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Episode Data for #386, Curanderismo Roundtable CONTENT:
TITLE: Curanderismo Roundtable
EPISODE_#: 386

What is curanderismo and where is it practiced? How does it connect to the borderlands? Is it a “folk” religion, and what exactly does that mean? For our first episode on curanderismo, RSP co-editor Andie Alexander is joined by Brett Hendrickson, Jennifer Koshatka Seman, and RSP Features editor, Israel Domínguez. In this discussion, we explore issues of power, identity, historical narrative, cultural contact, race, and much more. Be sure to tune in!

DATE 2022-05-02 11:09:51
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/curanderismo-roundtable/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/featured_curanderismo_s11-scaled.jpg
CATEGORY: needs transcription, Podcasts, Season 11
TERMS: Anthropology, Archive, Borderlands, Catholicism, Curanderismo, Decolonialism, Folk Religion, healing, indigenous religions, Medicine, Narrative Construction, Power, Race, Secularism
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/386-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: What is curanderismo and where is it practiced? How does it connect to the borderlands? Is it a “folk” religion, and what exactly does that mean? Tune in with Andie Alexander, Israel L. Domínguez, Brett Hendrickson, and Jennifer Koshatka Seman for the RSP’s first episode on curanderismo!
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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: Israel L. Domínguez


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/israel-dominguez/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/persons_dominguez_2021.png


CONTRIBUTOR: Jennifer Koshatka Seman


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/jennifer-koshatka-seman/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/persosn_seman_2022.png


CONTRIBUTOR: Brett Hendrickson


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/brett-hendrickson/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/persons_hendrickson_2022.jpeg


Responses

Episode Data for #, Semana Santa, Diversifying the Seder, Prayer in High School Football, and… Derry Girls? | Discourse! April 2022 CONTENT:
TITLE: Semana Santa, Diversifying the Seder, Prayer in High School Football, and… Derry Girls? | Discourse! April 2022
EPISODE_#: ERROR

In this month’s Discourse!, Sidney Castillo is joined by Chris Cotter and Sierra Lawson to discuss the contemporary localized manifestations of Easter and Passover celebrations, a current US Supreme Court Case relating to the First Amendment, and the entanglement of Catholicism and national identity in television’s “Derry Girls”.

Watch the video episode here

Articles Discussed

DATE 2022-04-25 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/discourse-april-2022/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/featured_discourse-apr-22_s11.jpeg
CATEGORY: Discourse, Discourse!, Podcasts, Season 11
TERMS: Catholicism, Easter, Judaism, Latin America, Northern Ireland, Passover, Power, prayer, Ritual, sports, USA
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Discourse-April-22.mp3
EXCERPT: In this month’s discourse, Sidney Castillo is joined by Chris Cotter and Sierra Lawson to discuss the contemporary localized manifestations of Easter and Passover celebrations, a current US Supreme Court Case relating to the First Amendment, and the entanglement of Catholicism and national identity in television’s “Derry Girls”.
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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: Sidney Castillo


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


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Sierra Lawson


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/sierra-lawson/"


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


Responses

Episode Data for #385, Sunday in the Park with Theory CONTENT:
TITLE: Sunday in the Park with Theory
EPISODE_#: 385

In this episode, Dan Gorman and Jason Ānanda Josephson Storm follow up on their 2018 conversation for the RSP. The topic is Storm’s book Metamodernism: The Future of Theory (University of Chicago Press, 2021). Storm shifts away from the deconstructive and genealogical approach to religion that he pursued in his earlier books The Invention of Religion in Japan and The Myth of Disenchantment. Although Storm finds great value in the critical theories known in the United States as “postmodernism,” he is concerned that postmodernism has led to an intellectual dead end. Humanities scholars can get caught in an infinite cycle of questioning the assumptions of their academic fields. Knowing anything with any degree of certainty seems impossible. Storm argues that scholars should engage in self-reflection and critique, but they must not give up on the pursuit of knowledge. We can learn about the world, even if our subjectivity and the limits of language prevent us from achieving truly objective knowledge. This metamodern mentality balances critique with investigation, emphasizes the process of knowledge-making over static categories or terms, encourages a healthy but moderate skepticism (Zeteticism), and situates human-made signs as part of the larger natural world (hylosemiotics). Join the RSP on a journey down the philosophical rabbit hole.


The musical excerpt at the beginning of the episode is from Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George. The song, “Move On”, is performed by Annaleigh Ashford and Jake Gyllenhaal (2017 Broadway Cast Recording). ℗ 2017 Arts Music.

DATE 2022-04-18 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/sunday-in-the-park-with-theory/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/featured_storm_2022-e1649973399794.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 11
TERMS: deconstruction, Humanism, Hylosemiotics, Metamodernism, Modernism, nature, Philosophy, postmodernism, poststructuralism, Religion, Semiotics, Social Sciences, Stephen Sondheim, Sturgill Simpson, theory, Zeteticism
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/835.mp3
EXCERPT: Jason Ānanda Josephson Storm and Dan Gorman discuss Storm’s thoughts about the future of critical theory from his recent book Metamodernism.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/sunday-in-the-park-with-theory-transcript/

Contributors

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: Jason Ā. Josephson Storm


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/jason-josephson-storm/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/persons_storm_2022.webp


Responses

Episode Data for #384, Obeah and Experiments with Power CONTENT:
TITLE: Obeah and Experiments with Power
EPISODE_#: 384

J. Brent Crosson joins the RSP to discuss his most recent award-winning book, Experiments with Power: Obeah and the Remaking of Religion in Trinidad (Chicago, 2020). Based on more than a decade of fieldwork during and after Trinidad declared a state of emergency in 2011, Crosson explores how religion in Trinidad took to the streets to demand justice in the face of brutal governmental crackdowns against protestors crying out against rampant police brutality. Many marching the streets believed that if the legal justice system could not deliver justice for those wrongfully killed by the police, then perhaps obeah could. Using Trinidadian spiritual workers’ own descriptions of their religious practice—obeah—as “science” and “experiments with power,” Crosson examines how these spiritual workers unsettle the moral and racial foundations of Western categories of religion.

