Introducing Jeri Wieringa

On Data, Religion, and Digital Humanities


  • Caitlyn Bell University of Alabama



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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.

Author Biography

Caitlyn Bell, University of Alabama

Caitlyn Bell is a graduate of the Religion in Culture MA program and holds certificates in Digital Humanities and Museum Studies from the University of Alabama.


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How to Cite

Bell, C. (2020). Introducing Jeri Wieringa: On Data, Religion, and Digital Humanities. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 49(1-2), 29–32.



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