Belief, Belonging, and Academic Careers

Almost twenty years ago, Grace Davie observed that despite plenty of studies into the ‘exotic edges’ of religion, ‘the picture in the middle remains remarkably blurred’. Seeking to address this imbalance and engage with the ‘beliefs of ordinary British people in everyday life’, Abby Day's recent book, ...
belief
Belonging
Career
Census
Durkheim
Ethnicity
Funding
Nationalism
Publishing
Secularization
Sociology
Tylor

RSP Psychology of Religion Participatory Panel Special

The RSP Psychology of Religion Participatory Panel Special took place during the International Association for the Psychology of Religion 2013 world congress this August in Switzerland, hosted at the at the University of Lausanne. We asked for the RSP listeners to steer the conversation and YOU responded with tough questions...
Atheism
Cognition
Cognitive Science
Evolution
psychology
Psychology of Religion
Terminology

Religion and Comic Books

What better way to end our series on Religion and Cultural Production than with a podcast combining two of my favourite topics - religion and comic books (and we will have none of your middle-class renaming "graphic novels" round RSP HQ)! Today, RSP assistant editor Per Smith talks to A. David Lewis and attempts to delineate an emergent and very rich sub-discipline.
a david lewis
comics
Cultural Production
graphic novels
jack chick
Per Smith

Religion and Food

This week we bring you an interview with Chris Silver speaking to Professor Michel Desjardins of Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, on the topic of Religion and Food. Connections are made with recent turns in the academic study of religion (gender, materiality etc.), and other areas of study such as religion and nutrition/health.
Community
Diet
ethnography
Food
Health
Material Religion
Materiality
Nutrition
religion
Ritual

Religion, Neoliberalism and Consumer Culture

According to Gauthier, it is important to note is that religious activity of the day is not haphazard or random pick-and-choose at all. Instead, it is following a new kind of logic, that of consumerism. Marketization and commodification among other phenomena are affecting the field of religion - and vice versa. Listen and find out more!
Consumerism
Cultural Production
Economics
Finland
Markets
Neoliberalism
Politics
transcript

Religious Authority and Social Media

"Given its rich and variable nature, authority itself is challenging to define and study... Studies focused on religious authority online have been few, compared to studies centered on religious community and identity. Despite interest and acknowledgement of the concept, there is a lack of definitional clarity over authority online, and no comprehensive theory of religious authority..."
authority
Digital
Facebook
Internet
Social Media
Twitter

Religion and Cultural Production

"It is a truth generally acknowledged that religions have been the earliest and perhaps the chief progenitors of cultural products in human societies..." Clearly there is no shortage of data for scholars wishing to delve into this broad topic. But what do we actually mean by ‘cultural product’? How can we claim that ‘religion’ is producing these things in any meaningful way?
Architecture
Art
Built Environment
Celebrity
Cultural Product
Literature
Material Religion
Music
New Religious Movements
Rudolf Steiner

John Wolffe and Ronald Hutton on Historical Approaches

"History can be of tremendous value for a society that is looking for roots... and can sometimes be a bit uncritical in its search for roots. People want an identity and may be clutching at something that can be a bit confrontational, for example, Muslims looking for an identity rooted in current conflicts in the Middle East, rather than reflecting on what is quite a long-standing presence in British society and culture."
History
narrative
open university
Paganism
Wicca

NSRN Annual Lecture 2012 - Matthew Engelke: In spite of Christianity

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What do we talk about when we talk about religion? What do we recognize as essential and specific to any given faith, and why? In this lecture, I address these questions by drawing on fieldwork among humanists in Britain, paying particular attention to humanism’s relation to Christianity.
anthropology
BHA
christianity
ethnography
Humanism
LSE
Matthew Engelke
nsrn

RSP Psychology of Religion Participatory Panel Special - Invitation to Submit Questions

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Christopher Cotter
Would you like to participate in a special episode of the RSP that lets YOU steer the conversation and ask tough questions on the psychology of religion to a panel with some of the worlds top psychologists of religion? Thanks to Dr. Pierre-Yves Brandt, professor at the Institute for Social Sciences of Contemporary Religions (ISSRC) at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and working in conjunction with The Religious Studies Project team, you now have that opportunity!

Outtakes and Review of the Year

A very special episode of the podcast this week, to mark the beginning of our annual summer hiatus. For the past year, I (David) have kept a file where all the little amusing bits that didn't make it into the weekly episodes got put. Sometimes, this was because of restraints of time, but more often they were simply too 'scandalous'. I broadcast them here with that proviso.
outtakes
podcasts

Material Religion Roundtable

What exactly does Material Religion bring to Religious Studies? Is it a potentially revolutionary phenomenon, or merely a passing fad? How might one apply the theoretical perspectives and methodologies developed in this growing field to some of the defining debates of our subject area? To discuss these issues, and reflect on the conference in general,...
Christopher Cotter
David Robertson
david wilson
Durham
Environment
George Ioannides
Material Religion
Materiality
methods
Objects
Rachel Hanneman
theory

Identity or Identification?

Identity or Identification? In this second podcast for Identities? Week, the Culture on the Edge group address the issue of religious identity. Is our identity – cultural, religious or other – something which causes us to act, or something which we choose to mobilise in certain circumstances? And what part do scholars have in reifying these discourses?
craig martin
Culture
Identity
roundtable
russell mccutcheon
steven ramey

Cross-Cultural Identities Roundtable

It’s Identities? Week here at the Religious Studies Project, with not one but two specially-recorded roundtable discussions about how identity is negotiated (if indeed it is) through our religious, ethnic, sexual and socio-cultural identities. This first podcast focuses on identity and dislocation, either through diaspora or through rapid social change.
Culture
Identity
jasjit singh
open university
paul-francois tremlett
roundtable

Religion in a Networked Society

On a recent visit to Edinburgh, Louise met with Heidi Campbell to discuss her recent article “Understanding the Relationship between Religion Online and Offline in a Networked Society”, which presents five key traits of the concept of “networked religion”. These are: networked community; storied identities; shifting authority; convergent practice; ...
Digital
Digital Religion
heidi campbell
louise connelly
media
Networks
Online
religion