The Architecture of the Academy
Processes, Institutions, and Power in the Academic Study of Religion
Leslie Dorrough Smith [+–]
The Architecture of the Academy provides a critical introduction which introduces the issues and explains the volume’s twofold organization. These two sections reflect, first, on the basic terms and structures through which we identify data, and second, on the institutions, extensions, and applications of that data.
The first section exploring the manufacture of data is divided into three parts: “subjects,” “objects,” and “scholars.” Each part is spearheaded by a key essay and followed by four responses, all of which consider how the politics of the academy determine the very nature of the things we purport to study.
The second section of the book explores what these concepts look like as they are applied and further institutionalized. It also contains three parts. Part 4 considers the structures of higher education through which data is identified and normalized (“teaching,” “departments,” “research,” and “labor”). Parts 5 and 6 further extend the conversation by focusing on the use of institutional structures to legitimize certain messages at the expense of others in the name of domesticating a particular brand of academic study, if not a particular type of scholar.
Series: NAASR Working Papers
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