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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, Discourse!, Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: Conspiracy Theory, Discourse, new age, religion and politics, RSP Discourse
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/persons_mccutcheon_2022.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! | Mid-Year Special 2020 (with video) CONTENT:
TITLE: The Weakest Link! | Mid-Year Special 2020 (with video)
EPISODE_#: 351

Welcome to our MidYear Special 2020!

It’s a COVID-style international spectacular for the ninth(!) 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!

If this gets you in the festive mood, you might want to check out our back catalogue of festive specials:

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: Mid-Year Special
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: It’s a COVID-style international spectacular for the ninth(!) 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?
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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/persons_mccutcheon_2022.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.png


CONTRIBUTOR: Megan Goodwin


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


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/MeganGoodwin-414x521-414x521-1.png


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 #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/"


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


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 | Discourse! November 2020 CONTENT:
TITLE: Locked In, Locked Down, and Vaccinated? On Agency and Autonomy | 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, Discourse!, Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: Body, covid-19, Power, religion and science, RSP Discourse
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/persons_wildcroft_2021.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/"


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


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


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

Episode Data for #346, Kitchens and Constructions of Religious Subjectivity in Black Atlantic Traditions CONTENT:
TITLE: Kitchens and Constructions of Religious Subjectivity in Black Atlantic Traditions
EPISODE_#: 346

In this conversation with Elizabeth Pérez, we explore her book Religion in the Kitchen: Cooking, Talking, and the Making of Black Atlantic Traditions. Dr. Pérez explains what drove her interests in the Lucumí tradition and how she became acquainted with her interlocutors at Ilé Laroye. We discuss her role in her fieldwork as a participant-observer and how her positionality as such alerted her to the importance of preparing ritual meals in the construction of religious subjectivity at Ilé Laroye. We also examine how gender roles are constructed and understood in and through the processes of preparing ritual sacrifices and the ways in which these constructions challenge traditional Western gender norms.

DATE 2020-11-02 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/kitchens-and-constructions-of-religious-subjectivity-in-black-atlantic-traditions/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Religion-in-the-Kitchen-latest.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: Discourse, gender, Ritual
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Ep-346-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: In this episode we discuss Elizabeth Perez’s award-winning book *Religion in the Kitchen: Cooking, Talking, and the Making of Black Atlantic Traditions*. Listen in to learn more about how religious subjectivity is constructed around the process of preparing ritual meals in the Lucumí tradition.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/kitchens-and-constructions-of-religious-subjectivity-in-black-atlantic-traditions/

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: 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


Responses

Episode Data for #, Presidentialism, or “Who’s Your Daddy?” | Discourse! October 2020 CONTENT:
TITLE: Presidentialism, or “Who’s Your Daddy?” | Discourse! October 2020
EPISODE_#: ERROR

The U.S. is quickly approaching the 2020 presidential election. Join Andie Alexander, Hina Muneeruddin, and Leslie Dorrough Smith in this month’s episode of Discourse! (recorded after the 2nd presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden) as they explore the rhetoric and affect of the presidential campaigns and debates thus far. The panelists discuss how presidential debates are forms of public spectacle designed to reinforce ideas of “presidentialism” and how claims of nationalism are a type of religious rhetoric.

The panelists recommend exploring the related links:


Some Reflections on Separatism and Power” by Marilyn Frye

The War on Masks Is a Cover-up for Toxic Masculinity

“’Might as Well Carry a Purse with That Mask, Joe’: COVID-19, Toxic Masculinity, and the Sad State of National Politics

Maria Hinojosa – One on One

DATE 2020-10-26 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/presidentialism-or-whos-your-daddy-discourse-october-2020/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/EcA3PnsWAAYUvqa.jpg
CATEGORY: Discourse, Discourse!, Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: covid-19, gender, masculinity, Nationalism, religion and politics, Religion in America, RSP Discourse
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Dscource-Oct.mp3
EXCERPT: In this October 2020 episode of Discourse!, Andie Alexander, Hina Muneeruddin, and Leslie Dorrough Smith explore ideas of infantile citizens, political debates as spectacle, rhetoric as bumper bowling, fist-fighting viruses, and fake news in the discourses surrounding the US Presidential election.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/presidentialism-or-whos-your-daddy-discourse-october-2020/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Leslie Dorrough Smith


