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

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

14. International Perspectives on/in the Field

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

Rosalind I.J. Hackett [+-]
University of Tennessee
Rosalind I.J. Hackett is Chancellor’s Professor Emerita, and Professor of Religious Studies Emerita at the University of Tennessee.  She is also Extraordinary Professor, Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.  She publishes in the areas of indigenous religion, new religious movements, gender, art, human rights, and conflict in Africa.  Recent (co-edited) books are New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa (2015) and The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism (2015).  She is Past President and Honorary Life Member of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR).

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In my essay on international perspectives on/in the field of the study of religion, I opt for a multi-perspectival approach that reveals the centrifugal and centripetal forces at work in our academic enterprise in this globalizing, technology-driven world. I begin with the significant role played by the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), as the “preeminent international forum for the critical, analytical and cross-cultural study of religion, past and present” in the internationalizing of the field, and my own involvement in these developments since the 1990s. However, I choose to focus on the regional and affiliated associations--the meso level, so to speak--for the window they afford onto changing international dimensions. I then explore a range of (some, but not all, IAHR-related) communities of scholars, learned societies, book series, journals, working groups, academic programs, and collaborative research initiatives. I consider that these various “hubs” and “agents” for a more globally inflected and interconnected study of religion reveal a complex range of responses, strategies, and struggles in relation to internationalization processes in our field. These processes may be internally or externally generated (or both). I contend that by using this “nodal” and “interstitial” approach, one can better discern how the “international” trope is variously defined and deployed, whether as best practice, value addition, recalibration, legitimacy, elitism, or redemption.

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Hackett, Rosalind. 14. International Perspectives on/in the Field. On the Subject of Religion - Charting the Fault Lines of a Field of Study. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 175-194 Oct 2022. ISBN 9781800502291. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=41086. Date accessed: 14 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41086. Oct 2022

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