Religion in Theory and Practice - Demystifying the Field for Burgeoning Scholars - Russell T. McCutcheon

Religion in Theory and Practice - Demystifying the Field for Burgeoning Scholars - Russell T. McCutcheon

Response to Thesis 7

Religion in Theory and Practice - Demystifying the Field for Burgeoning Scholars - Russell T. McCutcheon

Andrew Durdin [+-]
Florida State University
Andrew Durdin received his Ph.D. in History of Religions from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2017. He is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor at Florida State University in the Department Religion where he teaches world religions as well as classes in ancient Mediterranean religions and Western magic. His research focuses on Roman religion, magic and religion in Western culture, and scholarly historiography of ancient religions.

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“Religion” in Theory and Practice follows on from Russell T. McCutcheon’s book Entanglements: Marking Place in the Field of Religion (Equinox Publishing, 2014) by offering an overview of the current state of theory in the academic study of religion, and examining a variety of practical sites where critical scholarship is implemented but also challenged. Although addressed to early career scholars, this volume will also be of interest to anyone curious about why so many in the study of religion continue to assume that their object of study needs special attention. The first section outlines McCutcheon’s broader and more recent thoughts on the current state of the field (such as the claim, by some, that it is now “post-theory”) while the second section applies the first at a variety of discrete sites within the profession, from how we approach teaching the introductory course and the ongoing problem of contingent labor to the varied readers that we can now reach with our work. The volume concludes with a third section in which twenty-one different scholars, each at an early point in their career, take the stage, offering their own views on the challenges of professionalization, job market, gaining teaching experience, and work–life balance. The volume therefore invites readers to step back from their own individual, specialized work and to consider some of the structures in which the wider field exists—and some of the things that we all might do, regardless our career stage, in response to them.

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Durdin, Drew. Response to Thesis 7. Religion in Theory and Practice - Demystifying the Field for Burgeoning Scholars. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 183-185 Sep 2018. ISBN 9781781796832. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=36585. Date accessed: 19 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36585. Sep 2018

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