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/leslie-dorrough-smith/"


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Hina Muneeruddin


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/hina-muneeruddin/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/muneeruddin.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


Responses

Episode Data for #345, Ancient Christian Origins: A Heterogeneous History CONTENT:
TITLE: Ancient Christian Origins: A Heterogeneous History
EPISODE_#: 345

The question of the origins of ancient Christianity has puzzled believers and skeptics alike. For the first, the history of Christianity is the anchor point for claims of authenticity. For the second, a search for origins opens religious traditions to questions about their contingency and sui generis status. So the perspectives most often speak past each other, both sides internalizing their structure of authority and creating logics of practice to sustain themselves.

In this week’s episode, the RSP’s Sidney Castillo talks with Professor William Arnal of the University of Regina about his research on ancient Christian origins. First, Prof. Arnal uses the perspective of Religious Studies to interrogate the question of origins. He points out how this field differs from theology and how it attempts to demystify religious phenomena. This bracketing of the miraculous and supernatural is of special relevance today, since many scholars (certainly in the past and some still even today) have regarded Christianity as sui generis either in kind, origin, or truth.

The second part of the conversation is directed towards the discussion of the Gospel of Thomas and the Q, two important New Testament sources that, through Arnal’s sharp contextualization, help reveal the diverse social contexts of early communities that saw themselves as followers of Jesus. Prof. Arnal argues that one of the main causes for the emergence of these early communities and their discourses related to salvation and denial of this world come was because they faced great social change. From the expansion of the Roman Empire in the 1st century to the 2nd century, we see greater and more deliberate use of “Christian” identities alongside growing traditions and practices.

Arnal concludes that we can “put to bed” the historical Jesus once and for all, as it is less valuable for scholars to debate the accuracy or authenticity of our sources as many scholars have done. We should, rather, find what insights are available to us to show how the people of the time related to the discourse of a folk hero. What agency was gained by becoming a Christian in this era? What social and economic privileges might be gained or lost? Reconfiguring our approach to early Christianity shifts our focus on this era towards religious studies and the tools we have to study social phenomenon and away from the desire to use historicity or authenticity as a cover for older understandings of the purpose of our field’s efforts.

DATE 2020-10-19 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/ancient-christian-origins-a-heterogeneous-history/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/mosaic-1925825_1280.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: Authenticity, christianity, Historical Approaches, Identity, Religious Studies
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Ep-345-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: In this week’s episode, the RSP’s Sidney Castillo talks with Professor William Arnal about ancient Christian origins and the development of Christianity through New Testament sources such as the Gospel of Thomas and Q.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/ancient-christian-origins-a-heterogeneous-history-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: William Arnal


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/william-arnal/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/william_arnal_profile_-_Sidney_Castillo_Cardenas.jpeg


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: The (De-)Mystification of Christian Origins

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/the-de-mystification-of-christian-origins/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

RESPONSE: Can We Resist “the Stance of the Faithful” in New Testament Studies?

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/can-we-resist-the-stance-of-the-faithful-in-new-testament-studies/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

RESPONSE: Encountering the Historical Jesus-People

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/encountering-the-historical-jesus-people/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #344, Climate Change(s): New Approaches to Environmental and Agricultural Ethics CONTENT:
TITLE: Climate Change(s): New Approaches to Environmental and Agricultural Ethics
EPISODE_#: 344

What is the current climate of climate change in a variety of religious communities? Why is food such an important part of discussing climate and religion?

In this episode, the RSP’s Candace Mixon talks to Dr. Gretel Van Wieren to get the current climate of climate change responses from religious communities. An expert in environmental, agricultural, and food ethics, Dr. Van Wieren shares her research on small farms run by religious communities. Such farms, whether in Upstate New York or Michigan, have changed their traditional practices in order to directly address ethical and environmental concerns. Dr. Van Wieran shows the way climate activism has often been a concern for religiously-connected farms, but current events make this a more pressing concern today than ever before. Can large scale agricultural productions learn from the adaptations of their smaller, religious competitors? Those teaching undergraduate courses on Christian, Jewish, or Muslim groups will also find this conversation a source of practical advice for integrating the current climate crisis into our religious studies curriculums.

