Category Archives: Religion and Society

So You’re Not a Priest? Scholars Explain What They Do to Outsiders: Stacie Swain

In this series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars to talk about how they describe what they do to outsiders by sharing a story or two, and reflect on how this has affected their identity as scholars of religion. For other … Continue reading

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Better Know a Religion Blog: Sightings

In this series with the Bulletin–whose title is a play on Stephen Colbert’s “Better Know a District” segment, and whose alternate title is “Religious Studies Blogs: What do they talk about? Do they talk about things? Let’s find out!” (from BoJack Horseman)–we ask blog … Continue reading

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Feminism and Free Choice in the Burkini Affair

by Matt Sheedy The image of a woman being forced to remove layers of clothing on a beach in Nice last month by four armed police sparked protest from around the world, and is the latest incident in France’s on-going … Continue reading

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So You’re Not a Priest? Scholars Explain What They Do to Outsiders: Anna Cwikla

In this series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars to talk about how they describe what they do to outsiders by sharing a story or two, and reflect on how this has affected their identity as scholars of religion. For other … Continue reading

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The State of Religious Studies Education on YouTube

by Andrew M. Henry Despite stiff competition from cat videos and corporate-sponsored content, educational YouTube channels have carved out a respected niche in the landscape of online video. Borrowing the style of video bloggers pioneered in the early years of YouTube … Continue reading

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Update on Responses to the AAR Annual Conference Theme for 2016

by Philip L. Tite. The American Academy of Religion is the largest professional society for scholars studying religion. The annual meeting (held jointly with the Society of Biblical Literature), held in different cities each year in North America, draws around 8,000 academics … Continue reading

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Of Gods and beasts and Stranger Things

by Tyler Tully Stranger Things, the Netflix television series of the summer, has captivated audiences with its imaginative storytelling and nostalgic nods to the paranormal thrillers of the 1980’s. The show’s originators, the Duff brothers, originally envisioned the series under … Continue reading

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