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Episode Data for #, Discourse #7, April Edition CONTENT:
TITLE: Discourse #7, April Edition
EPISODE_#: ERROR This month on Discourse, Jaqueline Hargreaves, Jennifer Uzell and Theo Wildcroft approach the news from a Religious Studies perspective. We cover public responses to the Christchurch attack and the wearing of religious symbols as an act of solidarity. We discuss the boundaries of culture and religion, secularism and Buddhism, talking about the translation of mindfulness practices into indigenous Australian languages. Finally, we contemplate the intricate relationships between religious practice and materials, considering a number of recent news stories that involve fire and ash in acts of purification and consecration. Links: Headscarves and hakas: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/25/an-image-of-hope-how-a-local-photographer-captured-the-famous-ardern-picture https://talkradio.co.uk/news/nz-women-wear-headscarves-solidarity-christchurch-victims-19032230378 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/02/jacinda-ardern-christchurch-grief-muslims-new-zealand Mindfulness in indigenous languages: https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-17/outback-meditation-aboriginal-women-create-mindfulness-app/10901896?pfmredir=sm Book burning and Ash Wednesday: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/apr/04/polish-priest-apologises-for-harry-potter-book-burning https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26478900 Sadly, we didn’t have time to note the best religion-based April Fool’s joke of the year: https://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2019/04/government-to-approve-first-jedi-faith-school
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DATE 2019-04-17 04:27:57
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/discourse-7-april-edition/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2yrt6l.jpg
CATEGORY: Discourse, needs transcription, Patrons Area, Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: ERROR
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/RSP-Discourse-7.mp3
EXCERPT: This month on Discourse, Jaqueline Hargreaves, Jennifer Uzell and Theo Wildcroft approach the news from a Religious Studies perspective. We cover public responses to the Christchurch attack and the wearing of religious symbols as an act of solidarity. We discuss the boundaries of culture and religion, secularism and Buddhism, talking about the translation of mindfulness practices into indigenous Australian languages. Finally, we contemplate the intricate relationships between religious practice and materials, considering a number of recent news stories that involve fire and ash in acts of purification and consecration.
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: Jacqueline Hargreaves


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/jacqueline-hargreaves/"


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


Responses

Episode Data for #, What is Mindfulness? A Critical Religious Studies Approach CONTENT:
TITLE: What is Mindfulness? A Critical Religious Studies Approach
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Any casual user of social media can’t have missed the increasing number of adverts for dozens of ‘mindfulness’ apps. Perhaps you have encountered the term in the workplace or in a healthcare setting? It seems that, in the contemporary West, mindfulness is everywhere. But what is it? How popular is it? What is its connection to particular forms of Buddhism? Can it ever be considered wholly secular or is it necessarily religious? And why does this matter, and for whom? Today, Chris is joined by Ville Husgafvel of the University of Helsinki to discuss these important questions surrounding an increasingly pervasive phenomenon that has received little engagement from the critical religious studies community.

DATE 2019-04-15 13:01:53
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/what-is-mindfulness-a-critical-religious-studies-approach/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/meditaiton-1.png
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: alternative spirituality, Buddhism, critical religion, Secularity, Spirituality, world religions
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/9DmZ1716tRk
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Husgafvel-Edit-Chris-Cotter-Regular.mp3
EXCERPT: Any casual user of social media can’t have missed the increasing number of adverts for dozens of ‘mindfulness’ apps. Perhaps you have encountered the term in the workplace or in a healthcare setting? It seems that, in the contemporary West, mindfulness is everywhere. But what is it? How popular is it? What is its connection to particular forms of Buddhism? Can it ever be considered wholly secular or is it necessarily religious? And why does this matter, and for whom? Today, Chris is joined by Ville Husgafvel of the University of Helsinki to discuss these important questions surrounding an increasingly pervasive phenomenon that has received little engagement from the critical religious studies community.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/what-is-mindfulness-a-critical-religious-studies-approach-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Ville Husgafvel


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/ville-husgafvel/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/s200_ville.husgafvel.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 #, Atheism, New Religious Movements, and Cultural Tension CONTENT:
TITLE: Atheism, New Religious Movements, and Cultural Tension
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Extensive research has been conducted in exploration of the American religious landscape; however, only recently has social science research started to explore nonbelief in any detail. Research on nonbelief has been limited as most research focuses on the popularity of the religious “nones” or the complexities of alternative faith expressions such as spirituality. Through two studies, one qualitative and one quantitative, Dr. Christopher F. Silver’s research explored how nonbelievers’ self-identify. Study 1 (the qualitative study) discovered that individuals have shared definitional agreement but use different words to describe different types of nonbelief. Through thematic coding, a typology of six different types of nonbelief was observed. Those are Academic Atheists, Activist Atheist/Agnostics, Seeker Agnostics, Antitheists, Non-Theists, and the Ritual Atheists. Study 2 explored the empirical aspects of these types related to the Big Five Domain, Ryff Psychological Well-Being, Narcissistic Personality Inventory, Multidimensional Anger Inventory, Rokeach Dogmatism Scale, and intersections related to religious and spiritual ontology.

If you enjoyed this podcast, check out Chris Silver’s podcasts about grad school and academia with “The Unlikely Academics” here.

DATE 2019-04-08 17:13:27
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/atheism-new-religious-movements-and-cultural-tension/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Tug-of-war.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Atheism, Non-Religion, Secularism
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/OYn4pqtE_qw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/RSP-chris-Silver-regular.mp3
EXCERPT: Extensive research has been conducted in exploration of the American religious landscape; however, only recently has social science research started to explore nonbelief in any detail. Research on nonbelief has been limited as most research focuses on the popularity of the religious “nones” or the complexities of alternative faith expressions such as spirituality. Through two studies, one qualitative and one quantitative, Dr. Christopher F. Silver’s research explored how nonbelievers’ self-identify.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/atheism-new-religious-movements-and-cultural-tension-transcript/

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: Kristeen Black


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/kristeen-black/"


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


Responses

RESPONSE: Ideal Types, Semantic Anarchy, and the Study of Atheism (etc.)