DATE 2020-10-12 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/climate-changes-new-approaches-to-environmental-and-agricultural-ethics/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/geograph-6508931-by-Julian-Paren.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: agriculture, climate change, environmental ethics, food ethics
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/344-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: What can we learn about responding to climate change from small farms run by religious communities? In this episode, the RSP’s Candace Mixon talks to Dr. Gretel Van Wieren about her career in environmental and agricultural ethics. Climate activism has deep religious roots, so join us for practical advice about bringing the diverse approaches of Christian, Jewish, and Muslims groups into the undergraduate religious studies classroom.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/climate-changes-new-approaches-to-environmental-and-agricultural-ethics-transcript/

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: Gretel Van Wieren


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/gretel-van-wieren/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/1vanwieren-Candace-Mixon.jpg


Responses

RESPONSE: Religion and Ecology Has a Whiteness Problem. Let’s Confront It.

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/religion-and-ecology-has-a-whiteness-problem-lets-confront-it/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #343, Roots as Scripture and Scripture as Roots CONTENT:
TITLE: Roots as Scripture and Scripture as Roots
EPISODE_#: 343

In this episode, RSP co-editor Breann Fallon speaks with Assistant Professor Richard Newton about his new book Identifying Roots: Alex Haley and the Anthropology of Scriptures (Equinox 2020). At issue is the concept, use, and function of “scripture,” particularly through the example of Alex Haley’s 1976 book Roots. Newton explains the success of Haley’s best-selling novel about the life of Kunta Kinte and his descendants and the novel’s place in the canonical narrative of America for both Black and White Americans. By examining Roots as a piece of scripture, Newton illustrates the grounding power of the book’s narrative — a wellspring of theology and culture for Americans for almost fifty years. Following an anthropological approach to the study of scripture more broadly, Newton sees the function of scripture as multiple, relying on diverse meanings of the root of the terms, uproot, and route. Drawing attention to Roots as a scriptural text that plays an active role in both power and identity politics, the discussion concludes by turning to the Black Lives Matters movement and the recent use of Haley’s Roots by American politicians.

DATE 2020-10-05 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/roots-as-scripture-and-scripture-as-roots/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/cover_issue_2396_en_us-202007010306.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: Anthropology of Religion, Popular Culture, Religion in America, sacred texts
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Ep-343-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: Since its release in 1976, Alex Haley’s “Roots” has been a source of inspiration for generations of Americans. For Assistant Professor Richard Newton, Haley’s novel reveals the way that scriptures play critical roles in rooting, uprooting, and routing our lives. Listen now to this fascinating discussion with Dr. Newton about his new book “Identifying Roots: Alex Haley and the Anthropology of Scriptures” with RSP Co-Host Breann Fallon.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/roots-as-scripture-and-scripture-as-roots-transcript/

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: 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


Responses

RESPONSE: Scripturalization and the Performance of the Scriptural

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/scripturalization-and-the-performance-of-scriptural/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

RESPONSE: The Secret Life of Scriptures: Black Scriptures as Tending to New Afro-Futures

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/the-secret-life-of-scriptures-black-scriptures-as-tending-to-new-afro-futures/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

RESPONSE: Performing Scripture

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/performing-scripture/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, Religious Festivals during COVID-19 | Discourse! September 2020 CONTENT:
TITLE: Religious Festivals during COVID-19 | Discourse! September 2020
EPISODE_#: ERROR

This month’s Discourse! is presented by Sidney Castillo, with his guests Maria Nita, Juan Manuel Rubio Arevalo, and Stefanie Butendieck. Discussion focuses on the effects of COVID restrictions on different religious communities, including festivals, activism, funeral practices, and the Chilean “Mapuche” community. The conversation goes on to discuss the role of scholars in policy-making, particularly in a South American context. Finally, the panelists discuss Amy Kaufman’s and Paul Sturtevant’s 2020 book The Devil’s Historians: How modern extremists abuse the medieval past, which explores how religion is portrayed and constructed in contemporary medievalism.

