#REL100 in the (student) News

Pardon the self-promotion: Introductory level courses here at Emory are not famous for their enthusiastic levels of participation, attendance or commitment. Often these classes are big, too drafty or, let’s be honest, just too early in the morning to meet the same standards of discussion and debate set by upper-level courses and seminars. Professors in … Continue reading #REL100 in the (student) News

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

Hacking the Dissertation « THATCamp Southeast 2011

Below is my session idea for THATCamp Southeast. An unconference for digital humanities. How can digital humanities help us reimagine the dissertation? As a mid-program graduate student, I’m standing at the beginning of my dissertation project and I’m interested in hacking the dissertation. I’ve been thinking about this from a few angles. First, digital sources … Continue reading Hacking the Dissertation « THATCamp Southeast 2011

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’

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.

Why I Started this Blog

In short, Dan Cohen convinced me. I came across an article-post by Cohen while exploring Hacking the Academy titled "Professors Start Your Blogs"  that made me realize I wanted to be a part of what he was talking about. In the post, Cohen counters all the reasons most people, including myself have not started blogs.  I … Continue reading Why I Started this Blog