21. On Articulate Choice

Remembering J.Z. Smith - A Career and its Consequence - Emily D. Crews

Vaia Touna [+-]
University of Alabama
Vaia Touna is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She is author of Fabrications of the Greek Past: Religion, Tradition, and the Making of Modern Identities (Brill, 2017) and editor of Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity: Towards a Dynamic Theory of People and Place (Equinox, 2019). Her research focuses on the sociology of religion, acts of identification and social formation, as well as methodological issues concerning the study of religion in the ancient Graeco-Roman world and of the past in general.


In this essay, originally a blog post published on The Bulletin for the Study of Religion, Vaia Touna discusses the importance of strategic choices, which she learned from reading the work of Jonathan Z. Smith. Smith’s idea that “less is better” has been significant for Touna when building a syllabus, making comparisons, and analyzing the contributions of other scholars.

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Touna, Vaia . 21. On Articulate Choice. Remembering J.Z. Smith - A Career and its Consequence. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Oct 2020. ISBN 9781781799697. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39834. Date accessed: 13 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39834. Oct 2020

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