Monthly Archives: November 2012

Are You Ready?

by Craig Martin Several years ago at the national AAR/SBL meeting, at the end of a session I joined the usual mass exodus to the restrooms. In the restroom I overheard two men excitedly talking about the session they had … Continue reading

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Reading Between the Lines

  By Deeksha Sivakumar There are many ways in which theorists researching religious traditions outside of our own particular areas of expertise can help us investigate our own scholarship. Last year I encountered the work of Daniel Boyarin who writes … Continue reading

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NAASR: 2012 Annual Meeting, Chicago

Business Meeting Saturday Nov 17, 11:45am-12:45pm—McCormick Place South 404A Presidential Panel: The Identity of NAASR and the Character of the Critical Study of Religion Saturday Nov 17, 1-3:30pm—McCormick Place West 192B Early Christianity as Graeco-Roman Religion Saturday Nov 17, 4-6:30pm—Hilton Chicago … Continue reading

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We Don’t Doubt, We Don’t Take Direction: Whiteness, Religion, and the 2012 US Election

By Donovan Schaefer The 2012 election campaign made an open contest of religion much less than anyone would have predicted in 2008.  Aside from the occasional outburst during the Republican primaries, Governor Mitt Romney’s Mormonism was nearly a non-issue, even … Continue reading

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AAR Exploratory Session: The Affective Turn in Religious Studies

We are pleased to announce an AAR exploratory session on “The Affective Turn in Religious Studies.” The session will examine the contemporary affective turn across the humanities and social sciences and its relevance for religious studies. The turn to affect … Continue reading

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By Craig Martin The sculptor Michelangelo is claimed to have said: In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew … Continue reading

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Policing with Prayer/Policing Prayer

By Matt Sheedy In a recent article posted in, Winnipeg’s newly minted chief of police, Devon Clunis, stated that prayer would play a significant role in his strategy to reduce violent crime in the city, which currently ranks first … Continue reading

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