Comedy, Comedians, and Church: The Interplay between Religion and Humor

Dr Elisha McIntyre discusses her research into religion and humour, particularly looking at comedic work The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as well as a broad range of evangelical comedians. McIntyre discusses the use of religious comedy as a point of entertainment as well as an identity solidifier, evangelical tool, and preaching format within Christianity.
Comedy
Evangelicals
Humour
Humour Studies
Mormonism
religion
Religious Studies
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Christmas Special 2016 - The Unverifiable Truth-Claim!

"The Unverifiable Truth-claim", recorded at BASR 2016, hosted by David Robertson, and featuring Christopher Cotter, Katie Aston, Jonathan Tuckett, and Krittika Bhatta... Bhatta... Bhattacharjee! Plus a special appearance by RSP Managing Editor, Thomas Coleman!
accidental swearing
Christmas
Truth
Xmas
Xmas special

New Horizons in the Sociology of Religion: Beyond Secularization?

In this longer-than-usual episode, Chris and David provide an interlinking narrative between Grace Davie, Joe Webster, Carole Cusack, Jonathan Jong, Paul-Francois Tremlett, Linda Woodhead and Kim Knott, reflecting on current or future developments in the sociology of religion which challenge the ubiquity of the secularization thesis, ...
anthropology
New Religious Movements
Non-Religion
ociology of Religion
Power
psychology
Religious Studies
Sacred
secularisation

Sociology of Religion - and Religious Studies?

What makes the sociology of religion and Religious Studies distinct from each other - if anything? Paul-Francois Tremlett, Titus Hjelm and David Robertson discuss what the two approaches have in common, and how they differ. Importantly, they consider how they might learn from each other.
David Robertson
Paul Tremlett
Religious Studies
Sociology
SOCREL
titus hjelm

Is Secularism a World Religion?

Discussion starts with the entanglement of the concepts 'religion' and 'secularism', a brief discussion of the problems associated with the World Religions Paradigm, and then moves to the pedagogical merits and challenges of teaching 'secularism/s' within a World Religions model. We hope you enjoy this experiment!
categories
Discourse
Donovan Schaefer
pedagogy
religion
Secular
Secularism
Secularization
teaching
world religions

Researching Radicalisation

We discuss what we mean by 'radicalisation', and what its connections to socialisation, terrorism, and 'religion' might be. We take on the methodological question of how one might go about researching such a contested topic, and look specifically at some of Matthew's findings relating to the causes of radicalisation, and the neo-Durkheimian 'sacred'.
Christopher Cotter
Discourse
extremism
Matthew Francis
media
methodology
Politics
Radicalisation. Terrorism
Sacred
Social Construction
Threat
violence
War

Death, Music, and Ritual: Contemporary Requiems in the Commemoration of Death and Violence

Hoondert discusses the step away from the liturgy associated with requiems as way for today's individual to deal with death or violence in their own way. Still, It is clear that the ritual elements of the requiem remains, hence where this contemporary music fits into the sacral landscape is up for debate.
Commemoration
Death
EASR2016
europe
Music
Religious Studies
Ritual

Religion, Youth, and Intergenerationality

We begin this interview by asking what is ‘youth’? How do sociologists define it? What are some of the current trends in sociological research on youth? What, if anything, is distinctive about youth experience? Discussion then turns to ‘religion and youth’, focusing on why scholars might be interested in it, ...
christianity
Ethics
Intergenerationality
Parenting
religion
Sunday School
Transmission
Youth

Researching Religious Diversity

In this interview, we discuss the broad topic of diversity, contrast this with concepts of 'difference', and ask what on Steven Vertovec might mean by the concept of 'super-diversity' (2007). We then ask why scholars might be interested in situations of 'religious diversity',...
Birmingham
Difference
Diversity
methodology
multiculturalism
Politics
Superdiversity

Evangelicalism and Civic Space

In this podcast, Anna Strhan talks to Katie Aston about her research among evangelical Christians, exploring their search for coherence in the contemporary city. How do the members of conservative Anglican congregations negotiate their place in a secular multicultural society, ...
anna strhan
civic space
evangelical
Katie Aston
Secularism
Sociology
SOCREL

A Critical Introduction to the History, Beliefs, and Practices of Wiccans

In this interview Ethan Doyle White, author of the book Wicca: History, Belief, and Community in Modern Pagan Witchcraft, introduces his systematic overview of the contested history and multifaceted developments of Wicca. White presents his own methodological approaches and theoretical data utilising both emic and etic sources in a thematic framework.
Eclecticism
Eco-warriors
Esotericism
feminism
Gardner
Gay Lib
Horned God
Initiation
Insider/Outsider debate
Invented traditions
Magic
Mother Goddess
Ritual
Sabbats
Wicca
Wiccan Rede
Witchcraft

Religion and Feminism

'Religion' and 'Feminism' are two concepts that have a complex relationship in the popular imaginary. But what do academics mean by these two concepts? And how can we study their interrelationship? What can we say about 'religion and feminism', about the academic study of 'religion and feminism', ...
Christopher Cotter
colonialism
Dawn Llewellyn
feminism
Feminist
gender
Hegemony
methodology
Power
SOCREL
theory

Communism and Catholicism: Religion and Religious Studies in Lithuania

What is the religious field like in a country where religion was banned for half of the 20th century? And how do you set up a Religious Studies department there? Under Communism, religion was suppressed in the formerly Catholic Eastern European country of Lithuania until the 1990s.
communism
departments
Eastern Europe
Lithuania
New Religious Movements
Religious Studies
Vernacular

An Introduction to the Sociology of Religion

What is the sociology of religion? What are its particular concerns, dominant themes and defining methodologies? Where did it begin, and how has it evolved? This interview with Grace Davie, the first in our BSA SOCREL series, introduces this important and historically influential approach to the study of religion.
David Robertson
Durkheim
grace davie
marx
rational choice theory
secularisation
simmel
social change
Sociology
SOCREL
weber

Categorising "Religion": From Case Studies to Methodology

In this interview, Dr Teemu Taira discusses the role of marginal traditions in understanding the application of the term "religion" in differing context, in particular he discusses Karhun Kansa, the People of the Bear. This leads onto a methodological discussion on the use of the term and the role scholars play in this discourse.
Categorisation
Definition
EASR 2016
Karhun Kansa
methodology
religion
Religious Studies