Monthly Archives: October 2012

Political Bodies and a Touch of Pain: An Interview with Darlene Juschka, Part 1

Darlene Juschka is a cross-appointed Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Religious Studies at the University of Regina, in Saskatchewan Canada. Juschka is well-published in both fields; her works include Feminism in the Study of Religion: A Reader, (ed. … Continue reading

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Book review: John Lardas Modern, Secularism in Antebellum America

By A.T. Coates Steam engines. Conversions. Inmates. Tracts. Networks. Vibrations. A white whale. John Lardas Modern’s exciting book on antebellum secularism winds through Moby-Dick, evangelical print culture, spiritualism, phrenology, anthropology, prison reform, and concludes with a brief discussion of “fucking … Continue reading

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Social Magic

By Craig Martin Each semester in my introductory course I teach Pierre Bourdieu’s little essay, “Rites of Institution” in Language and Symbolic Power (1991). One of Bourdieu’s claims is that with rites of institution, identities are assigned to subjects—and with such … Continue reading

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The Curious Case of John Errol Ferguson, Part 2

By Joseph Laycock While Judge Glant’s decision was applauded by the families of Ferguson’s victims, its wider implications are disturbing. Richard Dawkins is surely dancing in celebration to see that a judge in a Southern state compared the delusions of … Continue reading

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The Curious Case of John Errol Ferguson: Part 1

By Joseph Laycock At the time of this writing, the state of Florida is preparing to execute John Errol Ferguson by lethal injection. Ferguson is a convicted rapist and murderer. He was found guilty of the murder of eight individuals … Continue reading

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CALL FOR PAPERS: “The Impact of the Arab Spring on the Study of Islam”

The Bulletin for the Study of Religion invites submissions of 3,000 to 4,000 words for a special issue addressing the impact of the Arab Spring on the academic study of Islam. We are particularly interested in articles that reflect on … Continue reading

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SORAAAD BookNotes with the Bulletin: Darlene Juschka, Political Bodies/Body Politic: The Semiotics of Gender

By Matt Sheedy Political Bodies/Body Politic: The Semiotics of Gender (2009) by Darlene Juschka, offers a rich analysis that traverses several academic fields, including gender studies, semiotics, cultural theory, and religion, among others, as well as multiple historical periods, such … Continue reading

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