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/ideal-types-semantic-anarchy-and-the-study-of-atheism-etc/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, Discussing Pious Fashion and Muslim Dress Beyond the Headscarf CONTENT:
TITLE: Discussing Pious Fashion and Muslim Dress Beyond the Headscarf
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In this discussion, we cover some key terms from Bucar’s book, such as what Pious Fashion is, why it might be defined that way, and how it helps further a conversation about Muslim women beyond the veil. We discuss the differences in performing fieldwork for this project in Iran, Indonesia, and Turkey. Connecting this research to Islamophobia and Muslim experience in America, Liz Bucar reflects on how modesty has become more mainstream. Recording it at the American Academy of Religion conference in Denver, we also reflect on our own conservative fashion in academia and the experiences women scholars often have with dress and the academy.

DATE 2019-04-01 11:36:22
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/discussing-pious-fashion-and-muslim-dress-beyond-the-headscarf/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/dressingroom-e1554118006203.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: gender, Islam, muslim, Turkey
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/HLL5NzGnHgo
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Muslim-Dress-Regular.mp3
EXCERPT: In this discussion, we cover some key terms from Bucar’s book, such as what Pious Fashion is, why it might be defined that way, and how it helps further a conversation about Muslim women beyond the veil. We discuss the differences in performing fieldwork for this project in Iran, Indonesia, and Turkey. Connecting this research to Islamophobia and Muslim experience in America, Liz Bucar reflects on how modesty has become more mainstream.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/muslim-dress-beyond-the-headscarf-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Liz Bucar


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


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


CONTRIBUTOR: 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: Cosmopolitan and Cool--and Modest

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/cosmpolitan-and-cool-and-modest/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #289, Challenges and Responsibilities for the Public Scholar of Religion CONTENT:
TITLE: Challenges and Responsibilities for the Public Scholar of Religion
EPISODE_#: 289

In this interview, Megan Goodwin examines the current state of public religious studies scholarship. “Public scholar” has become a buzzword in some corners of the discipline of religious studies, variously referring to scholars who share their research to a broader audience on social media platforms, in popular media outlets, or through multimedia such as podcasts and online video. As more scholars have entered these ranks, the broader field has taken notice. The American Academy of Religion even declared the 2018 presidential theme as “Religious Studies in Public: The Civic Responsibilities, Opportunities, and Risks Facing Scholars of Religion.” What challenges do public scholars of religion face? Are academic institutions prepared to support these scholars as they are exposed both to greater scrutiny from their academic peers as well as vitriolic hate from trolls online? Where is public religious studies scholarship headed in the coming years?

DATE 2019-03-25 13:15:30
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/challenges-and-responsibilities-for-the-public-scholar-of-religion/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/mics-e1553519362449.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: public scholarship, Social Media
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/NwCT4I3g5aY
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/RSP-289-Megan-Goodwin-regular.mp3
EXCERPT: In this interview, Megan Goodwin examines the current state of public religious studies scholarship. “Public scholar” has become a buzzword in some corners of the discipline of religious studies, variously referring to scholars who share their research to a broader audience on social media platforms, in popular media outlets, or through multimedia such as podcasts and online video. As more scholars have entered these ranks, the broader field has taken notice.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/challenges-and-responsibilities-for-the-public-scholar-of-religion-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Megan Goodwin


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


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Andrew Henry


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


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


Responses

Episode Data for #, LDS Garments and Agency CONTENT:
TITLE: LDS Garments and Agency
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A candid discussion with Nancy Ross about Mormon women’s experiences with wearing LDS garments. From the paper “LDS Garments and Agency: A Qualitative Study of Meaning” by Nancy Ross and Jessica Finnigan: “The form of LDS garments has changed over time, from wrist-to-ankle, single-piece long underwear, to versions that included short sleeves and legs, to the two-piece styles that are common today. One of the most difficult aspects of studying garments is that talking about them is a transgressive act.” This is that boundary pushing discussion.

Looking for the additional audio mentioned in the podcast? Here’s a link.

DATE 2019-03-18 13:25:05
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/lds-garments-and-agency/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/garments.gif
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Sociology of Religion
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/cOfQ7khyQFM
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/LDS-Garments-Regular.mp3
EXCERPT: A candid discussion with Nancy Ross about Mormon women’s experiences with wearing LDS garments. From the paper “LDS Garments and Agency: A Qualitative Study of Meaning” by Nancy Ross and Jessica Finnigan: “The form of LDS garments has changed over time, from wrist-to-ankle, single-piece long underwear, to versions that included short sleeves and legs, to the two-piece styles that are common today. One of the most difficult aspects of studying garments is that talking about them is a transgressive act.” This is that boundary pushing discussion.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/lds-garments-and-agency-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Nancy Ross


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/nancy-ross/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Nancy-Ross-Headshot-e1552911523852.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Kristeen Black


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/kristeen-black/"


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


Responses

RESPONSE: The Garments of Latter-Day Saints as Embodied Sacred Practice

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/the-garments-of-latter-day-saints-as-embodied-sacred-practice/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

