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 The Field Gets Technical?...“Hey! It’s the 80’s!” https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20844 Richard Newton Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-01-05 2022-01-05 50 2 39 41 10.1558/bsor.20844 Neutrality in the Study of Religion https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20566 <p>The Archive is a feature of the Bulletin in which previous publications are reprinted to reinforce the modern relevance of archived arguments. “Neutrality in the Study of Religion,” originally published in 1981, comes from Dr. John H. Whittaker (1945-2019), who was the Department Chair of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Louisiana State University until 2006. This article is relevant 30 years after its original publication, as it explores an ongoing debate in the field: the limits of objectivity in religious studies. Whittaker critiques a claim made by sociologist Robert Bellah in order to argue that religion can and should be taught from what he terms a “neutral” standpoint that encourages critical inquiry. The role of the scholar of religion as a researcher, observer, and teacher is one that remains contended across the field of religious studies today.</p> John H. Whittaker Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-01-05 2022-01-05 50 2 73 76 10.1558/bsor.20566 Society, Spatiality, and the Sacred https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/19520 <p>The Essay provides space for scholars to present peerreviewed research in a manner that uses data studies and critical reflection as occasions for advancing currents in the broader academic study of religion. In this issue, we have two contributions. Umur Ko?al revisits Jerusalem’s Western Wall and submits that a spatial approach can help scholars reconsider the complex relation of sites classified as sacred. And Matteo Di Placido takes yoga studies as an example of a Foucauldian discourse formation and considers the historical and political textures that appear when examined under the light of recent research in the discursive study of religion.</p> <p> </p> Umur Koşal Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-01-05 2022-01-05 50 2 53 60 10.1558/bsor.19520 Modern Yoga Research as a Discursive Formation https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/18587 <p>The practice of yoga is on the rise, as much as its academic scrutiny. Scholars, especially within the disciplinary boundaries of religious studies, South Asian studies, Indology, anthropology, and sociology, have recently started to critically inquire into the birth and transnational developments of modern forms of yoga, tracing their genealogies and textual roots. This expanding literature has in turn contributed to the constitution of the emergent and multidisciplinary field of <em>modern yoga research</em>, or <em>yoga studies</em>. The primary aim of this article is thus to analyze the field of modern yoga research as a ‘discursive formation’ (Foucault [1971]1972), that is, an ensemble of texts constituting – or contributing to the constitution of – a specific object of analysis, namely modern yoga. In so doing, it also aims to contribute to the advancement of the discursive study of religion more in general. The article relies on a ‘discursive study of religion’ approach (e.g., von Stockrad 2003, 2010, 2013) with a focus on its archaeological leaning (e.g., Foucault 1965, 1972, [1963] 1973, [1966] 2002). More specifically, I underline the affinity that modern yoga research’s discursive references have with a number of discursive currents that characterize the disciplines it emerged from, such as radical historicism, cultural relativism, modernism, Orientalism and neo-colonialism. Finally, I conclude by summarizing the main results of this contribution and exploring their relevance to the self-reflexive development of the overlapping fields of cultural analyses and the study of religion.</p> Matteo Di Placido Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-01-05 2022-01-05 50 2 60 72 10.1558/bsor.18587 “What Kind of Venues Should I (not) Publish In?” https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20845 <p>In this edition of The Question, Sage D’Vice is back with answers to help you make sense of the question of publishing. The debate abounds about the mathematics of academic genres. But as we learn, journal articles, chapters, edited volumes, and monographs come with their own considerations, and institutional setting can make all the difference.</p> Sage D'Vice Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-01-05 2022-01-05 50 2 76 77 10.1558/bsor.20845 The 2020 Aronov Lecture with Dr. Annette Yoshiko Reed https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20573 <p>In this edition of The Interview, Annette Yoshiko Reed<br />(New York University) joins Bulletin editor Richard<br />Newton for a conversation and discussion as part of the University of Alabama’s 18th annual Aronov Lecture. The Aronov Lecture invites an accomplished and internationally renowned research scholar in the field of religion to bring insights that can inform the larger work of the human sciences. Reed discusses her work on the tensions, rhetoric, and myths involved in the construction of Jewish and Christian identities in the late antique Mediterranean and beyond, as well as her current thinking about how we approach the past through remembering and forgetting. She shares with the audience engaging stories, thought-provoking scholarship, and practical advice on navigating academia and the development of research interests.</p> Richard Newton Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-01-05 2022-01-05 50 2 42 49 10.1558/bsor.20573 Mark Eaton—A Non-traditional Path to Librarianship https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20565 <p>In The Profession the Bulletin showcases some of the creative ways the study of religion can be put to use in and beyond academia. The Bulletin staff sat down with Mark Eaton, a librarian at The City University of New York (CUNY), which consists of 25 campuses and 31 libraries. Mark Eaton obtained his Bachelor of Arts in religious studies at McGill University before receiving a Master of Information Studies in library studies at the University of Toronto and later, a Master of Arts in religious studies at Queens University. Between his degrees, Eaton worked at the London Metropolitan University Library, at a bakery, and on a farm. Eaton describes how his journey in academia and various professions led him down an unexpected, but fulfilling, path.</p> Morgan Frick Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-01-05 2022-01-05 50 2 49 52 10.1558/bsor.20565