New Issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion (44.2)
Religious Proximity and Cultural Distance: An Introduction on the East/West Dichotomy Philip L. Tite
“Never the ‘Twain Shall Meet”: Disorienting East and West in Teaching and Scholarship
James Mark Shields
The Grey Matters: The Use and Abuse of East/West Taxonomies
Sarah F. Haynes
The Pedagogical Issues of Teaching “Eastern” and “Western” Traditions
T. Nicole Goulet
“Weasternization” of the West: Kumbh Mela as a Pilgrimage Place For Spiritual Seekers from the West
Marianne C. Qvortrup Fibiger
Roundtable on East/West
Philip L. Tite,
North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR): An Interview with Russell McCutcheon
Matt K. Sheedy
Matt K. Sheedy
Tips on Teaching
Getting Students Out of the Classroom and into the Pews
Resources of Interest: Body and Religion
Equinox is pleased to announce the launch of a new journal commencing in 2016. For more information about submissions and subscriptions please visit the journal home page:
“Body and Religion is an internationally peer reviewed, interdisciplinary journal devoted to all issues of body and religion. We welcome English-language submissions from scholars who use diverse methodologies and approaches, ranging from traditional to innovative, to explore issues of “body” as a fundamental analytical category in the study of religion. We seek to publish the widest possible diversity of critical inquiry into the relationships between all manner of bodies; concepts of “body,” and both traditional and alternative religious traditions, popular culture, literature, the arts, psychology, philosophy, the natural sciences, national and social movements, gender and sexuality, modification and transformation, underground/alternative culture, time periods, and regions.
The journal provides a forum for the study of all manner of ancient and contemporary practices, concerns, ideals, and connections or disconnections between body and religion. Essays and analyses are capable of being delivered on a multi-media platform, assisting in examining performances, rituals, and other topics that are not easily captured in print. However, alternate and innovative presentations must include a significant written portion for print, while corresponding extra color art, video, and other media will be included on the journal website and in other electronic forms.”
CFP: Healing Gods, Heroes, and Rituals in the Graeco-Roman World
The connection between belief and healing has featured in almost every human civilization. From its central presence in the narratives of the Abrahamic religions, through to studies of the placebo effect, societies have long been fascinated by the capacity of faith to heal, whether this is treated as a natural phenomenon or a gift from a supernatural or theological realm. This presence is keenly felt in the Ancient realm and particularly in the Graeco-Roman world.
For instance, the significance of a hero’s healing miracle is profoundly affected by any likeness it bears to actions of gods or heroes already known to an audience. In principle, any deity or any divinely empowered hero of the Graeco-Roman world could be claimed to have performed a healing miracle. Deities like Heracles, Isis and Asclepius are among those who were regularly attributed with healings.
In order to contribute to the development of the research on this field we invite paper submissions for online publication in a special collection of articles under the title “Healing gods, heroes and rituals in the Graeco-Roman world”. Topics for consideration include but are not limited to:
- The enduring appeal of healing myths
- New approaches to the study of healing in the Graeco-Roman world
- Approaches to ancient healing through the emergent medical humanities field
- Histories and genealogies of healing
- Cultural approaches to gods and heroes who heal
- Healing miracles across myths, faiths and sciences
The special collection, edited by Athanasios Koutoupas, is to be published in the Open Library of Humanities (ISSN 2056-6700). The OLH is an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded open-access journal with a strong emphasis on quality peer review and a prestigious academic steering board. Unlike some open-access publications, the OLH has no author-facing charges and is instead financially supported by an international consortium of libraries.
Submissions should be made online at: https://submit.openlibhums.org/ in accordance with the author guidelines and clearly marking the entry as [Healing gods, heroes and rituals in the Graeco-Roman world SPECIAL COLLECTION]. Submissions will then undergo a double-blind peer-review process. Authors will be notified of the outcome as soon as reports are received.
For more information, view webpage here.
CFP: God, Religion, and Politics
University of Sheffield, April 8-9 2015
The God, Religion and Politics conference will present a range of speakers talking on discourses relating to religion and the Bible in contemporary politics (broadly defined as post-1945), with a particular (but not exclusive) reference to British politics.
The conference will address questions such as:
- What assumptions about, and constructions of, ‘religion’ and ‘the Bible’ are made in political discourse?
- To what extent do politicians engage with discourses relating to religion and the Bible?
- Do different political parties and political traditions have notably different discourses about religion and the Bible?
- How do discourses about religion and the Bible relate to discourses about, for instance, nationalism, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and disability?
- How do pressure groups and think tanks relate to discourses about religion and politics?
- How are discourses about religion and politics represented in contemporary culture (e.g. literature, film, TV, social media, newspapers)?
- In what ways are historical understandings of political discourses tied in with historic understandings of the Bible and religion?
Call for papers: If you wish to present a paper, please send an abstract of approximately 150-200 words to godreligionpolitics[at]gmail.com. The closing date for submissions is 2 March 2015. Papers will be around 25-30 mins long, with 10-15 mins for discussion.
For more information, visit the conference webpage here.
Books of Interest: New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa
Rosalind I. J. Hackett and Benjamin F. Soares (Editors), New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa (Indiana University Press 2014).
New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa casts a critical look at Africa’s rapidly evolving religious media scene. Following political liberalization, media deregulation, and the proliferation of new media technologies, many African religious leaders and activists have appropriated such media to strengthen and expand their communities and gain public recognition. Media have also been used to marginalize and restrict the activities of other groups, which has sometimes led to tension, conflict, and even violence. Showing how media are rarely neutral vehicles of expression, the contributors to this multidisciplinary volume analyze the mutual imbrications of media and religion during times of rapid technological and social change in various places throughout Africa.