RESPONSE: Meditation on Friction

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/meditation-on-friction/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, Discourse #6, March Edition: With Joel Ritala, Jarno Sandberg, Anton Stranden, and Martta Tenhu CONTENT:
TITLE: Discourse #6, March Edition: With Joel Ritala, Jarno Sandberg, Anton Stranden, and Martta Tenhu
EPISODE_#: ERROR This special edition of #Discourse was recorded at the University of Helsinki in mid-February, with Chris and Study of Religion students Joel Ritala, Jarno Sandberg, Anton Stranden, and Martta Tenhu. Topics covered include conspiracy theories, the entanglement of ‘religion’ in education and festive celebrations in Finland and the UK, the first amendment of the United States constitution, and a controversial conversion in the Netherlands. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6669799/Far-right-Dutch-MP-branded-Islam-disease-announces-Muslim.html https://religion.ua.edu/blog/2019/02/10/this-week-in-the-first-amendment/ https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-10563613 https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jan/23/conspiracy-theories-internet-survivors-truth https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/jan/20/ultra-orthodox-haredi-jews-resist-new-sex-education-guidance 
DATE 2019-03-13 09:48:13
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/discourse-6-march-edition-with-joel-ritala-jarno-sandberg-anton-stranden-and-martta-tenhu/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/default-image.jpg
CATEGORY: Discourse, needs transcription, Patrons Area, Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: ERROR
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/DIscourse-6-MAR-19.mp3
EXCERPT: This special edition of #Discourse was recorded at the University of Helsinki in mid-February, with Chris and Study of Religion students Joel Ritala, Jarno Sandberg, Anton Stranden and Martta Tenhu. Topics covered include conspiracy theories, the entanglement of ‘religion’ in education and festive celebrations in Finland and the UK, the first amendment of the United States constitution, and a controversial conversion in the Netherlands.
TRANSCRIPT_URL ERROR

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Christopher R. Cotter


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


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


Responses

Episode Data for #, Religion and Multiculturalism in Canada and Beyond CONTENT:
TITLE: Religion and Multiculturalism in Canada and Beyond
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Dr. Wendy Fletcher is the co-author of “Space for Race: Decoding Issues of Race, Belonging and Multi- Culturalism in Canada and Beyond.” Through personal stories and historical accounts not always included in the telling of multiculturalism in Canada, Fletcher explores the merits of belonging. Defining the term “belonging” we learn the reality of Canadian multiculturalism and re-conceive how Canada can move forward to truly be an inclusive society. Fletcher explains the importance of her work in this book, and how is can be use by religious studies scholars in the current political landscape.

DATE 2019-03-11 13:22:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/religion-multiculturalism-and-the-quest-for-belonging-in-canada-and-beyond/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/earth-1.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: canada, Diversity, multiculturalism
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/4NE3VtbRpQI
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/RSP-Wendy-Fletcher.mp3
EXCERPT: Through personal stories and historical accounts not always included in the telling of multiculturalism in Canada, Fletcher explores the merits of belonging. Defining the term “belonging” we learn the reality of Canadian multiculturalism and re-conceive how Canada can move forward to truly be an inclusive society. Fletcher explains the importance of her work in this book, and how is can be use by religious studies scholars in the current political landscape.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/religion-multiculturalism-and-the-quest-for-belonging-in-canada-and-beyond-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Wendy Fletcher


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


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Carmen Celestini


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/carmen-celestini/"


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


Responses

Episode Data for #, Christian Beauty Pageants: Beauty is in the eye of the creator CONTENT:
TITLE: Christian Beauty Pageants: Beauty is in the eye of the creator
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By comparing the Miss Christian America pageant to other more well known pageants Miss USA and Miss America, Chelsea Belanger’s study provides a look at the intersections between religion, gender, and collective identity. Using Christian Smith’s ideas of subcultural identity, Belanger examines how the structure of the Miss Christian pageant helps develop a unique form of embodied religion.

DATE 2019-03-04 15:05:00
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/christian-beauty-pageants-beauty-is-in-the-eye-of-the-creator/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/tiara-e1551711069457.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: America, Church, gender, women
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/JqO-9rooKZk
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Pageants-Regular.mp3
EXCERPT: By comparing the Miss Christian America pageant to other more well known pageants Miss USA and Miss America, Chelsea’s study provides a look at the intersections between religion, gender, and collective identity. Using Christian Smith’s ideas of subcultural identity, Belanger examines how the structure of the Miss Christian pageant helps develop a unique form of embodied religion.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/christian-beauty-pageants-beauty-is-in-the-eye-of-the-creator-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Chelsea Belanger


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/chelsea-belanger/"


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Kristeen Black


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/kristeen-black/"


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


Responses

RESPONSE: God Wears a Tiara

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/god-wears-a-tiara/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, Discourse #5, February Edition: With Irene Oh and Carolyn Davis CONTENT:
TITLE: Discourse #5, February Edition: With Irene Oh and Carolyn Davis
EPISODE_#: ERROR On this month’s episode of Discourse, Dr. Irene Oh (Director of the Peace Studies Program, George Washington University) and Dr. Carolyn Davis (independent consultant) spoke with Ben Marcus about a few key stories in religion and public life from February. In Dunn v. Ray, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the execution of Dominique Ray could move forward and denied Ray’s request to have an imam at his side in the execution chamber (though a Christian chaplain could be present). This case prompted an outcry by many religious freedom advocates in the U.S. and generated a debate about the unequal application of religious freedom protections and accommodations. In South Carolina, the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services granted Miracle Hill Ministries, a foster care agency, a waiver to receive federal funding despite its commitment to only place children with Protestant foster parents. We discuss how this case ties in with broader questions of judicial empathy and how we care for children in the United States. Ellen Page made headlines when she asked Chris Pratt to explain his membership in Zoe Church, an evangelical church in Los Angeles accused of promoting anti-LGBT teachings. We discuss individual versus communal religious identity and the responsibility individuals have for their communities’ doctrine. Ilhan Omar was accused of anti-Semitism by politicians on the right and left for her criticism of AIPAC’s lobbying efforts. We discuss what we should make of the debate about differentiating between anti-Semitic tropes and critiques of Israel. 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 academic texts, the Sabbatic Goat Baphomet Wine Goblet Drink Beverage Chalice, Sabrina the Teenage Witch on VHS, and more.
DATE 2019-02-27 16:10:30
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/discourse-5-with-irene-oh-and-carolyn-davis/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/default-image.jpg
CATEGORY: Discourse, needs transcription, Patrons Area, Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Catholicism, Islam, Religious freedom
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2019-02-14-RSP-Discourse-February-Benjamin-Marcus-1.mp3
EXCERPT: On this month’s episode of Discourse, Dr. Irene Oh (Director of the Peace Studies Program, George Washington University) and Dr. Carolyn Davis (independent consultant) spoke with Ben Marcus about a few key stories in religion and public life from February.
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Irene Oh


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/irene-oh/"


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Carolyn Davis


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/carolyn-davis/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/CarolynDavis_600x900-1.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

Episode Data for #, Melodies of Change: Music and Progressive Judaism CONTENT:
TITLE: Melodies of Change: Music and Progressive Judaism
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In his work Auf De Hohe, Jewish poet and author Berthold Auerbach famously wrote “music is a universal language, and needs not be translated. With it soul speaks to soul.” (1865). Music plays a numerous roles in many religious traditions, Judaism being no exception. From piyyutim to zemirot to Yeshiva acapella groups in the United States, the use of music in the Jewish faith is numerous and varied. In this interview, Breann Fallon of the Sydney Jewish Museum chats to Dr Ruth Illman of Åbo Akademi University and Uppsala Universityi about her research on the role of music as an agent of change within the progressive Jewish community in London that appears in her most recent monograph Music and Religious Change among Progressive Jews in London: Being Liberal and Doing Traditional. In particular, Dr Illman discusses the power of music to fuse the traditional and the liberal in a forward movement of progressive Judaism. Additionally, the connection of this movement to particular locations and other potential issues such as gender provide a stimulating discussion around this innovative display of both religion and creativity.

DATE 2019-02-25 14:48:18
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/melodies-of-change-music-and-progressive-judaism/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/musical-notes.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: gender, Judaism, Music
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/jyyfoLaGPsY
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/RSP-Music-and-Judaism.mp3
EXCERPT: From piyyutim to zemirot to Yeshiva acapella groups in the United States, the use of music in the Jewish faith is numerous and varied. In this interview, Breann Fallon of the Sydney Jewish Museum chats to Dr Ruth Illman of Åbo Akademi University and Uppsala Universityi n about her research on the role of music as an agent of change within the progressive Jewish community in London that appears in her most recent monograph Music and Religious Change among Progressive Jews in London: Being Liberal and Doing Traditional. In particular, Dr Illman discusses the power of music to fuse the traditional and the liberal in a forward movement of progressive Judaism.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/melodies-of-change-music-and-progressive-judaism-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Ruth Illman


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/ruth-illman/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/ruth_illman_highres-0932-1200x800-1.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 #, America’s Changing Religious Landscape CONTENT:
TITLE: America’s Changing Religious Landscape
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The religious landscape of the United States is changing dramatically. Americans must consider what it means to govern a nation of religious minorities. We interview Dr. Robert P. Jones, the founding CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute. Jones discusses findings from PRRI’s national surveys on religion and public life, many of which are represented in the American Values Atlas. The data collected by PRRI reveal a number of surprising trends related to religion and its intersection with politics, voting patterns, age, race, immigration, and secularism in the United States. A few key findings highlighted in PRRI’s 2016 report on America’s changing religious identity and covered in this podcast: (1) white Christians now account for fewer than half of the public, (2) white evangelical Protestants are in decline, (3) non-Christian religious groups are growing, and (4) atheists and agnostics account for a minority of all religiously unaffiliated. We discuss the implications of these findings and more, and we briefly review the research methodologies utilized by PRRI.

DATE 2019-02-18 13:40:57
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/americas-changing-religious-landscape/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/usa_flag_1.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Data, Evangelicals, Politics, Race, Surveys, United States
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/wQz-QN3xmB4
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Robert-Jones-Regular.mp3
EXCERPT: The religious landscape of the United States is changing dramatically. Americans must consider what it means to govern a nation of religious minorities. We interview Dr. Robert P. Jones, the founding CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute. Jones discusses findings from PRRI’s national surveys on religion and public life, many of which are represented in the American Values Atlas. The data collected by PRRI reveal a number of surprising trends related to religion and its intersection with politics, voting patterns, age, race, immigration, and secularism in the United States. A few key findings highlighted in PRRI’s 2016 report on America’s changing religious identity and covered in this podcast: (1) white Christians now account for fewer than half of the public, (2) white evangelical Protestants are in decline, (3) non-Christian religious groups are growing, and (4) atheists and agnostics account for a minority of all religiously unaffiliated. We discuss the implications of these findings and more, and we briefly review the research methodologies utilized by PRRI.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/americas-changing-religious-landscape-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Robert P. Jones


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


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/RobertPJones.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: The Important Tasks Facing American Religious Demographers

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/the-important-tasks-facing-american-religious-demographers/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, America’s Dark Theologian Stephen King: A Religious Imagination Explored CONTENT:
TITLE: America’s Dark Theologian Stephen King: A Religious Imagination Explored
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In this podcast, Carmen Celestini speaks with Dr. Douglas Cowan on his newest book exploring the religious imagination of Stephen King through his horror novels. Cowan is well known for his research in the area of religion and pop culture through analysis of films and literature. The discussion focuses not only on Stephen King but the process of deciphering the religious motifs within King’s work, and the importance of this work to religious studies.

