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Episode Data for #365, Conspiracy Theories, Public Rhetoric, and Power CONTENT:
TITLE: Conspiracy Theories, Public Rhetoric, and Power
EPISODE_#: 365

What are conspiracy theories? How do we distinguish the conspiracy theories from religion? And what are the effects of this categorization? In this episode, Andie Alexander chats with RSP co-founder David G. Robertson about the roles and effects of conspiracy theory discourses in the academy and more broadly. Robertson outlines the primary academic approaches to conspiracy theories and argues that we, as scholars, should be deconstructing these categories and taking seriously their implications in our social worlds. Ranging from early studies and current psychological studies on mental illness to the role of conspiracy theories in social governance, media, and ‘fake news’, Robertson demonstrates just how intertwined these discourses are in our modes of knowledge production.

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DATE 2021-05-17 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/conspiracy-theories-public-rhetoric-and-power/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/12373264-16×9-large.jpeg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: authority, Categorization, Conspiracy Theory, Ideology
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Ep-364-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: “You don’t go to religious studies conferences with the title of the conference being ‘The Problem with Religion,'” so why do we use that rhetoric to talk about conspiracy theories? Listen in to Andie Alexander’s interview with RSP co-founder David G. Robertson to find out why!
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/conspiracy-theories-public-rhetoric-and-power/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: David G. Robertson


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/david-g-robertson/"


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CONTRIBUTOR: Andie Alexander


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/andie-alexander/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/96AC6E76-61F5-4FCE-A9DB-625655CE9F87.jpeg


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Episode Data for #363, Manifestos and the Academic Study of Religion CONTENT:
TITLE: Manifestos and the Academic Study of Religion
EPISODE_#: 363

In this roundtable from the Department of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney, we get a variety of religious studies approaches to subject of manifestos and their creators. Join Carole Cusack, Alana Louise Bowden, Ray Radford, Sophie Roe, and Anna Lutkajtis as they unpack the discourses surrounding manifestos and topics ranging from the consumerization of religion and Anders Breivik to the Unabomber manifesto and Artaud’s theatre of cruelty. It’s a fascinating conversation from a great group of scholars, so have a listen!

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DATE 2021-05-10 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/manifestos-and-the-academic-study-of-religion/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/image0.jpeg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: Consumerism, Discourse, Interdisciplinarity, roundtable, Social Theory
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Ep-363-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: What are manifestos? How are they employed in society? What can the academic study of religion offer to help understand them? The faculty and students in the Dept. of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney have a few thoughts on that. Tune in to learn more!
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/manifesto-roundtable-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Carole Cusack


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/carole-cusack/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Cusack_72.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Alana Louise Bowden


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/alana-louise-bowden/"


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CONTRIBUTOR: Raymond Radford


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/raymond-radford/"


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CONTRIBUTOR: Sophie Roe


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/sophie-roe/"


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CONTRIBUTOR: Anna Lutkajtis


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/anna-lutkajtis/"


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Episode Data for #362, Power and Diversity in 4th Century Martyr Shrines CONTENT:
TITLE: Power and Diversity in 4th Century Martyr Shrines
EPISODE_#: 362

How were 4th century Christian martyr shrines locations for the negotiation of power and diversity? In this interview, Nathaniel Morehouse explains the contested nature of these shrines. With an eye to the context of the diverse Mediterranean world and its complex configuration of political and religious identities, Morehouse sees shrines as an excellent interface for understanding not only the theological issues that were paramount for Church Fathers of this era, but also the lives of worshippers. An excellent starting place for beginners looking to understand more about the world of early Christianity, this interview concludes with suggestions for further reading beyond Morehouse’s own work, Death’s Dominion and its emphasis on power, identity, and memory.

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DATE 2021-05-03 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/power-and-diversity-in-4th-century-martyr-shrines/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/death_s_dominion_-_RSP_Editors.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: christianity, Identity, Lived Religion, Martyrdom, Power, Saints, Shrines
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Ep-362-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: How were 4th century Christian martyr shrines locations for the negotiation of power and diversity? In this interview, Nathaniel Morehouse explains the contested nature of these shrines.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/power-and-diversity-in-4th-century-martyr-shrines/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Nathaniel Morehouse


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/nathaniel-morehouse/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/s200_nathaniel.morehouse-RSP-Editors.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: David McConeghy


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/david-mcconeghy/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/DavidMcConeghy.jpg


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Episode Data for #, The New Satanic Panic and the Return of Blasphemy | Discourse! April 2021 CONTENT:
TITLE: The New Satanic Panic and the Return of Blasphemy | Discourse! April 2021
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As politics moves rightwards across Europe and the US, are we entering a period of pushback from conservative religious institutions against minority religions and secularism?

Join this month’s host Dan Gorman and guests Maxinne Connolly-Panagopoulos and Sidney Castillo to find out what connects Lil’ Nas X, Alabama’s yoga ban and Polish black metal. As with every month’s current events Discourse! episode, we take our material straight from the headlines. If you’d like to read along, here’s this month’s suggested reading list:

DATE 2021-04-26 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the-new-satanic-panic-and-the-return-of-blasphemy-discourse-april-2021/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/lil-nas-x-montero-discourse-current-events-april-2021.jpg
CATEGORY: Discourse, Podcasts, Season 10, Uncategorized
TERMS: ERROR
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Discource-Apr-21.mp3
EXCERPT: Join this month’s host Dan Gorman and guests Maxinne Connolly-Panagopoulos and Sidney Castillo to find out what connects Lil’ Nas X, Alabama’s yoga ban and Polish black metal. As politics moves rightwards across Europe and the US, are we entering a period of pushback from conservative religious institutions against minority religions and secularism?
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Daniel Gorman Jr.


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/daniel-gorman-jr/"


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CONTRIBUTOR: Maxinne Connolly-Panagopoulus


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/maxinne-connolly-panagopoulus/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Maxinne_Connolly_Panagopoulus.png


CONTRIBUTOR: Sidney Castillo


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/sidney-castillo/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/SidneyCastillo.jpg


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Episode Data for #361, Comparing Methods in Christian Origins CONTENT:
TITLE: Comparing Methods in Christian Origins
EPISODE_#: 361

What happens when scholars take seriously the human-focused study of religious practices? How might we study “sacred texts” while acknowledging that they are also human artifacts? Dr. Willi Braun, Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta, joins Andie Alexander to discuss his recent book Jesus and Addiction to Origins: Toward and Anthropocentric Study of Religion (Equinox, 2020) where he demonstrates that “religious” behaviors and practices are exceptionally ordinary and human and argues for a critical, human-focused approach to the study of religion.

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Listeners might also enjoy “Ancient Christian Origins: A Heterogeneous History” with William Arnal, another closely related episode on this topic by Sidney Castillo.

DATE 2021-04-19 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/comparing-methods-in-christian-origins/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/1Braub-Jesus-and-Origins-Andie-Alexander.jpeg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: Categorization, comparison, Critical theory, Identity Construction, New Testament, Social Formation
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Ep-361-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: What happens when scholars take seriously the human-focused study of religious practices? In this episode, Willi Braun joins Andie Alexander to discuss the importance of critical approaches in the study of religion.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/comparing-methods-in-christian-origins-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Willi Braun


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/willi-braun/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Willi_Braun_headshot.jpeg


CONTRIBUTOR: Andie Alexander


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/andie-alexander/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/96AC6E76-61F5-4FCE-A9DB-625655CE9F87.jpeg


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Episode Data for #360, Understanding Evangelical Opposition to Climate Action CONTENT:
TITLE: Understanding Evangelical Opposition to Climate Action
EPISODE_#: 360

It has long been assumed the Evangelical opposition to climate activism was rooted in apathy caused by pre-millennialism. Robin Veldman‘s research says otherwise and locates climate skepticism within the broader trope of “embattlement.” Rooted in religious discourses that began in the 1970s and in America’s Culture Wars, Evangelical discourse has worked long and hard to present Climate Change as an elite, anti-Christian hoax. Facing mounting climate crises around the globe, how can those religious persons concerned about the environment understand and begin to change public opinion on climate change and generate a productive path forward? Listen and find out about The Gospel of Climate Skepticism.

DATE 2021-04-12 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/understanding-evangelical-opposition-to-climate-action/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/9780520303676-min.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: American religion, climate change, Environment, Evangelical Christianity
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Ep-360-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: Evangelicals don’t oppose climate activism for the reasons you think. Listen to expert Robin Veldman and find out why “embattlement” matters more than eschatology when it comes to rejecting climate science.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/understanding-evangelical-opposition-to-climate-action-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Robin Veldman


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/robin-veldman/"


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CONTRIBUTOR: David McConeghy


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/david-mcconeghy/"


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Episode Data for #359, On the Tantracization of Jain Ascetic Rituals CONTENT:
TITLE: On the Tantracization of Jain Ascetic Rituals
EPISODE_#: 359

What is tantra? Why are some practices classified as tantric while others are not? How might we rethink this term and its application? To begin answer these questions, Dr. Ellen Gough (Emory University) joins Andie Alexander to discuss her forthcoming book, Making a Mantra: Tantric Ritual and Renunciation on the Jain Path to Liberation (University of Chicago Press 2021), where she examines how the category of tantra has been understood historically in Indian religious traditions and explores the “tantracization” of Jain ascetic practices.

DATE 2021-04-05 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/on-the-tantracization-of-jain-ascetic-rituals/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/MakingaMantra.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: category formation, Jainism, Ritual, Tantra
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Ep-359-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: In the RSP’s first episode on Jainism, Dr. Ellen Gough joins Andie Alexander to discuss what she terms “tantracization,” a method for thinking about the process of establishing something as tantric.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/on-the-tantracization-of-jain-ascetic-rituals-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Ellen Gough


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/ellen-gough/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/1Gough-headshot-Andie-Alexander.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Andie Alexander


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/andie-alexander/"


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Episode Data for #, Human Rights in Australia: Discourse! March 2021 CONTENT:
TITLE: Human Rights in Australia: Discourse! March 2021
EPISODE_#: ERROR

In this March 2021 episode of Discourse! we have a University of Sydney reunion with Professor Carole Cusack, Dr. Breann Fallon, and Ray Radford. Covering current affairs in Australia the Usyd team discuss three recent news items. The first item is framed around civil religion and nationalism: it’s the controversial upgrade of Australian Tennis Player Margaret Court AC MBE’s honours on Australia Day. What happens when we honor individuals whose views on sexuality, marriage equality, and gender are deeply controversial? Moving to the motorways, the second news item involves the demolishing of sacred Indigenous trees to accommodate a freeway expansion. This ongoing story reveals deep divides between stakeholders over the environment and Australia’s cultural heritage laws. Finally, in the most recent news piece, the group discusses legislation banning gay-conversion therapies in the Australian state of Victoria. In this instance, the bill explicitly names and bans religiously-informed conversion practices. Bringing the three items together, the episode turns to the notion of human rights as a significant thread running between all stories.

DATE 2021-03-29 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/human-rights-in-australia-discourse-march-2021/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/ben-hershey-K9HgyI3qmqA-unsplash.jpg
CATEGORY: Discourse, Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: Environment, Human Rights, indigenous religion, Religion in Australia
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Discource-Mar-21.mp3
EXCERPT: Join us for our March current events episode focused on human rights in Australia with the U Sydney crew: Prof Carole Cusack, Dr Breann Fallon and Ray Radford.
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Breann Fallon


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/breann-fallon/"


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CONTRIBUTOR: Carole Cusack


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/carole-cusack/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Cusack_72.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Raymond Radford


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/raymond-radford/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Ray-Radford-1.png


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Episode Data for #358, The U.S. Military Chaplaincy and Twentieth-Century Society CONTENT:
TITLE: The U.S. Military Chaplaincy and Twentieth-Century Society
EPISODE_#: 358

Dr. Ronit Y. Stahl is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California Berkeley. As a historian of modern America, Dr. Stahl focuses on pluralism in American society by examining how politics, law, and religion interact in spaces such as the military and medicine. Her first book, Enlisting Faith: How the Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2017), traces the uneven processes through which the military struggled with, encouraged, and regulated religious pluralism over the twentieth century. Just as the state relied on religion to sanction war and sanctify death, so too did religious groups seek recognition and legitimacy as American faiths. The chaplaincy incorporated new religious groups slowly, especially because blurred religious and racial categories confounded a military invested in racial segregation. Indeed, opening the chaplaincy to more faiths was neither accidental nor fully envisioned; rather, it emerged over decades of war through a combination of incremental decisions made by government officials and agitation from civilians. Hence war and military service placed chaplains at the center of debates that defined modern American life: questions about religious pluralism and sectarianism to be sure, but also racial justice and gender equality, imperial ambitions and global obligations, state-perpetrated violence and death, sexuality and family life, and, finally, legal rights and educational opportunities.

DATE 2021-03-22 19:03:21
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the-u-s-military-chaplaincy-and-twentieth-century-society/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/9780674972155-lg.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: pluralism, religion and politics, Religion in America
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/358-REG.mp3
EXCERPT: Dr. Ronit Y. Stahl and Dan Gorman discuss the United States military chaplaincy as a site of pluralism and cultural tension in the twentieth century.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/the-u-s-military-chaplaincy-and-twentieth-century-society-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Daniel Gorman Jr.


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/daniel-gorman-jr/"


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CONTRIBUTOR: Ronit Y. Stahl


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/ronit-y-stahl/"


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Episode Data for #357, Sex Scandals and Minoritized Religions CONTENT:
TITLE: Sex Scandals and Minoritized Religions
EPISODE_#: 357

What do Muslims, Mormons, and Satanists have in common? They’ve all been minoritized in America through accusations of sexual abuse says Megan Goodwin. Focusing on the idea of “contraceptive nationalism,” Goodwin argues that allegations and instances of sex abuse have been used as markers of religious difference to present some groups as a threat to America. The projection of purity is a way we divide religions into “good,” safe traditions that align with normalized American understanding of sex and “bad,” dangerous traditions whose ideas about sex fall outside the mainstream. Though we know sex abuse is a real problem endemic to all societies, Goodwin’s work reminds us that sex scandals have serious rhetorical and discursive power in the U.S. and have played important roles in American cultural narratives that contribute to the marginalization of already vulnerable religious communities.

For more we heartily recommend Goodwin’s Book, Abusing Religion.

DATE 2021-03-15 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/sex-scandals-and-minoritized-religions/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/161q4APxWKJL-David-McConeghy.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: Islamophobia, Minoritized Religions, Mormonism, Satanic Panic, Sexual Abuse, Sexuality
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/357-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: What do Muslims, Mormons, and Satanists have in common? Megan Goodwin argues that for all three groups, sex scandals were used to paint religious groups as un-American and “bad” religion. Learn more about minoritization and its role in policing American identity in this week’s episode.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/sex-scandals-and-minoritized-religions-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Megan Goodwin


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/megan-goodwin/"


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CONTRIBUTOR: David McConeghy


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/david-mcconeghy/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/DavidMcConeghy.jpg


Responses

RESPONSE: Abusing Religion and the Importance of Refocusing Gazes

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/abusing-religion-and-the-importance-of-refocusing-gazes/

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Episode Data for #356, Following the Objects: Seeing Religion in Egypt and Syria CONTENT:
TITLE: Following the Objects: Seeing Religion in Egypt and Syria
EPISODE_#: 356

In this episode, Richard McGregor discusses his new book, Islam and the Devotional Object: Seeing Religion in Egypt and Syria with Candace Mixon. Why do scholars of religion have such a variety of incomplete and messy tools to “follow the objects”? Find out with the curious stories of devotional objects from Cairo and Damascus.

Two rationales inspired the book, McGregor notes. First, while there are “many impressive objects in the living practice of Islam,” the popular narrative is that Islam “is mistrustful and even hostile to images, representation, and sensory indulgences.” What can we do to resolve this difference? Second, our “imperfect tools for making sense of… objects of devotion” led him to consider the role of aesthetics and the complex histories of devotional materials, especially before and after the impact of colonialism.

Listen in to their conversation as they consider the limits of theological or religious agendas that encourage scholars to ask who controls our understanding of objects like the mahmal (a ceremonial palanquin used in the Hajj) when they resist neat models of signification?

DATE 2021-03-08 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/following-the-objects-seeing-religion-in-egypt-and-syria/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/book_cover.png
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: Aesthetics, Embodiment, Islam, islamic studies, Material Religion
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Ep-356-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: Why do scholars of religion have such a variety of incomplete and messy tools to “follow the objects”? Find out with the curious stories of devotional objects from Cairo and Damascus as Candace Mixon speaks with Richard McGregor about Islam and the Devotional object.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/following-the-objects-seeing-religion-in-egypt-and-syria-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Candace Mixon


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/candace-mixon/"


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CONTRIBUTOR: Richard McGregor


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/richard-mcgregor/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/richard-mcgregor.jpg


Responses

RESPONSE: It’s a kind of magic – Experiences with the Resisting Object

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/its-a-kind-of-magic/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

RESPONSE: Following Resistance

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/following-resistance/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #355, Race and the Aliites CONTENT:
TITLE: Race and the Aliites
EPISODE_#: 355

At the height of the Jim Crow era in Chicago, Noble Drew Ali founded the Moorish Science Temple of America. Using the language of Islam, he articulated a new religio-racial identity that subverted the racially oppressive lens of “negro” that had been used for decades as a powerful legal tool to subvert the rights of people of color after the Civil War. Ali and his followers fought the legacy of Dredd Scott and other cases with their own legal premise: those descended from Africans would be better served by self-identifying as “Moorish.” In this interview with Spencer Dew about his book The Aliites: Race and Law in the Religions of Noble Drew Ali, Dew presents such identity formation as the part of larger strategies of legal maneuvering that worked to give Black persons the full rights that had been denied to them as American citizens on the basis of race. “Citizenship as salvation” was the movement’s motto, and the union of the legal and racial was an opportunity to reimagine themselves through new frameworks that worked to change the circumstances and the categories that had been thrust upon them.

DATE 2021-03-01 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/race-and-the-aliites/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/9780226648019.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: American religion, Identity, religion and law, religion and race
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Ep-355-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: Complex issues of race, identity, citizenship, sovereignty, and Law come together in this interview with Spencer Dew about the New Religious Movements surrounding Noble Drew Ali and the groups he inspired.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/race-and-the-aliites-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: David McConeghy


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/david-mcconeghy/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/DavidMcConeghy.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Spencer Dew


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/spencer-dew/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/1SpencerDew-David-McConeghy.jpg


Responses

Episode Data for #, Religious Climate Activism: Discourse! February 2021 CONTENT:
TITLE: Religious Climate Activism: Discourse! February 2021
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Environmental issues take center stage in this month’s episode of Discourse!, hosted by Michael Munnik with guests Suzanne Owen and Daniel Gorman Jr. How is the media covering the intersection of religion and the latest environmental issues? Listen and find out!

First the groups speaks on some of the differences in major news publications and their coverage of environmental issues. Opening with the broader issue of how such stories appear (or do not) in major news outlets, Suzanne Owen offers some discourse analysis. Who is covering environmental issues so regularly their masthead categories reflect that attention? This is a moment to acknowledge how some political affiliations on both the left and the right can make it harder to sell stories about both religion and the environment.

Despite those challenges, one issue pushing that intersection of politics, religion, and the environment into the front pages is the election of the United States’ second Catholic President, Joe Biden. Dan Gorman cites Elizabeth Dias’ article in the New York Times, “In Catholic Faith, an Ascendant Liberal Christianity,” as one place we’re seeing coverage of the role of Catholic environmentalism being discussed openly.

Such issues of identity and politics lead the group to talk about the ongoing Farmers’ Protests in India (and the twitterstorm involving Rihanna and Greta Thunberg). Noting that the location of the striking workers is predominantly Sikh, the group looks to larger issues of religious and national identity under President Narendra Modi.

Finally, Dan suggests that the Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest is one place where we can see significant attention being drawn to the union of environmental and religious activism. Is climate concern religious practice for progressive Jews in the U.S?

DATE 2021-02-22 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/religious-climate-activism-discourse-february-2021/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/1024px-2020_Indian_farmers_protest_-_Art_pen_and_people.jpg
CATEGORY: Discourse, Season 10
TERMS: climate change, Environment, Practice
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Discourse-Feb.mp3
EXCERPT: Environmental issues take center stage in this month’s episode of Discourse!, hosted by Michael Munnik with guests Suzanne Owen and Daniel Gorman Jr.
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Michael Munnik


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/michael-munnik/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/munnik_headshot_square.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Suzanne Owen


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/suzanne-owen/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/SuzanneOwen.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Daniel Gorman Jr.


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/daniel-gorman-jr/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/DanGormanJr-scaled.jpeg


Responses

Episode Data for #354, Beyond Ecological Essentialism: Critical and Constructive Muslim Environmentalisms CONTENT:
TITLE: Beyond Ecological Essentialism: Critical and Constructive Muslim Environmentalisms
EPISODE_#: 354

Religious studies approaches to the environment have long privileged Western ecological frameworks. Anna Gade’s work, Muslim Environmentalisms reframes this area, both critiquing and building upon the tools of religious studies (RS) and environmental humanities (EH). Religious studies, for its part, has privileged Jewish and Christian understandings of key ideas such as nature and wilderness. This bias has left the field less capable of responding to the rising need for studies about efforts globally by many religious groups to address climate crises. EH has also suffered from this overreliance, and Gade’s work identifying the different approaches toward the environment of her Indonesian Muslim interlocutors is a critical step forward. Interviewed by Lauren Osborne and David McConeghy, this episode discusses the challenges this interdisciplinary work faces and shares some of the reasons why the inclusion of Muslim perspectives into the broader conversation about religion and the environment is so desperately needed today.

DATE 2021-02-15 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/beyond-ecological-essentialism-critical-and-constructive-muslim-environmentalisms/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/9780231191050.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: Environment, Interdisciplinarity, islamic studies, religion and ecology
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Ep-354-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: The diversity of Muslim environmentalisms shows the urgency of decolonizing Religious Studies and Environmental Humanities amid escalating global climate crises, says Prof. Anna Gade in this week’s episode. Based on her decades of fieldwork in Indonesia, Dr. Gade sketches new intersections of religion and the environment that decenter conversations long dominated by Western ecological models.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/beyond-ecological-essentialism-critical-and-constructive-muslim-environmentalisms-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: David McConeghy


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/david-mcconeghy/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/DavidMcConeghy.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Lauren E. Osborne


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/lauren-osborne/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/osborne-scaled.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Anna Gade


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/anna-gade/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/1Anna_Gade-David-McConeghy.jpg


Responses

RESPONSE: The Problem of Contextuality in Global Environmental Discourses

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/the-problem-of-contextuality-in-global-environmental-discourses/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #353, Myth-making, Environmentalism, and Non-Religion CONTENT:
TITLE: Myth-making, Environmentalism, and Non-Religion
EPISODE_#: 353

What is a myth? What might we mean by myth-making? What can an approach to how people make myths and tell stories in their everyday lives bring to the study of ‘religion’ and ‘non-religion’? And what might Gandalf and Captain Picard have to do with any of this? Joining Chris to discuss myth-making and its role among non-religious people, and climate and environmental activists is Dr. Tim Stacey of Leiden University.

Don’t miss our earlier episode with Dr. Stacey about Myth and post-liberalism or his book.

DATE 2021-02-08 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/myth-making-environmentalism-and-non-religion/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Hobbiton_New_Zealand.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: climate change, Environment, Myth, narrative, Non-Religion
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Ep-353-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: What myths do non-religious people use in their climate and environmental activism? What does the study of everyday stories bring to the study of ‘religion’ and ‘non-religion’? Find out in this interview with Dr. Tim Stacey by RSP Co-Founder Christopher R. Cotter.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/myth-making-environmentalism-and-non-religion-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Timothy Stacey


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/timothy-stacey/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Tim-Stacey-scaled.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Christopher R. Cotter


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/christopher-r-cotter/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/1Chris_Elephants-Breann-Fallon.jpg


Responses

RESPONSE: New Types of Storytelling for the Non-Religious

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/new-types-of-storytelling-for-the-non-religious/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

RESPONSE: The Varieties of Environmental Myth-Making

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/the-varieties-of-environmental-myth-making/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

RESPONSE: Telling Stories to Change the World

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/telling-stories-to-change-the-world/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, Sacred Trees: Belief, Mythology, and Practice CONTENT:
TITLE: Sacred Trees: Belief, Mythology, and Practice
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In this episode, RSP co-editor Breann Fallon sat down with long-time friend of the podcast, Professor Carole Cusack of the University of Sydney to discuss sacred trees. Cusack has published widely on the topic including her 2011 monograph The Sacred Tree: Ancient and Medieval Manifestations (Cambridge Scholars Publishing) and a recent special volume of the Journal of Religion and Nature edited by Cusack. Beginning with Cusack’s journey to studying the sacred tree, the conversation turns to specific examples of the Fortingall Yew and Glastonbury Thorn, both of which connect to Christianity. Turning to contemporary examples, Fallon and Cusack discuss the 2020 destruction of the Djab Wurrung tree in Australia.

DATE 2021-02-01 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/sacred-trees/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/4102991_a4f1f178_1024x1024.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: Environment, Mythology, nature, Paganism
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Ep-352-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: In this episode, RSP co-editor Breann Fallon talks to Professor Carole Cusack about trees in religious mythology, belief, and practice.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/sacred-trees-belief-mythology-and-practice-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Breann Fallon


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/breann-fallon/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Breann_Fallon_Photo-e1464527488826.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Carole Cusack


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/carole-cusack/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Cusack_72.jpg


Responses

Episode Data for #, Politics and Conspirituality: Discourse! January 2021 CONTENT:
TITLE: Politics and Conspirituality: Discourse! January 2021
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Back in 2011, Charlotte Ward and David Voas published an article addressing the synthesis of New Age spirituality with conspiracy thinking as “conspirituality.” A decade later, their analysis seems critical for understanding figures like the QAnon Shaman, widespread anti-vaccine and COVID-19 disinformation campagins, and, more broadly, the rapid spread of America of America’s “paranoid politics” as much of the media’s dominant form of dialogue about issues ranging from vaccines to climate change.

In this January episode of our current events podcast, Discourse!, Savannah Finver speaks with Candace Mixon and Suzanne Newcombe as the team wrestles with the QAnon Shaman and the January 6th attack on the U.S. Presidential election certification, pandemic anti-vaccine misinformation campaigns, and growing evidence of the “conspirituality.”

Be sure to take a look at the at-home links below. Don’t forget! If you see a current events article or story you think we should include in our monthly Discourse! episodes, please send it to editors@religousstudieproject.com or tweet it to us @projectrs.

This month’s links include:


Original Source for “Conspirituality” by Ward and Voas:

Charlotte Ward & Prof. David Voas (2011). “The Emergence of Conspirituality,” Journal of Contemporary Religion, 26:1, 103-121, DOI: 10.1080/13537903.2011.539846

DATE 2021-01-25 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/politics-and-conspirituality-discourse-january-2021/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/1024px-QAnon_-_Q_Conspiracy_-_Deep_State_Trump.jpg
CATEGORY: Discourse, Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: Conspiracy Theory, Discourse, new age, religion and politics
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Discourse-Jan-21.mp3
EXCERPT: In this January episode of our current events podcast, Discourse!, Savannah Finver speaks with Candace Mixon and Suzanne Newcombe as the team wrestles with the QAnon Shaman and the January 6th attack on the U.S. Presidential election certification, pandemic anti-vaccine misinformation campaigns, and growing evidence of the “conspirituality.”
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Suzanne Newcombe


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/suzanne-newcombe/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/SuzanneNewcombe_Head-e1465426063176.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Savannah H. Finver


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/savannah-finver/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/SavannahFinver.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Candace Mixon


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/candace-mixon/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/candacemixon.jpg


Responses

Episode Data for #351, The Lie at the Heart of America CONTENT:
TITLE: The Lie at the Heart of America
EPISODE_#: 351

Professor Eddie S. Glaude Jr.’s new book, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, pulls few punches. It begins with and dwells deeply on what Baldwin, a towering mid-20th century American literary figure, called the “lie at the heart of America.” The lie is the value gap — the ways America has elevated the worth of white lives over those of people in other racialized groups. Baldwin’s unfettered honesty about this lie, explains Dr. Glaude, means that we have a chance to imagine a world that is otherwise. Just as Baldwin went abroad as an “elsewhere” from which to renew and sustain his critique of American identity, today Dr. Glaude urges us to begin again. We can, he argues, “choose to be better. We need only build a world where that choice can be made with relative ease.” The choice to see things differently confronts the hard truths America hides from itself, especially those which are bound up in the origin stories Americans tell ourselves about who we are and where we have come from. To see those truths as Baldwin did means the opportunity to begin again, starting with recognizing past hurts and ongoing harms without letting go of the promise of redemption or even salvation that follows. On this 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, please enjoy this timely and critical discussion about race and religion in the U.S.

DATE 2021-01-18 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the-lie-at-the-heart-of-america/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/81KAp3OnLL.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10, Seasons
TERMS: Identity, religion and race, Religion in America
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Ep-351-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: James Baldwin’s critique of America and its racism is an “urgent lesson” for contemporary America, writes Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. in his new book Begin Again.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/the-lie-at-the-heart-of-america-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/eddie-s-glaude-jr/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/1eddieglaude_0032-e1490737108966-RSP-Bot.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: David McConeghy


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/david-mcconeghy/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/DavidMcConeghy.jpg


Responses

RESPONSE: Lamenting the Lie

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/lamenting-the-lie/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #352, Thanks for Listening! Celebrating 10 Years of the RSP CONTENT:
TITLE: Thanks for Listening! Celebrating 10 Years of the RSP
EPISODE_#: 352

Can you believe it has been 10 years? After more than 350 episodes, over 600 contributors, and the rapidly approaching milestone of a million downloads, we’re still here doing the weekly work of sharing research in the critical study of religion.

In this special episode of the Religious Studies Project podcast, the RSP team reflects on the legacy of the project and the future of our work. Co-hosts Breann Fallon and David McConeghy solicited reflections from current and former team members, and this episode features some of the highlights including comments by founders Chris Cotter and David Robertson; interviewers Candace Mixon, Sidney Castillo, and Dan Gorman; board members Russell McCutcheon and Carole Cusack, and editors Thomas Coleman and Lauren Osborne. With extreme gratitude for the many, many contributors and listeners to the Religious Studies Project for a decade of scholarship, we’re proud to say, “Thanks for listening!”

DATE 2021-01-11 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/thanks-for-listening/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/TFLspecial.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10, Seasons
TERMS: podcasting, Religious Studies, Special Episode
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/TFL-full.mp3
EXCERPT: 10 years in the making! Celebrate our decade of scholarship with this special episode, “Thanks for listening!”
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: David McConeghy


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/david-mcconeghy/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/DavidMcConeghy.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Breann Fallon


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/breann-fallon/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Breann_Fallon_Photo-e1464527488826.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Carole Cusack


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/carole-cusack/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Cusack_72.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Russell McCutcheon


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/russell-mccutcheon/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/McCutcheon-225x300-1.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Candace Mixon


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/candace-mixon/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/candacemixon.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Sidney Castillo


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/sidney-castillo/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/SidneyCastillo.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Daniel Gorman Jr.


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/daniel-gorman-jr/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/DanGormanJr-scaled.jpeg


CONTRIBUTOR: Thomas J. Coleman III


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/thomas-j-coleman-iii/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Thomas-J-Coleman-III-1.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: David G. Robertson


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/david-g-robertson/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Mustaches009-1024x972-1.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Christopher R. Cotter


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/christopher-r-cotter/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/1Chris_Elephants-Breann-Fallon.jpg


Responses

Episode Data for #351, The Weakest Link — MidYear Special 2020 (with video) CONTENT:
TITLE: The Weakest Link — MidYear Special 2020 (with video)
EPISODE_#: 351

Welcome to our MidYear Special 2020!

It’s a COVID-style international spectacular for the eighth(!) annual RSP mid-season special. It’s time to play… the Weakest Link!

Join Andie Alexander, Jonathon O’Donnel, Titus Hjelm, Naomi Goldenberg, Sidney Castillo, Russell McCutcheon, Ray Radford, and Megan Goodwin as David Robertson fires questions at them and Chris Cotter remotely operates PowerPoint!

Who will win the coveted fictional research funding?

Aaron Hughes – we apologise in advance!

DATE 2020-12-14 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the-weakest-link-midyear-special-2020/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/meme2020special.png
CATEGORY: Holiday Special, Podcasts, Season 10, Seasons
TERMS: ERROR
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/The-Weakest-Link.mp3
EXCERPT: Who will be the weakest link in our 2020 MidYear Special?!
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Andie Alexander


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/andie-alexander/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/96AC6E76-61F5-4FCE-A9DB-625655CE9F87.jpeg


CONTRIBUTOR: S. Jonathon O'Donnell


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/s-jonathon-odonnell/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/persons_odonnell-sjonathon_2021.jpeg


CONTRIBUTOR: Titus Hjelm


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/titus-hjelm/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Smiley_face_Titus.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Naomi Goldenberg


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/naomi-goldenberg/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/naomi-goldenberg.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Sidney Castillo


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/sidney-castillo/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/SidneyCastillo.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Russell McCutcheon


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/russell-mccutcheon/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/McCutcheon-225x300-1.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Raymond Radford


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/raymond-radford/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Ray-Radford-1.png


CONTRIBUTOR: Megan Goodwin


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/megan-goodwin/"


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CONTRIBUTOR: David G. Robertson


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/david-g-robertson/"


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CONTRIBUTOR: Christopher R. Cotter


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/christopher-r-cotter/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/1Chris_Elephants-Breann-Fallon.jpg


Responses

Episode Data for #360, Surviving Sexual Abuse: The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse CONTENT:
TITLE: Surviving Sexual Abuse: The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
EPISODE_#: 360

In this last regular episode of the first half of our 2020-2021 season, Breann Fallon talks to Dr. Kathleen McPhillips about her work on the Catholic Church and the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (2013-2017). In her research, Dr. McPhillips utilised Erving Goffman’s work on stigma, and in this episode, she speaks on the process of stigmatisation of survivors by the institutions in which they experienced abuse, both at the time and during their process of disclosure. The conversation turns to the impact of this abuse on the survivor’s religious experience, a topic she has written on in her article “Soul Murder” (2018). In discussing the impact on faith, Dr. McPhillips highlights the impact of the commission’s findings on the broader religious community, where many experienced the shaking of faith foundations due to the central position of religious institutions in the creation of their worldview. The episode ends with Dr. McPhillips sharing her critically important pilot podcast series, The Survivor Story Podcast, which explores the experiences of 5 survivors of church-based institutional child sexual abuse in the Newcastle-Maitland diocese.

DATE 2020-12-07 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/surviving-sexual-abuse-the-australian-royal-commission-into-institutional-responses-to-child-sexual-abuse/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/the-survivor-story-podcast-university-of-ILgZO0E4xu_-hREqHITjDlf.1400×1400.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10, Seasons
TERMS: Catholicism, Religion in Australia, religious violence, Sexual Abuse
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Ep-350-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: In this episode, Breann Fallon talks to Dr. Kathleen McPhillips about her work on the Catholic Church and the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Breann Fallon


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/breann-fallon/"


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CONTRIBUTOR: Kathleen McPhillips


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/kathleen-mcphillips/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/s200_kathleen.mcphillips.jpeg


Responses

RESPONSE: The Challenge of “Soul Murder”: Disentangling Religion and Sexual Abuse

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/the-challenge-of-soul-murder-disentangling-religion-and-sexual-abuse/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

RESPONSE: Amplifying Survivors' Voices

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/amplifying-survivors-voices/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

RESPONSE: Confronting the Stigma of Sexual Abuse with Transitional Justice and Trauma-Informed Principles

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/confronting-the-stigma/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, Locked In, Locked Down, and Vaccinated? On Agency and Autonomy, in Discourse! November 2020 CONTENT:
TITLE: Locked In, Locked Down, and Vaccinated? On Agency and Autonomy, in Discourse! November 2020
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This month’s Discourse! – with Chris Cotter, Ray Kim, and Theo Wildcroft – kicks off with a festive twist on our now-traditional focus upon Covid-19. The panelists discuss the recent decision in the UK to relax lockdown over the Christmas period, and how this intersects with the category of ‘religion’. Sticking with Covid-19, the discussion then moves to the production of vaccines and whether these will be considered ‘halal’ in Islamic communities. This leads to some fascinating conversations around bodily autonomy, agency, the interaction between ‘science’ and ‘religion’, and much more.

The discussion then moves to an emotional long-read from The Guardian focusing upon an individual who emerged from a ‘locked-in’ state and was able to tell the tale. Again, bodily autonomy and agency are the order of the day here. And again, so much more.

Finally, a seemingly amusing story about an unlucky holy stone in Ireland once again raises critical issues surrounding power, agency, and classification.

Links to stories:

DATE 2020-11-30 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/locked-in-locked-down-and-vaccinated-on-agency-and-autonomy-in-discourse-november-2020/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Screen-Shot-2020-11-19-at-9.08.03-AM.png
CATEGORY: Discourse, Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: body, covid-19, Power, religion and science
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Discourse-Nov.mp3
EXCERPT: This month’s Discourse! – with Chris Cotter, Ray Kim, and Theo Wildcroft – kicks off with a festive twist on our now-traditional focus upon Covid-19 to discuss recent relaxations in restrictions in the UK, halal vaccinations, and much more.
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Christopher R. Cotter


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/christopher-r-cotter/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/1Chris_Elephants-Breann-Fallon.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Theo Wildcroft


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/theo-wildcroft/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/TheoWildcroft.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Ray Kim


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/ray-kim/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/ray_kim.png


Responses

Episode Data for #349, Politics, Kabbalah, and Beyond: Jewish Studies and the Study of Religion CONTENT:
TITLE: Politics, Kabbalah, and Beyond: Jewish Studies and the Study of Religion
EPISODE_#: 349 Area studies often are defined by their object of inquiry in substantive terms: the study of a more or less defined set of cultural characteristics or civilizations encompassed in a historical, geographical, or linguistic horizon. Among these, one of the area studies that first emerged was Jewish studies, which focuses on the study of Judaism and Jewish communities throughout the world in different historical times. And while it is certainly important to study Jewish history on its own terms, this can hardly be done without observing the cultural context in which that history developed and took form. In this week’s podcast, Dr. Carsten Wilke talks to Sidney Castillo about the different processes that Judaism and Jewish identities underwent throughout modern European history. Wilke first briefly presents the scope of research of Jewish studies and then outlines how Jewish identity, belief, and community have been shaped by elements of local culture in Europe and beyond. To further delve into this relationship, Wilke discusses the topic of his presentation at the international conference “Imperial Mysticisms: Piety and Power in Early Modern Empires from a Global Perspective” held at Central European University last November 2019. There he analyzed how the spread and development of modern Kabbalah corresponded with the migration of Sephardic Jews from Iberian empires (Portuguese and Spanish) to Ottoman Palestine. No doubt this podcast will spark interest in those who are studying/researching in area studies, mysticism, or early modern history, and are actively looking for ways of problematizing their own scope of research.
DATE 2020-11-23 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/politics-kabbalah-and-beyond-jewish-studies-and-the-study-of-religion/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Francesconi.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: Area studies, europe, Jewish Studies
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Ep-349-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: In this episode, Sidney Castillo talks with Dr. Carsten Wilke about his approach to Jewish studies and his research on the development of Jewish mysticism in early modern Europe.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/politics-kabbalah-and-beyond-jewish-studies-and-the-study-of-religion-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Carsten Wilke


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/carsten-wilke/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/carstenwilke.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Sidney Castillo


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/sidney-castillo/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/SidneyCastillo.jpg


Responses

RESPONSE: Hidden and Also Shared Around the Globe

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/hidden-and-also-shared-around-the-globe/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #348, Global Flows, Local Contexts: Pentecostalism in Australia CONTENT:
TITLE: Global Flows, Local Contexts: Pentecostalism in Australia
EPISODE_#: 348

How are Brazil and Australia connected by global flows of Pentecostalism? In this episode, Dr. Cristina Rocha shares her work on transnational Christian communities in Australia. The movement of goods, ideas, people, and culture between Brazil and Australia in the last century has meant thriving transnational communities in the Southern hemisphere. At Hillsong, one of Australia’s dynamic Pentecostal groups, members use community groups to navigate intercultural obstacles like finding a job, paying taxes, or learning English. Blurring the boundaries of religious and secular, Hillsong’s megachurches play a powerful role in helping Brazilians find their way in modern Australia.

DATE 2020-11-16 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/global-flows-local-contexts-pentecostalism-in-australia/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/1024px-Hillsong_United.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: ethnography, Global South, Globalization, immigration, Pentecostalism
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/348-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: How are Brazil and Australia connected by global flows of Pentecostalism? In this episode, Dr. Cristina Rocha shares her work on transnational Christian communities in Australia.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/global-flows-local-contexts-pentecostalism-in-australia-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Cristina Rocha


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/cristina-rocha/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Cristina_Rocha_2019-scaled.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: David McConeghy


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/david-mcconeghy/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/DavidMcConeghy.jpg


Responses

Episode Data for #347, Rhizomes, Assemblages, and Religious Change CONTENT:
TITLE: Rhizomes, Assemblages, and Religious Change
EPISODE_#: 347

The study of religion has been dominated by two approaches to religious change: the secularisation thesis, and the “lived religion” paradigm. They form a contradictory pair, one stressing decline, and the other stressing innovation. One stresses reason, the other stresses experience – yet both center on the individual as the “source” of religion. What would a post-humanist model of religion and society look like?

This question is at the core of Paul-Francois Tremlett’s new book, Towards a New Theory of Religion and Social Change: Sovereignties and Disruptions. Drawing from scholars including Deleuze and Guattari, Jane Bennett, and Bruno Latour, Tremlett argues for an approach to religious and social worlds that does not begin with immutable things like religion, class, society, or the self, but instead prioritises flux, dialectic, and transformation. This is a new model that rejects both the teleology of modernity and the heroic individual.

DATE 2020-11-09 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/rhizomes-assemblages-and-religious-change/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/1024px-Dawns_Landscape._23589575130.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: secularisation, Social Theory, Sociology of Religion
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Ep-347-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: What would a post-humanist model of religious and social worlds look like? Paul-Francois Tremlett tells David G. Robertson about a new approach which prioritises flow and transformation.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/rhizomes-assemblages-religious-change-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: David G. Robertson


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/david-g-robertson/"


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CONTRIBUTOR: Paul-François Tremlett


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/paul-francois-tremlett/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/PF_tremlett.jpg


Responses

RESPONSE: The Moral Narratives of New Materialism and Posthumanism

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/the-moral-narratives-of-new-materialism-and-posthumanism/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

RESPONSE: Rethinking Rethinking

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/rethinking-rethinking/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet