Imagining the Past: A Case Study of Double Archaeology

Imagining Smith - Mapping Methods in the Study of Religion - Barbara Krawcowicz

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.

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In his bio-bibliographical essay, J.Z. Smith wrote that he was fond of the expression “when the chips are down” in the sense of all being said and done. With his passing in December 2017, the phrase has gained an additional layer of sad finality - the chips are really down. Scholarship is not poker, however, which means that these chips not only can but in fact should be picked up and circulated. Imagining Smith brings together the contributions of scholars who do exactly that by considering theoretical and methodological issues central to J. Z. Smith’s oeuvre in the context of their own research. Through analyses of Smith’s own work as well as applications of his concerns to new situations, historic periods, and regions, the contributors test the adequacy and applicability of Smith’s ideas and thus provide an indirect assessment of his influence and legacy in the field of Religious Studies.

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Touna, Vaia . Imagining the Past: A Case Study of Double Archaeology. Imagining Smith - Mapping Methods in the Study of Religion. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2021. ISBN 9781781799840. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39938. Date accessed: 16 Dec 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39938. Oct 2021

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