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

When Religion Is Not Religion: Inside Religious Studies’ Fight for Religious Literacy in the Public Sphere

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As I listened to her interview about the book and its ramifications on the Religious Studies Project, I not only appreciated her balanced and thorough approach to this topic, but found myself wanting to focus on three points that she touched on in the talk: 1) the ways in which “religion” is defined in the public sphere; 2) whether or not we should listen to “fringe” Islamophobes and their rhetoric on religion; and 3) thinking about “when Christianity is not a religion.”
Definition
Islam
pedagogy
public sphere
religion

Science Fiction and the Para-Religious

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Marek Sullivan
[I]t is notable how infrequently religion appears as a major theme in the personal lives of famous science fiction authors and how many, including those for whom religion is a major theme in their work, are themselves either atheists or practitioners of idiosyncratic or unorganized alternative spiritualities...
Atheism
Ben Banasik
Humanism
Race MoChridhe
Science Fiction
Tara Smith

Navigating the Religious Worlds of Science Fiction and Video Games

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Marek Sullivan
There’s always another thing to see as data for religious studies, but widening the boundary for what counts as data comes with a price. Every new category is a multiplication. When your choices are infinite, then explaining your choices becomes an obligation.  
Ben Banasik
David McConeghy
Raymond Radford
Science Fiction
Tara Smith
Video Games
handshake

The God-Shaped Elephant

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Marek Sullivan
Most of the health psychology of religion sub-sub-field suffers less from a God-shaped hole and more of a God-shaped elephant sitting in the room that usually goes undiscussed. The most important, but always implicit, mechanism in these studies is God.
Alex Uzdavines
belief
David Speed
mental health
Psychology of Religion

Cosmpolitan and Cool--and Modest

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Rebecca Barrett-Fox
A response to "Modest Dress Beyond the Headscarf" by Saskia…
gender
Islam
women

Space for Race: Decoding Issues of Race, Belonging and Multi- Culturalism in Canada and Beyond

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Many Canadians see themselves as a nation that champions human rights and diversity, alongside and entwined with ideals of secularism and religious neutrality. This often leads to disputes around what constitutes “diversity.”
canada
Diversity
multiculturalism
Trudeau
two women, rabbis, and a man holding a guitar

When the Word is a Sound: Toward a Sensory Scholarship of Religion

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Rebecca Barrett-Fox
Music forcefully reminds us of religion’s timebound nature and holds its own systems of rhythm and inflection—you cannot skim music the way you can cram a text.
Art
Judaism
Music
sound
worship

The Important Tasks Facing American Religious Demographers

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Rebecca Barrett-Fox
"By focusing entirely on cohort turnover, we may be missing some important individual-level changes in religious expression across the life course."
American religion
Demography
PRRI
quantiative methods
research methods

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

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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Rebecca Barrett-Fox
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