Resources for this episode include:

Festival Research and Covid-19 from the recent virtual event sponsored by The Open University: http://fass.open.ac.uk/festivals-research

For a broad sense of the issues with the Mapuche community, you can view the online news article: https://chiletoday.cl/site/the-effects-of-covid-19-on-the-mapuche-community/

DATE 2020-09-28 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/religious-festivals-during-covid-19-discourse-september-2020/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/pmCOMPgigv2.jpg
CATEGORY: Discourse, Discourse!, Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: covid-19, festivals and pilgrimages, medievalism, Ritual, RSP Discourse
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Discource-Sept.mp3
EXCERPT: How will religious festivals continue amid COVID-19 restrictions? How are religious communities around the world adapting to the pressures of 2020’s global pandemic? In this September episode of Discourse!, the RSP’s Sidney Castillo speaks with guests Maria Nita, Juan Manuel Rubio Arevalo, and Stefanie Butendieck.
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Sidney Castillo


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CONTRIBUTOR: Maria Nita


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/maria-nita/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/nita.jpeg


CONTRIBUTOR: Juan Manuel Rubio Arevalo


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/juan-manuel/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Juan-Manuel-Rubio-profile-photo.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Stefanie Butendieck


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/stefanie-butendieck/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Stefanie-Butendieck-profile-photo.jpg


Responses

Episode Data for #342, The Fetish Revisited: Objects, Hierarchies, and BDSM CONTENT:
TITLE: The Fetish Revisited: Objects, Hierarchies, and BDSM
EPISODE_#: 342 In this episode, RSP Co-Host Breann Fallon talks to Professor J. Lorand Matory of Duke University on the topic of fetishism. After outlining the concept of “fetishism,” considering the Portuguese origins as well as the term’s use in the work of Marx and Freud, Matory discusses his latest book The Fetish Revisited. Matory highlights his re-thinking of fetishism, particularly in the way it critiques how social theories are treated as self-existent and contextless ideas from superior white minds. In doing so, Matory shows the importance of turning our gaze back onto the theorists from which our methodologies stem. The second half of this interview moves to Matory’s current work on white American BDSM as an Afro-Atlantic spiritual practice with implications for the current populist political moment. In particular, he draws our attention to the problematic links to slavery used in typical dom-sub hierarchies of BDSM practices.
DATE 2020-09-21 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the-fetish-revisited-objects-hierarchy-and-bdsm/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/978-1-4780-0105-8_pr.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: Afro-American Religions, BDSM, religion and race, Ritual, Social Theory
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/342-Regular.mp3
EXCERPT: In this episode, Breann Fallon talks to Professor J. Lorand Matory about his book “The Fetish Revisited” and his more recent work on white American BDSM as an Afro-Atlantic spiritual practice.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/the-fetish-revisited-objects-hierarchies-and-bdsm-with-j-lorand-matory-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: J. Lorand Matory


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/j-lorand-matory/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/1199113_matory003-Breann-Fallon.jpg


Responses

RESPONSE: Whose fetish?

