William James and the Divorce Between Science and Religion

Cross Posted at Religion in American History William James has always interested me because I've often wondered why his brand of knowledge production never took off. Jonathan Rée has a great piece on William James that I found thanks to Ralph E. Luker.  As a whole, the article is a thoughtful review of James' life … Continue reading William James and the Divorce Between Science and Religion

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This Week in Religion, Poetically

My roundup of this week's religion in the news can be found over at Religion Dispatches.  My favorite story this week has to be Ricky Williams leading meditation classes.  I'd pay for that.

Constructing Religion in the SC Governor’s Race

For me, religion will always be constructed in South Carolina.  As an undergraduate at the College of Charleston I became fascinated with the category or "religion" and began the long road toward a career studying it.  Now, I look back to the Palmetto state again and see the ways the current race for governor is … Continue reading Constructing Religion in the SC Governor’s Race

Bringing you the week in religion

I've got a new gig over at Religion Dispatches writing a weekly review of religion in the news. Check out my first attempt.

Burning Man, Green Acre, and Ritual in U.S. Religious History (Cross-Post))

This is a cross-post from the Religion in American History Blog. This morning I came across an interview with Lee Gilmore at Religion Dispatches where she discusses her new bookTheater in a Crowded Fire: Ritual and Spirituality at Burning Man (UC Press).  The full interview deserves a read, especially the story of how she came upon … Continue reading Burning Man, Green Acre, and Ritual in U.S. Religious History (Cross-Post))

Power, Authority, and the Academic Journal: Thoughts on UC vs. NPG

Why do we need academic journals? In the midst of the ongoing dispute between the University of California system and the Nature Publishing Group over the rates of science journals, I've been wondering what exactly is the function of the academic journal? I see two.  First, journals like those published by NPG function to distribute … Continue reading Power, Authority, and the Academic Journal: Thoughts on UC vs. NPG

‘Punk’ Academics, ‘Jam’ Academics, and the ‘Culture Industry’

This morning a couple of weird thoughts began to criss-cross in my mind that linked 'punk' academics, jam bands, and Theodore Adorno.  In the end, I began to see the political edge of the digital humanities in opposing what Adorno and Horkheimer call the "culture industry." To start off, I was reading Adorno and Horkheimer's … Continue reading ‘Punk’ Academics, ‘Jam’ Academics, and the ‘Culture Industry’

Enacting Identity: Toward an Interdisciplinary Theory of Religions in Diaspora

The following is another old conference paper.  I gave the following paper on rethinking diaspora to the History of Religions section of the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion in Atlanta, GA in March 2008. The term diaspora seems to carry with it an imperative for interdisciplinary work.  Diasporas are approached by Judaic studies, … Continue reading Enacting Identity: Toward an Interdisciplinary Theory of Religions in Diaspora

Know Your [Digital] Archives

I have  a new blog post up over at the Religion In American History Blog entitled "Know Your [Digital] Archives" that comments on the Making of America Collection at Cornell/U-Michigan and the 19th Century Schoolbooks Collection at U. of Pitt.