Bulletin for the Study of Religion https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR <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="https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/about">Read more about the journal.</a></p> </div> Equinox Publishing Ltd. en-US Bulletin for the Study of Religion 2041-1863 A Cautionary Tale from Testosterone An Unauthorized Biography https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/18851 <p>Craig Martin reviews <em>Testosterone: An Unauthorized Biography</em> (Harvard University Press 2019) by Rebecca M. Jordan-Young and Katrina Karkazis. <em>Testosterone </em>examines the history and uses of the hormone in biomedical research. Conventionally understood as the male sex hormone, Martin learns that the construction of this idea is far more complicated and marred by politics of classification and definition. Martin suggests that Jordan-Young and Karkazis’ study models the kind of questions schoalrs of religion would do well to ask about their own data.</p> Craig Martin Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-04-01 2021-04-01 49 3-4 23 24 10.1558/bsor.18851 "How Do I Deal with Burnout?" https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/18897 <p>In this edition of the&nbsp;<em>Bulletin for the Study of Religion</em>’s advice column, Sage D’Vice answers helps readers deal with burnout. The piece emphasizes scholars’ need to understand their situatedness within a variety of settings and the ways they can use their skills effectively to negotiate the demands of those settings. Sage D’Vice offers practical tips to help scholars build upon their strengths, manage service expectations, and maximize their productivity.</p> Richard Newton Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-04-01 2021-04-01 49 3-4 42 43 10.1558/bsor.18897 What To Do with World Religions? https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/19145 <p>This essay describes an approach to the Religions of the World course that incorporates the critique of the World Religions Paradigm and teaches the Paradigm as a set of discourses that are open to analysis. The focus of the course is teaching the critical analysis of representations, which i argue is more important than teaching religious literacy, though this course also provides some religious literacy while acknowledging that those terms and ideas are contested and incomplete.</p> Steven Ramey Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-04-01 2021-04-01 49 3-4 34 36 10.1558/bsor.19145 Corrupting Language https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/18875 <p>The problem of definition is a well-known concern for scholars of religion. Far from being a scholarly preoccupation, the issue has particular relevance in the health care profession. This article discusses how the dynamics of definition impact public policy and perceptions of health, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also advocates for scholars to model critical reflexivity in their research on religion and health care, among other matters.</p> Morgan Frick Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-04-01 2021-04-01 49 3-4 37 41 10.1558/bsor.18875 Student Engagement, Where Art Thou? https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/18919 <p>Three US professors discuss the challenge of teaching the study of religion within a higher educational setting marked by institutional and student ambivalence. Professors Matthew Baldwin (Mars Hill College), Kevin McGinnis (Stonehill College and Post University), and Leslie Dorrough Smith (Avila University) joined Richard Newton (Editor,&nbsp;<em>Bulletin for the Study of Religion</em>) for a conversation on this challenge, expressing frustrations and sharing tips. The exchange took began at the start of the Spring 2020 semester, paused during the spring recess in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and resumed at the end of the term, offering a snapshot of the day’s challenges.</p> Richard Newton Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-04-01 2021-04-01 49 3-4 16 22 10.1558/bsor.18919 "All Right, I Give Up. What is Digital Humanities?" https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/18870 <p>The digital turn impacts not only how scholars of religion present their research, but also how they conduct their research. Jeri Wieringa introduces readers to the digital humanities, the tools it employs, and the questions it raises for scholars of religion. While situating this subfield within the broad humanities, the essay highlights key examples demonstrative of how it manifests within religious studies.</p> Jeri Wieringa Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-04-01 2021-04-01 49 3-4 27 29 10.1558/bsor.18870 Religion & Theology with Gerhard van den Heever https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/18900 <p>Gerhard van den Heever presents the history of the journal <em>Religion &amp; Theology</em>, from its start as an in-house theological journal for the University of South Africa to its current frame as an international publication for the transdisciplinary study of religion and theology as discourse formation. Van den Heever presents insights into the journal’s management and shares insights for those interested in submitting their research.</p> Gerhard van den Heever Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-04-01 2021-04-01 49 3-4 25 26 10.1558/bsor.18900 Molly Bassett and Applied Religious Studies at Georgia State University https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/19191 <div>With the current pandemic, the intersection of religion and health has garnered renewed attention as it potentially impacts not only what we study, but also how and where we do our work. In this edition of The Interview, Bulletin editor Richard Newton spoke with Molly Bassett, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. Beyond her longstanding reseach interest in myth and bodies in Mesoamerican cultural history, Bassett’s department has pioneered an “Applied Religious Studies”approach to public health at the undergraduate and graduate level. Newton and Bassett discuss the story behind these efforts and the lessons they present for scholars in this moment.</div> Richard Newton Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-04-01 2021-04-01 49 3-4 3 10 10.1558/bsor.19191 Dr. Catherine L. Newell, the Medical Humanities Minor, and the Study of Religion at the University of Miami https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/18895 <p>Although some still see the relationship between the sciences and humanities as dichotomous, scholars and non-scholars alike are acknowledging the conjoined histories of science and religion. As Dr. Catherine L. Newell suggests, the two categories have more in common than most realize. Drawing upon her research in their mutual histories and her administration of the Medical Humanities minor at the University of Miami, Newell highlights the potential growth such a perspective might provide for future and current health professionals alike.</p> Morgan Frick Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-04-01 2021-04-01 49 3-4 14 16 10.1558/bsor.18895 High Tech, High Think, High Imagine https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/18923 <p>Jill Raitt highlights the gap between imagination and information, shifting the conversation towards the tangible impacts of an education system that relies on test scores instead of the quality of learning and teaching. The way an individual is taught influences their perception of the unfamiliar, and thus the quantification of quality in education could lead to irreconcilable sociopolitical climates in the future. Originally published in the February 1991 issue of the Council of Societies for the Study of Religion Bulletin (20, no. 1), the piece continues to speak volumes today, particularly in the context of educating in the age of COVID-19.</p> Jill Raitt Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-04-01 2021-04-01 49 3-4 29 34 10.1558/bsor.18923 The Sydney Jewish Museum and the Religious Studies Project with Breann Fallon https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/18874 <p>Pursuing a degree in religious studies sometimes seems to lead only to an academic position. Ph.D. candidate Breann Fallon suggests otherwise. Drawing upon her work as a Co-Editor of the <em>Religious Studies Project </em>and the Sydney Jewish Museum’s Educational Team, Fallon shows that there are possibilities and opportunities. Fallon candidly tells her story and how she marshaled her academic training to pursue passion projects in the broader educational economy.</p> Morgan Frick Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-04-01 2021-04-01 49 3-4 10 13 10.1558/bsor.18874 Can We Be Colleagues? https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/18910 <div><em>Bulletin&nbsp;</em>editor Richard Newton reflects on the meaning of collegiality. Rather than a simple connection between co-workers, Newton suggests that the term is best understood as a relationship to be tended. This issue of the&nbsp;<em>Bulletin </em>reflects on the tumultuous events of 2020 and showcases the tremendous work scholars of religion have been doing in the face of the moment’s challenges. It also introduces a new advisory board while announcing the publication’s 50<sup>th&nbsp;</sup>anniversary, a moment that Newton hopes to celebrate— as colleagues— in future issues.</div> Richard Newton Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-04-01 2021-04-01 49 3-4 1 2 10.1558/bsor.18910