2018)

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Christopher Cotter
Welcome to the second issue of “Discourse”, where our editors and guests take a critical look at how the category “religion” is being used in the media, the public sphere, and the academic field. This episode, Chris (Cotter) is joined by Chris (Silver) and Theo Wildcroft, both long-time friends and contributors to the RSP, for a cross-Atlantic discussion. After the inevitable discussion of US identity conflicts and terrorism, and ugly manifestation of the KKK in Northern Ireland, discussion moved on to the accepted protocols of trick or treating, and the use of patisserie in debates on LGBT human rights vs religious freedom.  Can’t access this episode? Subscribe at https://www.patreon.com/projectrs
gender
Halloween
Identity
KKK
Northern Ireland
Racism
Sexuality
Terrorism
UK
USA