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Episode Data for #336, The Science of Prayer: Genealogies and Biopolitics CONTENT:
TITLE: The Science of Prayer: Genealogies and Biopolitics
EPISODE_#: 336

The methods we use to study religion have consequences, argues Dr. John Lardas Modern in this conversation with David McConeghy. Beginning with the approaches of late 19th century anthropologists like E.B. Tylor, Modern discusses how prayer became an object of study for social scientists. As they tried to find out whether ‘prayer works,’ researchers proposed a constellation of theoretical models and experiments that treated religion as a discrete object. Measuring prayer made it easier to use religion and its practices as tools or instruments available for commodification and capitalization. In this wide ranging episode, Modern sketches a few of the bio-political effects that can be seen from his genealogical approach, and he shares with listeners how the American rock band DEVO merits our attention as a surprising fusion of scientific and religious perspectives.

DATE 2020-06-22 07:00:59
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the-science-of-prayer-genealogies-and-biopolitics/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/1Still_from_DEVOliveperformanceinChicago-David-McConeghy.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Cognitive Science, modernity, prayer
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/LOQBUSAwNx8
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/336-Regular-1.mp3
EXCERPT: In this week’s episode, John Lardas Modern discusses the genealogy and biopolitics of the scientific study of prayer from E.B. Tylor to DEVO.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/the-science-of-prayer-genealogies-and-biopolitics-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: John L. Modern


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/john-l-modern/"


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CONTRIBUTOR: David McConeghy


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


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Responses

Episode Data for #, Discourse! June 2020 CONTENT:
TITLE: Discourse! June 2020
EPISODE_#: ERROR In our June 2020 episode of Discourse, RSP contributor Ben Marcus speaks with Andre Willis, associate professor of religious studies at Brown University, and Carleigh Beriont, PhD candidate at Harvard University. They begin by discussing how the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other Black Americans exemplify rituals of state violence and technologies of white supremacy in the United States. Amid mass protests against police brutality and systemic racism ongoing in the United States right now, the guests highlight the story of Martin Gugino, a 75-year-old member of the Catholic Worker Movement who was injured protesting, as well as President Trump’s much derided photo opportunity in response to those protests. The conversation then pivots to recent reports that invoke threats of the apocalypse, including the Trump administration decision to consider resuming explosive testing of nuclear weapons. Finally, still enduring a global and now months-long COVID-19 pandemic, the guests look at ongoing religious responses to prohibitions against some in-person religious services and the emerging court battles over worship under restrictions on social distancing. Resources suggested by the guests include:

On the Protests in the United States

On Nuclear Testing

ON COVID-19 and Louisville

For more, consider consulting the following: Finally, for those seeking additional critical perspectives from religious studies scholars we can strongly recommend this blog post at Feminist Studies in Religion by Megan Goodwin and Yohana Agra Junker, “This is Not an Antiracist Reading List, OR, the Treachery of Allyship.”
DATE 2020-06-15 06:15:43
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/discourse-june-2020/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/DiscourseJuneTitlecard.jpg
CATEGORY: Discourse, Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Discourse, Racism, religion and race, RSP Discourse
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/BodKjHwCJ_Q
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Discourse-June.mp3
EXCERPT: Amid mass protests against police brutality and systemic racism ongoing in the United States, RSP contributor Ben Marcus speaks with Andre Willis and Carleigh Beriont about race and religion in this month’s Discourse episode.
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Andre C. Willis


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HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/andre_c_willis-1.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Carleigh Ann Beriont


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/carleigh-ann-beriont/"


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Benjamin P. Marcus


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


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


Responses

Episode Data for #335, Holocaust Museums as Sacred-Secular Space CONTENT:
TITLE: Holocaust Museums as Sacred-Secular Space
EPISODE_#: 335

In this episode RSP co-editor Breann Fallon talks to Dr Avril Alba of the University of Sydney about the tension between the secular and sacred in Holocaust museums. Having worked in museum curation, as well academia, Alba gives a specific insight into the sacrality of museums, the creation of such spaces, and how this area of study came to be. Speaking on Holocaust museums specifically, Alba highlights the tensions between Jewish ritual and religious practices with the secular notion of a museum. In particular, questions of theodicy, the role of the Holocaust museum in the mourning process, and the centrality of education play a key role in her analysis. This podcast highlights the complex nature of ritual and religion in the experience of public places of history, as well as the liminality of such purpose-built sites of commemoration.

DATE 2020-06-08 07:01:33
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/holocaust-museums-as-sacred-secular-space/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Alba_HolocaustMemorialMuseum_cover.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Memory, theodicy
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/BVPj7GcLykA
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/335-Regular-1.mp3
EXCERPT: In this interview, @Bre_Fallon talks to Dr Avril Alba on the tension between the secular and the sacred in Holocaust Museums.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/holocaust-museums-as-sacred-secular-space-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Avril Alba


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/avril-alba/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/avatar.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: Books as Museums

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/books-as-museums/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #334, Exploring African Shamanism and White Sangomas in South Africa CONTENT:
TITLE: Exploring African Shamanism and White Sangomas in South Africa
EPISODE_#: 334

In this episode, Dr. Maxinne Connolly-Panagopolus asks Dr. Ullrich Relebogilwe Kleinhempel how we might better understand and engage with South African Shamanism and Mysticism. Beginning with Sangomas or spiritual mediators, Dr. Kleinhempel introduces some of the types of Shaman which exist in the South African context such as the herbalist, who learns mystical powers from plants; the diviner, who uses oracles such as bones as objects for mediumship; and the seer, who relies on inspiration from dreams, telepathy and intuition. Turning to the complex configuration of race, heritage, and culture present in South Africa, the conversation moves to a discussion of  white Sangomas, and how these individuals are perceived by their community. Finally, within the region’s diverse religious landscape, Kleinhempel shares how Sangomas sometimes navigate multiple religious identities. Listen in for a discussion that encourages scholars to reflect on how they will negotiate the demands of critical inquiry alongside their own personal experiences or competing worldviews.

For more on Sangoma, Umbanda, and other specific elements of this conversation, please consider the following resources:

• Hall, J. (2009). Sangoma: my odyssey into the spirit world of Africa. Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
• Kleinhempel, U. R. (2017). Covert Syncretism: The Reception of South Africa’s Sangoma Practise and Spirituality by “Double Faith” in the Contexts of Christianity and of Esotericism. Open Theology, 3(1), 642-661.
• Kleinhempel, U. R. (2017). Spreading an Arcane Religion on the World Wide Web: Paradoxies of Transmission of the Contemporary Mysteries ‘Cult of Umbanda. Mistiko-ezotericheskie dvizhenie v teorii i praktike-mistitsizm i ezoterizm v mire teknologii, VIII mezhdunarodnaia nauchnaia konferentsia. St. Petersburg, 60-71.
• Kleinhempel, U. R. (2018). White Sangomas: the manifestation of Bantu forms of shamanic calling among whites in South Africa. REVER-Revista de Estudos da Religião, 18(1), 143-173.
• Contemporary Mysteries’ Cult of Umbanda – video lecture, 8th ASEM conference https://www.academia.edu/26147179/Contemporary_Mysteries_Cult_of_Umbanda_-_video_lecture_8th_ASEM_conference
• Mbiti, J. S. (1990). African religions & philosophy. Heinemann.
• Mlisa, N. L. R., & Nel, P. (2010). Ukuthwasa the training of Xhosa women as traditional healers: Ukuthwasa initiation of amagqirha and identity construction. Lap Lambert Academic.

DATE 2020-06-01 07:00:33
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/exploring-african-shamanism-and-white-sangomas-in-south-africa/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Maxinne_Ep334.png
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Mysticism, shamanism
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/Ue_cTS43g4I
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/334-Regular.mp3
EXCERPT: In this episode Maxinne speaks with Dr. Ullrich Relebogilwe Kleinhempel who shares some interesting personal and academic insights into researching White Sangomas and Bantu Shamanism in South Africa.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/exploring-african-shamanism-and-white-sangomas-in-south-africa-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Ullrich Relebogilwe Kleinhempel


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/ullrich-relebogilwe-kleinhempel/"


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CONTRIBUTOR: Maxinne Connolly-Panagopoulus


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


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


Responses

RESPONSE: The African Shaman: Some Qualifications

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/the-african-shaman-some-qualifications/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #333, What does religious literacy mean in your context? CONTENT:
TITLE: What does religious literacy mean in your context?
EPISODE_#: 333

In San Diego at the 2019 American Academy of Religion’s annual meeting, Dave McConeghy sat down with six early career scholars to discuss religious literacy in the context of the release of the AAR’s Religious Literacy Guidelines. The guidelines were a multi-year project funded by a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, and speak not only to the needs of teachers in higher education like the panelists in this roundtable, but also more broadly to primary school education in the U.S.  The panelists gathered here represent significant voices in the next wave of changes to religious studies programs, where market pressures mean we must think deliberately about how to position religious studies within the academy to advance our field and its work. Among the central questions explored in this episode, perhaps the most fundamental is this: What is the role of our teaching and scholarly contexts on the way we approach religious literacy? If one-size cannot fit all, then what is different about religious literacy when it comes to a public versus a private college? What is the impact of teaching to a regional versus national student body? How do the varied missions expressed by our universities encourage or limit our dialogue with the critical theoretical wings of our discipline? Join us for a lively conversation with Richard Newton, Chris Jones, Rebekka King, Bradley Onishi, Kevin Minister, and Jenna Gray-Hildenbrand.

Exclusive action shots during recording by David McConeghy:

DATE 2020-05-25 07:01:49
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/what-does-religious-literacy-mean-in-your-context/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/ep333title-1.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: AAR, pedagogy, public scholarship, religious literacy, Religious Studies
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/O7Q6gxR-IQI
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/333-RSP-Regular-1.mp3
EXCERPT: Will #religiousliteracy save Religious Studies? At the 2019 AAR in San Diego, Dave McConeghy moderated a roundtable with early career scholars about the meaning of religious literacy in their context. Join us for a lively discussion about what it means to teach religious studies with Richard Newton, Chris Jones, Rebekka King, Jenna-Gray-Hildenbrand, Kevin Minister, and Bradly Onishi.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/what-does-religious-literacy-mean-in-your-context/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Richard Newton


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


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CONTRIBUTOR: Chris Jones


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


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Rebekka King


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/rebekka-king/"


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Jenna Gray-Hildenbrand


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/jenna-gray-hildenbrand/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Gray_Hildenbrand__Jenna_large_0.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Kevin Minister


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/kevin-minister/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/kevin-minister-1.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Bradley Onishi


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/bradley-onishi/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/BradleyOnishi.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 #, Discourse! May 2020 with David G. Robertson, Suzanne Owen, and Craig Martin CONTENT:
TITLE: Discourse! May 2020 with David G. Robertson, Suzanne Owen, and Craig Martin
EPISODE_#: ERROR

It’s ideology, religion and conspiracy all the way in this month’s Discourse! David G. Robertson is joined by Suzanne Owen and Craig Martin to discuss the Sun’s mockery of pagans, problems with the Guardian’s headline that people are returning to the Church, coronavirus conspiracies in India targetting Muslims, and how “idiology” (or one idiology, anyway) is pushing the religion out of religious studies.

