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Episode Data for #, Discourse #11 | Oct 2019 CONTENT:
TITLE: Discourse #11 | Oct 2019
EPISODE_#: ERROR

Chris Cotter is joined by Susannah Crockford and Sierra Lawson in this month’s edition of discourse, discussing college football politics in Alabama, Donald Trump’s new ‘spiritual adviser’, a Day of the Dead/Dia de Muertos memorializing migrants who have died at the US border, Armistice/Remembrance/Veterans’ day rituals, and the recent controversy surrounding QR codes at the AAR-SBL.

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DATE 2019-11-19 08:00:26
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/discourse-11-oct-2019/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/KAIEU2GDE4I6PBF4LYUFY72FCI.jpg
CATEGORY: Discourse, needs transcription, Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: ERROR
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Discourse-November-Content-Edited.mp3
EXCERPT: Chris Cotter is joined by Susannah Crockford and Sierra Lawson in this month’s edition of discourse, discussing college football politics in Alabama, Donald Trump’s new ‘spiritual adviser’, a Day of the Dead/Dia de Muertos memorializing migrants who have died at the US border, Armistice/Remembrance/Veterans day rituals, and the recent controversy surrounding QR codes at the AAR-SBL.
TRANSCRIPT_URL ERROR

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: Susannah Crockford


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/susannah-crockford/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/headshot.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 #311, Doctors and Stigmatics in the 19th and 20th centuries CONTENT:
TITLE: Doctors and Stigmatics in the 19th and 20th centuries
EPISODE_#: 311

Stigmata are a special kind of miraculous event. They involve the physical manifestation of Jesus’ wounds as depicted in the Bible Gospels. Though many people in history have claimed to bear these marks, they have also been used as proof of the existence of God or to build legitimacy for a religious community. Those who have studied stigmata include investigators from the Catholic Church, religious skeptics, and medical professionals.

This week’s podcast with Gabor Klaniczay focuses on the final group, doctors. In his research on stigmata during the 19th and 20th century in Europe, Klaniczay analyzes how the medical discourse has tried to establish authenticity for stigmata cases. Discourses differed based on religious affiliation with Catholic doctors were more prone to credit them as proof of the supernatural, while Protestants ones were more skeptical, often trying to attribute them to hysteria, self-suggestion, or plain forgery.

Throughout the interview, Klaniczay refers to the social context in which stigmata occurred, as in the cases of Louise Lateau in 19th century Belgium and France, and Padre Pio in 20th century Italy. The first corresponded with a time of intense social change and secularization during the Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune, while the second found correspondences with World War I and major processes in Italian politics. In this way, Klaniczay’s approach reflects Jesuit historian Michel de Certeau’s  research on the 17th century Loudun Possessions: miraculous or mystical events are the language in which the symptoms of social change take form.

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 2019-11-18 09:00:02
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/doctors-and-stigmatics-in-the-19th-and-20th-centuries/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/hqdefault.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: europe, Michel De Certeau, Mysticism
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/ZwPGOfcDqMk
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/RSP-311-JZ-Klaniczay-classroom-1.mp3
EXCERPT: In this week’s podcast with Gabor Klaniczay we learn about cases of stigmata during the 19th and 20th century in Europe, where medical discourses clashed with as well as supported religious discourses about the authenticity and meaning of famous stigmata cases like Italian Padre Pio.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/doctors-and-stigmatics-in-the-19th-and-20th-centuries-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Gabor Klaniczay


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/gabor-klaniczay/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/gaborklaniczay.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: Religion, Stigmata, and History

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/religion-stigmata-and-history/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #310, Reflections on “Thinking with Jonathan Z. Smith” CONTENT:
TITLE: Reflections on “Thinking with Jonathan Z. Smith”
EPISODE_#: 310

Following the “Thinking with Jonathan Z. Smith” Conference hosted by the Norwegian University for Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway, Aaron W. Hughes, the conference’s keynote speaker, joined The Religious Studies Project to discuss some of what was discussed during the conference and primarily the legacy of J.Z. Smith’s work for the field of religious studies.

The conference papers provided great examples of the application of Smith’s work across sub-fields and for religious studies pedagogy. But this wide application of Smith’s work also raised some questions not only about how scholars read and engage with his work but also about how we adapt and apply his work moving forward. Hughes reflects on the impact of Smith’s scholarship while also addressing critiques of his approach. Hughes contends that Smith left scholars of religion with a simple but impossible task of critically engaging and reflecting on one’s work while maintaining a playful, comparative approach.

DATE 2019-11-11 08:00:32
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/reflections-on-thinking-with-jonathan-z-smith/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/58c6974d4174778f4242ba264b35e6bc.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Discourse, Identity, Jonathan Z. Smith, pedagogy, study of religion
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/ois3P51o9LA
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/RSP-310-JZ-Smith-regular.mp3
EXCERPT: Aaron Hughes, the keynote speaker for the #JZSatNTNU Conference in Trondheim, Norway, talks with the RSP about the legacy of Jonathan Z. Smith’s work for the field of religious studies.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/reflections-on-the-thinking-with-jonathan-z-smith-conference-at-ntnu-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Aaron W. Hughes


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/aaron-w-hughes/"


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Andie Alexander


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


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


Responses

RESPONSE: Religion as a Species of Human Activity

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/religion-as-a-species-of-human-activity/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #309, Lady Death and the Pluralization of Latin American Religion CONTENT:
TITLE: Lady Death and the Pluralization of Latin American Religion
EPISODE_#: 309

In today’s podcast Professor R. Andrew Chesnut reflects on the broad changes in Latin America that show why Santa Muerte is one of the fastest growing religious movements in the world. By connecting Brazil’s colonial past to its pluralist present, Dr. Chesnut explains how folk saint culture connects the country’s diverse population of Catholic, Pentecostal, and Afro-Brazilian religious groups. Focusing on lived religious experiences, including Santa Muerte’s unofficial role in Day of the Dead in Mexico, this episode highlights the many different ways Lady Death operates for her devotees and reveals some of the ongoing challenges of studying the religion amid the rapidly changing religious landscape of the Global South today.

