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

Misplaced Faith?: A theory of supernatural belief as misattribution

Does scientific evidence have any bearing at all on the existence of a God or gods? In this podcast, Thomas J. Coleman III interviews Dr. Luke Galen on his latest theoretical work, which combines evidence from across the psychological sciences to address how natural processes influence attributions of supernatural agency.

Reinventing Graduate Education in the Study of Religion

We spend a lot of time on the Religious Studies Project discussing Religious Studies as a discipline or field of study, what it means to study 'religion' with or without quotation marks, and what exactly it is that the critical, scholarly study of societal discourses surrounding 'religion' might have to offer. However, ...
Capitalism
Critical theory
Digital Humanities
Graduate Study
Higher Education
Marketization
Social Theory

Religion and the Psy-Disciplines

In this podcast, Dr. Christopher Harding uses his research on psychoanalysis and Buddhism in modern Japan to tackle the two-way dialogue between religion and the psy-disciplines. How have these shaped each other, and what are tensions between them?
Buddhism
Freud
Japan
Psychoanalysis
Psychotherapy
Spirituality

Six Scholars Discuss the Dissertation to First Book Process

Ever wonder what it's like to complete the dissertation to first book process? How people find publishers? How much the publisher and editor influence the project? This podcast offers a roundtable discussion where six scholars discuss these questions and more. All six published some version of their dissertation, and they have unique insights and anecdotes to help explain and illumine this process.
Dissertation
editor
first book
publisher

South American church-state relations

Politics and social institutions are inseparable. Whether we take a look at small-scale or complex societies, we can find that politics is involved with economics, kinship with hierarchy, and of course, religion with the state. In this podcast, Sidney Castillo interviews professor Marco Huaco Palomino as he addresses the nuances of secularity in several Latin American countries.
Church-State relations
Constitutions
Latin America
Law
Politics
Secularity
Sidney Castillo

Religion, Gender, and Gender Violence

In this podcast Dr Caroline Blyth discusses her research on 'theologies of rape' and gender violence as enacted against males and masculinity, particularly within the Christian Church. Blyth also discusses her upcoming edited series Rape Culture, Gender Violence and Religion (edited with Dr Emily Colgan and Dr Katie Edwards).
gender violence
LGTBIQ
queer studies
rape culture
religion
Religious Studies

Yoga in Museums

Yoga, in its modern form, should be of great interest to scholars of religion. While it certainly has roots in Vedic culture, the vast majority of Western practitioners do not see it as "religious", but rather to do with health or "well-being". Yoga's status as religious has been in court, ...
Bruce Sullivan
David Robertson
museum
Yoga

Religious Freedom in America: Theoretical Considerations

Religious freedom is an inherently good thing, right? It’s a cherished idea that is easy for state governments to enact, no? In this interview, Finbarr Curtis questions both of these assertions. In The Production of American Religious Freedom, Curtis argues that religious freedom is a fluent and malleable concept that people deploy for various and competing reasons.
freedom of religion
religion
Religious freedom
RFRA

AI and Religion: An Initial Conversation

This roundtable, in association with the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, considers the impact of recent technological advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics on religion, religious conceptions of the world, and the human. It draws attention to how such advances push religion beyond how it has been commonly defined and considered.
anthropology
artificial intelligence
Ethics
Online Communities
Philosophy
religion
Robots
Sociology
the Internet
Video Games