Stories discussed: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11512177/boris-must-stop-breakdown-of-lockdown-or-nastier-one-on-way/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/03/british-public-turn-to-prayer-as-one-in-four-tune-in-to-religious-services

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/13/coronavirus-conspiracy-theories-targeting-muslims-spread-in-india

https://www.jamesgmartin.center/2020/04/how-political-ideology-is-pushing-religion-out-of-religious-studies/?fbclid=IwAR2mPiNs7mejrWvc1QV14jVU2M2CJ4zboaMpZD-LhLE4CLaskpCz0Xx4Ors

DATE 2020-05-18 07:00:24
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/discourse-may-2020-with-david-g-robertson-suzanne-owen-and-craig-martin/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/discourseMaymemes.png
CATEGORY: Discourse, Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Ideology, India, prayer, RSP Discourse
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/2pkjDiQw2wg
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Discourse-May-2020.mp3
EXCERPT: It’s ideology, religion and conspiracy all the way in this month’s Discourse! David G. Robertson is joined by Suzanne Owen and Craig Martin to discuss the Sun’s mockery of pagans, problems with the Guardian’s headline that people are returning to the Church, coronavirus conspiracies in India targetting Muslims, and how “idiology” (or one idiology, anyway) is pushing the religion out of religious studies.
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Suzanne Owen


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


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Craig Martin


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


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CONTRIBUTOR: David G. Robertson


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


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Responses

Episode Data for #332, Race, Religious Freedom & Empire in Post-War Japan CONTENT:
TITLE: Race, Religious Freedom & Empire in Post-War Japan
EPISODE_#: 332

At the 2019 American Academy of Religion conference in San Diego, California, Brett Esaki sat down with Jolyon Thomas to discuss Thomas’ new book Faking Liberties and the complex intersection of religious freedom, empire, and racialization in the post-war relationship between Japan and the United States. The processes or projects of secularization, says Thomas, were instrument of American empire. By looking at the ways discourses about religious freedom regulated race, gender, and ritual practices in occupation-era Japan, we can see the double-standard of what America has advocated for abroad versus practiced at home. Thomas calls for deeper scholarly engagement with the category of “freedom” and how freedom of religious expression has been racially coded as white in the United States. It is a cautionary tale with important pedagogical and institutional lessons. If we find that discussing “diversity looks like activism,” he suggests, then “we have a huge problem” that reveals why diversity in the academy is essential for discussing secularism, religious freedom, and religion today.

DATE 2020-05-11 07:00:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/race-religious-freedom-empire-in-post-war-japan/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/1IMG-4038-David-McConeghy-scaled-2.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Japan, Race, Religious freedom, Secularism, Shinto
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/6vo1lONOTio
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/332-RSP-Regular-1.mp3
EXCERPT: Jolyon Thomas talks American Empire, Racialization, and Religion in Post-War Japan with Brett Esaki at the 2019 AAR Conference in San Diego, CA.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/race-religious-freedom-and-empire-in-post-war-japan-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Jolyon Thomas


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/jolyon-thomas/"


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CONTRIBUTOR: Brett Esaki


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


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


Responses

RESPONSE: Imagining American and Japanese Religious Freedom

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/imagining-american-and-japanese-religious-freedom/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

RESPONSE: Religious legislation as a place of religion-making

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/religious-legislation-as-a-place-of-religion-making/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #331, May the Fourth Be With You CONTENT:
TITLE: May the Fourth Be With You
EPISODE_#: 331

Happy May the Fourth! Today we bring you a special episode of The Religious Studies Project to celebrate 2020’s International Star Wars Day. After the release of Star Wars film in 1977, it became obvious that creator George Lucas had tapped into something profound. Over the next few decades, Star Wars became a behemoth worth billions of dollars and a multi-media franchise spanning film, television, video games, comic books, novels, theme parks, toys, and much more. Since 2012, the RSP has touched on Star Wars many times, most often in discussions of invented, fictional, or hyper-real religions. Enjoy the selections from six different episodes as we learn why this franchise and other popular cultural institutions are important sites for the production of identity and the construction of the category of religion.

To hear the original recordings, please visit the following episodes:

DATE 2020-05-04 07:00:31
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/may-the-fourth-be-with-you/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/11024px-Star_Wars_Logo.svg-David-McConeghy.png
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Identity, Popular Culture
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/jxe-RwJL6oE
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/331-RSP-Regular-1.mp3
EXCERPT: To honor May the Fourth, International Star Wars Day, please enjoy this compilation of classic Religious Studies Project interviews about Star Wars!
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Beth Singler


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


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CONTRIBUTOR: Vivian Asimos


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/vivian-asimos/"


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Adam Possamai


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/adam-possamai/"


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Markus Davidsen


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/markus-davidsen/"


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CONTRIBUTOR: Teemu Taira


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


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CONTRIBUTOR: Carole Cusack


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


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CONTRIBUTOR: David McConeghy


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


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Responses

Episode Data for #330, Boxing and Religious Identity CONTENT:
TITLE: Boxing and Religious Identity
EPISODE_#: 330

Boxers routinely cultivate personal brands that integrate religious, ethnic, and national identities says Professor Arlene Sanchez Walsh in this conversation with David McConeghy about the relationship between sport and self. To what degree are boxer’s religious affiliations only as skin deep as their tattoos? What are the goals for boxers looking to integrate their personal narratives of religious conversion as elements of their professional identity? What are the different stakes for audiences or communities with longstanding support for the sport? In this moment of social distancing, please enjoy this moment of reflection on the intersections of sport and religion. No matter what sport you may find yourself a fan of, we hope that you can soon return to playing and watching it soon.

DATE 2020-04-27 07:00:08
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/boxing-and-religious-identity/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Still_image_from_Corkys_Corner_Documentary.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: conversion, religious identity
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/dVVGR72PxhU
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/330-RSP-Regular.mp3
EXCERPT: Are boxers’ religious affiliations only as skin deep as their tattoos? Find out in this conversation about boxing and religious identity with Prof. Arlene Sanchez Walsh by David McConeghy.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/boxing-and-religious-identity-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Arlene Sanchez Walsh


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/arlene-sanchez-walsh/"


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


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: Painfully Stripped Away, Painfully Added

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/painfully-stripped-away-painfully-added/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, Discourse! April 2020 with Christopher Cotter, Chris Silver and Savannah Finver CONTENT:
TITLE: Discourse! April 2020 with Christopher Cotter, Chris Silver and Savannah Finver
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In April’s episode of Discourse!, Chris Cotter, Chris Silver and Savannah Finver place the current global situation relating to coronavirus front and centre in their discussion. Come for serious commentary but stay for some levity in the form of cats and dogs. Topics of discussion concern the adaption of certain practices for online spaces, the regulation of the ‘religious’ by the ‘secular’, state hardship funding for ‘religious’ institutions in the US, funeral practices, the excellent recent ‘You’re all Muslim” tweet, and comments on the NHS ‘as religion’ in the UK.

Links for items discussed in this episode:

• https://religionmediacentre.org.uk/news-comment/the-nhs-our-national-religion-2/ • https://abcnews.go.com/Health/ongoing-religious-services-spark-debate-faith-verses-safety/ • https://religionmediacentre.org.uk/news-comment/congregations-rise-as-worship-moves-to-the-internet/ • https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/06/828462517/another-break-from-the-past-government-will-help-churches-pay-pastor-salaries?

On religion-related pet ownership:

• https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jssr.12637 [Academic] • https://religionnews.com/2020/01/07/why-your-faith-may-predict-whether-you-love-cats-or-dogs/ • https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2020/01/07/commentary-atheists/ • http://urbanchristiannews.com/2020/01/study-shows-that-atheists-prefer-cats-while-christians-love-dogs/ • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7855331/Churchgoers-likely-cats-atheists-study-finds.html

DATE 2020-04-20 07:00:02
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/discourse-april-2020-with-christopher-cotter-chris-silver-and-savannah-finver/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/coronaviruscatmeme.png
CATEGORY: Discourse, Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: RSP Discourse
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/Jw4T3uWNCnA
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Discourse-April-2020.mp3
EXCERPT: In April’s episode of Discourse!, Chris Cotter, Chris Silver and Susannah Finver place the current global situation relating to coronavirus front and centre in their discussion.
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Christopher F. Silver


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/christopher-f-silver/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/ChristopherSilver.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: 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 #329, Near Death Experiences CONTENT:
TITLE: Near Death Experiences
EPISODE_#: 329

Accounts of Near Death Experiences will no doubt be very familiar to listeners of the RSP and the broader public. From fictional accounts such as the Wizard of Oz or Flatliners, to self-reports which grew in popularity in the mid-twentieth century, many of us will be know narrative tropes such as the tunnel, the life review, and the out of body experience. Existing research has tended to, on the one hand, focus on the pathological elements of Near Death Narratives – attempting to ‘explain away’ the phenomenon in reductionistic terms – or, on the other hand, view such accounts as substantive proof of a ‘world beyond’. In today’s podcast, we showcase an approach which accepts reports of Near Death Experiences as discourse, and attempts to understand them in their social, cultural, and historical context. Further, we ask what is the relationship between these narratives and contemporary discourse on ‘religion’? Joining Chris Cotter in this podcast is Professor Jens Schlieter, who has admirably addressed these questions and more in his recent book What Is It Like To Be Dead? Near-Death Experiences, Christianity, and the Occult (OUP 2018).

In this episode, we discuss definitions of Near Death Experiences, how one might study reports of such experiences from a critical study of religion perspective, how such reports are related to modern societal developments such as ‘secularization’, individualization, and advances in medical science, as well as the impact of ‘religious’ meta-cultures upon these reports and the potential ‘religious’ functions they appear to serve.

DATE 2020-04-13 07:00:29
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/near-death-experiences/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/tunnel-3915169_1280.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: christianity, Death, Discourse, Esotericism, modernity, narrative, Near Death Experiences, Secularization
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/hVGL0IwIdms
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/329-RSP-Regular-1.mp3
EXCERPT: In this episode, Christopher Cotter discusses Near Death Experiences with Jens Schlieter. How does one study reports of such experiences from a critical study of religion perspective? How are such reports related to modern societal developments such as ‘secularization’, individualization, or advances in medical science?
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/near-death-experiences-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Jens Schlieter


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/jens-schlieter/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/JensSchlieter.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: Are NDEs Universal?