DATE 2019-10-31 08:00:14
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/lady-death-and-the-pluralization-of-latin-american-religion/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/1devotedtodeath2-David-McConeghy.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Brazil, Catholicism, christianity, Lived Religion, Pentecostalism
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/5jGHO1QjNzM
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/RSP-309-Chestnut-classroom-1.mp3
EXCERPT: In today’s podcast, Professor R. Andrew Chesnut connects Brazil’s colonial past to its pluralist present and explains why folk saint devotion to Santa Muerte or Lady Death is one of the fastest growing religious movements in the world.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/lady-death-and-the-pluralisation-of-latin-american-religion-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: R. Andrew Chesnut


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/r-andrew-chesnut/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/RAndrewChesnut.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: Santa Muerte and the Interplay of Cultures on Dia de los Muertos

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/santa-muerte-and-the-interplay-of-cultures-on-dia-de-los-muertos/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #308, EASR 2019 Publishing Panel CONTENT:
TITLE: EASR 2019 Publishing Panel
EPISODE_#: 308

This panel, recorded at the EASR conference 2019 at the University of Tartu, is intended for PhD students and early career scholars who want to learn more about the publishing world. We encourage listeners to watch the video version of this week’s episode on YouTube, which has timestamps in the video description for the different questions answered by these experienced editors and publishers in their hour-long discussion.

On the panel chaired by Suzanne Owen were Michael Stausberg, Gregory D. Alles, Joshua Wells, Valerie Hall, Jenny Butler, and James White.

This event was organized by the Estonian Society for the Study of Religions and University of Tartu in cooperation with Religious Studies Project, and was supported by the European Regional Developmental Fund (through Enterprise Estonia). We thank them for their generous help to produce this resource.

DATE 2019-10-28 08:00:26
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/easr-2019-publishing-panel/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/woodtype-846089_1280.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: EASR, Publishing
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/d8EFAepg5Pc
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/RSP-308-EASR-Publishing_regular.mp3
EXCERPT: This panel, recorded at the EASR conference 2019 at the University of Tartu, is intended for PhD students and early career scholars who want to learn more about the publishing world.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/easr-publishing-roundtable-2019-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: 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

RESPONSE: Whose Academy Is This, Anyway?

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/whose-academy-is-this-anyway/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

RESPONSE: Use Peer-Review to Become a Stronger Writer

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/use-peer-review-to-become-a-stronger-writer/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #307, The secularization of discourse in contemporary Latin American neoconservatism CONTENT:
TITLE: The secularization of discourse in contemporary Latin American neoconservatism
EPISODE_#: 307

Conservative discourse has had many faces in Latin America. For most of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the Catholic Church had a monopoly, but was succeeded by the charismatic evangelical movements after the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s. As the Catholic Church took a more progressive turn, evangelical movements became the spokespersons for conservative views. Today, these discourses are being infused with scientific perspectives.

In this week’s podcast, Professor Jerry Espinoza Rivera explains how historical Latin American conservatism became neoconservatism. Though Latin America is diverse, conservatism has been a constant throughout the region’s history, intervening not only in the power plays of religious institutions, but also in the shaping of people’s everyday life conceptions of the world. Through a discussion of The Black Book of the New Left: Gender Ideology or Cultural Subversion by Argentinian authors Nicolás Marquez and Agustín Laje, Espinoza Rivera shows how neoconservatism has managed to influence these processes by developing a language of its own that blends “scientific” arguments with philosophical and historical analysis of the contemporary world political landscape. This language is popular among religious groups, including both Pentecostals, Evangelicals, and Catholics today. Paradoxically, the diverse users of this language has generated a common tongue for anyone that wants to participate in current Latin American public arenas.

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 2019-10-21 08:00:49
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the-secularization-of-discourse-in-contemporary-latin-american-neoconservatism/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/rio-1303951_1280.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Discourse, Latin America, neoconservatism, religion and politics, Secularization
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/P54Afh91XVI
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/RSP-307-Espinoza-regular.mp3
EXCERPT: In this week’s podcast, Professor Jerry Espinoza Rivera explains how Latin American conservatism became neoconservatism. Though Latin America is diverse, conservatism has been a widespread in the region shaping not only the political power plays of religious institutions but the people’s daily experience of the world. Recently, however, neoconservatism has managed to develop a language of its own that blends science and philosophy with historical analysis of the contemporary world political landscape to become an significant religio-cultural force.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/the-secularisation-of-discourse-in-contemporary-latin-american-neoconservatism-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Jerry Espinoza Rivera


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/jerry-espinoza-rivera/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/1s200_jerry.espinoza_rivera.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: Fragile Triumph: The Enlightenment’s Ongoing Travail

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/fragile-triumph-the-enlightenments-ongoing-travail/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

RESPONSE: The Winter of (Neo)Conservative Discontent

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/the-winter-of-neoconservative-discontent/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, Are you my data? #4 | Naomi Goldenberg CONTENT:
TITLE: Are you my data? #4 | Naomi Goldenberg
EPISODE_#: ERROR

David Robertson talks to Naomi Goldenberg in this episode of Are You My Data?, recorded at Leibniz University in Hannover. Topics include Naomi’s teaching strategies, some really useful time management and writing strategies, before the second half of the conversation moves to the critical study of religion. Why hasn’t the critical study of religion fundamentally changes the field in the twenty years since The Ideology of Religious Studies? How do we move the agenda on past the stage of simply deconstructing the category, and get the idea out beyond scholarly discourse?