DATE 2022-04-11 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/obeah-and-experiments-with-power/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/featured_crosson_2022-2.jpeg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 11
TERMS: Caribbean religions, Category of Religion, Magic, Obeah, Pentecostalism, Race, Secularism
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/834.mp3
EXCERPT: What happens when we reframing spiritual practices as an “experiment with power”? This week, J. Brent Crosson joins Ray Kim to discuss how we can challenge conventional understandings of religion and law in modern nation-states. Be sure to tune in!
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/obeah-and-experiments-with-power-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: J. Brent Crosson


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/j-brent-crosson/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/persons_crosson_2021.png


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 #383, How “Woke” Is Your Textbook?: Introducing Religious Studies in the 2020s CONTENT:
TITLE: How “Woke” Is Your Textbook?: Introducing Religious Studies in the 2020s
EPISODE_#: 383

The construction of the introductory textbook in the academic study of religion is an incredibly fraught enterprise. What will you include? What will you exclude? What organizing rubrics will you have in mind? Which voices will you highlight and who will be excluded? And particularly in our contemporary world, where attention spans are short and so many resources are online, what would even be the purpose of producing a textbook? This week, RSP co-founder Chris Cotter is joined by Paul Hedges, who has taken on that monumental task in his recently published Understanding Religion: Theories and Methods for Studying Religiously Diverse Societies.

During the interview, they discuss the role of the positionality of the author/scholar, the use of case studies, the selection of topics and themes, what the term ‘critical’ might mean in such an endeavour, and what decolonization mean in the context of textbook production.

DATE 2022-04-04 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/how-woke-is-your-textbook/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/featured_hedges_s11-e1649009498771.jpg
CATEGORY: needs transcription, Podcasts, Season 11
TERMS: colonialism, decolonization, Introduction, Method, Politics, Positionality, Textbook, theory
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/383-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: RSP co-founder Chris Cotter and Paul Hedges discuss the construction of introductory textbooks in the contemporary world, including issues of positionality, criticality, and decolonization.
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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: Paul Hedges


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


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/persons_hedges_2022.jpg


Responses

RESPONSE: Textbook in Today's University

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/textbook-in-todays-university/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, Ukraine Invasion, Philippine Elections, and Misinformation | Discourse! March 2022 (with video) CONTENT:
TITLE: Ukraine Invasion, Philippine Elections, and Misinformation | Discourse! March 2022 (with video)
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This month’s episode of Discourse! covers issues of misinformation as it pertains to the upcoming Philippine presidential elections in May 2022 and to debates in the Orthodox church following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Be sure to tune in with Paul-François Tremlett, Daniel Gorman Jr., and Andie Alexander to find out more!

Watch the video episode here

Podcast Information Correction:
  • The Ukrainian Catholic Church is in full communion with Rome. Learn more here.

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DATE 2022-03-28 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/discourse-march-2022/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/featured_discourse-march-22_s11.png
CATEGORY: Discourse, Discourse!, Podcasts, Season 11
TERMS: Elections, Misinformation, Orthodox Church, Philippines, Prosperity Gospel, RSP Discourse, Russia, Troll Farms, Ukraine
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Discourse-Mar-22.mp3
EXCERPT: Tune in for this month’s Discourse! with Andie Alexander, Daniel Gorman, Jr., and Paul-François Tremlett as they discuss the upcoming elections in the Philippines and the Russian Orthodox church response to the invasion of Ukraine.
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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: Paul-François Tremlett


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


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/persons_tremlett_2022-scaled.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 #382, Religious Legal Activism: Abortion Rhetoric Among British Evangelicals CONTENT:
TITLE: Religious Legal Activism: Abortion Rhetoric Among British Evangelicals
EPISODE_#: 382

In this episode, Dr. Méadhbh McIvor joins Savannah Finver to discuss her recent book Representing God: Christian Legal Activism in Contemporary England. Dr. McIvor provides our listeners with the background for her project; the method of ethnography, as well as its challenges and implications for the study of religion; and how the belief in a certain kind of afterlife impacts the kinds of legal and political activism that her interlocutors are willing to engage in.