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/whose-fetish/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #341, Navigating stasis and mobility: The journey of anointing oil CONTENT:
TITLE: Navigating stasis and mobility: The journey of anointing oil
EPISODE_#: 341 In this episode, the RSP’s Maxinne Connolly-Panagopoulos speaks to Dr. Kathleen Openshaw about her fascinating research on the Universal Church of God in Australia. Beginning with the origins of this Brazilian, Pentecostal Church, Dr. Openshaw explains why the UCKG is so popular with migrants from the Global South. Speaking on her fieldwork, and her recent article in the JASR, this episode traces the intersection of materiality and mobility, unpacking the many fascinating ways the UCKG and its members use anointing oil as a spiritual solution for the obstacles in their lives. Recounting the poignant story of one of her interlocutors, we hear about the centrality of a vial of anointing oil that traveled from Israel to Australian and then to Sudan. Through this discussion, Dr. Openshaw explains how material objects are able to accrue spiritual capital as they move through sacred spaces and connect with people. For migrant communities, especially, the movement of anointed oil collapses the binary between stasis and mobility, which seems especially powerful amid ongoing restrictions due to COVID-19. The article referenced above and in the episode is available here: The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in Australia: Local Congregants and a Global Spiritual Network. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion. 2019, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p27-48. 22p
DATE 2020-09-14 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/navigating-stasis-and-mobility-the-journey-of-anointing-oil/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OA2CW2HZFRBW7KKD4XSM5DYWQU.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: Material Religion, Migration, mobility, Pentecostalism
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/jT3qd2d6qE8
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Ep-341-Regular.mp3
EXCERPT: How do material objects accrue spiritual capital? In this episode, Dr. Kathleen Openshaw shares a poignant story from a member of the Australia branch of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. As we hear about the global journey of a vial of anointing oil, she explains how we invest objects with significance and connect them to sacred spaces. Especially for the migrant community of UCKG members in Australia, these connections work to collapse the false binary between stasis and mobility that seems so stark in our present moment.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/navigating-stasis-and-mobility-the-journey-of-anointing-oil-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Kathleen Openshaw


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


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/1kathleen-Maxinne-Connolly.jpeg


CONTRIBUTOR: Maxinne Connolly-Panagopoulus


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


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/persons_connolly-panagopoulus_2021-1.jpeg


Responses

RESPONSE: Health, Wealth, & Spiritual Warfare: The UCKG from Brazil to Australia

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/health-wealth-spiritual-warfare-the-uckg-from-brazil-to-australia/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #340, Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Buddhist Ritual CONTENT:
TITLE: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Buddhist Ritual
EPISODE_#: 340

This bonus-length roundtable episode brings scholars of various disciplines and ranks together to discuss their experiences in the study of Buddhist ritual. Working in areas of art history, Buddhist Studies, anthropology, and cultural studies, the panelists shed light on some of the challenges and promises of working within and across disciplines. Topics range from “ritual” as a critical scholarly term, interdisciplinary contributions to the field of ritual studies, issues of ritual change, and current challenges (and benefits) to international and interdisciplinary work during the current global health crisis. Overall, this conversation reveals the complex interplay between research demands, institutional support, field-wide assumptions, and technological challenges that shape the way scholarship on ritual is produced. Listen now for a glimpse of how interdisciplinary approaches can help widen the scope of academic work in each of these areas and improve the way scholars approach the study of Buddhist rituals.

DATE 2020-09-07 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/interdisciplinary-approaches-to-the-study-of-buddhist-ritual/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/800px-Yee_Peng_Sansai_Thailand_Buddhist_culture_religion_rites_rituals_sights.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: Buddhism, Interdisciplinarity, Ritual, roundtable
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: http://religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Ep340-Regularv1.mp3
EXCERPT: How does discipline impact the way we see Buddhist ritual? How can more diverse disciplinary conversations help scholars see ritual in new ways? Five scholars from four time zones come together from around the world to discuss the impacts of interdisciplinary approaches to Buddhist ritual.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/interdisciplinary-approaches-to-the-study-of-buddhist-rituals-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Ralph H. Craig III


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/ralph-h-craig-iii/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/29594986_10211525169345047_1991199855313711517_n_2.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Hannah Gould


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/hannah-gould/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/1Gould-Photo-Matt-Hayes.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Matthew Hayes


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/matthew-hayes/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/1Hayes-Photo-Matt-Hayes.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Youn-mi Kim


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


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Youn-mi-photo-scaled.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Michelle C. Wang


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/michelle-c-wang/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/1Wang-Photo-Matt-Hayes.jpg


