The Problem with 'Religion' (and related categories)

Tim Fitzgerald - a founding figure in the critical study of religion - discusses his career up to his seminal volume, The Ideology of Religious Studies, published twenty years ago this year.
caste
category formation
critical
deconstruction
discursive
hinduism
Ideology
Japan
Ritual

Discourse! February 2020 with Sierra Lawson and Sidney Castillo

Breann Fallon sits down with Sierra Lawson and Sidney Castillo to discuss the recent Peruvian Congress elections and the controversial new book "American Dirt."
American Dirt
Civil Religion
Discourse
Peru Elections
religion and literature
religion and politics

Artificial Intelligence and Religion

Chris Cotter and Beth Singler discuss the intersections between religion and Artificial Intelligence from slavery and pain to machines taking over religious functions and practices.
Agency
AI
artificial intelligence
Discourse
Ethics
narrative
religion
science
Slavery
transhumanism

Religious Literacy is Social Justice

Is Religious Literacy social justice? In this week's podcast with Professor Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, she discusses the University of Vermont’s new “Religious Literacy for Professionals” certificate and why religious studies does vital work for the academy.
Higher Education
ilyse morgenstein fuerst
religion degree programs
religious literacy
undergraduate education
university of vermont

Media and the Study of Religion

Vivian Asimos, Chris Cotter, Time Hutchings and Suzanne Owen discuss the intersections of Media and the Study of Religion.
Art
authenticity
Digital
Identity
media
Mediation
narrative
News
Online

The Sacrality of the Secular and Philosophy of Religion

In this week's podcast, we speak with Bradley Onishi about the ways in which philosophy of religion has thought "with" religion rather than for or against religion. "It's possible," he says, "to hold an enchanted secularity" if we think about religions themselves as tools for questioning our basic assumptions about the world.
Max Weber
philosophy of religion
Secular
Secularism
Secularity
Secularization thesis
theories of religion

Separating Religion and Government...But What Is Religion?: A Look at the US Supreme Court

Americans generally affirm the importance of separating "church" and "state." But what does church--or religion--mean? Hear two leading religious freedom lawyers discuss the meaning of religious freedom in key #SCOTUS cases, including one before the Court this term.
church and state
Law
Religious freedom
Supreme Court
United States

Special 2019: Only Sixty Seconds!

For our eighth(!) annual special, Only Sixty Seconds returns! This time, Chris Cotter is your host, as David G. Robertson returns to defend his 2018 crown against Bettina Schmidt, Douglas Davies and Theo Wildcroft. We may not have avoided repetition, but I do not hesitate in promising you no deviation from hilarity!
festive special
holiday special
Xmas special

Applied Religious Studies at Georgia State University

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In this episode, Professor Molly Bassett, chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Georgia State University speaks about her program’s efforts to develop applied religious studies master’s certificates in “Religion and Aging” and “Nonprofit Management.”
Applied Religious Studies
curriculum
degrees in religion
georgia state university
gerontology
Molly Bassett
nonprofit management
pedagogy
religion and aging

Secular Jewish Millennials in Israel/Palestine

In this podcast, Chris Cotter is joined by Dr Stacey Gutkowski to discuss what it means to be a ‘secular Jewish Israeli millennial’.
Conflict
Identity
Israel
Judaism
Millennials
palestine
Phenomenology
Politics
Practice
Space
Tradition

Unbelief as a Nuanced Phenomenon: The Sociality of Nonreligion across Europe

Unbelief has often been defined as either ignorance or rejection of religious systems, but this week's guests David Herbert and Josh Bullock see far more diversity in the ways one can be nonreligious based on their research on Gen Y in Europe.
Agnosticism
Atheism
central europe
europe
Gen Y
mixed-methods
Nonreligion
northern europe
Unbelief

Straight White American Jesus, the podcast

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In this week's podcast, Skidmore College Professor Bradley Onishi speaks about Straight White American Jesus, a podcast he co-hosts with Dan Miller that blends insider religious experience with academic expertise about American Evangelicalism.
bradley onishi
Evangelicals
pedagogy
Podcasting
public scholarship
religion and politics
religion in America
religious literacy
teaching religion

Doctors and Stigmatics in the 19th and 20th centuries

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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.
19th-20th centuries
Catholics
europe
medical discourse
Michel De Certeau
miracles
Mysticism
protestants
stigmata

Reflections on "Thinking with Jonathan Z. Smith"

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.
Discourse
Identity
Jonathan Z. Smith
pedagogy
Scholarship
study of religion

Lady Death and the Pluralization of Latin American Religion

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.
Brazil
Catholicism
christianity
Day of the Dead
folk saints
Global South
Lady Death
Lived Religion
Pentecostalism
Religious Change
Santa Muerte