DATE 2022-03-14 13:14:36
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/religious-legal-activism-abortion-rhetoric-among-british-evangelicals/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/featured_mcivor_s11-scaled.jpeg
CATEGORY: needs transcription, Podcasts, Season 11
TERMS: Abortion, Activism, Anthropology, ethnography, Evangelicalism, Law, legal studies, religion and law
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/382-Reg-v2.mp3
EXCERPT: In this episode, Dr. Méadhbh McIvor joins Savannah Finver to discuss her recent book Representing God: Christian Legal Activism in Contemporary England. Dr. McIvor provides our listeners with the background for her project; the method of ethnography, as well as its challenges and implications for the study of religion; and how the belief in a certain kind of afterlife impacts the kinds of legal and political activism that her interlocutors are willing to engage in.
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Contributors

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: Méadhbh McIvor


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/meadhbh-mcivor/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/persons_mcivor_2022.jpeg


Responses

Episode Data for #381, The Wilderness of Mirrors: Nationalism, Religion, and Secret Intelligence CONTENT:
TITLE: The Wilderness of Mirrors: Nationalism, Religion, and Secret Intelligence
EPISODE_#: 381

Throughout the entirety of WWII and the Cold War, U.S. intelligence agencies invested an immense amount of resources into the “religious approach” to information gathering and distribution. Beginning with the leadership of William Donovan, the OSS and CIA implemented these religion-focused initiatives with the assistance of Orientalist scholarship, such as the World Religions Paradigm. Imperial Japan, Colonial Vietnam, Soviet Russia, and the Puppet-state of Iran all felt the impacts of these operations, often resulting in widespread propaganda, resistance, and war. In this episode, Dr. Michael Graziano and Jacob Noblett discuss the misguided strategies used by these agencies and their partners with the goal of establishing the United States as a global champion of freedom over “Atheistic” Communism.

DATE 2022-03-07 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the-wilderness-of-mirrors-nationalism-religion-and-secret-intelligence/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/featured_graziano_s11.png
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 11
TERMS: Catholicism, CIA, Comparative Religions, Nationalism, Orientalism, OSS, Propaganda, world religions paradigm
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/381-Reg_v2.mp3
EXCERPT: You’ve heard of the CIA, but did you know that they’re just as interested in religion as we are? Join Dr. Michael Graziano and Jacob Noblett as they discuss the impact of the OSS and CIA’s religion-oriented intelligence operations across the globe!
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/the-wilderness-of-mirrors-nationalism-religion-and-secret-intelligence-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Jacob Noblett


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/jacob-noblett/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/persons_noblett_2021.jpeg


CONTRIBUTOR: Michael Graziano


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


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/persons_graziano_2022.jpg


Responses

Episode Data for #33, The Devil is in the Details! | Discourse! February 2022 (with video) CONTENT:
TITLE: The Devil is in the Details! | Discourse! February 2022 (with video)
EPISODE_#: 33

This month’s episode of Discourse! is hosted by Candace Mixon who’s joined by Craig Martin and Suzanne Owen. Their articles all coalesced into thinking through the importance of technicalities and words in the study of religion—when we are used to seeing the big picture, why does it matter to pay attention to things that seem small? Whether legalism comes through within a church community, local or federal judicial and legislative bodies, or nationalistic rhetoric, the stories we review all deal with the small details that make a big difference, and of course considers power and who gets to decide which details count, and why.

Watch the video episode here:

Articles Discussed:

DATE 2022-02-28 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the-devil-is-in-the-details-discourse-february-2022/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/featured_discourse-feb_s11.png
CATEGORY: Discourse, Discourse!, Podcasts, Season 11
TERMS: Baptism, Hijab, LGBTQ, Nationalism, Religious freedom, rhetoric, RSP Discourse
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Discourse-Feb-22.mp3
EXCERPT: This month’s episode of Discourse! features Candace Mixon, Craig Martin, and Suzanne Owen discussing issues of religious freedom and rhetoric—you won’t want to miss it!
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Contributors

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: Craig Martin


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/craig-martin/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/persons_martin_2021.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


Responses

Episode Data for #3, The Insider/Outsider Problem: An RSP Remix CONTENT:
TITLE: The Insider/Outsider Problem: An RSP Remix
EPISODE_#: 3

In this edition of RSP Remix, we go deep into our archives to explore the insider/outsider problem in the study of religion. We explore questions such as “What is an ‘insider’ or ‘outsider’?” and “How do scholars of religion study and engage ‘insiders’?” to begin unpacking what all is at stake in this process of group formation.

This episode features clips from the following episodes:

Check out our classroom-ready video episode below:

DATE 2022-02-21 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the-insider-outsider-problem-an-rsp-remix/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/featured_remix-insider-outsider_s11.png
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Remix, RSP Remix, Season 11
TERMS: Authenticity, Critical Study of Religion, Discourse, insider/outsider, Power, Religious Studies, Social Construction, Us/Them
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/RSP-Remix-3.mp3
EXCERPT: Visit our archives to explore the insider/outsider problem in the study of religion. We explore questions such as “What is an ‘insider’ or ‘outsider’?” and “How do scholars of religion study and engage ‘insiders’?” to begin unpacking what all is at stake in this process of group formation.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/the-insider-outsider-problem-an-rsp-remix-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: George Chryssides


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/george-chryssides/"


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Teemu Taira


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/teemu-taira/"


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Allison Isidore


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/allison-isidore/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/persons_isidore-allison_2021.jpeg


CONTRIBUTOR: Russell McCutcheon


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


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/persons_mccutcheon_2022.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: K. Merinda Simmons


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/k-merinda-simmons/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Simmons-234x300-1.png


CONTRIBUTOR: Steven Ramey


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/steven-ramey/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/persons_ramey_2022.jpeg


CONTRIBUTOR: Bruce Lincoln


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/bruce-lincoln/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/BruceLincoln.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Craig Martin


