We are pleased to post the four main papers for our conference panels this November in Denver. As a reminder, each panel has a theme taken up by a main paper writer and posted below. At the conference, these papers will be summarized by their authors, responses from four other panelists will follow, and then there will be an open discussion. You can see the entire schedule HERE.
The four topics and main presenters are:
Gender and Sexuality, Megan Goodwin (10:00-11:50am Friday)
This Field Which Is Not One / The Body Is Smart: Rethinking Theory in the Study of Religion
Class and Economy, Suzanne Owen (1:00-2:50pm Friday)
Regulating Religion to Maintain the Status Quo
Citizenship and Politics, Michael McVicar (3:00-4:45pm Friday)
Paper Terrorism: Religion, Paperwork, and the Contestation of State Power in the “Sovereign Citizen” Movement
Race and Ethnicity, Richard Newton (9:00-10:50am Saturday)
Signifying “Der Rassist” in Religious Studies and the Axes of Social Difference
Full papers available here for review prior to the conference (these are not for publication or redistribution):
New in the series: Supplements to Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, edited Aaron W. Hughes, Russell McCutcheon and Kocku von Stuckrad.
Jason N. Blum (editor). The Question of Methodological Naturalism (Brill, 2018).
The traditions and institutions that we call religions abound with references to the supernatural: ancestral spirits, karma, the afterlife, miracles, revelation, deities, etc. How are students of religion to approach the behaviors, doctrines, and beliefs that refer to such phenomena, which by their very nature are supposed to defy the methods of empirical research and the theories of historical scholarship? That is the question of methodological naturalism. The Question of Methodological Naturalism offers ten thoughtful engagements with that perennial question for the academic study of religion. Contributors include established senior scholars and newer voices propounding a range of perspectives, resulting in both surprising points of convergence and irreconcilable differences in how our shared discipline should be conceptualized and practiced.