Monthly Archives: October 2012

Field Notes: Colloquium on Material Culture and Ancient Religion (COMCAR) 2013

This year’s Colloquium on Material Culture and Ancient Religion (COMCAR) will focus on sites in the north Aegean region, with consideration also of broader temporal and cultural contexts.  The theme for 2013 is, “Navigating Roman Macedonia: Intersections of Empires Along … Continue reading

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Trans-species Aesthetics: Religion and Ivory

An article by Brian Christy in the October issue of National Geographic on illegal ivory harvest and the massacre of African elephants explores the religious dimensions of the ivory trade. In January 2012 a hundred raiders on horseback charged out … Continue reading

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Field Notes: New Unit in the Society of Bibical Literature to Debut in Chicago – “Metacriticism in Biblical Scholarship”

Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship, a new unit in the Society of Biblical Literature, will debut at the 2012 annual meeting in Chicago. The unit critically evaluates suppositions in and underlying biblical scholarship, including how an explicitly non-religious approach differs from … Continue reading

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Co-opting Categories: It’s the Cats’ Meow

By Deeksha Sivakumar Pulivesham (“Tiger Disguise”), a well-known dancing ritual in Southern India, resurfaced in the news forcing me to question what we name ‘religious ritual’ and what we tend to call ‘folk’ or ‘popular’ practices. What is even more … Continue reading

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Field Notes: SORAAAD 2012: The Analytical Handling of Norms and Values in the Study of Religion

Friday, November 16, 2:00-6:00 pm Registration ($25) is for an hour long high tea service. Registration is limited and we are within sight of full capacity. (http://www.aarweb.org/meetings/annual_meeting/Current_Meeting/2012Workshops.pdf) In our second SBL/AAR pre-conference workshop, the Study of Religion as an Analytical … Continue reading

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Stories About a Married Jesus

By Ian Brown For those of you not glued to your computers, anxiously awaiting the next startling development in the saga of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife, aka, GosJesWife, allow me to bring you up to speed. On September 18, … Continue reading

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