Who Gets to Play in the Sandbox?
Debating Identities, Methodologies, and Theoretical Frameworks
Keywords:religious studies, definitions, essentialism, adjunct faculty, American Academy of Religion, Ahmed Mohamed, Caroline Schaffalitzky de Muckadell, Practicum, teaching, pedagogy, North American Association for the Study of Religion
Editor's introduction to the Bulletin for the Study of Religion 44.4 (2015). Specifically, this introduction presents a panel of appears responding to Caroline Schaffalitzky de Muckadell's JAAR article on essentialist definitions of religion, an Open Letter to the AAR from Kat Daley-Bailey (and comments on the problems facing adjunct faculty with regard to the AAR annual meeting), a standalone article by Joseph Laycock on the Irving, Texas controversy Ahmed Ahmed Mohamed’s homemade clock (taken as a bomb threat), an interview with the editors of the Practicum blog, and finally an Editor's Corner announcement with comment on a new subscription arrangement with NAASR.
Schaffalitzky de Muckadell, Caroline. 2014. “On Essentialism and Real Definitions of Religion.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 82.2: 495-520.http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jaarel/lfu015.