Unnatural Narratives: Religion in Horror Stories

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Supernatural horror’s depiction of religion takes place note only within fantastic spaces but can also depict the uncanny elements of religious belief within an otherwise recognizable “heimlich” space.
Film
genre fiction
horror
Stephen King
Supernatural

A Denizen of the Recent Past Lurking in the Present: Slenderman as Folklore

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Legendary figures and other forms of folklore need to be understood in relation to the vast configuring of social relationships and structures that are part of cultural expression. As the efficacy of these mediating structures erode, individuals lose the influences from the values of a wide range of groups. Here, the idea of a cyberspace community is really an illusion.
digital folkloristics
Folklore
Myth
Slenderman
urban legend

Measuring and Categorizing Young Adult Spirituality

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Previous generations have not been influenced to change and adapt as quickly as Millennials and Generation Z
Gen Z
generational change
Millennials
pew research
Religious nones
research methods
handshake

Religious and Socio-Cultural Boundary Work in the Swiss Handshake Affair

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In Switzerland, immigrants are in general expected to ‘culturally and socially integrate’, while ethno-cultural differences are, at the same time, perceived as enriching and ethno-cultural identities and thus not totally expected to be abandoned.
body
gender
Islam
Islamophobia
public education
Switzerland

Challenges in the Study of Gender and Contemporary Occultism

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Were publications written decades ago for "women-only" already part of history or not? What to do when a certain publication was designated as "available to women scholars only" in one feminist archive but was unrestricted in another?
gender
Neo-Pagans
Occult
Occultism
secret

Religious Education Down-Under

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The institutional accommodation (and implied endorsement) of Bible-in-Schools engenders an unwarranted complacency towards monitoring of groups and materials by school boards and parents alike.
Australia
Bible in Schools
k-12 schools
New Zealand
public education
Special Religious Education

Transnational Gurus and the Making of a Modern Devotional Public

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Through virtual extensions of her material presence, Amma has transformed herself into a non-sectarian religious “brand,” competing for devotees in a growing soteriological marketplace.
Amma
Digital Religion
guru
hinduism
hugging
marketing
Transnational

On the Global Guru Circuit: From India to the West and Back Again

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As transnational gurus have increasingly mobilized globally in multidirectional patterns and occupy significant virtual spaces of connectivity, the ideal that religious traditions are dependent on geographical fixity has become increasingly destabilized.
Amma
darshan
guru
hinduism
hugging
Transnational

Public School Islamic Religious Education as Safe Space for Identity Development and Bottom-Up Negotiation of Citizenship

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Muslim students experience the Islamic Religious Education classroom as an in-between space where they can ask questions that they feel are too delicate to be discussed in religious communities or even with their parents but need to be discussed with an adult who is an insider of their tradition but also understand their everyday life at school.
canada
children
Education
Finland
Inkeri Rissanan
IRE
Islamic religious education
Jasmin Zine
k-12
muslim
Muslim schools
public schools
religion in schools
religious identity

Mother Earth, Sister Earth: A Response to the RSP Interview with Dr. Susannah Crockford

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I have lived in the American Southwest much of my life, and so Dr. Crockford’s description of Sedona and its inhabitants was very familiar to me (although I have never visited that particular corner of Arizona). I was somewhat startled, though, by the idea of connecting the kind of hyperemotionalized and largely disembodied approach to spirituality and the environment that she found there to gendered discourses. On a personal level, as a former inhabitant of the region, I see much closer connections between the kind of American New Age spirituality she described and the transhumanist millenarianism that pervades much of the culture of Silicon Valley.
Ecospirituality
emotion
gender
millenarianism
nature
Race MoChridhe
Susannah Crockford

The RSP needs you!

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It's the start of a new season (semester?) of podcasts for the Religious Studies Project and we have a new responses editor in the form of me Jonathan Tuckett! You may remember me from back in the very early days of the podcasts
early career academics
postgraduates
religious studies programs
religious studies project
religious studies students

Stretching Good Faith: A Response to Candy Gunther Brown

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If Candy Gunther Brown’s work is so divergent with her peers in academia, how does one contextualize her understanding of yoga and her approach to it? In keeping with Bender’s assessment that Brown “exemplifies the ‘caveat emptor’ genre of popular writing about CAM,” I would argue that Brown’s writings on yoga are most similar to the genre of Christian-based criticism of yoga.
Candy Gunther Brown
Daniel Gorman Jr
Encinitas
Jennifer Sedlock
Yoga