Category Archives: Tenzan Eaghll

A Brief note on the Importance of Unreadable Critical Theory in the Humanities

by Tenzan Eaghll Today I read my 500th article on why the humanities are failing. Since I began working in religious studies these articles have been published with abandon, all of them claiming that the humanities are devalued, underfunded, and … Continue reading

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Religion as Film: Constructing a Course as a Critique of a Dominant Paradigm

This post originally appeared on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog. by Tenzan Eaghll This summer I taught a class on Religion and Film, and I feel as though I had to reinvent the wheel. This was my … Continue reading

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Finite Demands, the Toronto TA Strike, and Critical Theory

by Tenzan Eaghll * Photo by Ian Brown It has been two weeks now since 1000 members of Cupe 3902, the union representing University of Toronto graduate students, decisively rejected a motion to send a tentative agreement reached on February … Continue reading

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Policing Religion

by Tenzan Eaghll Now that a month has passed since the Charlie Hebdo tragedy, it is useful to step back and consider the general treatment of religion and Islam in the media. Whenever one of these horrendous acts occurs there … Continue reading

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Religion Clichés #5: Religious Past

by Tenzan Eaghll Note: This post is the third in a series that seeks to summarize some of the clichés associated with religion. It is framed as a critique of a 1972 article by Ninian Smart. For the two first posts … Continue reading

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Dead Religions

by Tenzan Eaghll Did you catch the 2008 interview with J.Z. Smith that was recently making the rounds on Facebook? In it, Smith suggests that the benefit of studying dead ancient religions is that they can’t talk back to you. When you … Continue reading

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Religion Clichés #3 and #4

by Tenzan Eaghll Note: This post is the second in a series that seeks to summarize some of the clichés associated with religion. It is framed as a critique of a 1972 article by Ninian Smart. For the first post … Continue reading

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