Now Published – Bulletin for the Study of Religion 44.2 (June 2015)

BSOR June CoverThe June issue of the Bulletin has been published and is available. Below is the table of contents of this issue, which includes a panel of papers on the construction of “East/West” in the study of religion. This debate began on the Bulletin’s blog and has been continued in this issue, with the hope that others will jump into the discussion both on the blog and in the Bulletin itself. This issue also includes a “Tips for Teaching” entry by Melissa Deckman, who teaches a course on religion and politics. We are also pleased to include an interview with the new president of NAASR, Russ McCutcheon, as well as a selection of NAASR Notes that have become a regular feature on the Bulletin’s blog.

As always, we welcome submissions for future issues – including responses to published articles – from established scholars and graduate students engaged in the study of religion (regardless of discipline) for either publication in the Bulletin or for here on the Bulletin‘s Blog. Our guidelines for the journal are available online.


Table of Contents

Bulletin for the Study of Religion Volume 44, Issue 2 (June 2015)

“Religious Proximity and Cultural Distance: An Introduction on the East/West dichotomy” Philip L. Tite (University of Washington) [Editorial introduction] – (pgs. 1-2)



 “‘Never the Twain Shall Meet’: Disorienting East and West in Teaching and Scholarship” James Mark Shields (Bucknell University) – (pgs. 3-8)

“The Grey Matters: The Use and Abuse of East/West Taxonomies” Sarah F. Haynes (Western Illinois University) – (pgs. 8-11)

“The Pedagogical Issues of Teaching ‘Eastern’ and ‘Western’ Traditions” T. Nicole Goulet (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) – (pgs. 11-15)

“‘Weasternization’ of the West: Kumbh Melā as a Pilgrimage Place For Spiritual Seekers  from the West” Marianne C. Qvortrup Fibiger (Aarus University) – (pgs. 15-21)

Roundtable on East/West (exchange between Professor Shields, Haynes, Goulet, and Fibiger) – (pgs. 22-26)



Tips for Teaching: “Getting Students Out of the Classroom and into the Pew” Melissa Deckman (Washington College) – (pgs. 26-28)

North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR): An Interview with Russell McCutcheon by Matt Sheedy (University of Manitoba) – (pgs. 29-31)

NAASR Notes (including Sean Durbin, Jason Blum, Russell McCutcheon, Naomi Goldenberg, and Dennis LoRusso) – (pgs. 31-39)

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