3. Main Paper: Private Money and the Study of Religion: Problems, Perils, and Possiblities

On the Subject of Religion - Charting the Fault Lines of a Field of Study - James Dennis LoRusso

Gregory D. Alles [+-]
McDaniel College
Gregory Alles is professor of religious studies at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He is co-editor of Numen, the journal of the International Association for the History of Religions, and a member of the steering committee of the Indigenous Religious Traditions Unit of the American Academy of Religion. Dr. Alles has served as President of the North American Association for the Study of Religions. His research has focused widely on rhetoric in Greek and Sanskrit epic, the history of the study of religions in Germany, particularly the work of Rudolf Otto, the study of religions in a global context, and most recently on adivasi (tribal) people in Gujarat, India, known as Rathvas. He edited Religious Studies: A Global View and is author of The Iliad, The Ramayana, and the Work of Religion: Failed Persuasion and Religious Mystification as well as a number of articles.

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Current trends in academia are motivating scholars to look to private funders and funding institutions to fund their research. In this essay, Alles contends that this is not as novel as it might seem. Indeed, the history of the study of religion in the United States is a history that includes private funding at every step of the study of religion’s development and evolution. If private funding is not new, however, there is increased importance on the topic as funding from educational institutions dwindlers. Alles contends that scholars should accept private funding knowing the potential limits and agendas that accompany it. Educated scholars will be able to more successfully navigate the world of private funding and use it to their advantage.

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Alles, Gregory. 3. Main Paper: Private Money and the Study of Religion: Problems, Perils, and Possiblities. On the Subject of Religion - Charting the Fault Lines of a Field of Study. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2021. ISBN 9780000000000. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=41081. Date accessed: 13 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41081. Oct 2021

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