Guest Lecturing on Geographies of Religion

Interviewing My Colleagues’ Students, Focusing on Tangents


  • Justin K.H. Tse University of Washington



Paulo Freire, Sam Rocha, ontology, primal, guest lecture, Game of Thrones, occupy movements, Umbrella Movement, grounded theologies


This 'Teaching Tips' article focuses on my recent experience of guest-lecturing in colleagues' classes. Influenced by Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, my initial guest-teaching revolved around posing an argument about geographies of religion as 'grounded theologies' as a problem for students to challenge. However, my recent guest lectures have involved interviewing my colleagues' students to discover why they find grounded theologies interesting. I show that this new mode of guest-lecturing - also influenced by Freire - has opened up new conversations at a primal ontological level through a wider breadth of topics discussed, including occupy movements, Game of Thrones, Black Nordic Metal, and modern imperialist ideologies. Following Sam Rocha's folk phenomenology, I suggest that the primal depths that this interview-lecture style of guest lecturing is perhaps worth a try, even though I plan to use the argumentative lecture in the future as well.

Author Biography

Justin K.H. Tse, University of Washington

Affiliate Faculty Member, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies


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How to Cite

Tse, J. (2016). Guest Lecturing on Geographies of Religion: Interviewing My Colleagues’ Students, Focusing on Tangents. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 45(2), 55–61.



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