You can download this interview here, and subscribe to receive our weekly podcast, on iTunes. If you enjoyed it, please take a moment to rate us. And remember, you can use our Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com, or Amazon.ca links to support us at no additional cost when buying academic texts, like Religion as a Category of Governance and Sovereignty or Naomi Goldenberg’s Changing of the Gods: Feminism and the End of Traditional Religions

DATE 2019-10-16 08:08:53
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/are-you-my-data-4-naomi-goldenberg/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/goldenbergelephant.jpg
CATEGORY: Are you my data?, needs transcription, Patrons Area, Podcasts
TERMS: ERROR
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: ERROR
EXCERPT: David Robertson talks to Naomi Goldenberg in this episode of Are You My Data? recorded at Leibniz University in Hannover.
TRANSCRIPT_URL ERROR

Contributors

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: 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

Episode Data for #306, BASR 2019: The State of the Discipline CONTENT:
TITLE: BASR 2019: The State of the Discipline
EPISODE_#: 306

The theme of the BASR conference 2019 was “Visualising Cultures: Media, Religion and Technology”. Vivian Asimos and Theodora Wildcroft took the opportunity to ask the delegates a few pertinent questions: what inspired them about the conference theme, their opinion about major trends in the discipline, and how they were personally feeling about REF 2021. Think of this as a ‘state of the discipline’ round up, as we come closer to the end of the year. With thanks to our participants: Suzanne Owen, Dawn Llewellyn, Bettina Schmidt, Jonathan Tuckett, Aled Thomas, Tim Hutchings, David Robertson, Stephen Brooks and Chris Cotter.

DATE 2019-10-14 08:00:33
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/basr-2019-the-state-of-the-discipline/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Presentation1-1.png
CATEGORY: needs transcription, Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: BASR
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/sRAKWVY61AQ
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/RSP-306-BASR2019-regular.mp3
EXCERPT: Vivian Asimos and Theodora Wildcroft took the opportunity to ask the delegates of BASR 2019 what inspired them about the conference theme, their opinion about major trends in the discipline, and how they were personally feeling about REF 2021.
TRANSCRIPT_URL ERROR

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Theo Wildcroft


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


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Vivian Asimos


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


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Suzanne Owen


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


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Dawn Llewellyn


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


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Bettina Schmidt


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/bettina-schmidt/"


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Jonathan Tuckett


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/jonathan-tuckett/"


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


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: 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: 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 #305, When Archive Meets A.I. – Computational Humanities Research on a Danish Secular Saint CONTENT:
TITLE: When Archive Meets A.I. – Computational Humanities Research on a Danish Secular Saint
EPISODE_#: 305

The allure of speaking on behalf of a dead personality or scholar is a constant impulse among their respective followers. Every now and then questions like “what would x think about the world we live in?” or “what did x exactly meant with this argument?” are thrown in debate rooms, the political arena, or specialized conferences on the relevance of a certain scholar. And while the answers to these questions continue to fill up edited volumes, social media feeds, or inspirational quotes for the day, the accuracy of these statements remain to be proven by the very persons who uttered them in the first place.

Fortunately, we are growing closer to a solution to this conundrum with the increasing development of artificial intelligence (a.i.). In this week’s podcast, Katrine Frøkjaer Baunvig discusses preliminary results from the research project “Waking the Dead”. This project aims to build an a.i. bot of Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig (1783-1872), a Danish “secular saint” considered to be the father of modern Denmark, who contributed immensely into generating a national consciousness through his writings, both in a political and religious way.

Professor Baunvig explains how the research team went through by using the digitized works of Grundtvig with machine learning, into developing and algorithm and training it with the whole work corpus. Then they used word embedding to build semantic networks -a sort of conceptual blueprint for outlining Grundtvig’s worldview- and contextualized them using digitized newspapers of the time when he was alive. The expected result is to place the a.i. Grundtvig bot inside a look-alike robot that can interact with people in public settings such as the Danish National Museum by September 2022, the year of his 150th deathday.

The anthropological, sociological and philosophical reflections these future interactions with the public will be of much interest once we find out what people have to say about the accuracy of thought of this “resurrected” Danish thinker, but also, what this version of “Grundtvig” has to say about the current state of affairs of Danish society, and the world overall. Regardless of the result, one thing is for sure, both sides will honor Grundtvig’s idea of the “living word”: using the spoken act of communication as the best means to convey each other’s ideas.

DATE 2019-10-07 08:00:42
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/when-archive-meets-a-i-computational-humanities-research-on-a-danish-secular-saint/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/800px-GrundtvigByHansen-e1570199570929.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: artificial intelligence
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/hyN_WCbMd_o
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/RSP-305-Baunvig-regular.mp3
EXCERPT: In this week’s podcast, Katrine Frøkjaer Baunvig discusses preliminary results from the research project “Waking the Dead”. This project aims to build an a.i. bot of Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig (1783-1872), a Danish “secular saint” considered to be the father of modern Denmark, who contributed immensely into generating a national consciousness through his writings, both in a political and religious way.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/when-archive-meets-a-i-computational-humanities-research-on-a-danish-secular-saint-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Katrine Baunvig


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/katrine-baunvig/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/1Katrine_Fr_kj_r_Baunvig.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: The Promise of Reincarnation in the Grundtvig AI

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/the-promise-of-reincarnation-in-the-grundtvig-ai/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #304, How Religious Freedom Makes Religion CONTENT:
TITLE: How Religious Freedom Makes Religion
EPISODE_#: 304

Religious freedom has emerged in recent years as a pivotal topic for the study of religion. It is also the subject of heated debates within many countries and among human rights advocates globally, where competing groups advance radically different ideas about how religious freedom operates and what it protects. While for marginalized and minority communities, this freedom can provide important avenues of appeal, at the same time, governing regimes of religious freedom have most often served the interests of those in power and opened up new channels of coercion by the state.

This conversation with Tisa Wenger, author of Religious Freedom: The Contested History of an American Ideal, starts with the question of how religious freedom talk functions to shape the category of religion and to transform what counts as religious in the modern world. Using Wenger’s ethnographic and historical research on the Pueblo Indians, we discuss how local, national, and international regimes of religious freedom have shaped (or even produced) new religious formations, ways of being religious, norms of good vs. bad religion, or distinctions between the religious and the secular. In short, how has religious freedom (re)produced religion and its others in the modern world?

DATE 2019-09-30 08:00:39
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/how-religious-freedom-makes-religion/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/WengerReligiousFreedom.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: American religion, critical, Law, Religious freedom
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/wt2PG3rn8P8
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/RSP-304-Wenger-regular.mp3
EXCERPT: Tisa Wenger tells David Robertson how local, national, and international regimes of religious freedom have produced and reproduced the category ‘religion’ and its others in the modern world.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/how-religious-freedom-makes-religion-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Tisa Wenger


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/tisa-wenger/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/1Tisa-Wenger.jpeg


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: The Politics of Religious Freedom and the Criminalization of Blackness

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/the-politics-of-religious-freedom-and-the-criminalization-of-blackness/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, Discourse #10 |Sept 2019 CONTENT:
TITLE: Discourse #10 |Sept 2019
EPISODE_#: ERROR This month on Discourse! join David G. Robertson, Vivian Asimos and Aled Thomas at the BASR as they discuss the mythology of Zelda, austerity and evangelical Christians, and the potential arson of Crowley’s Loch Ness redoubt, Boleskine House. Links:
  • Austerity and evangelical Christians: https://www.premierchristianity.com/Past-Issues/2018/June-2018/Faith-in-action-How-Christians-are-plugging-the-gap-left-by-austerity
  • Mythology of Zelda https://youtu.be/3fr1Z07AV00
  • Potential arson at Boleskine House https://wildhunt.org/2019/08/update-on-boleskine-house-arson.html
DATE 2019-09-26 08:00:20
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/discourse-10-sept-2019/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Boleskine_house.png
CATEGORY: Discourse, needs transcription, Patrons Area, Podcasts, Season 9
TERMS: crowley, Evangelical Christianity, Evangelicalism, Evangelicals, Occult, Occultism, Video Games
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Discourse-sept-19.mp3
EXCERPT: ERROR
TRANSCRIPT_URL ERROR

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: Aled Thomas


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


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

Episode Data for #303, Natural Selection In the Evolution of Religion CONTENT:
TITLE: Natural Selection In the Evolution of Religion
EPISODE_#: 303

Since its inception, evolutionary theory has sought to provide a comprehensive framework for understanding biological processes and their degree of influence in the ecology of the behavior of living beings. Such an approach has managed to explain how the pressure mechanism of natural selection has allowed the emergence of biological systems that exhibit social behavior (e.g. ants, dolphins, and Hominidae in general). Yet, when trying to address the ever-increasing complexity that grows within the social and cultural evolution of different societies, this explanation does not suffice.

In this week’s podcast, professor Armin Geertz outlines an answer elaborating on the arguments presented in his co-authored book The Emergence and Evolution of Religion by Means of Natural Selection. He argues that there are multilevel selection processes that happen within different sociocultural formations, and these are key to understanding how religion has evolved throughout history.

He proposes 4 ways in which additional selection pressures occur, these are named after prominent names in the history of sociological thought: Spencerian type 1, Durkheimian, Spencerian type 2, and Marxian. Respectively, the first is related to group formation based symbolic identification, the second relates to the group competition that happens within an environmental niche, the third refers to when polities developed complex institutions capable of wide regional or global expansión, and the fourth is when in a society, there is discrimination against specific groups, which could lead to a revolution or to that group to be put down.

In all of these, religion plays a key role in articulating, contrasting, or supporting different ways of social engagement within a society and between societies as well. Understanding these mechanisms and the way they interplay with religion allows for a complementary framework derived from natural selection towards sociocultural evolution.

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 2019-09-23 08:00:17
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/natural-selection-in-the-evolution-of-religion/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Darwins_finches_by_Gould.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 9, Updated Episodes
TERMS: cognitive science of religion
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/tBXWFmVMUWM
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/RSP-303-Geertz-2-regular.mp3
EXCERPT: In this week’s podcast, professor Armin Geertz outlines an answer elaborating on the arguments presented in his co-authored book The Emergence and Evolution of Religion by Means of Natural Selection. He argues that there are multilevel selection processes that happen within different sociocultural formations, and these are key to understanding how religion has evolved throughout history.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/natural-selection-in-the-evolution-of-religion-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Armin Geertz


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/armin-geertz/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Armin_W_Geertz.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 #, Discourse! #9 | July 2019 CONTENT:
TITLE: Discourse! #9 | July 2019
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This month on Discourse!, David Robertson, Suzanne Newcombe and Daniel Gorman, Jr. discuss some recent figures on religious change, in the UK and the US. We discuss how and why the term ‘cult’ is making a comeback, particularly in the US, and often in regard to Trump. This leads into a broader discussion about how religion is represented in the news media, and Suzanne has some suggestions for how to move this forward.

Links: Religion Media Centre: https://religionmediacentre.org.uk/ British Social Attitudes 2018: www.bsa.natcen.ac.uk/media/39293/1_bsa36_religion.pdf BBC Worldwide Religion & Ethics – Heart and Soul (short videos): https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p002vsn4/clips Sophia Smith Galer (BBC journalist): https://sophiasmithgaler.com/ Religious Education Council: https://www.religiouseducationcouncil.org.uk RE: Online Resources:  https://www.reonline.org.uk/ How millennials replaced religion with astrology and crystals UK secularism on rise as more than half say they have no religion The Deepening Crisis in Evangelical Christianity Justin Amash explains why the GOP is irredeemable

You can download this interview, and subscribe to receive our weekly podcast, on iTunes. If you enjoyed it, please take a moment to rate us. And remember, you can use our Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com, or Amazon.ca links to support us at no additional cost when buying moisturiser, snoods, graphic novels and nematodes.

DATE 2019-07-22 13:59:28
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/discourse-9-july-2019/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/368gkl.jpg
CATEGORY: needs transcription, Patrons Area, Podcasts, Season 8
TERMS: ERROR
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: ERROR
EXCERPT: This month on Discourse!, David Robertson, Suzanne Newcombe and Daniel Gorman, Jr. discuss some recent figures on religious change, and why the term ‘cult’ is making a comeback in the US
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: David G. Robertson


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


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


CONTRIBUTOR: 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: Daniel Gorman Jr.


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


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


Responses

Episode Data for #302, When Islam Is Not a Religion CONTENT:
TITLE: When Islam Is Not a Religion
EPISODE_#: 302

Asma Uddin is the author of When Islam Is Not a Religion: Inside America’s Fight for Religious Freedom. In this book, Uddin examines an alarming trend to redefine Islam as a political ideology, not a religion. In our conversation, we track the history of this movement to redefine Islam and its implications for the rights of Muslims. We discuss the widespread presumption among American progressives that courts tend to protect religious freedom for Christians, but not for Muslims, and we examine particular stories that support and problematize that narrative. In particular, Uddin provides vivid examples of how American courts have reacted to arguments that Islam is not a religion. Uddin explains how and why Muslims and their allies disagree about whether religious freedom laws offer (or should offer) necessary or sufficient legal frameworks for protecting the rights of religious minorities in the United States.

In the latter part of the conversation, we discuss Uddin’s approach to writing the book. She describes how she balanced the desires to better equip people who already acknowledge that Islam is a religion and, on the other hand, to convince those who view Islam only as a political ideology to change their minds.

DATE 2019-06-24 13:54:25
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/when-islam-is-not-a-religion/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/HistoricMNsupreme-scaled-2.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Definition, Islam, Islamophobia, Law, Religious freedom
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6GgNpsRUzI
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/RSP-Asma-Uddin-Benjamin-Marcus-Regular.mp3
EXCERPT: Asma Uddin is the author of When Islam Is Not a Religion: Inside America’s Fight for Religious Freedom. In this book, Uddin examines an alarming trend to redefine Islam as a political ideology, not a religion. In our conversation, we track the history of this movement to redefine Islam and its implications for the rights of Muslims. We discuss the widespread presumption among American progressives that courts tend to protect religious freedom for Christians, but not for Muslims, and we examine particular stories that support and problematize that narrative. In particular, Uddin provides vivid examples of how American courts have reacted to arguments that Islam is not a religion.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/when-islam-is-not-a-religion-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Asma T. Uddin


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/asma-t-uddin/"


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


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

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

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/when-religion-is-not-religion/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, Discourse #8 (June 2019) CONTENT:
TITLE: Discourse #8 (June 2019)
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This month on Discourse, Breann Fallon, Carole Cusack and Ray Radford approach the Australian news from a Religious Studies perspective. We cover the appeal of Cardinal George Pell, the drama around Israel Folau, and the impact of Christianity on the recent Australian federal election results.

DATE 2019-06-18 12:44:36
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/discourse-8-june-2019/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/john-schnobrich-520023-unsplash-scaled-1.jpg
CATEGORY: needs transcription, Patrons Area, Podcasts, Season 8
TERMS: Australia, christianity, Discourse, News, Politics
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: ERROR
EXCERPT: This month on Discourse, Breann Fallon, Carole Cusack and Ray Radford approach the Australian news from a Religious Studies perspective. We cover the appeal of Cardinal George Pell, the drama around Israel Folau, and the impact of Christianity on the recent Australian federal election results.
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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: Carole Cusack


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


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Raymond Radford


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


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


Responses

Episode Data for #, Discourse, Australia Edition CONTENT:
TITLE: Discourse, Australia Edition
EPISODE_#: ERROR This week’s episode is a bit special. We’re sharing the newest episode of Discourse, a spin-off show our Patreon supporters have been enjoying this year. Discourse has a globally rotating cast of RSP editors, friends and guests, who take a critical look at the discourse on ‘religion’ in the news and media! If you enjoy the episode, you can enjoy monthly episodes by subscribing just a dollar a month at patreon.com/projectrs. This month on Discourse, Breann Fallon, Carole Cusack and Ray Radford approach the Australian news from a Religious Studies perspective. We cover the appeal of Cardinal George Pell, the drama around Israel Folau, and the impact of Christianity on the recent Australian federal election results.
DATE 2019-06-18 12:37:15
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/discourse-may-australia-edition/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/default-image.jpg
CATEGORY: needs transcription, Podcasts, Season 8
TERMS: Australia, christianity, Discourse, News, Politics
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: ERROR
EXCERPT: Breann Fallon, Carole Cusack and Ray Radford approach the Australian news from a Religious Studies perspective. We cover the appeal of Cardinal George Pell, the drama around Israel Folau, and the impact of Christianity on the recent Australian federal election results.
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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: Carole Cusack


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


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Raymond Radford


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


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


Responses

Episode Data for #300, Spatial Contestations and Conversions CONTENT:
TITLE: Spatial Contestations and Conversions
EPISODE_#: 300

Listeners to the Religious Studies Project, particularly in a European context, might be quite familiar with the sight of a former church building that has now turned derelict, or is being used for a purposes that perhaps it wasn’t intended for, or is being rejuvenated by another ‘religious’ community, another Christian community, or put to some other use. Chris is joined today by Daan Beekers to discuss spatial contestations and conversions, particularly looking at (former) church buildings in the Dutch context. We discuss some of the research projects he has been involved in, before looking at two particular case studies – the Fatih Mosque, and the Chassé Dance Studios – where Church ‘conversions’ have taken place. We discuss the various discursive entanglements surrounding these buildings, and the contested notions of heritage that come from different constituencies who are invested in their presence. Finally, we ask if there is anything necessarily ‘religious’ going on here… (Unsurprisingly, the answer is, ‘it’s complicated… but there’s nothing sui generis).

Listeners may be interested to check out Daan’s recent blog post, Converted Churches: Matters of Entanglement, Heritage and Home.

They are also encouraged to listen to our previous podcasts with Kim Knott on “Religion, Space and Locality” and Peter Collins on “Religion and the Built Environment.”

DATE 2019-06-10 13:19:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/spatial-contestations-and-conversions/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/ca-x.original-1.gif
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: conversion, Discourse, Place, Space
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/b9EqqmfuYFw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/RSP-300-Beekers-Regular.mp3
EXCERPT: Listeners to the Religious Studies Project, particularly in a European context, might be quite familiar with the sight of a former church building that has now turned derelict, or is being used for a purposes that perhaps it wasn’t intended for, or is being rejuvenated by another ‘religious’ community, another Christian community, or put to some other use. Chris is joined today by Daan Beekers to discuss spatial contestations and conversions, particularly looking at (former) church buildings in the Dutch context.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/spatial-contestation-and-conversions-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Daan Beekers


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/daan-beekers/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/daan-beekers.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 #299, Philology and the Comparative Study of Myths CONTENT:
TITLE: Philology and the Comparative Study of Myths
EPISODE_#: 299

The use of source languages for the academic study of religion has had a long-standing presence in scholarly production. Especially useful in the comparative study of myth, philology has contributed in shedding light on the meaning of old texts and other written records of ancient civilizations, as well as finding linguistic convergences and contrasts among them.
In this week’s podcasts, Dr. Paola Corrente gives us insights in how the use of the philological approach can be beneficial for, not only providing a common and solid framework for comparative research but also, for providing more suitable ways of classification according to linguistic criteria. Her work on the “dying gods” –i.e. gods that die but come back to life– of Ancient Greece and Mesopotamia, which draws on the concept formulated by James George Frazer, provides a case for this exercise.
On the last segment of the interview, she opens a debate on how scholars of religion tend to reject classifications when studying religion comparatively. In this regard, she appeals tacitly to what another likeminded author has identified as “religiocentrism” (Diez de Velasco 2005), that is, the methodological bias that a researcher could have when studying other forms of religiosity or spirituality.

DATE 2019-06-03 08:58:34
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/philology-and-the-comparative-study-of-myths/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/philology.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: linguistics
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/ym50QtyirXc
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/RSP-299-Corrente-Philology-REGULAR.mp3
EXCERPT: In this week’s podcasts, Dr. Paola Corrente gives us insights in how the use of the philological approach can be beneficial for, not only providing a common and solid framework for comparative research but also, for providing more suitable ways of classification according to linguistic criteria. Her work on the “dying gods” –i.e. gods that die but come back to life– of Ancient Greece and Mesopotamia, which draws on the concept formulated by James George Frazer, provides a case for this exercise.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/philology-and-the-comparative-study-of-myths-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Paola Corrente


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/paola-corrente/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/PaolaCorrente.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 #298, Science Fiction, Video Games, and Religion CONTENT:
TITLE: Science Fiction, Video Games, and Religion
EPISODE_#: 298

Science fiction and video games are more visible than ever as their popularity reaches record numbers. From classic arcade games like Asteroids to modern open-world sandbox simulators like No Man’s Sky that require hundreds of hours to complete fully, science fiction is one of the most common gaming genres. This podcast explores the ways religion and science fiction appear together in these cultural products, asks how gamers see the value of this play, and how we seek belief in things that are ‘out of this world’ as a means to escape the present by sharing our hopes about the future.

DATE 2019-05-27 12:38:58
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/science-fiction-video-games-and-religion/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/wallpaper2you_51377.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Science Fiction, Video Games
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/kEsA9elzP4I
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Ray-Radford-Regular1.mp3
EXCERPT: Science fiction and video games are more visible than ever as their popularity reaches record numbers. From classic arcade games to modern open-world sandbox simulators that require hundreds of hours to complete fully, science fiction is one of the most common gaming genres. This podcast explores the ways religion and science fiction appear together in these cultural products, asks how gamers see the value of this play, and how we seek belief in things that are ‘out of this world’ as a means to escape the present by sharing our hopes about the future.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/science-fiction-video-games-and-religion-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Benn Banasik


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/benn-banasik/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/s200_benn.banasik.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Tara Smith


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


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/hiclipart.com_.png


CONTRIBUTOR: Raymond Radford


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


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Responses

RESPONSE: Science Fiction and the Para-Religious

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/science-fiction-and-the-para-religious/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

RESPONSE: Navigating the Religious Worlds of Science Fiction and Video Games

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/navigating-the-religious-worlds-of-science-fiction-and-video-games/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, Are You My Data? #3 – Ann Taves CONTENT:
TITLE: Are You My Data? #3 – Ann Taves
EPISODE_#: ERROR

In this bumper episode of AYMD, Ann Taves talks to David Robertson about how she makes time to write, explanation versus interpretation, the metaphysics of mind, ‘special things’ in other disciplines, and what she has changed her mind about.

 You can download this interview here, and subscribe to receive our weekly podcast, on iTunes. If you enjoyed it, please take a moment to rate us. And remember, you can use our Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com, or Amazon.ca links to support us at no additional cost when buying academic texts, like Ann Taves’ Religious Experience Reconsidered or her newest book, Revelatory Events.

DATE 2019-05-22 10:12:52
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/are-you-my-data-3-ann-taves/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/AYMD_C.png
CATEGORY: Are you my data?, needs transcription, Patrons Area, Podcasts
TERMS: ERROR
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: ERROR
EXCERPT: In this bumper episode of AYMD, Ann Taves talks to David Robertson about how she makes time to write, explanation versus interpretation, the metaphysics of mind, ‘special things’ in other disciplines, and what she has changed her mind about.
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Ann Taves


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


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


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Episode Data for #297, Religion, Food Waste, and Food Consumption CONTENT:
TITLE: Religion, Food Waste, and Food Consumption
EPISODE_#: 297

In this interview, Dr. Anna Salonen explains how ethics is being involved in her studies of food waste and consumption by both religious and non-religious populations that live in affluent societies, such as Finland and Canada. Also, Dr. Anna Salonen describes to Mariia Alekseevskaia how and why studying food in its interconnection to religious practices or daily experiences contributes to better understanding of human being as well as our relations with nonhuman animals and nonhuman world. Lastly, Dr. Salonen shares some tips and suggestions for those who are interested in interdisciplinary research, where food is one of key themes.

DATE 2019-05-20 10:43:09
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/religion-food-waste/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/food.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: ERROR
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/yZ3xXO7FrCE
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/RSP-297-Salonen-regular-1.mp3
EXCERPT: Anna Salonen explains how ethics is being involved in her studies of food waste and consumption by both religious and non-religious populations that live in affluent societies, such as Finland and Canada.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/religion-food-waste-and-food-consumption-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Anna Sofia Salonen


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


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Mariia Alekseevskaia


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/mariia-alekseevskaia/"


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


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Episode Data for #296, Buddhism in the critical classroom CONTENT:
TITLE: Buddhism in the critical classroom
EPISODE_#: 296

How do we deal with different cultural languages when teaching an Introduction to Buddhism course? A distinct religious vocabulary reveals itself during early assignments, where students freely deploy terms like “sin,” “atheism,” “afterlife,” and others in their discussions, associating sin with negative karmic action, atheism to their perception of Buddhism as a “godless” religion, the afterlife in reference to rebirth, and so forth. How do these “cultural languages” or “religious language” inform our pedagogical strategies in the classroom. Is cultural familiarity something to be broken immediately and displaced by new concepts and perspectives? Is it to be leveraged as devices for easy onboarding to other, more unfamiliar terms and ideas? Are they to be outright ignored?

To discuss this, David Robertson is joined by Matthew Hayes from UCLA for a wide-ranging and open discussion.

DATE 2019-05-13 08:46:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/buddhism-in-the-critical-classroom/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/1333170_Wallpaper2.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Buddhism, critical, pedagogy, teaching
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/5Lui2QUcBTA
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/RSP-296-Hayes-Regular.mp3
EXCERPT: How do we deal with different cultural languages when teaching an Introduction to Buddhism course? Is cultural familiarity something to be broken immediately and displaced by new concepts and perspectives? Is it to be leveraged as devices for easy onboarding to other, more unfamiliar terms and ideas? Are they to be outright ignored? David Robertson is joined by Matthew Hayes
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/buddhism-in-the-critical-classroom-transcript/

Contributors

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: 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

Episode Data for #295, Critical Approaches to Pre-Islamic Arabia and Early Islam CONTENT:
TITLE: Critical Approaches to Pre-Islamic Arabia and Early Islam
EPISODE_#: 295


Given the way in which many introductory courses present the history of early Islam and pre-Islamic Arabia, we may be tempted to think that the historical facts were well established and the narrative uncontested. However, this is far from the case. What evidence do we actually have from this period, and how may it challenge the conventional narratives that have become canonised in sacred and academic histories? What misconceptions might be challenged by modern epigraphic work, or the application of Social Identity theories to ancient texts? And why might this matter for contemporary Islam, contemporary Islamic Studies, and the critical study of religion more broadly? Joining Chris to discuss these questions, is Dr Ilkka Lindstedt of the University of Helsinki.

DATE 2019-05-07 15:06:26
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/critical-approaches-to-pre-islamic-arabia-and-early-islam/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/mamluk-baptismal-bowl-e1557241535849.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: History, Islam
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/jWnCncZiqFU
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/RSP-295-Lindstedt-regular.mp3
EXCERPT: Given the way in which many introductory courses present the history of early Islam and pre-Islamic Arabia, we may be tempted to think that the historical facts were well established and the narrative uncontested. However, this is far from the case. What evidence do we actually have from this period, and how may it challenge the conventional narratives that have become canonised in sacred and academic histories? What misconceptions might be challenged by modern epigraphic work, or the application of Social Identity theories to ancient texts? And why might this matter for contemporary Islam, contemporary Islamic Studies, and the critical study of religion more broadly? Joining Chris to discuss these questions, is Dr Ilkka Lindstedt of the University of Helsinki.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/critical-approaches-to-pre-islamic-arabia-and-early-islam-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Ilkka Lindstedt


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/ilkka-lindstedt/"


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


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Episode Data for #294, Demystifying the Study of Religion CONTENT:
TITLE: Demystifying the Study of Religion
EPISODE_#: 294

In this podcast we have a group discussion about Russell McCutcheon’s new book, Religion in Theory and Practice: Demystifying the Field for Burgeoning Academics. Joining us on the podcast is not only the author himself, but two young scholars who also contributed to the book, Matt Sheedy and Tara Baldrick-Morrone.

This book is of particular interest to the RSP because it is not just another critical theory book on religion, but examines the practical sites where theory gets implemented and challenged at the university. Moreover, it specifically includes the perspective of early career scholars and the struggles they face as they navigate the sparse job market. In this interview we discuss what is included in the book, how it got put together, and some of the broader theoretical and practical issues it deals with. Topics discussed include how to construct an introductory course, the job market, contingent labor, the gap between what we learn as graduate students and what we are expected to teach once we are working in the field, as well as other issues.

DATE 2019-04-29 14:45:16
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/demystifying-the-study-of-religion/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/wall-copy.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: pedagogy, Practice, Religious Studies, tenure, theory
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/LK9fIx1vkLw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Professionalisation-regular_112k.mp3
EXCERPT: In this podcast we have a group discussion about Russell McCutcheon’s new book, Religion in Theory and Practice: Demystifying the Field for Burgeoning Academics. Joining us on the podcast is not only the author himself, but two young scholars who also contributed to the book, Matt Sheedy and Tara Baldrick-Marone.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/demystifying-the-study-of-religion-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Matt Sheedy


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


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/MattSheedy.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Tara Baldrick-Marone


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/tara-baldrick-marone/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/RWA-Baldrick-Morrone.jpeg


CONTRIBUTOR: Russell McCutcheon


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


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Tenzan Eaghll


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/tenzan-eaghll/"


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


Responses

Episode Data for #293, Nonreligion, Religion, and Public Health CONTENT:
TITLE: Nonreligion, Religion, and Public Health
EPISODE_#: 293

The link between religion/spirituality (RS) and health is a recurring theme in the empirical literature within the psychology and sociology of religion, medical studies, and other disciplines. Although this research is usually limited to correlational studies, RS is often interpreted to be an important causal factor in positive health outcomes. This has led some academics, NGO’s, and governments to argue that the putative health benefits of RS might be harnessed for public health and public policy more broadly. For example, the United States Army has recently launched a “spiritual health” program, and in the United Kingdom there is an ongoing debate about whether mindfulness meditation should be taught in schools. Government initiatives aside, what if the nonreligious are equally as healthy? In this podcast, Thomas J. Coleman III interviews Dr. David Speed on how research using nonreligious and nonbelieving samples problematizes some of the underlying assumptions of the relationship between RS and public health.

DATE 2019-04-22 10:15:21
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/nonreligion-religion-and-public-health/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/PH_Basics.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Health, Nonreligion, Psychology of Religion, Spirituality
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/6dEei6-fHEc
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/RSP-293-Speed-regular.mp3
EXCERPT: The link between religion/spirituality (RS) and health is a recurring theme in the empirical literature within the psychology and sociology of religion, medical studies, and other disciplines. Although this research is usually limited to correlational studies, RS is often interpreted to be an important causal factor in positive health outcomes. This has led some academics, NGO’s, and governments to argue that the putative health benefits of RS might be harnessed for public health and public policy more broadly. For example, the United States Army has recently launched a “spiritual health” program, and in the United Kingdom there is an ongoing debate about whether mindfulness meditation should be taught in schools. Government initiatives aside, what if the nonreligious are equally as healthy? In this podcast, Thomas J. Coleman III interviews Dr. David Speed on how research using nonreligious and nonbelieving samples problematizes some of the underlying assumptions of the relationship between RS and public health.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/nonreligion-religion-and-public-health-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: David Speed


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


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


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


Responses

RESPONSE: The God-Shaped Elephant

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/the-god-shaped-elephant/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet