Monthly Archives: November 2012

“So Long, and Thanks for All the Issues!” Some Changes at the Bulletin

By Philip L. Tite One of the most memorable sayings in Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is “so long and thanks for all the fish” – just when the Dolphins leave earth before it is destroyed. While that … Continue reading

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Fiction, Ethnography and the New York Times

by Steven Ramey Mark Oppenheimer’s account of the annual AAR/SBL meeting in the New York Times, which Matt Sheedy already dissected in a recent post, is an ethnography of religious studies scholars that provides insight into the nature of ethnography. … Continue reading

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Field Notes: New AAR Program Unit Proposal – Comparative Approaches to Religion and Violence.

To foster interdisciplinary approaches to and comparative religion analyses in the study of religion and violence we are seeking AAR member signatures to support the creation of a new Program Unit:  “Comparative Approaches to Religion and Violence.” At the 2012 … Continue reading

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Relating Religion in the New York Times

by Matt Sheedy Appearing in the Beliefs section of the New York Times on November 23, 2012, was an article about the recent SBL/AAR conference in Chicago, entitled, “A Scholarly Affair with a Side of Activism.” Putting aside the problematic … Continue reading

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Beliefs or Interests?

by Craig Martin I’ve recently seen the following pic making the rounds on Facebook: One of things I find frustrating here is that it’s not clear that people fight over different “faiths,” “beliefs,” or mere differences in “religious identity.” As I’ve written … Continue reading

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Religion Conferencing: It’s an “Experience”

by Matt Sheedy In his essay entitled “Experience,” which is one of several pieces contained in Religious Experience: A Reader, Robert H. Sharf notes the following: Critical analysis shows that modern Buddhist communities judge “claims to experience” on the basis … Continue reading

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The AAR’s Religious Values?

By Craig Martin Recently a petition was organized to encourage the AAR to pass a resolution promising not to “patronize a hotel or conference center that is in the midst of a boycott, strike, lockout, picketing or other labor dispute.” … Continue reading

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