Responses

RESPONSE: How Ritual Reveals Margins and Marginalization in Buddhist Studies

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/how-ritual-reveals-margins-and-marginalization-in-buddhist-studies/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, The Roots of QAnon | Discourse! August 2020 CONTENT:
TITLE: The Roots of QAnon | Discourse! August 2020
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Take a journey into the dark heart of American politics in this month’s Discourse! Join David Robertson, Megan Goodwin, Savannah Finver, and S. Jonathon O’Donnell to discuss QAnon. Explore the roots of this multifaceted conspiracy theory in the Satanic Ritual Abuse scare of the 1980s and ’90s, the parallels with earlier millennial narratives, and the connections with modern evangelical Christianity. The panelists also discuss how depictions of QAnon in religious language (i.e., “death cult”) are being used by different actors within and outside the movement, with both sides revealing significant features of contemporary American politics.

The panelists recommend the following piece by Adrienne LaFrance, “The Prophecies of Q,” part of The Atlantic‘s project “Shadowland” about conspiracy thinking in America.

DATE 2020-08-31 11:04:45
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the-roots-of-qanon-discourse-august-2020/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/43614672075_577cb88ee2_c.jpg
CATEGORY: Discourse, Discourse!, Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: Conspiracy Theory, critical discourse analysis, millennialism, religion and politics, RSP Discourse
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Discource-august-1.mp3
EXCERPT: What is QAnon? In this August 2020 episode of Discourse!, David Robertson, Megan Goodwin, Savannah Finver and Jonathon O’Donnell discuss this conspiracy movement’s links to American religious history and contemporary political discourse.
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: David G. Robertson


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


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CONTRIBUTOR: Megan Goodwin


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


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/MeganGoodwin-414x521-414x521-1.png


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: 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


Responses

Episode Data for #339, Developing a Critical Study of Non-Religion CONTENT:
TITLE: Developing a Critical Study of Non-Religion
EPISODE_#: 339 In this interview with two RSP editors, Christopher R. Cotter (co-editor-in-chief) and Breann Fallon (managing co-editor), discuss the intellectual-journey that brought Cotter to his newest publication: The Critical Study of Non-Religion: Discourse, Identification and Locality (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020). Cotter begins by providing an overview of previous literature in the area, highlighting the common missteps in the study of non-religion within the Religious Studies academy. Here, Cotter illuminates how he directly responded to those missteps via the creation of his specific methodology, bringing together locality and discourse analysis to create a critical lens for the study of non-religion. Looking specifically at Southside Edinburgh, Cotter highlights some of his findings before turning to the usefulness of his methodology outside of the study of non-religion. Finishing on a candid note, Fallon and Cotter discuss both the positive and negative academic relationships that influenced the creation of this book, bringing their discussion of the intellectual-journey in the creation of this publication full-circle.
DATE 2020-08-24 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/developing-a-critical-study-of-non-religion/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/1532px-William_Dyce_-_Pegwell_Bay_Kent_-_a_Recollection_of_October_5th_1858_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: Agnosticism, Atheism, critical discourse analysis, Geography, Non-Religion
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/RM02WQaj2RY
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/339-regular.mp3
EXCERPT: Can discourse analysis help scholars avoid the pitfalls of studying non-religion? In his new book, RSP Co-Founder Christopher R. Cotter argues it can. Speaking with co-host Breann Fallon, this interview highlights the challenges of studying non-religion while celebrating the promise of new methodologies.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/developing-a-critical-study-of-non-religion-transcript/

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: 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


Responses

RESPONSE: Connecting the Parallel Lives of Critical Secular and Non-Religious Studies

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/connecting-the-parallel-lives-of-critical-secular-and-non-religious-studies/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #338, Decolonizing Religious Studies and Its Layers of Complicity CONTENT:
TITLE: Decolonizing Religious Studies and Its Layers of Complicity
EPISODE_#: 338

“Decades of work is all of a sudden viable and possible in the blink of an eye,” says CU Boulder Professor Natalie Avalos in the final moments of her conversation with RSP Co-Host David McConeghy. After last season’s conversation with Malory Nye that highlighted the colonialism and racism embedded in the European roots of the field of religious studies and its earliest forefathers, we continue this season with the perspective of a scholar of religion positioned within Ethnic Studies and Native American and Indigenous Studies.

In her work on modern, urban Indians in New Mexico, Dr. Avalos highlights the need for theories that center the lived experiences and ontological realities of her interlocutors. These do not come from white Europeans writing a century or more ago. To uncritically retain these relics of our field’s past is to be complicit in perpetuating their structural and psychological harm as components of colonialism. It makes us complicit in that legacy’s ongoing trauma, so how do we break this cycle? What has changed that makes this work “viable and possible” today?

Dr. Avalos shows us a way forward, one rooted in decolonial theories like regeneration that not only express Indigenous epistemologies, but also create moments of deep reflection for our students. She urges us to do more to make visible our hidden relations to structures of power. This is the work of decolonizing religious studies. If we aspire to produce transformative work — including teaching and scholarship that changes how we think and improves our lives — then we need to start with ourselves and the work we can each do peeling back the layers of our own complicity in sustaining colonialism’s vestiges. That’s the challenge of forging a more just and more rewarding path for our field’s future.

DATE 2020-08-17 06:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/decolonizing-religious-studies-and-its-layers-of-complicity/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/DecolonizeNA-768×992-1.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 10
TERMS: decolonization, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Post-Colonialism, Power, Reflexivity
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/fsOP20sBl3E
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/338-regular.mp3
EXCERPT: What layers of complicity in colonialism are still embedded in the field of religious studies? How can we learn from decades of decolonial work in Native American and Indigenous Studies? Dr. Natalie Avalos speaks with RSP co-host David McConeghy about the urgency of decolonial scholarship to start the RSP’s 10th season.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/decolonizing-religious-studies-and-its-layers-of-complicity-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Natalie Avalos


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/natalie-avalos/"


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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: Politics, Religion, Decolonisation

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/politics-religion-decolonisation/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

RESPONSE: Decolonizing Community-Based Service Learning: Processes and Praxes

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/decolonizing-community-based-service-learning-processes-and-praxes/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #337, Decolonizing the Study of Religion CONTENT:
TITLE: Decolonizing the Study of Religion
EPISODE_#: 337

Regular listeners to the Religious Studies Project will be familiar with the critique of the category of ‘religion’. Our podcasts with, for example, Naomi Goldenberg, James Cox, and Tim Fitzgerald, demonstrate that ‘religion’ is a distorting anachronism with roots in European colonial exploitation that has been utilized to justify the cultural superiority of Christian Europe, and is at base ‘a citation of Christianity as idealized prototype’ (Goldenberg 2018: 80). But what might it mean to decolonize the study of religion? How can we take this well-rehearsed critique and put it into practice?

In this podcast, Chris is joined by Malory Nye to discuss the decolonizing project. Why is it necessary? Should we speak of decolonizing rather than decolonization? How can the field address its whiteness, and its colonial origins and legacy? What are the theoretical, methodological, historical and pedagogical challenges that this might entail? How can ‘we’ ensure that this is a thorough decolonizing project and not merely a nod to neoliberal higher education agendas? And what can those of us who have limited time and resources at our disposal do to address this urgent and thoroughly pervasive problem with the study of religion? These questions and more animate this broad-ranging discussion with the author of Religion: The Basics, and two key journal articles – “Race and religion: postcolonial formations of power and whiteness” and “Decolonizing the Study of Religion”.


DATE 2020-06-29 07:00:01
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/decolonizing-the-study-of-religion/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/70226-600w-us-capitol-rotunda-painting-vanderlyn-landing-columbus.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: colonialism, Higher Education, pedagogy, Race, Racism
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/Pkftspq5gNk
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Rsp-337-Regular-1.mp3
EXCERPT: How can the field address its whiteness and the legacy of its colonial origins? In this final episode of our 2019/2020 season Christopher Cotter speaks with Malory Nye about decolonizing Religious Studies.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/decolonising-the-study-of-religion-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Malory Nye


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/malory-nye/"


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


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: Epistemological Sacrifice Zones and the Decolonization of Religion

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/epistemological-sacrifice-zones-and-the-decolonization-of-religion/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet