Chris Cantwell is an Assistant Professor of Public and Digital History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and an affiliate faculty member of the Religious Studies program. His research explores the relationship between Christianity, capitalism, and collective memory in America, and he is currently finishing a manuscript titled “The Bible Class Teacher: Memory and the Making of White Evangelicalism.” His research interest also include harnessing the tools of the digital humanities to promote both public and digital scholarship. He is co-editor of the volume Digital Humanities and Research Methods in Religious Studies (DeGruyter, 2021), the co-author of Religion, Media, and the Digital Turn (Social Science Research Council, 2015), and the co-curator on a number of digital projects and initiatives.
Dan Gorman speaks with Christopher Cantwell and Kristian Petersen about the future of the digital study of religion.
What does it mean to teach or research religious studies digitally? Does religious "data" make digital religious studies distinct within the digital humanities? What is a digital religious studies research project you think more people should know about? How can departments and the field better support digital methods and pedagogies? Six scholars gathered at the AAR's groundbreaking THATCamp to discuss these questions and more!