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/are-ndes-universal/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

RESPONSE: On the study of NDEs

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/on-the-details-of-the-study-of-ndes/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #328, Challenging the Normative Stance of Aniconism in the Study of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam CONTENT:
TITLE: Challenging the Normative Stance of Aniconism in the Study of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
EPISODE_#: 328

In a co-edited volume, Figurations and Sensations of the Unseen in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Contested Desires, Birgit Meyer and Terje Stordalen bring together innovative perspectives on the prevalence of images in religious traditions often described as harboring aniconistic tendencies. Should we really see these traditions as “anti-image”? This episode charts some of the major moves taking place in the volume, especially the presumption of the normative stance of aniconism in the study of these traditions. What if we turn instead to the aesthetic regimes of the religious traditions in question by  considering their shared habitus or the methods of “seeing”used by their members? Such a shift reveals the political nature of debates over images, and the power of iconoclasm. Referring to specific case studies from the volume, the conversation offers ideas about re-imagining and challenging the assumption by scholars that practitioners of religious traditions such as Islam, Judaism, or Christianity hold a contemptuous view of images. Perhaps an increased focus on aesthetic regimes rather than images can provide a superior way to analyze and select data for this area of religious studies.

DATE 2020-04-06 07:00:05
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/challenging-the-normative-stance-of-aniconism-in-judaism-christianity-and-islam/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/9781350078635.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: christianity, Islam, Judaism, material culture, Visual Culture
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/uIbFt7PGsrQ
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/328-RSP-Regular.mp3
EXCERPT: In this episode, Candace Mixon discusses aniconism with Birgit Meyer & Terje Stordalen. Would our normative assumptions about the absence of images in certain traditions be better served by turning to aesthetics?
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/challenging-the-normative-stance-of-aniconism-in-the-study-of-christianity-judaism-and-islam-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Birgit Meyer


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/birgit-meyer/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/BirgitMeyer.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Terje Stordalen


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/terje-stordalen/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/1stordalen-terje.png


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

RESPONSE: Depicting the Undepictable: the word, the image, the divine and Islam

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/depicting-the-undepictable-the-word-the-image-the-divine-and-islam/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #331, The Public Square and the Heart of Culture War CONTENT:
TITLE: The Public Square and the Heart of Culture War
EPISODE_#: 331

Norman Lear was a central figure in American television in the 1970s. His media productions like All in the Family were deeply activist, reflecting his ideas about what kinds of dialogue and reflection were needed to preserve American society in an era of sharp divisions over social and political issues that came to be called the Culture Wars. As a voice for progressivism and liberalism, Lear articulated a powerful vision of the public square where civility was the shared root for multicultural America. In this conversation, Dr. Benji Rolsky frames the public square as the central discursive space for mid 20th century liberals, one which not only gave them great social leverage but also limited their future strategic options to respond to the emergence of the religious right as a consolidated political block starting with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980.

DATE 2020-03-30 07:00:05
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the-public-square-and-the-heart-of-culture-war/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/PublicSquare.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: American religious history
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/XHjDlaDhEFo
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/327-RSP-Regular-1.mp3
EXCERPT: In this conversation with Dr. Benji Rolsky, we learn how the public square became the ideological focus of American liberal strategies in the 1970s and beyond thanks to the efforts of media figures like Norman Lear.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/the-public-square-and-the-heart-of-culture-wars-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Benjamin Rolsky


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/benjamin-rolsky/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Benji-Rolsky.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: The Rise and Fall of the Televised Public Square

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-televised-public-square/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, Discourse! March 2020 with Theo Wildcroft, Dan Gorman, & Vivian Asimos CONTENT:
TITLE: Discourse! March 2020 with Theo Wildcroft, Dan Gorman, & Vivian Asimos
EPISODE_#: ERROR In this month’s episode of Discourse!, Theo Wildcroft, Dan Gorman and special emergency guest Vivian Asimos discuss the US Supreme Court’s relationship to Christianity, how the Independent dealt with criticism of a review of a book critical of paganism, and religion, abuse and the idea of a ‘witch hunt’ in yoga and academia. Oh and something called coronavirus? Links for items discussed in this episode:             Source for Featured Image Screenshot of Rio’s Christ the Redeemer with the flags of countries afflicted by Covid-19: https://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/2020/03/20/embracing-the-grace-of-covid-19/  
DATE 2020-03-23 07:00:30
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/discourse-march-2020-with-theo-wildcroft-dan-gorman-vivian-asimos/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/covid19religionpic.jpg
CATEGORY: Discourse, Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Discourse, religion and politics, RSP Discourse
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/BWJbqTaopiQ
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Discourse-March.mp3
EXCERPT: In this month’s episode of Discourse!, Theo Wildcroft, Dan Gorman and special emergency guest Vivian Asimos discuss the US Supreme Court’s relationship to Christianity, how the Independent dealt with criticism of a review of a book critical of paganism, and religion, abuse and the idea of a ‘witch hunt’ in yoga and academia. Oh and something called coronavirus?
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Vivian Asimos


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/vivian-asimos/"


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


Responses

Episode Data for #326, Empty Signs in an Automatic Signalling System CONTENT:
TITLE: Empty Signs in an Automatic Signalling System
EPISODE_#: 326

This second interview with Timothy Fitzgerald covers his later work, from Discourse on Civility and Barbarity (2007) and Religion and Politics in International Relations: The Modern Myth (2011). In these works, thinking about the historical development of the category “religion” leads to consideration of other ‘modern’ categories which make up the colonial epistemé. If religion is deconstructed, where does that leave the other categories that use or rely on it? What happens to its common opposites like “the secular”, “science”, “liberalism” or even “politics”?

Fitzgerald argues that this mutually-dependent signalling system largely emerged in the late 17th century.  As rhetorical terms expressing specific class interests and aspirations in concrete situations of power, this system of signals originated in the context of the ancient regimes and sacred Monarchies of Christian Europe. Since then, each category has been continually contested, with shifting and unstable meanings. Now they have become so capacious and universalised that they have no clear boundaries, and we cannot properly distinguish between them. Yet these ideas have, over time and through repetition, become normalised and neutralised such that they appear as common sense. Today they form the basic categories for the organisation of our institutions, including academia and universities.

