Myth, Solidarity, and Post-Liberalism

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With the rise of reactionary politics across the globe, it is arguably increasingly important for the academic community to give consideration to the prospects of developing and strengthening solidarity across apparent religious, political and economic differences. In this podcast, Chris speaks to Dr Timothy Stacey (University of Ottawa) about his forthcoming book, Myth and Solidarity in the Modern World:
Economics
Liberalism
London
Myth
Politics
Post-Liberalism
religion
Secular
Solidarity
Timothy Stacey

Magic and Modernity

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This conversation between Richard Irvine, Theodoros Kyriakides and David G. Robertson concerns magical thinking in the modern world. We may think that such ideas are confined to the fringes in the secular, post-Enlightenment world, but this is not necessarily the case. We talk about Weber's rationalisation and James Frazer's evolutionary model of modernity, and how they relate to ideas of belief, and magic.
Magic
magical thinking
modernity
nonbelief
Secularity
superstition
Unbelief

Religious change in Japanese Shinto

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In this week's podcast, Hans Van Eyghen sits down with Professor Michael Pye to discuss the  various historical, political, and social factors that have impacted Japanese Shinto. Though Shinto is widely known as the indigenous religion of Japan, it is rarely discussed in detail and has attracted little attention from scholars. In this week's podcast,
Japanese Religion
Politics and Religion
Religious Change
Religious Syncretism
Shinto

The BASR and the Impact of Religious Studies

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A panel on the public impact and engagement of Religious Studies/Study of Religion/s led by committee members of the British Association for the Study of Religions, including Dr Stephen Gregg (Wolverhampton), Dr Christopher Cotter (Edinburgh), Dr Suzanne Owen (Leeds Trinity), Dr David Robertson (The Open University) and Dr Steven Sutcliffe (Edinburgh). Issues discussed include why RS continues to be a "muted voice" ...
BASR
engagement
impact
Law
media
Public

'Good' Grief? Rituals of World Repairing

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Toys, Rabbits, and Princess Diana - three things that may not seem at all connected. However, when one starts to question the notion of grief, bereavement, and death in the contemporary West, these three are more connected than appears. In this podcast, Breann Fallon interviews Professor Douglas Ezzy of the University of Tasmania on the power of symbols...
Community
Death
individualism
Princess Diana
Relationships
religion
Ritual
Symbols
The Velveteen Rabbit

From Non-Religion to Unbelief? A developing field...

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In this podcast, we check in with the state of the field, discuss developments beyond the Anglophone "West", some of the many exciting projects being worked on under the "Understanding Unbelief" banner, the utility and pitfalls of the terminology of "unbelief", and some of the critical issues surrounding the reification of survey categories.
Atheism
bias
Funding
gender
methodology
Non-Religion
nonbelief
nonbelievers
Unbelief
West

Against Invention: A richer history for 'Hinduism'

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In this interview Associate Professor Will Sweetman talks to Thomas White about the idea that ‘Hinduism’ and many of the other terms we use to classify religions—including the term religion itself—are modern inventions, emerging out of nineteenth-century inter-cultural contact and European colonialism. Will argues against this critique, and to make his case he draws on historical sources that discuss ‘Hinduism’ both outside of the anglophone ...
category
colonialism
hinduism
History
India
religion

God and Mathematics

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What does math have to do with religion? In his interview with Hans van Eyghen, author Chris Ransford discusses his latest book 'God and the Mathematics of Infinity'. He discusses why mathematics is useful for thinking about religion, covering some of the conclusions he draws in the book.You can download this interview, and subscribe to receive our weekly podcast,If you enjoyed it, please take a moment to rate us. And remember,...
gods
mathematics
philosophy of religion
theory

Autism, Religion, and Imagination

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spectrum represent a unique population of study in the cognitive and psychological sciences of religion. Because religious cognition stems from normal social-cognitive capacities, which are altered for individuals on the spectrum, researchers also expect variation in how they think about supernatural agents.
anthropology
Autism
cognitive science of religion
Fantasy
mixed-methods
Psychology of Religion
Thomas J. Coleman

African American Spiritual Churches

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The African American Spiritual Churches are combinatory religious sites, which blend Protestant, Catholic, Spiritualist, Haitian Voodoo, and Benin's traditional Vodun practices. Female leadership and business management has been essential in the history of these churches. Dr. Guillory's upcoming book draws on years of archival research, ethnographic observation, and oral history interviews to tell the story of these churches from 1920 to the present day.
African American
Chemistry
History
New Orleans
religion
Sociology

The Legacy of Edward Tylor - Roundtable

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This roundtable recorded at the annual BASR conference at the University of Chester 2017 brought together a group of scholars interested in different perspectives on the legacy of Tylor. Topics discussed included his impact on indigenous societies, the debates over animism,
animism
anthropology of religion
Cognitive Sciences of Religion
indigenous religions
method and theory
pedagogy
Primal Monotheism
Psychology of Religion
spiritualism

The Political Relevance of the Sociology of Religion

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Following the lead of scholars such as Jose Casanova, Professor Turner brings the public and political role of religion into focus. By doing so, he argues, we can push the sociology of religion toward the realms of political theory, international relations, and race relations, thus creating an agenda in which the sociology of religion becomes increasingly mainstream and relevant to the world we live in, ...
evangelical
international relations
Politics
populism
public religion
Sociology

Christmas Special 2017 - Scrape My Barrel!

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As has now become traditional (how many times must something be repeated to become ‘tradition’? And does this make it ‘religious’?), we are delighted to end 2017 on a more light-hearted note and present our ‘Christmas’ special gameshow,
2017
amy whitehead
aswang
BASR2017
Dawn Llewellyn
George Chryssides
Jonathan Tuckett
Liam Sutherland
paul-francois tremlett
scrape my barrel
Xmas special

Drawn to the Gods - Religion, Comedy and Animated Television Programs

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In this podcast Associate Professor David Feltmate, author of Drawn to the Gods: Religion and Humor in The Simpsons, South Park, and Family Guy, chats to Breann Fallon about the manner in which these three television shows create a broad commentary on religion for the general public.
animation
Comedy
Family Guy
Humour
Humour Studies
Popular Culture
religion
religions studies
satire
South Park
The Simpson

Children in New Religious Movements

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In the complex and sometimes fraught relationship between New Religious Movements and the wider culture and state, why is it that children are so often a focus? Children are seen as needing special protection and therefore legitimising dramatic state intervention, but are also seen as of particular importance to the future of these movements, and in some more millennial groups, of the world itself.
children
David Robertson
New Religious Movements
Susan Palmer