Author Archives: Christopher Cotter

In our fifth editors’ pick, Marek Sullivan writes “Few questions are as meta-reflexive as the question ‘Is secularism a world religion?’ […] Donovan Schaefer brings his background in critical theory and material religions to bear on this mind-bending question, leading us through the history of the secularisation thesis, the idea of ‘world religions’, the Protestant genealogy of secularism, and the urgency of parsing the academic study of secularism into historically and culturally differentiated variants.”

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In the fourth of our editors’ picks, Ray Radford picks David Robertson’s interview with David Wilson on ‘Spiritualism and Shamanism’ which “helped me realise that my burgeoning interest was in religions that were off the beaten track (so to speak) and that there was so much out there that I can (and will and indeed at the moment, do) study.”

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In the third of our editors’ picks, David Robertson picks “the interview that I wished I had done. Reading Tim Fitzgerald’s The Ideology of Religious Studies (2000) as an undergrad was part of a seismic shift in my perspective, from an interest in religions to an interest in ‘religion’ […]. This is a dense interview that rewards another listen.”

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In the second of our summer “Editors’ Picks”, Sammy Bishop flags up an important interview in which Dawn Llewellyn provides a great introduction to how feminism, religion, and the academic study of both, might (or indeed, might not) interact. Llewellyn also does an excellent job of flagging up how future work in these fields could become more productively interdisciplinary.

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In the first of our summer “Editors’ Picks”, Chris Cotter flags up an important interview, in which Jack Tsonis “demonstrates how the term ‘Axial Age’ shares much in common with the notion of ‘World Religions’ in that both – to quote the subtitle to Tomoko Masuzawa’s seminal work – preserve ‘European universalism […] in the language of pluralism’.”

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In this second of a two-part series, Richard Ascough adds his voice to Sharday Mosurinjohn’s reflections on a new blog post assignment used in a course on Spirituality, Secularity, and Nonreligion taught through the School of Religion at Queen’s University. In the earlier post, Sharday noted that she learned two key lessons: that students are concerned about what it means to be “critical” in a public posting and that they do not have a level of digital literacy that one might expect in a generation that grew up fully immersed in digital technologies. In this follow-up post, Sharday and Richard discuss strengths and weaknesses in students’ digital literacy and explore how understanding one of the weaknesses might actually help us understand a particularly troublesome religious studies concept – what they consider a “threshold concept.”

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In this first post of a two-part series Sharday Mosurinjohn reflects on the outcome of a new assignment that was intended to invite students to write in a way that was both familiar to their usual online communication (short and social media-based) and scholarly. The results led her to rethink the meaning of “authentic learning” (pedagogical approaches that empower learners to collaborate with one another – and in this case, professional scholars – to engage real-world complex problems) when it comes to digital information and communication technologies. In the second post, she and colleague Richard Ascough (School of Religion, Queen’s University) will discuss strengths and weaknesses in students’ digital literacy and explore how understanding one of the weaknesses might actually help us understand a particularly troublesome religious studies concept – what they consider a “threshold concept.”

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We’re delighted to announce some exciting new opportunities to join the RSP team. We particularly need interviewers in North America, as well as in Asia, Africa, and other regions that have been under-represented on the RSP to-date. We are also looking to bring in at least one more audio intern.

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Welcome to the latest edition of The Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest! This week you will find a conference call for papers, details of a summer school, a workshop, a conference, and a symposium, as well as four journal calls for papers.

As we approach the end of the RSP year, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that we are always looking to increase our pool of interviewers and respondents, or to receive suggestions for future podcasts, particularly in geographical regions which are underrepresented in our output, and on topics we have not yet covered. If you are interested, or have any suggestions, please get in touch via social media, or by emailing editors@religiousstudiesproject.com.  

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Welcome to the latest edition of The Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest! This week you will find details of three conferences, as well as a lecture and two job opportunities. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to inform subscribers of a sad loss to the study of religion. Professor John Hinnells passed away on 3 May, aged 76. He is perhaps best known for his pioneering work on Zoroastrianism in the ancient and modern world, his work with the Shap Working Party on World Religions in Education, and his widely-used edited works “A New Handbook of Living Religions”, “Who’s Who of World Religions” and the “Penguin Dictionary of Religions”. According to his sons, he died peacefully, retaining his inspiring and determined character to the last. He will be greatly missed.

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Welcome to the first RSP opportunities digest of 2018 – a jam-packed one due to the festive break – where you will find details of eight conference/conference panel calls for papers, a public lecture, two doctoral studentships, three journal calls for papers, and two seminars/seminar series. This week’s opportunities digest is sponsored by the Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements, whose advert for their 2018 conference season kicks off the digest, and who have been building a searchable database of millenarian movements with INFORM, available here: https://censamm.org/resources/profiles

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Welcome to the final RSP opportunities digest of 2017, where you will find details of a conference call for papers, two jobs, and a shout-out for the RSP’s journal, Implicit Religion. This week’s opportunities digest is sponsored by the Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements, whose advert for their 2018 conference season kicks off the digest.

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Welcome to the latest RSP opportunities digest where you will find details of four conference calls for papers, and two jobs. This week’s opportunities digest is sponsored by the Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements, whose advert for their 2018 conference season kicks off the digest.

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Welcome to the latest RSP opportunities digest where you will find details of four conference calls for papers, a journal call for papers, a conference, a summer school and a fellowship. This week’s opportunities digest is sponsored by the Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements, whose advert for their 2018 conference season kicks off the digest.

Thank you so much to everyone who has signed up to support the RSP thus far through our Patreon–and PayPal options. We are aiming for 100 patrons (currently 16) to fund planned developments over the coming year. See our donations page for details of how you can sign up for a regular subscription, leave a one off donation, advertise with us, or use our Amazon links. Particularly with the ‘festive season’ coming up, it couldn’t be easier to be part of the solution and not the problem!

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Welcome to the latest RSP opportunities digest – apologies for missing last week – where you will find details of five conference calls for papers, 2 job opportunities, and 2 call for papers for  journals. If you come across any opportunities of relevance to the global RS community, or if

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