Listen to the first part of David G. Robertson’s interview with Timothy Fitzgerald on The Ideology of Religious Studies here: Episode 322 “The Problem with ‘Religion’ and Related Categories”

DATE 2020-03-16 07:00:58
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/empty-signs-in-an-automatic-signalling-system/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Orion_constellation_Hevelius.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: category formation, critical, deconstruction, History, Politics, Secular, Secularism
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/t0nrrmX0Er8
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/326-RSP-Regular-1.mp3
EXCERPT: In this week’s episode, Timothy Fitzgerald speaks with David G. Robertson about why the history of the category “religion” should make us reconsider many other modern categories like politics, liberal, secular. Can these interrelated terms ever escape their origins in centuries of colonial epistemé?
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/empty-signs-in-an-automatic-signalling-system-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Timothy Fitzgerald


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


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


Responses

RESPONSE: Which Voice Speaks?

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/which-voice-speaks/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #325, Who Are the Power Worshippers? CONTENT:
TITLE: Who Are the Power Worshippers?
EPISODE_#: 325

Religious Nationalism is the focus of a newly released book by journalist Katherine Stewart called The Power Worshippers (Bloomsbury Press). Framing her work as a decade-plus interest in the political and rhetorical moves of conservative Christians in the United States, Stewart raises an alarm about the distributed assault she sees on the wall separating Church and State. In a politically charged moment in the United States, Stewart’s work emerges within a growing body of public-facing literature that sees intimate connections between radical religious groups and the ongoing struggle for the political and cultural power to shape American life.

DATE 2020-03-09 07:00:20
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/who-are-the-power-worshippers/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/181-SouU1GL-David-McConeghy.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: ERROR
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/PYwL4WWWjYo
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/325-RSP-Who-are-the-power-worshipers.mp3
EXCERPT: In this episode, journalist Katherine Stewart, author of a new book about religious nationalism called The Power Worshippers, shares her perspective on the religio-political struggle for the power to shape American life today.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/who-are-the-power-worshippers-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Katherine Stewart


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/katherine-stewart/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/1KatherineStewartThePowerWorshipperscreditAlanHowell-1.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 #324, Narrating Belief: Vernacular Religion in India CONTENT:
TITLE: Narrating Belief: Vernacular Religion in India
EPISODE_#: 324

Beliefs are not written in stone. They change over time and sometimes we hold contradictory beliefs. Taking beliefs as changing and nuanced rather than fixed reveals the role of narratives and cultural context in shaping beliefs.  In this week’s episode, Sidney Castillo’s conversation with Ülo Valk introduces us to some of the ways in which this process occurs in the form of vernacular religion. Focusing on the personal nature of these changes, Valk sees beliefs as fluid, which problematizes the stability of other categories such as knowledge and truth. Especially when we express beliefs as narratives, we change the way we understand the world. Valk’s research in Mayong, a village in northeast India, shows how beliefs about the use of magic, divination, gods, and mantras, allow for personalized and open-ended cultural traditions ripe for innovation.

This podcast was recorded and produced in the context of the 17th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR), “Religion – Continuations and Disruptions” held in Tartu, June 25 to June 29, 2019. We kindly thank the EASR Committee and the University of Tartu scientific committee, organising team, and volunteers for the support provided during this process.

DATE 2020-03-02 07:00:59
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/vernacular-religion-in-northeast-india-the-many-faces-of-epistemological-uncertainty/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Nagzira_Tiger_By_Vijay_Phulwadhawa.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Epistemology, Folklore, India, Supernatural, vernacular religion
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/oDElqhr8BXA
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/324-RSP-regular-2.mp3
EXCERPT: In northeast India, beliefs are more fluid than fixed, argues Ülo Valk in this week’s episode. What are the consequences when what we believe changes over time and how does that impact the stories we tell about the world?
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/narrating-belief-vernacular-religion-in-india-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Ülo Valk


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/ulo-valk/"


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

Episode Data for #323, Founding American Religion, the Journal CONTENT:
TITLE: Founding American Religion, the Journal
EPISODE_#: 323

Can a new journal expand how we think of America when we focus on religion? These two categories, religion and America, are at the center of American Religion, a new semiannual publication from Indiana University Press edited by Sarah Imhoff and M. Cooper Harriss. In this episode recorded at the 2019 AAR conference in San Diego, Imhoff and Harriss speak about what it’s like to found a new journal and where it will fit in the landscape of scholarship on religion in America. Be sure to visit the journal’s website, which hosts a number of digital-only features and details on subscriptions: american-religion.org/.

Sarah Imhoff and Cooper Harriss, editors of American Religion
DATE 2020-02-24 07:00:37
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/founding-american-religion-the-journal/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/AME-Cover-webedit.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: American religion, journal, Publishing
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/fBG4h_95g-E
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/RSP-323-Founding-American-Religion-regular-1.mp3
EXCERPT: Find out about the founding of the new journal American Religion with editors Sarah Imhoff and Cooper Harris
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/founding-american-religion-the-journal-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Sarah Imhoff


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/sarah-imhoff/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/12019_Sarah_Imhoff_.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Cooper Harriss


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/cooper-harriss/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/CooperHarriss.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: American Religion, a New Journal for the Discipline and an Opportunity to Reimagine How We Theorize

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/american-religion-a-new-journal-for-the-discipline-and-an-opportunity-to-reimagine-how-we-theorize/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #322, The Problem with ‘Religion’ (and related categories) CONTENT:
TITLE: The Problem with ‘Religion’ (and related categories)
EPISODE_#: 322

Tim Fitzgerald is one of the foundational figures in the critical study of religion, and his seminal volume, The Ideology of Religious Studies, was published twenty years ago this year. In this interview – the first of a two-part retrospective – we discuss his career and how his studies in Hinduism and his time spent in Japan led him to question the relationship of categories like caste and ritual to the broader category ‘religion’. His realisation was that religion is such a broad category that it can include almost everything. We discuss the historical development of the category, and its roots in Protestant theological ideas, and the political movements of the eighteenth century. This leads into a critique of the essentialist assumptions hidden by the category, and the phenomenological ideas in its use in academia, and its function as a tool in power relations.

DATE 2020-02-17 07:00:03
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/1-the-problem-with-religion-and-related-categories/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/71cm1GP8yoL-e1581774891750.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: category formation, critical, deconstruction, hinduism, Ideology, Japan, Ritual
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/8x5WQazJD0E
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/RSP-322-Timothy-Fitzgerald.mp3
EXCERPT: Tim Fitzgerald – a founding figure in the critical study of religion – discusses his career up to his seminal volume, The Ideology of Religious Studies, published twenty years ago this year.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/the-problem-with-religion-and-related-categories-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Timothy Fitzgerald


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


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


CONTRIBUTOR: David G. Robertson


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


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Responses

RESPONSE: Which Voice Speaks?

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/which-voice-speaks/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

RESPONSE: Intellectual Journeys: Insights from Timothy Fitzgerald’s Work

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/19223/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, Discourse! February 2020 with Sierra Lawson and Sidney Castillo CONTENT:
TITLE: Discourse! February 2020 with Sierra Lawson and Sidney Castillo
EPISODE_#: ERROR In this episode of Discourse, host Breann Fallon sat down with Sierra Lawson and Sidney Castillo to discuss current affairs issues that relate to religion. Sidney raised the very recent congress elections in Peru (held on January 26) and the role Christianity and New Religious Movements have on voting. Sierra brought to the table a novel which is receiving much media attention, perhaps not for the right reason, Jeanine Cummins’ American Dirt. Cummins accepted a seven-figure sum for this book on the immigrant experience. Both the book and the American publishing industry at large have received negative attention for their lack of Latino representation and the homogenising of both Latino and immigrant narratives. Using this as a springboard, Sierra, Sidney, and Breann discuss notion of diversity in the Religious Studies publishing world as well as the prominence of “American-civil-religion” stabilising narratives in the American literature and entertainment scene.
DATE 2020-02-10 08:00:56
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/discourse-february-2020-with-sierra-lawson-and-sidney-castillo/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/washington-deified.jpg
CATEGORY: Discourse, Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Civil Religion, Discourse, religion and politics
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Discourse-Feb-20.mp3
EXCERPT: Breann Fallon sits down with Sierra Lawson and Sidney Castillo to discuss the recent Peruvian Congress elections and the controversial new book “American Dirt.”
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Sierra Lawson


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


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


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Episode Data for #321, Artificial Intelligence and Religion CONTENT:
TITLE: Artificial Intelligence and Religion
EPISODE_#: 321

What is Artificial Intelligence and why might we want to consider it in relation to ‘religion’? What religion-related questions might be raised by AI? Are these ‘religious’ questions or ‘Christian’/’post-Christian’ ones? What ‘religious’ functions might AI serve? In what ways do popular discourses about AI intersect with religion-related discourses? Do narratives of AI form part of a teleological atheist narrative, or do they perpetuate prevalent tropes associated with ‘established’ or ‘new’ religious movements? And what are the intersections of AI and religion with issues such as slavery, human identity, affect and agency? This week, Chris is joined by Dr Beth Singler of the University of Cambridge to discuss these issues and many more.

This podcast builds on a roundtable discussion released on the RSP in February 2017, featuring Beth, Chris, Michael Morelli, Vivian Asimos and Jonathan Tuckett, titled “AI and Religion: An Initial Conversation” and a special issue of the RSP journal Implicit Religion, co-edited by Dr Singler, on Artificial Intelligence and Religion, published in 2017.

DATE 2020-02-03 08:00:16
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/artificial-intelligence-and-religion/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/technology-developer-touch-finger.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Artificial Intelligence, Discourse, Ethics, narrative, science, transhumanism
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/53Olcqp1-HI
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/RSP-321-Singler-regular-2.mp4
EXCERPT: Chris Cotter and Beth Singler discuss the intersections between religion and Artificial Intelligence from slavery and pain to machines taking over religious functions and practices.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/artificial-intelligence-and-religion-transcript/

Contributors

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


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: What is AI For?

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/what-is-ai-for/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

RESPONSE: Gaps in Our Understanding: AI, Gods, and Humanity

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/gaps-in-our-understanding-ai-gods-and-humanity/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #320, Religious Literacy is Social Justice CONTENT:
TITLE: Religious Literacy is Social Justice
EPISODE_#: 320

This week’s podcast with Professor Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst explores the University of Vermont’s new “Religious Literacy for Professionals” certificate. Framing religious literacy as social justice, Morgenstein Fuerst explains how her program is trying to reach undergraduates in other professional tracks at the 10 colleges around her university. With a powerful message for her students about the impact and relevance of religious studies coursework, this new program looks to prepare students for the modern America where religious affiliation is down but the need to be skilled “readers” of religion in culture is more pressing than ever.

DATE 2020-01-27 08:00:13
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/religious-literacy-is-social-justice/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/1Certificate-in-Religious-Literacy-for-Professions-David-McConeghy.png
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Higher Education, religious literacy
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/xZFgI4D7fw0
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/RSP-320-Fuerst-regular.mp3
EXCERPT: Is Religious Literacy social justice? In this week’s podcast with Professor Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, she discusses the University of Vermont’s new “Religious Literacy for Professionals” certificate and why religious studies does vital work for the academy.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/what-does-religious-literacy-mean-in-your-context/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/ilyse-morgenstein-fuerst/"


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


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: Choosing Not to Hide Behind the Camera

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/choosing-not-to-hide-behind-the-camera/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #319, Media and the Study of Religion CONTENT:
TITLE: Media and the Study of Religion
EPISODE_#: 319

The 2019 conference of the British Association for the Study of Religions, at Leeds Trinity University, was loosely themed on the topic ‘Visualizing Cultures: Media, Technology and Religion’, and this provided an excellent focal point for a discussion of Media and the Study of Religion more broadly. With that in mind, we convened a virtually mediated roundtable discussion with Suzanne Owen (conference organizer), Vivian Asimos and Tim Hutchings speaking with RSP co-founder Chris Cotter. These contributors bring a broad range of expertise and experience to the discussion, with work focusing upon online and digital spaces, the built environment, art, literature, broadcast media, social media, podcasting, and more. Discussion begins with the conference, before turning to how a media approach can help the study of religion, what we might mean by media and mediation, challenges of taking a media approach, the utilization of media in teaching, how to avoid reifying ‘religion’ in the process, and more.

This discussion works well as a companion piece with a number of previous RSP podcasts, including Religion and the News (with Eileen Barker, Tim Hutchings, Christopher Landau, and David Gordon Wilson), Religion and the Media  (with Teemu Taira), Religious Authority and Social Media (with Pauline Hope Cheong), Religion, Violence and the Media (with Jolyon Mitchell), and Visual Culture and the Study of Religion (with Birgit Meyer).

DATE 2020-01-20 08:01:04
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/media-and-the-study-of-religion/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/28208489145_7cbebd18e3_c.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Art, Authenticity, Digital, Identity, media, Mediation, narrative, News, Online
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/VxXFSTTLk-E
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/RSP-319-Media-Roundtable-regular-1.mp3
EXCERPT: Vivian Asimos, Chris Cotter, Time Hutchings and Suzanne Owen discuss the intersections of Media and the Study of Religion.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/media-and-the-study-of-religion-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Suzanne Owen


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


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Vivian Asimos


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/vivian-asimos/"


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Tim Hutchings


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/tim-hutchings/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/tim_hutchings.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: The Essential and Complex Relationship of Religion and Media

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/the-essential-and-complex-relationship-of-religion-and-media/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

RESPONSE: The Inauthenticity of New Media

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/the-inauthenticity-of-new-media/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #318, The Sacrality of the Secular and Philosophy of Religion CONTENT:
TITLE: The Sacrality of the Secular and Philosophy of Religion
EPISODE_#: 318


“It’s possible,” says Professor Bradley Onishi, “to hold an enchanted secularity” if we stop thinking of secularism as mere rationalism. In this week’s podcast, we hear about the ways in which philosophy of religion has thought “with” religion rather than for or against religion. Tracing alternative models of secularity through Martin Heidegger, Geoges Bataille, and others, Onishi calls on us to rethink how the philosophy of religion can help religious studies find different ways to frame the categories of secular and religious. As a resource in the academy, he says, religions themselves provide ways to question our basic assumptions about what religion does for us and look at our normative assumptions about anew.

Transcription forthcoming.

DATE 2020-01-13 08:02:46
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the-sacrality-of-the-secular-and-philosophy-of-religion/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/133300599230_a452005473_k-David-McConeghy.jpg
CATEGORY: needs transcription, Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Max Weber, philosophy of religion, Secular, Secularism, Secularity, Secularization thesis
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/rsaLiBUqNFQ
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/RSP-318-Onishi-2-regular.mp3
EXCERPT: In this week’s podcast, we speak with Bradley Onishi about the ways in which philosophy of religion has thought “with” religion rather than for or against religion. “It’s possible,” he says, “to hold an enchanted secularity” if we think about religions themselves as tools for questioning our basic assumptions about the world.
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Bradley Onishi


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/bradley-onishi/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/BradleyOnishi.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: Webs without Borders

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/webs-without-borders/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

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

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/narrating-secularism-in-the-continental-philosophy-of-religion-onishi-and-the-enduring-consequences-of-the-secularization-thesis/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, Discourse! #13 | January 2020 CONTENT:
TITLE: Discourse! #13 | January 2020
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This decade’s first episode of Discourse! is hosted by Vivian Asimos, with guests Aled Thomas and Michael Munnick. This time, the theme is “communication” – fittingly enough. The conversation covers stories about different models of Christianity among evangelical Trump supporters, the recent resurgence of the use of “cult” in popular media, Greta Thunberg as a charismatic leader and media’s downplaying of Islamic Solidarity in the Gambian justice minister’s genocide charge at the UN against Myanmar.

Read the current events sources discussed in today’s episode here:

DATE 2020-01-07 08:00:56
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/discourse-13-january-2020/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/1280px-Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder_-_The_Tower_of_Babel_Vienna_-_Google_Art_Project-1.jpg
CATEGORY: Discourse, Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: RSP Discourse
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Discourse-jan-2020.mp3
EXCERPT: ERROR
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Aled Thomas


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/aled-thomas/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/AledThomas.jpg


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: Vivian Asimos


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/vivian-asimos/"


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


Responses