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/craig-martin/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/persons_martin_2021.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Linda Woodhead


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/linda-woodhead/"


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


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


Responses

Episode Data for #380, Spiritual Abuse Roundtable CONTENT:
TITLE: Spiritual Abuse Roundtable
EPISODE_#: 380

Over the past few years, a number of religious studies scholars have collaborated on events on the theme of ‘spiritual abuse’. While this has been a topic of research and debate for some time, these events have worked especially hard to bring together survivors, researchers, practitioners and pastoral workers in respectful dialogue. This roundtable brings together a few of those scholars, in the wake of the Spiritual Abuse conference at the University of Chester, and a series of online seminars for INFORM. Join host Theo Wildcroft and panelists Wendy Dossett, Dawn Llewellyn, Suzanne Newcombe, and Lisa Oakley as they discuss the difficulties and opportunities of such events, where they might develop next, interdisciplinary boundaries, and the limits of professional commitments to justice. Is this perhaps the start of an ‘ethical turn’ in the study of religion?

DATE 2022-02-14 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/spiritual-abuse-roundtable/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/featured_SAR_s11.jpeg
CATEGORY: needs transcription, Podcasts, Season 11
TERMS: Activism, Ethics, Scholarship, Social Justice, Spiritual Abuse
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/380-v2.mp3
EXCERPT: Join host Theo Wildcroft and panelists Wendy Dossett, Dawn Llewellyn, Suzanne Newcombe, and Lisa Oakley as they discuss scholarship and academic approaches to issues of ‘spiritual abuse’.
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Theo Wildcroft


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


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/persons_wildcroft_2021.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Dawn Llewellyn


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/dawn-llewellyn/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/persons_llewellyn_2022.jpeg


CONTRIBUTOR: Wendy Dossett


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/wendy-dossett/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/persons_dossett_2022.jpg


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: Lisa Oakley


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/lisa-oakley/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/persons_oakley_2022-scaled.jpeg


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Episode Data for #379, The Critical Humanist Study of Islam CONTENT:
TITLE: The Critical Humanist Study of Islam
EPISODE_#: 379

What sort of discursive traps to we fall into when talking about ‘Islam’ or ‘the West’? How might we reframe our discussions with a critical humanist approach? In this episode, Khurram Hussain joins Andie Alexander to discuss his recent book, The Muslim Speaks (Zed Books, 2020). Hussain unpacks issues of binary discourses about “the Muslims world” and “the west” and explores the benefits of critically engaging Islam in a way that works to re-politicize rather than de-politicize Muslim voices by taking seriously the human-focused study of religion.

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DATE 2022-02-07 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the-critical-humanist-study-of-islam/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/featured_hussain_s11-e1643945458809.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 11
TERMS: Classification, Critical Humanism, critical religion, Critical theory, experience, Identity, Islam, Liberalism, Orientalism, Politics, rhetoric
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/379-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: What sort of discursive traps to we fall into when talking about ‘Islam’ or ‘the West’? How might we reframe our discussions with a critical humanist approach? In this episode, Khurram Hussain joins Andie Alexander to discuss his recent book, The Muslim Speaks (Zed Books, 2020) explore the benefits of critically engaging these issues in a way that takes seriously the human-focused study of religion.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/the-critical-humanist-study-of-islam-transcript/

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: Khurram Hussain


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/khurram-hussain/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/persons_hussain_2022-scaled.jpg


Responses

RESPONSE: Does Critical Islam Make the Familiar Strange?

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/does-critical-islam-make-the-familiar-strange/

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Episode Data for #, When Religion Doesn’t Behave | Discourse! January 2022 (with video) CONTENT:
TITLE: When Religion Doesn’t Behave | Discourse! January 2022 (with video)
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How does the media report religion when religion doesn’t “behave”? What happens when religion becomes part of discourse that promotes civil disobedience, or to promote conspiracy theories? What if someone wants to make a robot rabbi or name their child something you think is blasphemous? When religion doesn’t behave — that is, doesn’t fit the implicit idea that it should be quiet, personal, liberal and “nice” — we are given an opportunity to observe boundary-making in the public sphere in real time.

The first Discourse! of 2022 is hosted by Michael Munnik (Cardiff), who is joined by guests Beth Singler (Cambridge) and Richard Newton (Alabama) to discuss how the media is talking about “religion” this month.

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DATE 2022-01-31 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/when-religion-doesnt-behave-discourse-january-2022/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/featured_discourse-jan-22_s11.png
CATEGORY: Discourse, Discourse!, Podcasts, Season 11
TERMS: AI, Artificial Intelligence, Discourse, Evangelicals, Martin Luther King Jr, MLK, RSP Discourse, Satanism, Vaccine
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Discourse-Jan-22.mp3
EXCERPT: The first Discourse! of 2022 is hosted by Michael Munnik (Cardiff), who is joined by guests Beth Singler (Cambridge) and Richard Newton (Alabama) to discuss how the media is talking about “religion” this month.
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Richard Newton


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


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Newton.png


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: Beth Singler


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/beth-singler/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/persons_singler_2022-scaled.jpg


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Episode Data for #378, Questioning the Silver Bullet: Critical Approaches for the Study of Ayahuasca CONTENT:
TITLE: Questioning the Silver Bullet: Critical Approaches for the Study of Ayahuasca
EPISODE_#: 378

In recent years, there has been an increased interest in the “psychedelic renaissance” for the development of medical psychotherapy and spiritual growth in countries of the global north. From alternative therapy centers in the USA and Canada, to tourist retreats in the Amazon, and spiritual communities in Europe, psychedelics have taken a new breath of life for the past 20 years in each of these locations. Their current popularity is due to the surprising results they achieve in the betterment of mental health disorders and personal fulfillment. Thus, plants and substances like the San Pedro cactus, psilocybin mushrooms, cannabis, LSD, MDMA, and more prominently, ayahuasca, have become “magic bullets” of sorts, all-powerful solutions to all-pervasive problems of the western world. Unfortunately, critical issues related to their consumption are lost from sight in the face of the enthusiasm and amazement of their effects.

