We are pleased to announce the publication of the March 2017 issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion in both online and in print formats. This issue brings together a set short presentations of current theoretical work going on in the Swiss context by a talented group of doctoral and post-doctoral scholars. This set of papers emerges from a visit by Russell McCutcheon to discuss with a group of students their current research. McCutcheon opens this set of articles with a fascinating look at the current place of “theory” in the academic study of religion. Each of these articles effectively demonstrates the advantages of applying critical theoretical lens to “religious” data and, thereby, offers us a taste of emerging theory and religion work in the European context. Anja Kirsch, who has been overseeing these various research projects, offers a closing synthesis.
This issue of the Bulletin also includes a set of responses to Kat Daley-Bailey’s provocative and timely Open Letter to the AAR (published in a previous issue of the Bulletin, along with a reply by Daley-Bailey). It is our hope that this exchange will encourage us to more effectively respond to the changing dynamics of our field of study regarding adjunct, contingent, and other non-tenure track faculty (what we might call “the new norm” in higher education).
Table of Contents
Bulletin for the Study of Religion Volume 46, Issue 1
“Challenges, Perspectives, and Directions in the Study of Religion: Reassessing Theoretical and Professional Assumptions” Philip L. Tite (University of Washington) – (p. 2) [Editor’s introduction – Open Access]
“Beyond Cynicism: A Sampling of Current Work in the Swiss Study of Religion” Russell T. McCutcheon (University of Alabama) – (pp. 3-6)
“Is CAM Religious? The Methodological Problems of Categorizing Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the Study of Religion” Barbara Zeugin (University of Zurich) – (pp. 6-8)
“Siblings Veiled by Ideology? Reflections on the Epistemological Kinship between the Phenomenology of Religion and Soviet Scientific Atheism” Stefan Ragaz (University of Basel) – (pp. 8-10)
“The Guru is a Donut: Applications of Social Network Theory to the Study of Religion” Vanessa Lange (University of Bern) – (pp. 10-12)
“Preconditions of the Post-Theoretical: Periodizing the Study of Religion” David Atwood (University of Basel) – (pp. 12-14)
“Rethinking Islamkritik: Notes of a Hazy German Debate” Benedikt Erb (Bayreuth University) – (pp. 14-17)
“On Becoming a Lucid Theoretical Dreamer. Reflections on Academic Work Venturing Outside its Local Knowledge System” Anne Beutter (University of Lucerne) – (pp. 17-19)
“Failed Theory, Cynicism, and the Study of Religion” Anja Kirsch (University of Bern, University of Basel, and University of Zürich) – (pp. 19-22)
“For the Good or the “Guild”: Responses to Kate Daley-Bailey’s Open Letter to the American Academy of Religion” – Jack Fitzmier (Executive Director AAR), Charles McCrary (Florida State University), Kerry Danner (Georgetown University), Jason Sager (Wilfrid Laurier University), Helen Ramirez (Wilfrid Laurier University), and Kate Daley-Bailey (University of Georgia) – (pp. 24-38)