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 Brian Carwana – A Professor to the Public https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20336 <p>“The Profession” profiles scholars with a background in Religious Studies who have employed their training in compelling ways in, around, and outside of the academy. Brian Carwana works as the Executive Director of the Encounter World Religions Centre in Toronto, Canada. From working in venture capital, to studying to be a history teacher, to ultimately earning a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Toronto, Carwana’s story shows how a non-traditional academic career path led to him being a non-traditional academic. Carwana leads groups of participants through content and theory classes, takes them to site visits across Toronto, and works to promote religious literacy through his programming.</p> Jacob Barrett Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-11-08 2022-11-08 51 1 26 31 10.1558/bsor.20336 How to be a Good Teaching Assistant? https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/23552 <p>The Question is a forum for Bulletin readers to get advice about those tricky conundrums, unwritten rules, and nagging issues that can get in the way of doing our work well. Sage D’Vice does their darndest to bring you answers that will help you get the job done. This time, Sage D’Vice tackles how to be a good teaching assistant. If you have a question for a future issue, email our editorial staff at rwnewton@ua.edu.</p> Sage D’Vice Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-11-08 2022-11-08 51 1 39 40 10.1558/bsor.23552 Strategically Implementing the “Z” (for Zoom)-Option in Graduate Education https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/23550 <p>The Department takes a look at how academic programs in our field adapt to the changing landscape of higher education. In this edition, Carl Raschke shares how and why the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Denver developed a remote option for their M.A. program. The “Z”- Option, as they call it, addresses social, cultural, and economic trends in U.S. universities with a forward-thinking and researched proposal that should be on your radar.</p> Carl Raschke Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-11-08 2022-11-08 51 1 21 26 10.1558/bsor.23550 Naming the Game https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/23548 <p>In The Archive, we bring back some of our most provocative essays from yesteryear to see what lessons we might learn from them today. Given the shifting grounds on which defenses of the academic study of religion are being made—whether in the IAHR as discussed in The Interview or in the context of the contemporary U.S., a post-Carson v. Makin academy as discussed in The Editorial—we return to a 1983 piece by Charles Elliot Vernoff, originally published in the Council on the Study of Religion Bulletin 15.4, 109-112, where he traces the contours of the field in the early 1980s.</p> Charles Elliot Vernoff Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-11-08 2022-11-08 51 1 16 21 10.1558/bsor.23548 An Upstanding Study of Religion https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/23801 Richard Newton Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-11-08 2022-11-08 51 1 1 3 10.1558/bsor.23801 Instituting a Strictly Scientific Study of Religion with Donald Wiebe https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/23551 <p>The Interview brings you in-depth exchanges with schol-ars who have impacted the way we carry out work in the academic study of religion. In this edition, Bulletin editor Richard Newton sat with Donald Wiebe (Trinity College in the University of Toronto, co-founder of the North American Association for the Study of Religion, and twice-former Executive Committee member of the International Association for the History of Religions). They discuss institutionbuilding in our field—from navigating the conflation of critical and confessional approaches at the university level, to association building, to defending its raison d’être. The latter concern most re-cently came to a head within the IAHR in an incident that Wiebe expounds upon in his latest book, An Argument in Defense of a Strictly Scientific Study of Religion: The Controversy at Delphi (Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion 2021).</p> Richard Newton Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-11-08 2022-11-08 51 1 4 15 10.1558/bsor.23551 Learning by Design https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/23549 <p>The January 6, 2020 insurrection at the United States Capitol Building confirmed and challenged many people’s assumptions about how religion functions in society. As the events of that day continue to be reviewed by government officials, scholars, and public audiences, the Uncivil Religion Project has become an invaluable resource in those endeavors. Spearheaded by Prof. Mike Altman at the University of Alabama and Jerome Copulsky and Peter Manseau from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the <br />collaborative web project is both a media-rich digital archive and scholarly anthology on this pivotal historical moment. Altman led a team of graduate students in the University of Alabama’s Religion in Culture MA program in the development of the site. Bulletin editorial assistant Erica Bennet interviewed Ciara Eichorst, Katie Johnson, and Phoebe Duke-Mosier to learn how this project not only took shape, but also impacted their education in the academic study of religion.</p> Erica Bennett Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-11-08 2022-11-08 51 1 35 38 10.1558/bsor.23549 Mapping the Digital Study of Religion https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/23807 <p>The Download is your introduction to the digital humanities. Jeri Wieringa (University of Alabama) brings you up to speed on the history and currents of this enterprise, especially as it takes shape in and around the academic study of religion. In this edition, Wieringa highlights key issues discussed in Christopher D. Cantwell and Kristian Petersen’s edited volume, Digital Humanities and Research Methods in Religious Studies (DeGruyter 2021). This piece expands on a response essay published by our content partners at the Religious Studies Project. We invite you to check out the broader conversation hosted on their website: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/mapping-the-digital-study-of-religion/.</p> Jeri E Wieringa Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-11-08 2022-11-08 51 1 31 35 10.1558/bsor.23807