Category Archives: Travis Cooper

Media Ideologies, Contested Authenticities, and Socality Barbie

by Travis Cooper @socalitybarbie, 2015’s Instagram sensation, has an impressive 1.3 million followers on the platform, up from just over 7,000 back in September. Although not as popular as @taylorswift (with 60.4 million Instagram followers), @socalitybarbie’s mysterious curator, only recently … Continue reading

Posted in Religion and Popular Culture, Religion and Society, Religion and Theory, Theory and Method, Travis Cooper, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Theory & Religion Series: Reflections on Fieldwork in Morocco by Paul Rabinow

by Travis Cooper Paul Rabinow’s Reflections on Fieldwork in Morocco (1977) was a game changer. As a novice anthropologist of religion, picking my way slowly through the history of American anthropology—and conducting fieldwork at the same time—encountering Rabinow was nothing less … Continue reading

Posted in Theory & Religion Series, Theory and Method, Travis Cooper, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A Quasi-Caricatured Taxonomy of Religious Studies Instructors

by Travis Cooper * This post originally appeared on the author’s blog. As an advanced graduate student in religious studies, among other departments, I’ve been advised by or have sat under for classes a number of different types of instructors … Continue reading

Posted in Pedagogy, Religion and Theory, Ruminations, Theory and Method, Theory in the Real World, Travis Cooper, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Serpents, Novelty, and Academic Fetish

by Travis Cooper * This is a revised version of a post originally found on the author’s personal blog. Novelty draws academics. This is no controversial claim. We cluster around the odd, the uncanny, and the strange. We gather around scenes … Continue reading

Posted in Religion and Society, Religion and Theory, Theory and Method, Travis Cooper | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Religion Snapshots: On the Uses of “Data,” Part 2

Religion Snapshots is a new feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to definitions, … Continue reading

Posted in Eoin O'Mahony, Kate Daley-Bailey, Kelly J. Baker, Kenneth G. MacKendrick, Politics and Religion, Religion and Popular Culture, Religion and Society, Religion and Theory, Theory and Method, Theory in the Real World, Travis Cooper, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment