NAASR Job Market Workshop Updates

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We are pleased to announce the first facilitators for the NAASR Job Market Workshop at this year’s annual meeting in Denver.

Jason Blum and Laura Levitt will be leading our small group sessions on Sunday, November 18. The workshop is divided into three main sessions over the course of the afternoon.

  1. Workshop/Small Groups 1:00-2:00 pm
  2. Q&A/Discussion 2:00-3:00 pm
  3. Networking and Conversation 3:00-4:30 pm

Space is limited to 25 participants in this NAASR workshop, and participants can stay for as long or as little as they like. To register, please e-mail the organizer, Michael Graziano (grazmike [at] gmail [dot] com) by no later than October 15, 2018. In this request to register please include your current degree or professional career stage.

You can find more info about the workshop, including the CFP, HERE.

 

 

Books of Interest: Reading J.Z. Smith

Willi Braun and Russell T. McCutcheon (editors). Reading J. Z. Smith: Interviews & Essay (Oxford University Press, 2018)

9780190879082.jpgOver the course of a career of more than forty years, Jonathan Z. Smith was among the most important voices of critical reflection within the academic study of religion, distinguishing himself as perhaps the most influential theorist of religion of the last half century. Among his significant body of work are essays and lectures on teaching and the essential role of academic scholarship on religion in matters of education and public policy. The interviews and essay published here display something of the dynamic, thinking-on-his feet liveliness that Smith brought to questions about the study of religion, his theoretical preferences, and his methods of teaching. With refreshing candidness and clarity, Reading J.Z. Smith offers an often provocative introduction to discussions on issues that still dominate the complex and continually changing critical conversations in the academic study of religion.

Available here.

Books of Interest: The Category of ‘Religion’ in Contemporary Japan

Mitsutoshi Horii.  The Category of ‘Religion’ in Contemporary Japan: Shūkyō and Temple Buddhism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

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This book critically examines the term ‘religion’ (shūkyō) as a social category within the sociological context of contemporary Japan. Whereas the nineteenth-century construction of shūkyō has been critically studied by many, the same critical approach has not been extended to the contemporary context of the Japanese-language discourse on shūkyō and Temple Buddhism. This work aims to unveil the norms and imperatives which govern the utilization of the term shūkyō in the specific context of modern day Japan, with a particular focus upon Temple Buddhism. The author draws on a number of popular publications in Japanese, many of which have been written by Buddhist priests. In addition, the book offers rich interview material from conversations with Buddhist priests.

Readers will gain insights into the critical deconstruction, the historicization, and the study of social classification system of ‘religion’, in terms of its cross-cultural application to the contemporary Japanese context. The book will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines including Japanese Studies, Buddhology, Religious Studies, Social Anthropology, and Sociology.

Available here.

Updates to NAASR Bylaws

NAASR members,

Over the past year or so, it became clear that our bylaws have not kept pace with our growth, with our various partnerships, and with broader trends in academia. To rectify that, the Executive Council is proposing two important changes. First, the EC reviewed the bylaws and suggested a series of minor changes that reflect our new partnerships and changes to the voting members of the EC. These changes appear in bolded text in the download below.

 

NAASR Bylaws_Proposed for 2018 Meeting

Second, one of the proposed changes adds a Code of Conduct to the bylaws. Earlier this year, NAASR hired an attorney who specializes in employment and discrimination law. The attorney drafted a Code of Conduct which the EC then modified slightly to reflect our specific organization. After several rounds of revisions, the attorney and the EC approved our final draft, which is also available to download from this page.

 

 

The existing bylaws allow NAASR members to amend the bylaws provided we post the proposed revisions at least 30 days before the annual meeting. We will then vote on the new bylaws during the business meeting in Denver.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Best,
Brad

New Issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion

The Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 47.1 (2018) has been published online. NAASR Members have access to Bulletin online resources. To become a member or renew your membership, go to our website. Be sure to fill out the online form in addition to sending your payment (Paypal links are on the site). Then, enjoy your membership benefits by perusing the new issue.

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Issue 47.1 (2018)

 

Table of contents

Articles
Fleeting Sentiment of the Sacred: Between Public Space and Religious Territories
Lionel Obadia

The Fleeting Emotional Unity of French Protestantism in Ephemeral Spaces
Anne-Laure Zwilling

From Protestant Temple to Ancestral Ox Park: Ostentatious Travels and Practices of the Malagasy Protestant Movement Exorcists
Olivia Legrip-Randriambelo

The Torero during the Franco Regime: A “Soldier-Monk” in the Arena?
Justine Guitard

Visiting the Holy Sepulchre: Is Emotion Permitted?
Philippe Martin

Urban Pareidolia: Fleeting but Hypermodern Signs of the Sacred?
Lionel Obadia 

Books of Interest: Studies in Hellenistic Religions

Luther H. Martin (author), Panayotis Pachis (editor). Studies in Hellenistic Religions (Cascade Books, 2018).

9781498283083This selection of essays by Luther Martin brings together studies from throughout his career—both early as well as more recent—in the various areas of Graeco-Roman religions, including mystery cults, Judaism, Christianity, and Gnosticism. It is hoped that these studies, which represent spatial, communal, and cognitive approaches to the study of ancient religions might be of interest to those concerned with the structures and dynamics of religions past in general, as well as to scholars who might, with more recent historical research, confirm, evaluate, extend, or refute the hypotheses offered here, for that is the way scholars work and by which scholarship proceeds.

Available here.

2018 NAASR Conference Program

Gender and Sexuality – Megan Goodwin (Northeastern University)

Chair: Tenzan Eaghll (Mahidol University)

Respondents:

Tara Baldrick-Morrone (Florida State University)

Emily D. Crews (University of Chicago)

Jennifer A. Selby (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
Tim Langille (Arizona State University)

 

Citizenship and Politics – Michael McVicar (Florida State University) 
Chair: Stacie Swain (University of Victoria)

Respondents:

Tenzan Eaghll (Mahidol University)

Jessica Radin (University of Toronto)

Lauren Horn Griffin (University of Oklahoma)

Daniel Miller (Landmark College)

 

 Race and Ethnicity – Richard Newton (University of Alabama)

Chair: Candace Mixon (University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill)

Respondents:

Craig Prentiss (Rockhurst University)

Robyn Faith Walsh (University of Miami)

Rudy Busto (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Martha Smith Roberts (Denison University)

 

Class and Economy – Suzanne Owen (Leeds Trinity College)

Chair: Rebekka King (Middle Tennessee State University)

Respondents:

Johan Strijdom (University of South Africa)

James Dennis LoRusso (Princeton University)

Thomas J. Carrico, Jr. (Florida State University)

Neil George (York University)

 

Remembering J.Z. Smith

Chair: Russell T. McCutcheon (University of Alabama)

Panelists:

Stephanie Frank (Columbia College Chicago)

Sam Gill (University of Colorado Boulder)

James Tabor (UNC Charlotte)