Category Archives: Religion and Popular Culture

Ritual Studies Group Call for Papers: AAR Annual Confernce in San Diego, CA, Nov. 22-25, 2014

Ritual Studies Group The AAR and SBL Meeting San Diego California, November 22-25 Deadline: Monday, March 3, 2014, 5:00 PM EST, through http://papers.aarweb.org/ Statement of Purpose:  This Group provides a unique venue for the interdisciplinary exploration of ritual — broadly understood … Continue reading

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The Problem of “Social Justice Elitism”

by Joseph Laycock A recent piece by Amer F. Ahmed outlines a phenomenon he calls “social justice elitism.”  Ahmed is the associate director of multi-ethnic student affairs at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He notes a tendency among certain students … Continue reading

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Religion, Ecology, and the Environment in Africa and the African Diaspora: Call for Papers, July 31-Aug 2, 2014, Cape Town, SA

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers: Religion, Ecology, and the Environment in Africa and the African Diaspora AASR July 31 – August 3, 2014 at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa. Deadline for ISSRNC submissions to the … Continue reading

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The Chocolate Pope, Or How the Vatican Stole Easter

By Philip L. Tite On February 5 Mirco Della Vecchia, an artist who specializes in chocolate art, presented a life-size statue of Pope Francis to the Pontiff. According to media coverage, this was a labor of love produced by the … Continue reading

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Redescribing Early Christianity: Call for Papers for the 2014 AAR/SBL in San Diego, Nov. 22-25

Redescribing Early Christianity The AAR and SBL Meeting San Diego California, November 22-25 Deadline March 1, 2014 Call For Papers (PDF) The Redescribing Early Christianity seminar seeks proposals for the 2014 Annual Meeting that mesh with the seminar’s agenda of … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Perverts Guide to Ideology

  by Tenzan Eaghll What is the connection between desire, the will, fantasy, and religion? In the latest documentary by the controversial philosopher Slavoj Žižek, The Perverts Guide to Ideology, he argues that the connection is ideology. Teaming up with … Continue reading

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Speaking to Outsiders: Can Our Theory Make a Bigger Bang?

by Natasha L. Mikles Every year during November and December, I find myself confronting a very particular problem—one which I am sure is familiar to all of my colleagues, but one we rarely ever discuss: how to explain what we … Continue reading

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