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> en-US rwnewton@ua.edu (Richard Newton) aparkin@equinoxpub.com (Ailsa Parkin) Thu, 12 Aug 2021 11:21:24 +0000 OJS http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 The 70s Bulletin—When the Field was Disco https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20025 <p>.</p> Richard Newton Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20025 Thu, 12 Aug 2021 00:00:00 +0000 The Future of Museum Studies with Dr. Nicholaus Pumphrey https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20030 <p>“The Profession” opens a window onto the myriad ways scholars have made use of their training in and beyond the academy. In this issue, editorial assistant Emma Welch speaks with Dr. Nicholaus Pumphrey—curator of the Quayle Bible Collection at Baker University—looking into the discourse on museums and archives and the questions it brings for the scholar of religion. What follows is an introduction to the Quayle Bible Collection and its artifacts, plus what the students and staff of Baker University have to say about the future of museum studies as it pertains to the study of religion.</p> Emma Welch Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20030 Thu, 12 Aug 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Can You Show Me a Less Painful Way to Grade? https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20028 <p>In the Bulletin’s advice column, Sage D’Vice addresses questions and concerns from readers while providing insightful and thoughtful advice. This issue, Sage D’Vice responds to a submission addressing a professor’s least favorite part of the job—grading. The response begins with a conversation about understanding what grading is, a look at how different assignments require different kinds of grading, and the reminder that a professor need only grade the assignments they assign. A lighthearted and fun discussion about the part of the job that consumes a significant amount of time (especially at the end of a semester), Sage D’Vice provides practical and thoughtful advice on what it means to grade smarter, not harder.</p> Richard Newton Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20028 Thu, 12 Aug 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Underdogs and Englishmen—Diana and the Secular Worship of the Nation https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20125 <p>In “The Archive” we republish articles that, in hindsight, may have been ahead of their time in its prescience. Our pull for this issue is a 1997 piece from Stephen Heathorn originally written in the wake of the death of Princess Diana. Drawing on the outpouring of emotion displayed worldwide following Diana’s death, Heathorn discusses the role royal mythmaking plays in the maintenance of British nationalism and policing of British identity during a time of declining British imperialism. Through an engaging and exciting piece of scholarship that discusses one of the world’s most beloved public figures, Heathorn encourages a critical, sociopolitical interrogation of the myths we may not even realize we subscribe to.</p> Stephen Heathorn Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20125 Thu, 12 Aug 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Graduate Education in the Time of COVID-19 https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20026 <p>“The Buzz” examines scholarly topics in light of present-day concerns and challenges. This edition centers on the unique challenges of graduate education as a result of the restrictions of COVID-19. Those contributing to this discussion include Sarah E. Fredericks (associate professor of environmental ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School), Steven Weitzman (Abraham M. Ellis professor of Hebrew and Semitic languages and literatures at the University of Pennsylvania), and Matthew Goff (professor of religion at Florida State University).</p> Richard Newton Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20026 Thu, 12 Aug 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Leading Works in Religion and Law https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20033 <p>“The Experiment” presents scholars of religion with an opportunity to draw upon their training to reflect upon a contemporary issue. Editorial assistant Jacob Barrett engages with a recent edited volume from Routledge titled Leading Works in Law and Religion that, while focusing on the identity of the subfield of law and religion within the discipline of legal studies in the United Kingdom and Ireland, provides many sites for comparison with the religion and law subfield of religious studies in the United States context. Drawing upon the model set by the volume, Barrett imagines what a volume titled Leading Works in Religion and Law could look like and what the subfield of religion and law stands to gain from engaging in a project like the one done by its law and religion counterpart.</p> Jacob Barrett Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20033 Thu, 12 Aug 2021 00:00:00 +0000 From Essence to Queery—Puzzling Over the Persistence of Identity https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20029 <p>The following conversation between K. Merinda Simmons (University of Alabama) and Jeremy Posadas (Austin College) is an outgrowth of a roundtable on class, identity, and religion presented as part of the North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR) meeting in November 2020. That discussion reflected participants’ respective approaches and research emphases, of course, but we all in one way or another focused our comments on the role of intersectionality (i.e., the approach to identity that sees social categories and systems of discrimination as structurally interconnected) within the academic study of religion. Using that theme as a starting point, the back-and-forth that follows brings our respective work in gender studies and queer theory into the mix. While exchanging the messages that became this text, we purposefully took an approach of “thinking out loud” and experimenting with ideas in formative stages. This embrace of what remains unsettled—in fact, the process of unsettling what scholars often take to be terra firma—is reflected in our tone and in our relative disinterest in structural linearity. We hope instead that this conversation might be read as exactly that: a conversation, necessarily partial and productively unfinished.</p> K. Merinda Simmons, Jeremy Posadas Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20029 Thu, 12 Aug 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Krista Dalton of Ancient Jew Review https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20027 <p>Krista Dalton, assistant professor of religious studies at Kenyon College, joins Bulletin editor Richard Newton to discuss her academic origins and the current trends within religious studies. From her early interests in biblical studies, rabbinics, and Jewish studies to her work as a co-founder of Ancient Jew Review, Dalton answers the questions many scholars—early career and senior faculty alike—find themselves asking. Breaking down academic hierarchy to promote learning at any level is key for Dalton and her pedagogical theory is apparent in all her scholarly efforts.</p> Richard Newton Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20027 Thu, 12 Aug 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Evaluating Digital Projects https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20089 <p>Digital humanities takes public scholarship to the next level. Whether looking for the best tools or learning about new developments within the field, “The Download” can help you refine your work in digital religious studies. Professor Jeri Wieringa (University of Alabama) provides insight into this new mode of scholarship by highlighting the challenges and nuances of online platforms.</p> Jeri Wieringa Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSOR/article/view/20089 Thu, 12 Aug 2021 00:00:00 +0000