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Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power: An Interview with Donovan O. Schaefer, Part 1

The following is an interview with Donovan O. Schaefer based on his new book, Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power (2015), with Duke University Press. An excerpt from the book can be found here. Part two of this interview can … Continue reading

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Violence, Religion, and the Death of René Girard

By Philip L. Tite On November 4, 2015 the renowned literary theorist, René Girard (Stanford University) passed away at the age of 91. In an online announcement on the Stanford News, Cynthia Haven offers a comprehensive and glowing overview of … Continue reading

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Religion as Little Something: Kathleen Stewart’s Ordinary Affects (Theory & Religion Series)

by Donovan Schaefer * This post is the first in a new feature with the Bulletin where contributors are asked to discuss a book or essay by a particular theorist that they have found useful in their teaching and research … Continue reading

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Religion Snapshots: Defining Postsecularism, Part 1

Religion Snapshots is a 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, classification … Continue reading

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Religion, Affect, and Emotion Group Call for Papers: AAR Annual Meeting, San Diego, Nov. 22-25, 2014

Religion, Affect, and Emotion Group The AAR and SBL Meeting San Diego California, November 22-25 Deadline: Monday, March 3, 2014, 5:00 PM EST, through http://papers.aarweb.org/ Statement of Purpose: This Group provides space for  theoretically-informed discussion of the relationship between religion, affect, and … Continue reading

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An Institution Is Not a Text: Pope Francis, Affect, and Power

                  by Donovan Schaefer “…it is possible that the very productive critical habits embodied in what Paul Ricoeur memorably called the ‘hermeneutics of suspicion’—widespread critical habits indeed, perhaps by now nearly synonymous … Continue reading

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Casual Apocalypticism: Conspiracy Theory, Masculinity, and American Religion

by Donovan Schaefer Conspiracy theory follows power’s secret moves through the telltale signs inscribed on banal surfaces.  It takes the vaguely lived sense that something isn’t quite right and then snaps it into a puzzle form, a search for underlying … Continue reading

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