Academic Freedom and Academic Responsibility

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

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Jonathan Z. Smith, who passed away in late 2017, was retired from a long teaching career at the University Chicago. Known for his careful attention to the methods scholars use when studying religion, Smith worked with a wide variety of ancient and contemporary textual and ethnographic examples, becoming one of the most influential scholars of religion in the last fifty years.


This volume presents an archive of remembrances of the person and the contributions of the late Jonathan Z. Smith (1938-2017). Section one collects previously unpublished papers from three separate recent scholarly panels (from the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the North American Association for the Study of Religion), in which a wide variety of scholars reflect on the impact Smith had on their own careers and the field at large. Section two includes revised versions of blog posts, many of which appeared shortly after news of Smith’s death, in which scholars, journalists, and onetime students of Smith offer a more intimate and personal look at his legacy. The volume closes with the extended transcripts of seven interviews about Smith carried out with those who either trained or worked with him. Taken together, the volume documents the role Smith’s work has played in the modern field while providing a basis for further considering the future direction of the field.

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Smith, J. Z.. Academic Freedom and Academic Responsibility. Remembering J.Z. Smith - A Career and its Consequence. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Oct 2020. ISBN 9781781799697. Date accessed: 08 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39839. Oct 2020

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