The Essential and Complex Relationship of Religion and Media

The use of new digital media may sometimes be clumsy, not well understood, and subject to failure at times, writes Robin Harragin Hussey, but it is the current and future manifestation of the way many religions and religious people want to share and make themselves known.
Art
authenticity
Digital
Identity
media
Mediation
narrative
News
Online

The Inauthenticity of New Media

When it comes to media and the study of religion, Travis Cooper says "scholars need to ask more compelling questions, moving beyond overly simplistic binaries and dualisms to think in terms of scales and networks, degrees and systems, connection and difference."
Art
digital turn
media
Mediation
Online Communities
Social Media
Technology

Narrating Secularism in the Continental Philosophy of Religion: Onishi and the Enduring Consequences of the Secularization Thesis

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If one identifies the secularization thesis as the status quo against which contemporary scholars of religion are to rebel, then even the most critical and generative analysis will leave secularism in a default position of hostility against religion.
Continental Philosophy
enchantment
philosophy of religion
Secularism
Secularization thesis

State Funding for Religious Schools: What the US Supreme Court Should and Likely Will Do in its Espinoza decision

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After Espinoza v Montana, the U.S. commitment to church/state separation, which has been the strongest in the school context, no longer may be assured, writes Martha McCarthy in this week's featured response.
church/state
First Amendment
religion and law
Religious Education
Religious freedom
Supreme Court

A Tacit Case for Autoethnography as a Crucial Research Method for Befuddling Times

"The aims of autoethnography—careful, creative, and responsible deployment of personal narrative as an illuminating force in the study of the cultural and the political—align with those of Onishi’s Straight White American Jesus in his attempt to avoid “reduction and demonization [of evangelicals]” while maintaining “the courage and the audacity to point as critical and unflinching of an eye on what’s happening.”"
autoethnography
Evangelicals
methodology
public scholarship
Reflexivity
research methods
straight white american jesus

Understanding Religious Diversity Is Fundamental to Understanding the Social Aspects of Health and Aging

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Students in religious studies (and students of faith) understand that religion is a social institution with history, structure, and function. So they have a particular advantage in seeing the social capital of religious groups and how it can be leveraged.
Applied Religious Studies
degrees in religion
emory university
georgia state university
religion and aging
religion and health
religious studies departments
religious studies programs
Brazilian politician and activist Marina Silva.
Maud Frances Eyston Sumner’s painting Woman Writing

Use Peer-Review to Become a Stronger Writer

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Librarian Garrett Trott explains the value of editors and the peer-review process in this week's response to the 2019 EASR publishers panel. "Build upon [their] critique and comments," Trott advises, while also altering authors to issues of access to scholarship addressed by newer open access publishing models.
academic editing
EASR
equity
Journals
open access
peer-review
Publishing
sch

Religion as a Species of Human Activity

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From Jonathan Z. Smith we learned that "religion is not its own genus of human activity, but a species of it," writes Willi Braun in this response to Andie Alexander's interview with Aaaron Hughes at the "Thinking With Jonathan Z. Smith" Conference in Trondheim earlier in 2019.
Aaron Hughes
anthropology of religion
Bruce Lincoln
Data
Historical Approaches
history of religions
Ideology
Jonathan Z. Smith
Phenomenology
translation

Religion, Stigmata, and History

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"As a particularly dramatic account in the early history of signs and sanctity, [the Chiara] episode highlighted the importance of context," writes Cynthia Klestinec in response to Sidney Castillo's interview with Gabor Klaniczay. There we see "how the local context of Chiara served to establish claims to sanctity in the early 1300s and how the more extensive context of the Counter Reformation generated an overlapping but ultimately different set of debates about those same signs in the 1650s."
Catholics
Counter Reformation
medical discourse
Michel De Certeau
protestants
saints
stigmata

The Winter of (Neo)Conservative Discontent

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Looking back on the last 60 years, we can see clearly "the influence of the Catholic neoconservatives throughout the Americas and the world," writes Jesse Russell in this response to our October 21st podcast with Jerry Espinoza Rivera.
Catholicism
Latin America
liberation theology
neoconservatism
pope john paul II

Santa Muerte and the Interplay of Cultures on Dia de los Muertos

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Santa Muerte is a death saint with a rich history and reflects the deep interplay of cultures and devotional practices in Mexico.
Catholicism
Day of the Dead
folk saints
mexico
Ritual
Santa Muerte
syncretism

The Promise of Reincarnation in the Grundtvig AI

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Researchers are looking to make a robotic re-incarnation of Danish Founding Father N.F.S. Grundtvig, but what do such AI interfaces say about how religious studies can participate in digital humanities research?
AI
artificial intelligence
Digital Humanities
Grundtvig
robotics

The Politics of Religious Freedom and the Criminalization of Blackness

Bishop Brathwaite’s story points out to us the degree to which the ghostly histories of enslaved and colonized peoples continue to haunt the present from the graves of colonial infrastructures and through repurposed modes of colonial regulation. We can include in this the category of religion and its promised freedom as sites for such hauntings as well
Afro-Caribbean
hauntology
Race
Racism
Religious freedom
tisa wenger