Constructing Data in Religious Studies - Examining the Architecture of the Academy - Leslie Dorrough Smith

Constructing Data in Religious Studies - Examining the Architecture of the Academy - Leslie Dorrough Smith

3. Categorization and its Discontents

Constructing Data in Religious Studies - Examining the Architecture of the Academy - Leslie Dorrough Smith

M Adryael Tong [+-]
Fordham University
M Adryael Tong is a Ph.D. candidate in Theology at Fordham University. Engaging with contemporary theory and continental philosophy, her dissertation focuses on how early Christian and rabbinic Jewish discourses on circumcision shaped the cultural narrative of “The Parting of the Ways.”

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In this response to Annette Yoshiko Reed’s paper, the author reflects on the ways Reed’s piece might be read as a philosophical critique of the current scholarly practices of categorization in the study of religion of late antiquity. Taking Reed's analysis as a jumping-off point, the author then suggests four different research trajectories in the historical study of religion that have the potential to address some of the problematics in our current categorization practices: a (re)examination of various native methodologies and alternative categorization schemes; a continued study of the relationship between the scholar and time through cross-disciplinary research on the practice(s) of periodization; the development of more robust theories of difference between and among categories; and an emphasis on engaging with the fields of ethics and philosophy in our work.

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Tong, M Adryael. 3. Categorization and its Discontents. Constructing Data in Religious Studies - Examining the Architecture of the Academy. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 38-47 Oct 2019. ISBN 9781781796764. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34168. Date accessed: 13 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34168. Oct 2019

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