Bulletin for the Study of Religion 2020-11-09T15:07:17+00:00 Richard Newton Open Journal Systems <div> <p>The<em> Bulletin</em> began life in 1971 as the <em>CSSR Bulletin</em>. The journal<em> </em>publishes articles that address religion in general, the history of the field of religious studies, method and theory in the study of religion, and pedagogical practices. The Bulletin is unique in that it offers a forum for various academic voices to debate and reflect on the ever-changing state of the field, and insofar as it encourages scholars continually to engage meta-level questions at the leading edge of inquiry. <a href="">Read more about the journal.</a></p> </div> For the Good of the Field 2020-05-08T21:39:40+00:00 Richard Newton <p>In this introduction to the newly relaunched the Bulletin for the Study of Religion, Dr. Richard Newton, the Bulletin’s new editor, provides a succinct overview of what this fresh take on one of the field’s earliest publicationshas to offer for a contemporary readership. While staying true to its roots and continuing to publish experimental pieces from scholars in the field, as well as classics taken from the publication’s archives, the Bulletin will now features a series of new, rotating columns that will cover everything from digital scholarship in the humanities to all the happenings at recent meetings of noteworthy conferences and events in the field.</p> 2020-11-09T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Pandemic and Pandemonium 2020-09-03T16:15:26+00:00 Richard Newton <p>The Buzz captures the timely concerns, challenges, and reflections on the minds of scholars at work. For this issue, we reached out to colleagues in North America to fill us in on the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the field and how they are responding. In this edition we are joined by Leslie Dorrough Smith (associate professor of religious studies at Avila University), Dave McConeghy (managing co-editor and co-host of the Religious Studies Project), Jennifer Eyl (associate professor of religion at Tufts University), Natalie Avalos (assistant professor of ethnic studies, University of Colorado-Boulder), and Ekaputra Tupamahu (assistant professor of New Testament, George Fox University).</p> 2020-11-09T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. How Do I Network? 2020-05-09T20:22:11+00:00 Sage D'Vice <p>One of the more difficult aspects early career scholars have in navigating the field is developing a professional network. This essay, from the pseudonymous Sage D'Vice. outlines helpful tips for making connections to other scholars and advancing one's work.</p> 2020-11-09T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Introducing Jeri Wieringa 2020-05-09T19:58:54+00:00 Caitlyn Bell <p>Despite the rising popularity of digital scholarship in the humanities, there still exists a great deal of tension between this new scholarship and more traditional methods. Primarily the concern lies in how to measure the work done between the two, with many seeing the former as less taxing than traditional methods and requiring additional work out of those pursuing digital scholarship. In a recent meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Jeri E. Wieringa spoke on a panel that showcased the digital work in the humanities so as to highlight the need for academia to better incorporate digital scholarship. Her talk, discussed prominently in this paper, highlighted her doctoral work and clearly expressed the similarities between traditional and digital methods of scholarly research.</p> 2020-11-09T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Christopher Cotter and David Robertson of The Religious Studies Project 2020-05-09T14:55:53+00:00 Richard Newton Christopher Cotter David Robertson <p><em>The Religious Studies Project</em> is now a well-known fixture in the field, but it was not always as well-known as it is today. In this interview, Dr. Richard Newton from the Bulletin sat down with Dr. Chris Cotter and Dr. David Robertson to discuss their journey in creating the religious studies podcast from simple pub talk in 2010 to its current collection of some 300 episodes. In relaying their strides and struggles in this venture, Cotter and Robertson answer many of the questions that prominently face scholars in digital work and help showcase the need for such methods to gain acceptance in an academic world whose needs are swiftly changing.</p> 2020-11-09T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Teaching About Religion at the State University 2020-09-04T13:22:58+00:00 Robert D. Baird (1933–2015) Robert N. Minor <p>In 1983 Robert N. Minor and Robert D. Baird wrote a piece for <em>The Bulletin </em>that discussed what it means to teach religion academically in a public university in the United States. By dismantling other popular notions of what it meant to teach religion in a public university—such as the inculcation of values despite the preference this method shows for one religious system over another—the authors illustrate the flaws in these pedagogical styles and ultimately propose a new purpose for teaching religion. This new purpose they highlight strives not to promote one value system over another, or to propose one way of doing religion is right or wrong, but to promote understanding among students by showcasing the individuality that exists within religious traditions.</p> 2020-11-09T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. American Examples, or, How I Stopped Being an Americanist and Learned to Study Religion in America All Over Again 2020-09-03T16:23:23+00:00 Michael J. Altman <p>The Report brings you news on the latest projects, initiatives, and developments from around the field. Michael J. Altman of the University of Alabama relays his experience in moving from subfield expertise to field-critical theorizing and how he brought others along for the journey. American Examples provides intellectual space for early career scholars to reframe a particular interest in things American into provocative illustrations of identity and social formation. With support from Altman’s home institution and later the Henry Luce Foundation, participants workshop and enhance their teaching, research, and public humanities efforts.</p> 2020-11-09T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. The Politics of Expertise with Thomas J. Whitley 2020-05-11T18:31:47+00:00 John Bernardi <p>What are the professional limits of a graduate degree in religious studies? According to Thomas J. Whitley, these limits solely depend on one’s ability to interpret their skills outside the realm of academia. Having received four postsecondary degrees in religious studies, Whitley, rather than pursuing work in the precarious academic job market, took his skills into the world of politics, ultimately becoming Chief of Staff for the city of Tallahassee, Florida. In this interview with the Bulletin, Whitley shares his journey into marketing his degree, stressing the importance for humanities students to be able to articulate their skills beyond the scope of academia.</p> 2020-11-09T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Editing the Scholar’s Work with Katrina Van Heest by Caitlyn Bell 2020-09-03T16:48:32+00:00 Caitlyn Bell <p><em>In The Profession, our staff sits down with scholars at work in a variety of settings, in the academy and beyond. We spoke with Katie Van Heest for our second issue. Van Heest has a PhD and an MA in religion from Claremont University, and completed her dissertation on the letters Paul sent to the Romans, focusing on the construction of a vast and cohesive social network she found within them. Currently she owns her own business, TWEED Editing, where she edits work from scholars within the humanities—a highly successful venture whose client list is extensive and includes institutions and firms such as Dartmouth College, Oxford University Press, John Hopkins University, and many more. More information about her business can be found at </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>. </em></p> 2020-11-09T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Academic Publishing for Graduate Students 2020-05-09T21:04:26+00:00 Emily Suzanne Clark <p>Finding work following a graduate degree is perhaps one of the more pressing concerns facing any graduate student in the humanities. Not only have academic job openings decreased while job candidates have increased, but the competitive nature of these pursuits have significantly increased over the years, requiring more and more work from graduate students. In this article Dr. Emily Clark, who led a workshop at the 2019 meeting of the AAR in San Diego, discusses some highlights from her talk and offers helpful advice for pursuing publications as a graduate student, which she sees as an excellent way to gain a competitive edge in the shifting job market.</p> 2020-11-09T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. The Job Market in the Academy 2020-05-11T18:12:04+00:00 Russell T. McCutcheon <p>At a recent workshop during the 2019 meeting of the AAR in San Diego, California, Dr. Russell McCutcheon offered valuable advice to graduate students seeking employment after graduation. As the job market, particularly the academic job market, tightens, it has become increasingly difficult for any to find a job in the specialty their dissertation prepared them for. The solution McCutcheon suggested is rooted from his experience with the field itself: reinvention. His workshop on writing CVs illustrated the need in this changing market for graduate students to be able to describe the skills they have obtained in a way that makes their interests applicable to a wide range of jobs in the field rather than limiting themselves to a niche specialty that may limit potential jobs.</p> 2020-11-09T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Preparing for Jobs Outside the Academy 2020-05-11T18:03:40+00:00 Brad Stoddard <p>At the 2019 meeting of the AAR in San Diego, Dr. Brad Stoddard led a workshop that encouraged graduate students to look outside academia for potential jobs. As the academic job market tightens, many qualified people are left scrambling for careers in theirfield of study. As Stoddard suggests in his workshop, the answer may lie in pursuing work outside the field of academia. Following Kelly Baker’s example, Stoddard showcases how much work is available through a portfolio career, offering advice on reinventing oneself academically, obtaining freelance work, and finding employment in non-profits that likely will fulfill one’s intellectual hopes and dreams.</p> 2020-11-09T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Religious Studies and Race 2020-05-11T18:21:53+00:00 K. Merinda Simmons <p>At the 2019 meeting of the AAR in San Diego, California, Richard Newton, Emily Crews, and Merinda Simmons led a workshop discussing the current state of race studies in academia, particularly in light of NAASR’s attempts to locate itself among other fields undergoing similar work. While highlighting work occurring outside our field, Simmons et. Al addressed the need for discussions in our field to become more proactive rather than reactive, urging scholars to move beyond debates that surround descriptive ethnographies and crypto-theologies and to instead use our skills to discuss more than the trouble spots we have located within our field.</p> 2020-11-09T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Developing Relationships with Alumni 2020-05-09T20:09:45+00:00 Rodger M. Payne <p>For a small departmentin the humanities, it can be difficult to maintain the numbers needed for graduating students each semester. Dr. Rodger M. Payne, Chair of the Religious Studies Department at the University of North Carolina—Asheville found a way to promote student involvement within his department that has proven beneficial well past the student’s’graduation. Despite beginning this work in 2009 following an economic recession, Payne set about increasing student engagement via social events which his department hosted, inviting both majors and minors to join these events. In so doing, he created an atmosphere where the students—who often had commitments to other majors—felt valued and formed a connection to the department that they would maintain even as alumni of UNC.</p> 2020-11-09T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts, Cultural Histories, and Contemporary Contexts with Brad Anderson 2020-05-09T15:25:21+00:00 Bradford A. Anderson <p>Editor Bradford Anderson introduces readers of the <em>Bulletin </em>to the journal <em>Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts, Cultural Histories, and Contemporary Contexts</em>. Readers learn aobut the publication's history, issue highlights, and current direction.</p> 2020-11-09T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd.