Rejoinder

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 Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee. In fall 2018, she was the Gerardus van der Leeuw Fellow, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen. Her 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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Previous volumes in the NAASR Working Papers series have critical reflections on key domains of field, such as theory, method, data, and categories. This latest addition to the series takes a step back to consider syncretically how religion is imagined or invented through several lenses. It takes as inspiration the work of the late Jonathan Z. Smith, who challenged scholars to be mindful of the ways they imagine religion and religious data. Building off this crucial insight, On the Subject of Religion brings together a range of early-career and established scholars of religion to explore how various domains of society—namely the classroom, academic literature, public debates, and private fundraising—shape and are shaped by the contours of the academic study of religion. For example, how is religion depicted in the academic study of religion? How do private donors selectively privilege certain descriptions of religion and to what ends? Do the practical needs of students align or conflict with the theoretical concerns of scholars? To what extent do answers to these questions reveal shared challenges or fault lines across the field of study?

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Hackett, Rosalind. Rejoinder. 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=41091. Date accessed: 08 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41091. Oct 2021

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