‘Modelling Religion’ and the Integration of the Sciences and the Humanities in the Bio-cultural Study of Religion

Following his Albert Moore Memorial Lecture at Otago University, celebrating 50 years of Religious Studies at Otago, Professor Wesley Wildman talks to Thomas White regarding the integration of the sciences and the humanities in his bio-cultural approach to the study of religion.
bio-cultural
Cognitive Science
cognitive science of religion
computer
Evolution
humanities
modelling
multi-disciplinary
Psychology of Religion
religion
science
simulation
Wildman

What do we mean by Indigenous Religion(s)?

We talk a lot about the World Relgions Paradigm at the Religious Studies Project, and this discussion looks more closely at one of the ancillary categories, Indigenous Religion. What exactly does this term refer to? Does it refer to specific religions (plural) or a kind of religion (singular)?
Arkotong Longkumer
bjørn ola tafjord
discourse. critical
indigenous religion
language games
world religions paradigm

Hindu Traditions in Contemporary British Communities

This podcast explores how Hindu belief and traditions have been incorporated into modern western practices. An overview of the British kirtan community and the Art of Living movement is followed by a discussion of authenticity, reconciliation of tradition and modernity, and the influence of popular culture.
authenticity
bhakti
Britain
hinduism
kirtan
Music
Rave

Islamic Millennialism

We may tend to think of millennialism as something typical of New Religious Movements and christian fundamentalism, but it has a long and interesting history in the Islamic world too. Rob Gleave, Professor of Arabic Studies at Exeter, takes us through the history of Islamic millennialism, ...
apocalypse
David Robertson
ensamm
Islam
mahdi
millennarianism
millennialism
panacea
rob gleave
shiite
sunni

Black Religious Movements and Religio-Racial Identities during the Great Migration

In this podcast, Judith Weisenfeld talks to Brad Stoddard about her new book, New World A-Coming: Black Religion and Racial Identity during the Great Depression. In this book, Weisenfeld explores several social groups in the early 1900s who combined religious and racial rhetoric to fashion new identities.
African-American religion
America
Great Migration
New Religious Movements
Race

Evangelical Yoga: Cultural Appropriation and Translation in American Religions

In this interview, we discuss yoga as a new American phenomenon and the way that some evangelical Christians practice it. Brown provides a historic overview of bodily–religious practices in America, starting with mesmerism, occultism, osteopathy, and chiropractic in the nineteenth century.
Chiropractic
Culture
Evangelicalism
History
Osteopathy
United States
Yoga

Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Theology

By claiming the invisible not simply as a materialist term but a metaphysical one as well, Harriss contends that despite—or even because of—his status as a thoroughly “ secular” novelist and critic, Ellison’s writing reflects important theological trends and issues that mark his age and the cultural inheritances of his literary production.
Brad Stoddard
Race
religion and literature
religion and race

Angel Spirituality

What is angel spirituality, and who does it appeal to (hint: women)? How do they challenge preconceptions about the relationship between new spiritualities and Christianity, and raise interesting questions about gender, and vernacular religion in supposedly post-Christian Europe?
angels
David Robertson
gender
healing
Health
mental health
Spirituality
utriainen
women

Jesuits, Mormons, and American Religion in the World

My conversation with Maffly-Kipp begins with McGreevy's book, expands to include her work on Mormonism in contrast to Catholicism, and ends with a discussion of evangelical historian Mark Noll, in whose honor Notre Dame was originally going to host a conference, but was cancelled at the last minute.
Catholicism
christianity
cushwa center
Jesuit
Mark Noll
Mormonism
Notre Dame
Transnational History
United States

Millennialism and Violence?

Are we right to connect millennialism and violence? Are groups like Heaven's Gate or the Branch Davidians typical, or rare exceptions, magnified out of proportion by the lens of the media - and scholarship? How do we account for the popularity of mllennialism outside of religious traditions, new, extreme or otherwise?
apocalypse
David Robertson
Eileen Barker
Joseph Webster
Millennarian
millennialism
Moojan Monen
New Religious Movements
Tristan Sturm
violence

Witchcraft in Rural Slovenia

Based on her ethnographic fieldwork in the area, Mencej describes witchcraft from a variety of angles, from psychological to anthropological and historical, providing a detailed understanding of witchcraft as part of the lived social reality of the community. In what kind of situations are witchcraft narratives evoked?
anthropology
Historical Approaches
Possession
psychology
The Devil
Witchcraft

Minority Religions in the Secret Police Archives

James Kapaló takes us inside the Eastern European secret police archives to show us how minority and new religious groups were portrayed. We explore the visual and material presence of religious minorities in the secret police archives in Hungary, Romania and the Republic of Moldova.
Archive
communism
Eastern Europe
Hungary
Kapalo
Material Religion
minority
Modova
New Religious Movements
Robertson
Romania
Secret police

Studying Tantra from Within and Without

Douglas R. Brooks, Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester, discusses how he became involved in the academic study of Hinduism, specifically Tantra and goddess-centered traditions. He begins with his training in Sanskrit and Tamil at Middlebury College, ...
Comparative
Dan Gorman
hinduism
linguistics
sanskrit
Tamil
Tantra
Yoga

Sexual Ethics and Islam

Sexual ethics and Islam? How might one begin to study such a vast and "problematic" topic? What are some of the most prescient issues that recur in this contested field? And what is the broader significance of this discussion for Religious Studies in general?
authenticity
authority
Discourse
Ethics
Exegesis
gender
Islam
Kecia Ali
Marriage
methodology
Muhammad
Religious Studies
Sex
Social Construction

Politics of this world: Protestant, evangelical, and Pentecostal movements in the Peru

Evangelicalism in Peru has become a driving force in politics and decision making across major subjects, such as gender-related policies and institutional power. In this podcast, professor Juan Fonseca aims to elaborate a brief history of Protestantism, in order to comprehend its current mainstream manifestation.
Evangelicalism
Pentecostalism
Peru
Politics
sexual diversity
social movements
South America