On the other hand, psychedelic substances, i.e., substances that enable powerful bodily and visionary experiences, have been used in different societies across the world, and for a wider array of purposes than the previously described. For instance, indigenous peoples of the Peruvian rainforest like the Awajún, Huni Kuin, or Matsigenka ritually consume ayahuasca for purposes of divination, rite of passage, bolstering of social bonds, healing, exercise and countering witchcraft, etc. Thus, a key question comes forward, why does such a gap of emphasis exist between the purposes that arise in western contexts and the ones from other societies? Moreover, in the case of ayahuasca, why the particular concoction of the ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis Caapi) and the Chacruna plant (Psychotria viridis) has become so salient in the contemporary psychedelic landscape, despite being one of the possible plant admixtures among the many that indigenous people use?

In this episode, Sidney Castillo talks with Dr. Bernd Brabec de Mori and Dr. Olivia Marcus about their respective research on critical approaches for studying ayahuasca. Both have carried out ethnographic research in the Peruvian amazon in different settings; Brabec de Mori with the Shipibo of the Ucayali region, and Marcus among the mestizo populations of Tarapoto and Iquitos. Their critical discussion elaborates on the meanings and motivations for the indigenous and mestizo people to use ayahuasca, framing into context the major socio-cultural processes that allowed for it to be discovered, spread, and “rediscovered” in recent times. In this sense, they address issues of inequality, power relations, ownership, and reciprocity that lie at the core of ayahuasca consumption in the Peruvian Amazon. In consequence, they discuss what would decolonize our approaches to ayahuasca entail, if this is a possibility at all, and what would be the course of action for this to happen.

This episode results from the workshop “From Ritual to Justice: Towards a Decolonial and Feminist Approach to Ayahuasca”, organized by Olivia Marcus and Silvia Mesturini. It was part of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America (SALSA) XIII Biennial Conference, June 21-June 25 and June 28-July 2, 2021. Hosted virtually by the University of Virginia due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DATE 2022-01-24 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/questioning-the-silver-bullet-critical-approaches-for-the-study-of-ayahuasca/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/ayahuascaIG.png
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 11
TERMS: Ayahuasca, Critical approaches, decolonization, healing, indigenous peoples, Ritual
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/378-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: How can we approach the study of ayahuasca critically? In this RSP episode, join and hear Sidney Castillo talk with Bernd Brabec de Mori and Olivia Marcus on their research about indigenous and mestizo use of ayahuasca in the Peruvian rainforest.
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Contributors

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: Bernd Brabec de Mori


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/bernd-brabec-de-mori/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/persons_brabec-de-mori_2022.png


CONTRIBUTOR: Olivia Marcus


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/olivia-marcus/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/persons_marcus_2022-1.png


Responses

RESPONSE: Shamanism, Between Tradition and Modernity

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/shamanism-between-tradition-and-modernity/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #377, The Strange Charm of Gnosticism CONTENT:
TITLE: The Strange Charm of Gnosticism
EPISODE_#: 377

For our final interview of the semester, tune in to our co-founder David G. Robertson discussing his new book Gnosticism and the History of Religions with our co-editor Andie Alexander. In this episode, Robertson outlines the history and use of the term ‘gnosticism’ to examine how gnosticism has come to work as a ‘free-floating’ signifier. Robertson then considers how the ‘strange charm of gnosticism’ has helped keep the term and idea prevalent in the study of religion, particularly in how understanding gnosticism as a special knowledge is linked with notions of religious experience. It’s a great episode—be sure to check it out!

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DATE 2021-12-13 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the-strange-charm-of-gnosticism/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/featured_robertson_s11-e1639241258657.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 11
TERMS: Classification, Critical theory, essentialism, Gnosticism, History of Religions, New Religious Movements, world religions paradigm
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/377-reg-1.mp3
EXCERPT: For our last interview of 2021 (not to worry, the Mid-Year special is coming!), our co-founder David G. Robertson is back in the interview seat discussing his new book Gnosticism and the History of Religions with our co-editor Andie Alexander. Tune in to learn more about the ‘strange charm of gnosticism’!
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Contributors

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: 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


Responses

RESPONSE: The Study of Gnosticism Reloaded: From Theological Ostracism to Cultural Appropriation

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/the-study-of-gnosticism-reloaded-from-theological-ostracism-to-cultural-appropriation/

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Episode Data for #376, Genealogy of the Jewish Notion CONTENT:
TITLE: Genealogy of the Jewish Notion
EPISODE_#: 376

In this episode, Dr. Breann Fallon sits down with Professor Daniel Boyarin to discuss his monograph Judaism: Genealogy of the Jewish Notion makes the bold argument that the very concept of a religion of ‘Judaism’ is an invention of the Christian church. Before discussing the monograph, Boyarin outlines how Judaism is commonly defined in religious studies, as well as the potential problems with those definitions, particularly with regard to the sometimes competing conceptualisations of Judaism as a ‘religion’ or a ‘culture’.

Boyarin highlights the importance of memory and memorialisation as deeply-rooted elements of Jewish practice, especially of moments of genocide and massacre such as the Shoah, which subtly addresses notions of the World Religions Paradigm discussed in previous episodes. Boyarin also argues against “religifying” studies of Jewish texts and instead emphasises both the ideas of inclusivity inherent in the Talmud and its broader applicability, regardless of the religiosity of the reader, in order to fully encapsulate all the life forms and practices that exist in the Jewish community. To bring the conversation to a close, Fallon asks of the humour in the Talmud and Boyarin’s favourite comical moments in the text.

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DATE 2021-12-06 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/genealogy-of-the-jewish-notion/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/featured_boyarin2021.jpeg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 11
TERMS: Classification, Genealogy, Identity, Judaism, Talmud, world religions paradigm
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQNxGJ84OLU
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Ep-376.mp3
EXCERPT: Dr. Breann Fallon sits down with Professor Daniel Boyarin to discuss the difficulty of defining Judaism and Boyarin’s new book Judaism: Genealogy of a Modern Notion
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/genealogy-of-the-jewish-notion-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: Daniel Boyarin


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


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/persons_boyarin_2021.jpg


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Episode Data for #, Religious Freedom, Exemption, and Festivals in Australia | Discourse! November 2021 (with video) CONTENT:
TITLE: Religious Freedom, Exemption, and Festivals in Australia | Discourse! November 2021 (with video)
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In this month’s episode of discourse we have an update from Australia. Professor Carole Cusack (University of Sydney) and Ray Radford (University of Sydney and RSP) sit down with Dr. Breann Fallon (Sydney Jewish Museum and RSP) to discuss religion in Australian current affairs. This team of three first consider a conservative article on the amendments Equal Opportunity Bill in Victoria which claims “religion cancelled” and “parents cancelled.” Yet, there is no denying that the three are speaking from lockdown and the conversation turns to religious exemption from vaccination, including the history of this in Australia, as well as religious symbolism at anti-lockdown protests. To end the episode, the trio discuss the interesting timing of opening up in time for Christmas — is this an offering at the temple of consumerism? Whilst there is no answer, it is an interesting take on the impact of COVID-19 on religious festivals.

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DATE 2021-11-29 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/religious-freedom-exemption-and-festivals-in-australia-discourse-november-2021/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/featured_discourse-nov_2021.png
CATEGORY: Discourse, Discourse!, Podcasts, Season 11
TERMS: anti-religious legislation, Consumerism, covid-19, Discourse, RSP Discourse, symbolism
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Discourse-Nov-21.mp3
EXCERPT: In this Aussie episode of November Discourse, Professor Carole Cusack and Ray Radford sit down with Dr. Breann Fallon to discuss religion as in Australian current affairs.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/religious-freedom-exemption-and-festivals-in-australia-discourse-november-2021-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Breann Fallon


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


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CONTRIBUTOR: Raymond Radford


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


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


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


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Episode Data for #, The World Religions Paradigm: An RSP Remix CONTENT:
TITLE: The World Religions Paradigm: An RSP Remix
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What is the world religions paradigm? In this RSP Remix, David McConeghy presents an abridged version of David Robertson’s 2013 interview with James Cox. Cox explains how the world religions paradigm came to be the dominant model for teaching undergraduates comparative religion, and he offers an introduction to a few of the strongest critique of this model. These critiques include the paradigm’s essentialism as well as its emergence as a tool of colonialism and imperialism. Reducing the original episode to 20 minutes presents a great opportunity for this conversation to be employed in more classrooms. If you would like to see other RSP Remixes on specific topics or questions, reach out to us on our social media accounts and let us know!

DATE 2021-11-22 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the-world-religions-paradigm-an-rsp-remix/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/featured_remix-wrp_s11.png
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Remix, Season 11
TERMS: colonialism, essentialism, imperialism, study of religion, world religions, world religions paradigm
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/RSP-Remix-2.mp3
EXCERPT: This RSP Remix answers the question “What is the world religions paradigm?” with an abridged version of our 2013 interview with James Cox.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/the-world-religions-paradigm-an-rsp-remix-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: 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: James L. Cox


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/james-l-cox/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/James_Cox-1030x579-1-e1595019409697.jpg


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Episode Data for #375, Religious Symbols, Secularism, and Culture Wars CONTENT:
TITLE: Religious Symbols, Secularism, and Culture Wars
EPISODE_#: 375

What do we mean when we talk about secularism, religion, or culture? In this episode, Matt Sheedy joins RSP co-editor Andie Alexander to discuss his recent book Owning the Secular: Religious Symbols, Culture Wars, Western Fragility (Routledge, 2021). Sheedy discusses how “religion” and “secular” categories are necessarily intertwined as he considers the ways in which those categories are contested in the public sphere—particularly with regard to Islam and gender in the post-9/11 era.

DATE 2021-11-15 08:05:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/religious-symbols-secularism-and-culture-wars/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/featured_sheedy_s11.png
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 11
TERMS: Atheism, Classification, Critical theory, Culture Wars, Discourse, discourse analysis, gender, Islam, Orientialism, Politics, religion and law, Religious freedom, Religious Symbols, Secularism
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/fWU2pewQLP4
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/375-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: In this episode, Matt Sheedy joins RSP co-editor Andie Alexander to discuss his recent book Owning the Secular: Religious Symbols, Culture Wars, Western Fragility and unpack common assumptions about secularism and religion in the public sphere.
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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: Matt Sheedy


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/matt-sheedy/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/persons_sheedy_2021.jpeg


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Episode Data for #374, When Christians Meet Each Other: The Saint Thomas Christians of Southwest India in the Early Modern Period CONTENT:
TITLE: When Christians Meet Each Other: The Saint Thomas Christians of Southwest India in the Early Modern Period
EPISODE_#: 374

Christianity is one of the most ubiquitous religions in the world. In reality, it would be more plausible to rather speak about Christianities given the wide variety that can be found adapted to different contexts, languages, and histories. In this sense, its own internal diversity makes it most pervasive and enduring despite the passage of time or cultural boundaries. But it is worth asking, what happens when Christians from different sides of the world, apparently, meet each other for the first time?

In this week’s episode, RSP associate editor Sidney Castillo talks with Dr. István Perczel who presents a highly detailed history of the Saint Thomas Christians (or Syrian Christians) of Kerala, a religious group that has been present in Southwestern India since late antiquity. His discovery of a corpus of Syriac manuscripts from their archives in 1998, has allowed for a turning point in the current understanding of the colonial relations, religious disputes, and overall historiography of the region.

One of the takeaways of the episode is how the discovery of new sources allows for further outline the cultural environment in which such texts are produced. Among the many sources, some of them refer to theological debates regarding mystical conceptions of God, and which were translated and re-read from Syriac, to Malayalam, and to Latin. The translation avatars of these documents, and the discussions that arose from figures such as Jesuit priest Francisco Roz, and Nestorian priest Mar Abraham, show the dynamism of the Syrian Christian community during the early modern period. Such “cultural wars” and disputes for truth narratives are certainly no strange to us in our present time, especially when looking at them through the lens of colonialism, political polarization, or cultural appropriation.

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DATE 2021-11-08 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/when-christians-meet-each-other/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/featured_perczel_2021.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 11
TERMS: christianity, Jesuits, Mysticism, Saint Thomas Christians, source language, southwest India
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/374-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: What happens when Christianities meet each other? Find out in this week’s episode of the RSP, where Sidney Castillo talks with István Perczel on his research of the Saint Thomas Christians of Kerala, and their encounters with Catholic missionaries and Western colonial powers in the early modern period.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/when-christians-meet-each-other-the-saint-thomas-christians-of-southwest-india-in-the-early-modern-period-transcript/

Contributors

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: István Perczel


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/istvan-perczel/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/persons_perczel_2021.jpg


Responses

RESPONSE: New Old Manuscripts

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Episode Data for #373, Discourse Analysis & Ideology Critique in the Study of Religion CONTENT:
TITLE: Discourse Analysis & Ideology Critique in the Study of Religion
EPISODE_#: 373

In this episode, Dr. Craig Martin joins Savannah Finver to discuss his forthcoming book, Discourse and Ideology: A Critique of the Study of Culture. Dr. Martin shares with us his motivations for writing this book, describes his primary methodologies and the key concepts he introduces in the text, and explains some of his thoughts on the utility of religion as a category of analysis in religious studies scholarship. Can discourse analysis and ideology critique be done together successfully? What can these methods reveal to us about power relations of domination and subordination in societies? Why is poststructuralism so important to the study of religion, and what do we miss if we don’t attend carefully to the writings of key thinkers such as GWF Hegel, Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, and Jacques Derrida? Tune in to find out!

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DATE 2021-11-01 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/discourse-analysis-and-ideology-critique-in-the-study-of-religion/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/featured_martin_2021.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 11
TERMS: critique, Discourse, Ideology, language, material conditions, poststructuralism, Power, rhetoric
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/373-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: In this episode, Dr. Craig Martin joins Savannah Finver to discuss his forthcoming book, Discourse and Ideology: A Critique of the Study of Culture. Dr. Martin shares with us his motivations for writing this book, describes his primary methodologies and the key concepts he introduces in the text, and explains some of his thoughts on the utility of religion as a category of analysis in religious studies scholarship.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/discourse-analysis-ideology-critique-in-the-study-of-religion-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Craig Martin


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/craig-martin/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/persons_martin_2021.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


Responses

RESPONSE: How Do Words Work?

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RESPONSE: Discourse and the Material World

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Episode Data for #, Religion, Bodies, and the State | Discourse! October 2021 CONTENT:
TITLE: Religion, Bodies, and the State | Discourse! October 2021
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On this month’s Discourse!, join Emily D. Crews, Alison Robertson, and host Theo Wildcroft for a collection of topical stories on how religion mediates how the state treats human bodies in different ways. They discuss debates over the presence of pastors in executions in Texas, how the secularist French state is reacting to the abuse revelations in the Catholic Church, and the role of religion in legal arguments over the ownership of a site sacred to a Los Angeles Apache community. Oh – and Jesusween!

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DATE 2021-10-25 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/religion-bodies-and-the-state-discourse-october-2021/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/featured_discourse_oct-21.png
CATEGORY: Discourse, Discourse!, Podcasts, Season 11
TERMS: RSP Discourse
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Discourse-Oct-21.mp3
EXCERPT: Join Emily D. Crews, Alison Robertson, and host Theo Wildcroft for a collection of topical stories on how religion mediates how the state treats human bodies in different ways. And Jesusween!
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Theo Wildcroft


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


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/persons_wildcroft_2021.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Emily D. Crews


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/emily-d-crews/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/persons_crews_2021.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Alison Robertson


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


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/s200_alison.robertson.jpg


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Episode Data for #1.1, Focus on Fieldwork: An RSP Remix CONTENT:
TITLE: Focus on Fieldwork: An RSP Remix
EPISODE_#: 1.1

With over 350 episodes in our archives, we’ve seen many scholars discuss the issue of fieldwork and how their research goals have been modified by their time in the field. Today’s special episode featured clips from seven recent interviews with brief comments by Dave McConeghy. This “remix” is our first attempt to try to bring greater attention to the many different ways our podcast can be used in the classroom. We hope these clips might support a discussion of how fieldwork changes scholars and their scholarship. If you’d like to see more episodes highlighting past interviews to support specific research questions or pedagogical issues in the study of religion, please let us know by reaching out to one of our social media channels such as our Twitter or Instagram.

DATE 2021-10-18 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/focus-on-fieldwork-an-rsp-remix/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/featured_fieldwork-remix_s11.png
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Remix, Season 11
TERMS: ethnography, Fieldwork, pedagogy, qualitative, research methods
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/RSP-Remix-1.mp3
EXCERPT: In the first RSP Remix, Dave McConeghy guides us through recent RSP discussions of fieldwork and its impact on scholarship. This episode features excerpts from conversations with Christopher R. Cotter, Spencer Dew, Liz Bucar, Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada, Robin Veldman, Elizabeth Pérez, and Cristina Rocha.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/focus-on-fieldwork-an-rsp-remix-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: 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: Liz Bucar


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/liz-bucar/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/RELS-Liz-Bucar-web.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/alyssa-maldonado-estrada/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/persons_maldonado-estrada_2021.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


CONTRIBUTOR: Robin Veldman


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


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/1Veldman-David-McConeghy.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Elizabeth Pérez


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/elizabeth-perez/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/s200_elizabeth.perez_-_Savannah_Finver.jpg


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


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Episode Data for #372, Mapping the Digital Study of Religion CONTENT:
TITLE: Mapping the Digital Study of Religion
EPISODE_#: 372

In this episode, Dan Gorman speaks with Christopher Cantwell and Kristian Petersen about their anthology Digital Humanities and Research Methods in Religious Studies (2021), which is part of DeGruyter’s “Introductions to Digital Humanities—Religion” series. They discuss the ethics and management of ongoing Digital Humanities projects, the opportunities afforded by mapping technology for understanding religious life, and the question of whether digital projects are recognized as genuine scholarship.

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DATE 2021-10-11 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/mapping-the-digital-study-of-religion/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/featured_cantwell-petersen_2021.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 11
TERMS: Digital Humanities, Internet, methodology, Religion, Religious Studies, theory
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/eskAkFIwm0s
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/372-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: Dan Gorman speaks with Christopher Cantwell and Kristian Petersen about the future of the digital study of religion.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/mapping-the-digital-study-of-religion-transcript/

Contributors

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: Chris Cantwell


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/chris-cantwell/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/persons_cantwell_2021.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Kristian Petersen


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/kristian-petersen/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/persons_petersen1_2021.jpg


Responses

RESPONSE: The Now of Digital Humanities in Religious Studies

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/the-now-of-digital-humanities-in-religious-studies/

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RESPONSE: The Importance and Challenges of the Digital Humanities

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/the-importance-and-challenges-of-the-digital-humanities/

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Episode Data for #371, Deconstructing ‘Religion’ in Contemporary Japan CONTENT:
TITLE: Deconstructing ‘Religion’ in Contemporary Japan
EPISODE_#: 371

In this episode, Dr. Mitsutoshi Horii joins RSP co-editor Andie Alexander to discuss his recent book The Category of ‘Religion’ in Contemporary Japan: Shūkyō & Temple Buddhism (Palgrave Macmillan 2018). What is ‘religion’? How and when did this term emerge in contemporary Japan? Tune in to learn more about how the classification of Temple Buddhism as religion is used in political, legal, and commercial contexts.

DATE 2021-10-04 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/deconstructing-religion-in-contemporary-japan/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/featured_horii_s11.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 11
TERMS: Authenticity, Buddhism, Categorization, critical religion, deconstruction, Governance, Japan, religion and law
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/371-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: In this episode, Dr. Mitsutoshi Horii joins Andie Alexander to discuss his recent book, The Category of ‘Religion’ in Contemporary Japan: Shūkyō & Temple Buddhism, where he demonstrates the necessity for understanding how and why certain groups come to be classified as ‘religious’ in contemporary Japan.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/deconstructing-religion-in-contemporary-japan-transcript/

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: Mitsutoshi Horii


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/mitsutoshi-horii/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/persons_horii_2021-rotated.jpg


Responses

RESPONSE: Can Deconstructing ‘Religion’ Be More than Critique?

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/can-deconstructing-religion-be-more-than-critique/

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