Why I Don’t Blog As Much Anymore

There have been a spate of posts lately about why scholars blog. This is not a new genre. People have been encouraging academics to blog for almost a decade now. But as Russell McCutcheon, Thomas Whitley, Adam Miller, and Steven Ramey show, scholars are still thinking about whether or not they should blog and what … Continue reading Why I Don’t Blog As Much Anymore

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The Death of the Blogger: On the Limits of the Public Intellectual in the Digital Age

"We know that a text does not consist of a line of words, releasing a single "theological" meaning (the "message" of the Author-God), but it is a space of many dimensions, in which are wedded and contested various kinds of writing, no one of which is original: the text is a tissue of citations, resulting … Continue reading The Death of the Blogger: On the Limits of the Public Intellectual in the Digital Age

Hope Blog Relay: Hope, Worry, and the Future

Ed Blum handed me the baton. Now it's my turn to take a leg in a blogging relay race. We're writing about hope. I struggle with hope because I am a worrier. I worry about everything. When I was in middle school there was a day that my parents had a mix up about who … Continue reading Hope Blog Relay: Hope, Worry, and the Future

Places to Send Students in Search of Religion Blog Topics

UPDATE- This post has been updated with new sites. (2/20/2014) I gave a couple of talks around Emory last week about my experience teaching with social media last semester. In the wake of those I'll be posting some resources for folks looking to use blogging or Twitter in their classes. Here is a list of … Continue reading Places to Send Students in Search of Religion Blog Topics

Engines of Change and Chronology in American Religious History

Cross-posted from Religion in American History While we are all aflutter over this weekends' American Academy of Religion, I would ask us to take a moment and turn our attention to another scholarly society--the American Society of Church History. Earlier this month the ASCH launched its very own blog that is open to contributions from … Continue reading Engines of Change and Chronology in American Religious History

2011 Cliopatria Awards: My blog’s not great but maybe you could nominate my tweets

The 2011 Cliopatria Awards are now open for nominations. These awards are given out for the best bloggers, blogs, and posts in the field of history. But this year there is a new category: Best Twitter Feed. I'm not going lie, I'd love it if you nominated my feed for this award. I'm not sayin', I'm … Continue reading 2011 Cliopatria Awards: My blog’s not great but maybe you could nominate my tweets

I’m Now at michaeljaltman.net

...so check your RSS feeds and what-not. I decided it was time I grew up and got my own domain. So, now you can find me at http://michaeljaltman.net. Pretty cute, eh? You should get redirected here from the old URL but I don't know how this will affect RSS feeds. Of course, if you read … Continue reading I’m Now at michaeljaltman.net

REL100 Syllabus: Blogging, Tweeting, and Deconstructing Religion

I finally finished the syllabus for REL100. Good thing, too. The first day of class is tomorrow morning. It's all filled up--40 students. Here goes nothin'! REL 100: Introduction to Religion Christian and Hindu Traditions Michael J. Altman @MichaelJAltman Office Hours: Thursday 9am-noon, Callaway S220 (or by appt.) http://blogs.emory.edu/rel100 I. Course Description This course introduces … Continue reading REL100 Syllabus: Blogging, Tweeting, and Deconstructing Religion

Drafting a Syllabus: REL100 Intro. to Religion- Christian and Hindu Traditions

I've been preparing for my maiden voyage in the world of teaching this coming semester. I've been given the privileged of  teaching my own class: Religion 100 Introduction to Religion. At Emory we teach this course comparatively so every class picks two traditions to focus on. Being an Americanist who studies Hinduism in American culture, I of … Continue reading Drafting a Syllabus: REL100 Intro. to Religion- Christian and Hindu Traditions

I Got a (Kinda) New Blogging Gig

I'm taking a small step up as a blogger. I've been blogging as a guest blogger over at Religion Dispatches for a while now. I've been writing a weekly review of religion in the news and I've also done some other posts here and there. I usually post a portion of these peices here and … Continue reading I Got a (Kinda) New Blogging Gig