On the Subject of Religion
Charting the Fault Lines of a Field of Study
James Dennis LoRusso [+–]
Georgia State University
Previous volumes in the NAASR Working Papers series have critical reflections on key domains of field, such as theory, method, data, and categories. This latest addition to the series takes a step back to consider syncretically how religion is imagined or invented through several lenses. It takes as inspiration the work of the late Jonathan Z. Smith, who challenged scholars to be mindful of the ways they imagine religion and religious data. Building off this crucial insight, On the Subject of Religion brings together a range of early-career and established scholars of religion to explore how various domains of society—namely the classroom, academic literature, public debates, and private fundraising—shape and are shaped by the contours of the academic study of religion. For example, how is religion depicted in the academic study of religion? How do private donors selectively privilege certain descriptions of religion and to what ends? Do the practical needs of students align or conflict with the theoretical concerns of scholars? To what extent do answers to these questions reveal shared challenges or fault lines across the field of study?
Series: NAASR Working Papers
Table of Contents
Part I: Teaching the Field
Part II: The History of the Field
Part III: The Role and Influence of Private Funding in the Field
Part IV: International Perspectives on the Field
department at the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft at the University of
Bonn, Germany. Her research interests include intersectional and postcolonial critical
analyses of Race, Religion, and Culture with a particular focus on Hiphop
and Islam in Germany. She has presented her work internationally and is currently a Fulbright Research Fellow in the Department of Religion Studies at Lehigh University
in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.