DATE 2019-02-14 15:11:08
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/americas-dark-theologian-stephen-king-a-religious-imagination-explored/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/500-2.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Literature
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/jM0z0UkV1ww
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Cowan-Podcast-Edited-1.mp3
EXCERPT: Dr. Douglas Cowan discusses his newest book where he explored the religious imagination of Stephen King through his horror novels. Cowan is well known for his research in the area of religion and pop culture through analysis of films and literature. The podcast focuses not only on Stephen King but the process of deciphering the religious motifs within King’s work, and the importance of this work to religious studies.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/americas-dark-theologian-stephen-king-a-religious-imagination-explored-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Douglas Cowan


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/douglas-cowan/"


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Carmen Celestini


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/carmen-celestini/"


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


Responses

RESPONSE: Unnatural Narratives: Religion in Horror Stories

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/unnatural-narratives-religion-in-horror-stories/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, Slenderman and online mythology CONTENT:
TITLE: Slenderman and online mythology
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In this podcast, Ross Downing discusses personal and communal narratives, online mythology and the grey areas between religion and media with Vivian Asimos. Miss Asimos’ work has investigated the potentiality of video games as contemporary mythology in popular culture. In the broader context of BASR 2018, the overall theme of boundaries and categories is explored and the possible insights online movements can yield in the perception and application of theories of religion.

DATE 2019-02-04 14:42:55
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/slenderman-and-online-mythology/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/slenderdude-e1549291102535.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: ERROR
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/uiuGhRtVKnI
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Vivian-Asimos-Ross-Downing-Regular.mp3
EXCERPT: In this podcast, Ross Downing discusses personal and communal narratives, online mythology and the grey areas between religion and media with Vivian Asimos. Miss Asimos’ work has investigated the potentiality of video games as contemporary mythology in popular culture. In the broader context of BASR 2018, the overall theme of boundaries and categories is explored and the possible insights online movements can yield in the perception and application of theories of religion.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/slenderman-and-online-mythology-transcript/

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: Ross Downing


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/ross-downing/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/s200_ross_alexander.downing.jpg


Responses

RESPONSE: A Denizen of the Recent Past Lurking in the Present: Slenderman as Folklore

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/a-denizen-of-the-recent-past-lurking-in-the-present-slenderman-as-folklore/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #279, The Study of Religion and National Identity in Estonia CONTENT:
TITLE: The Study of Religion and National Identity in Estonia
EPISODE_#: 279

Estonia, the northernmost of the Baltic states, has a reputation of being one of the most secularized countries in Europe. Although the visibility of religion is rising, being ‘not religious’ is still considered normative. Estonia is a context in which notions and debates on religion, atheism, and indifference are interrelated in complex ways with the history of Estonian nationalism, and two foreign religious-secular regimes: German Lutheran and Soviet Atheism. In this interview, Chris and Atko Remmel discuss why the Estonian context is – or should be – interesting to scholars of ‘religion’. What happened during the Soviet era? What about the academic study of religion in Estonia? How did the strong connection between Estonian national identity and ‘atheism’ develop? How does this play out in the contemporary context?

This interview was recorded at the European Association for the Study of Religions’ 2018 conference on Multiple Religious Identities in Bern, Switzerland, and concludes by looking ahead to the 2019 EASR conference in Tartu, Estonia.

DATE 2019-01-28 11:31:03
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the-study-of-religion-and-national-identity-in-estonia/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Tallinn_Estonia.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Atheism, communism, Nationalism, Nonreligion, Secularism, Secularity, study of religion
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/kKILZ1QUCdk
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/RSP-279-Remmel.mp3
EXCERPT: Chris and Atko Remmel discuss Estonia, a context in which notions and debates on religion, atheism, and indifference are interrelated in complex ways with the history of nationalism, and two foreign religious-secular regimes: German Lutheran and Soviet Atheism.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/the-study-of-religion-and-national-identity-in-estonia-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Atko Remmel


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/atko-remmel/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/atko_remmel.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 #, Religion as a Tactic of Governance CONTENT:
TITLE: Religion as a Tactic of Governance
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In this interview recorded at the BASR/ISASR, Naomi Goldenberg considers how ‘religion’ has developed as a separate sphere from ‘governance’. She argues that ‘religion’ has been projected onto the past for strategic purposes, as a management technique, or even alternative to violence. How does viewing religions as “restive once-and-future governments” help us understand the functioning of this category in contemporary discourse?

She takes us through several examples, including Judaism, new religions, Islam and contemporary debates on abortion and circumcision. As well as a clear example of the functioning of the category ‘religion’ in the contemporary world, this gives some real-world applications of critical theory that shows its relevance beyond the academy.

DATE 2019-01-23 18:04:58
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/religion-as-a-tactic-of-governance/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/government-1-1.png
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Civil Religion, critical, Politics, violence
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/Dv7kSNrVt2U
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Goldenberg-2018-David-Robertson-Reg1.mp3
EXCERPT: Naomi Goldenberg argues that ‘religion’, as a separate sphere from governance, has been projected onto the past for strategic purposes. How does viewing religions as “restive once-and-future governments” help us understand the functioning of this category in contemporary discourse?
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/religion-as-a-tactic-of-governance-transcript/

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

RESPONSE: Vestal Nike and the Corporate Profit/Prophet

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/vestal-nike-and-the-corporate-profit-prophet/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, Young People and Religion in a Global Perspective CONTENT:
TITLE: Young People and Religion in a Global Perspective
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Here at the RSP we are ever conscious of the perils of creating or reinforcing hard-and-fast distinctions between groups. However, it is arguably fair to see that, in contrast to previous generations, young people born after 1990 have always lived in social and cultural environments constituted by conspicuous consumerism, digital media and the proliferation of global social movements. Despite a number of detailed, contextual studies that have emerged in recent years concerning the complex interactions between young people and the religion-related field – indeed, we would strongly recommend listeners check out our podcast with Naomi Thompson on “Religion, Youth and Intergenerationality” – large-scale, international, and usefully comparable research has been lacking. Today, Chris is joined by Marcus Moberg and Sofia Sjö to discuss the fascinating “Young Adults and Religion in a Global Perspective” project, which has been addressing this dearth on a massive scale. In this interview, we discuss the logistics and some of the emerging findings of a project which has involved utilizing a number of innovative research methods – including the Faith Q-Sort – conducted simultaneously in different locations across the globe, including China, Finland, India, Israel, Japan, Ghana, Peru, Poland, Russia, Sweden, USA and Turkey.

This interview was recorded at the European Association for the Study of Religions’ 2018 conference on Multiple Religious Identities in Bern, Switzerland.

DATE 2019-01-14 10:53:21
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/young-people/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/young-people.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: qualitative, quantitative, Youth
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/OY44WsBSl-g
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/RSP-277-Moberg-and-Sjo.mp3
EXCERPT: Today, Chris is joined by Marcus Moberg and Sofia Sjö to discuss the fascinating “Young Adults and Religion in a Global Perspective” project, which has been addressing this dearth on a massive scale. In this interview, we discuss the logistics and some of the emerging findings of a project which has involved utilizing a number of innovative research methods – including the Faith Q-Sort
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/young-people-and-religion-in-a-global-perspective-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Marcus Moberg


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


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/s200_marcus.moberg.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Sofia Sjö


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


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/SofiaSjo.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: Measuring and Categorizing Young Adult Spirituality

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/measuring-and-categorizing-young-adult-spirituality/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, The Deadline (Festive Special 2018) CONTENT:
TITLE: The Deadline (Festive Special 2018)
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It’s that time of year again where the RSP continues to combat the Christian-hegemony by bringing you an as-yet-undefined festive special! Hosted by Jonathan Tuckett and supported by (the invisible) Sammy Bishop, this year we play The Deadline, a quiz in which four aspiring academics must avoid their supervisor, quiz-master and champion of champions Carole Cusack, by answering some fiendishly difficult questions. If at any point though, Carole gets more answers correct than they do they will be eliminated from the game (and possibly asked to leave academia). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BEhWrokJVc&feature=youtu.be
DATE 2018-12-21 16:02:04
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the-deadline-festive-special-2018/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/tite.jpg
CATEGORY: Holiday Special, needs transcription, Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: ERROR
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: ERROR
EXCERPT: It’s that time of year again where the RSP continues to combat the Christian-hegemony by bringing you an as-yet-undefined festive special! Hosted by Jonathan Tuckett and supported by (the invisible) Sammy Bishop, this year we play The Deadline, a quiz in which four aspiring academics must avoid their supervisor, quiz-master and champion of champions Carole Cusack, by answering some fiendishly difficult questions. If at any point though, Carole gets more answers correct than they do they will be eliminated from the game (and possibly asked to leave academia).
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Contributors

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: 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: Stephen Gregg


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/stephen-gregg/"


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Jenny Butler


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/jenny-butler/"


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Jenny-Butler.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Carole Cusack


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


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


Responses

Episode Data for #276, The Therwil Affair: Handshakes in Swiss Schools CONTENT:
TITLE: The Therwil Affair: Handshakes in Swiss Schools
EPISODE_#: 276

In this podcast, taking place on the last day of the Annual EASR Conference in Bern, Dr Philipp Hetmanczyk and Martin Bürgin of Zurich University talk to Thomas White about the Therwil Affair, a controversy that emerged in 2016 after two Swiss Muslim schoolboys declined to shake hands with their female teacher.

The seemingly rather local, minor incident of two boys declining a handshake in a school just outside of Basel escalated into a major national debate, and was reported in news media across the world. As the issue moved from one of school governance, to public values, to law and later immigration, the Therwil Affair became a focal point for national discussions on religious freedom, gender equality, civic duties, multi-ethnic integration and cultural identity in Switzerland.

As the podcast delves into Swiss political history, Philipp and Martin elaborate on both the conservative and liberal cultural narratives which sought to situate the Muslim schoolboys’ refusal to shake hands. They comment that it is not without some irony that amongst the voices who decried the gender inequality implied in the schoolboys’ actions were the same conservative men who had previously argued against women acquiring the national vote: a policy that did not enter law on a national level until as late as 1971 – and in a specific canton as recently as 1990!

Following an explanation of the historical backdrop to contemporary Swiss ‘culture wars’ that the Therwil Affair spoke so clearly to, the discussion moves to how Swiss educational law has shifted subsequent to the Therwil Affair, with schools now expected to report to Swiss Immigration similar instances of supposed integration failure. With schools being understood not merely as centres for education but also as sites for the teaching and reproduction of standardised norms and values, in countries of religious, ethnic and cultural diversity, the tricky question emerges as to what these norms and values are? Perhaps what may be better, as Philipp suggests, is for schools to resist expectations that they should be cultivating a cultural homogeneity, but focus instead on preparing pupils for moments of cultural difference.

DATE 2018-12-17 13:43:06
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the-therwil-affair-handshakes-in-swiss-schools/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/business-handshake.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Education, europe, Islam, Switzerland
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/v4Py2kQLt80
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/RSP-276-Hetmancyzk-and-Burgin.mp3
EXCERPT: In this podcast, taking place on the last day of the Annual EASR Conference in Bern, Dr Philipp Hetmanczyk and Martin Bürgin of Zurich University talk to Thomas White about the Therwil Affair, a controversy that emerged in 2016 after two Swiss Muslim schoolboys declined to shake hands with their female teacher.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/the-therwil-affair-handshakes-in-swiss-schools-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Philipp Hetmanczyk


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/philipp-hetmanczyk/"


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


CONTRIBUTOR: Martin Bürgin


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


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Martin_Buergin_Small.jpg.jpg


CONTRIBUTOR: Thomas White


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


HEADSHOT: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/ThomasWhite.jpeg


Responses

RESPONSE: Religious and Socio-Cultural Boundary Work in the Swiss Handshake Affair

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/religious-and-socio-cultural-boundary-work-in-the-swiss-handshake-affair/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, Discourse #3: Essi Mäkelä and Benjamin Marcus CONTENT:
TITLE: Discourse #3: Essi Mäkelä and Benjamin Marcus
EPISODE_#: ERROR Welcome to the third issue of “Discourse”, where our editors and guests take a critical look at how the category “religion” is being used in the media, the public sphere, and the academic field. In this episode, David Robertson is joined by Essi Mäkelä and Benjamin Marcus to discus everything from Finnish metal bands and the Pope, to Sabrina the Teenage Witch ripping off the Satanic Temple, to hijabs in the House of Representatives, to Trump supporters as a “cult”. In closing, we discuss the AAR’s newly-minted Mission Statement, and how that reflects what we see as our task as critical scholars of religion. (Links to news articles below) (Be sure to check out the first and second episodes of “Discourse” too!) Shownotes:

Online Conspiracy Groups Are a Lot Like Cults

Democrats seek rule change to formally allow hijabs, yarmulkes on House floor

AAR Mission Statement Jonestown in American Religious Life

Sabrina sued by Satan? Satanic Temple pursuing legal action against Netflix series

Netflix reaches settlement with Satanic Temple over Sabrina statue


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DATE 2018-12-12 09:02:44
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/discourse-3-essi-mikela-and-benjamin-marcus/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/default-image.jpg
CATEGORY: Discourse, needs transcription, Patrons Area, Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: ERROR
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Discourse-3.mp3
EXCERPT: ERROR
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Benjamin P. Marcus


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CONTRIBUTOR: Essi Mäkelä


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CONTRIBUTOR: David G. Robertson


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Episode Data for #, Negotiating Gender in Contemporary Occultism CONTENT:
TITLE: Negotiating Gender in Contemporary Occultism
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In this interview conducted at the 2018 EASR conference in Bern, Sammy Bishop speaks to Manon Hedenborg White about the development of Western esotericism, charting the influence of the infamous Aleister Crowley and his philosophy of Thelema. They explore Crowley’s somewhat ambiguous view of gender, before bringing the research into the present day, on how gender roles in contemporary Thelema can be contested and negotiated. Finally, Hedenborg White delves into the important but often overlooked role of women in the development of contemporary Occultism.

DATE 2018-12-10 12:56:32
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/negotiating-gender-in-contemporary-occultism/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/aleister-crowley-manifesto-of-the-oto-1919-866×1024-1.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: crowley, Esotericism, gender, Occultism, Sexuality
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/21V2fQyYy_k
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Occultism-Hedenborg-White-Regular-1.mp3
EXCERPT: In this interview conducted at the 2018 EASR conference in Bern, Sammy Bishop speaks to Manon Hedenborg White about the development of Western esotericism, charting the influence of the infamous Aleister Crowley and his philosophy of Thelema. They explore Crowley’s somewhat ambiguous view of gender, before bringing the research into the present day, on how gender roles in contemporary Thelema can be contested and negotiated. Finally, Hedenborg White delves into the important but often overlooked role of women in the development of contemporary Occultism.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/negotiating-gender-in-contemporary-occultism-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Manon Hedenborg White


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CONTRIBUTOR: Sammy Bishop


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Responses

RESPONSE: Challenges in the Study of Gender and Contemporary Occultism

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/challenges-in-the-study-of-gender-and-contemporary-occultism/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #274, A Global Study on Government Restrictions and Social Hostilities Related to Religion CONTENT:
TITLE: A Global Study on Government Restrictions and Social Hostilities Related to Religion
EPISODE_#: 274

Restrictions on religion rose around the globe in 2016, according to Pew Research Center’s annual study of global restrictions on religion. The share of countries with “high” or “very high” levels of government restrictions on religious beliefs and practices rose, but the share of countries with “high” or “very high” levels of social hostilities involving religion remained stable. In total in 2016, 83 countries (42%) had high or very high levels of overall restrictions on religion – whether resulting from government actions or from hostile acts by private individuals, organizations and social groups–up from 80 (40%) in 2015 and 58 (29%) in 2007.

In this podcast, we speak with Dr. Katayoun Kishi, who oversaw the ninth in a series of reports by Pew Research Center analyzing the extent to which governments and societies around the world impinge on religious beliefs and practices. We discuss the findings of the report as well as methodology for collecting and analyzing data. Dr. Kishi summarizes findings for different regions of the world–including the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East and North Africa–and she explains long-term trends evident from Pew’s reports.

To measure global restrictions on religion in 2016–the most recent year for which data are available–the study ranks 198 countries and territories by their levels of government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion. The new study is based on the same 10-point indexes used in the previous studies.

Scholars interested in the dataset can download it for free at PewResearch.org.

DATE 2018-12-03 11:40:10
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/a-global-study-on-government-restrictions-and-social-hostilities-related-to-religion/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/restrictions-apply2.png
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
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TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/w8TiqMx8mhw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/RSP-274-Katayoun-Kishi.mp3
EXCERPT: In this podcast, we speak with Dr. Katayoun Kishi, who oversaw the ninth in a series of reports by Pew Research Center analyzing the extent to which governments and societies around the world impinge on religious beliefs and practices. We discuss the findings of the report as well as methodology for collecting and analyzing data. Dr. Kishi summarizes findings for different regions of the world–including the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East and North Africa–and she explains long-term trends evident from Pew’s reports.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/a-global-study-on-government-restrictions-and-social-hostilities-related-to-religion-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Katayoun Kishi


BIO LINK: "https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/katayoun-kishi/"


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CONTRIBUTOR: Benjamin P. Marcus


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Responses

RESPONSE: Social Hostility toward Religion: Politicization of Religion? An expression of nationalism? A combination of both?

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/social-hostility-toward-religion-politicization-of-religion-an-expression-of-nationalism-a-combination-of-both/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, Religion, Education, and Politics in Australia and NZ CONTENT:
TITLE: Religion, Education, and Politics in Australia and NZ
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Following on from the delivery of her conference paper at the EASR 2018 in Bern, in this podcast, Professor Marion Maddox of Macquarie University speaks to Thomas White regarding the historical, national and regional differences in the presence of religion in Australian and New Zealand schools. The podcast begins with a brief biography of Professor Maddox’s rise to academic tenure, and the various post-doctoral positions that paved her transition away from theology, and towards the subject of religion and politics.

Covering projects including the training of Catholic school teachers and deputy-principals in secular religious education, her research into the Hindmarsh Island affair – which investigated Aboriginal women’s claims to ‘secret women’s business’ – and her work under the Australian Parliamentary Research Fellowship, the discussion turns to national differences between public religion in New Zealand and Australia. Contrasting Australian multi-culturalism with New Zealand bi-culturalism, Professor Maddox explains how, despite New Zealand being further along a path of secularisation (by religious affiliation), religion often obtains a greater presence in the public sphere as it is carried on a policy of cultural recognition for Maori tradition, as mandated in the country’s Treaty of Waitangi. This was particularly evident with the daily expression of Maori karakia (prayers) in her daughter’s school, which later transpired to be the Lord’s Prayer!

Focusing on the Australian experience of public policy on religion and education, Maddox explains how 19th Century Australian concerns regarding both sectarianism and protecting religion from political manipulation led to a surprising consensus across colony parliaments that religion should be kept out of the public school system. In the late 20th Century, however, ‘currents of change are pulling in different directions’.

DATE 2018-11-26 09:03:18
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/religion-education-and-politics-in-australia-and-nz/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/books.jpg
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Australia, Education, Politics
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/1ps1k5PBeqQ
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Religious-education-in-Aus-and-NZ-Reg.mp3
EXCERPT: Following on from the delivery of her conference paper at the EASR 2018 in Bern, in this podcast, Professor Marion Maddox of Macquarie University speaks to Thomas White regarding the historical, national and regional differences in the presence of religion in Australian and New Zealand schools.
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/religion-education-and-politics-in-australia-and-nz-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Marion Maddox


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CONTRIBUTOR: Thomas White


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Responses

RESPONSE: Religious Education Down-Under

RESPONSE_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/religious-education-down-under/

RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet

Episode Data for #, Are You My Data? #2: Russell McCutcheon CONTENT:
TITLE: Are You My Data? #2: Russell McCutcheon
EPISODE_#: ERROR Welcome to a brand new Patron-only series here at the RSP – Are You My Data? We asked our patrons what they would ask Russell McCutcheon of the University of Alabama, if they could ask him anything. This is the result! Questions include: Are you still critical of the Cognitive Science of Religion? A post-Eliade History of Religions: are we there yet? Given how knowledge is reproduced in elite doctoral programs in the US, what chance for critical/poststructural approaches taking hold there? …and the origin of Are You My Data? Who should we approach next? Let us know in the comments!
DATE 2018-11-21 11:30:13
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/are-you-my-data-2-russell-mccutcheon/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/default-image.jpg
CATEGORY: Are you my data?, needs transcription, Patrons Area, Podcasts, Updated Episodes
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TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfitkcldmX1CpAqCp7PKw
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/AYMD-Russell.mp3
EXCERPT: Become a patron of the RSP for access to this exclusive podcast series.
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Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Russell McCutcheon


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Responses

Episode Data for #272, New Directions in the Study of Scientology CONTENT:
TITLE: New Directions in the Study of Scientology
EPISODE_#: 272

How can we move the study of Scientology forward? Academic work is largely stuck in a ‘cultic’ paradigm, focused on charismatic leadership, ‘anti-social’ and criminal activity and even brain-washing narratives. Scientology seems almost exclusively to be considered fair game (pun intended) for ridicule and criticism among New Religious Movements, and this may have much to tell us about the theoretical models scholars are using, and the institutional factors at play in the legitimisation of particular traditions in the academic and popular discourse. We discuss insider scholarship and the control of information; the Free Zone and the Church; strategic use of the category ‘religion’; and how we see scholarship developing in the post-Hubbard era.

DATE 2018-11-19 11:38:29
PERMALINK: “https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/new-directions-in-the-study-of-scientology/”
FEATURED_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/new.png
CATEGORY: Podcasts, Season 8, Updated Episodes
TERMS: Cults, New Religious Movements
TYPE: podcast
YOUTUBE_LINK: https://youtu.be/KcrGVc9MY80
AUDIO_URL: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/RSP-272-David-Robertson.mp3
EXCERPT: Scientology seems almost exclusively to be considered fair game (pun intended) for ridicule and criticism among New Religious Movements, and this may have much to tell us about the theoretical models scholars are using, and the institutional factors at play in the legitimisation of particular traditions in the academic and popular discourse. We discuss insider scholarship and the control of information; the Free Zone and the Church; strategic use of the category ‘religion’; and how we see scholarship developing in the post-Hubbard era
TRANSCRIPT_URL https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/transcript/new-directions-in-the-study-of-scientology-transcript/

Contributors

CONTRIBUTOR: Carole Cusack


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CONTRIBUTOR: Stephen Gregg


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CONTRIBUTOR: Aled Thomas


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CONTRIBUTOR: David G. Robertson


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Responses

RESPONSE: New Directions in the Study of Scientology – A View from the Academy

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RESPONSE_CONTRIBUTOR: // not sure how to do this yet