https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/issue/feed Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 2021-03-31T16:14:21+00:00 Amanda Nichols amnv22@ufl.edu Open Journal Systems <p><em>The Journal of Religion, Nature and Culture, </em>which has been published quarterly since 2007<em>,</em> explores through the social and natural sciences the complex relationships among human beings, their diverse 'religions' (broadly and diversely defined) and the earth's living systems, while providing a venue for analysis and debate over what constitutes an ethically appropriate relationship between our own species and the environments we inhabit. <a href="https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/about">Read more.</a></p> https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19852 Special Issue Introduction 2021-03-31T14:14:48+00:00 Mary L. Keller mkeller@uwyo.edu <p>Special Issue Introduction</p> 2021-03-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19853 Gender, Land, and Place 2021-03-31T14:23:03+00:00 Tasha Spillett tasha.spillett@usask.ca <p>Considering how gender operates within land-based and place-based learning is critical as both human and more-than-human relations and relationships have been heavily shaped and regulated by settler colonialism and settler heteropatriarchy. The deterioration of Indigenous notions of gender and the forceful colonial imposition of a Western gender binary has served to fracture Indigenous peoples' relationships with Land.&nbsp;</p> 2021-03-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19854 Critical Planetary Romanticism 2021-03-31T14:34:11+00:00 Whitney A. Bauman Whitney.Bauman@fiu.edu <p>Queer Theory (QT) has expanded since the 1990s beyond critiques of normative understandings of gender and sex, to a broader critique of normative thinking in general. The destabilizing force of QT has been utilized to critique understandings of ‘nature’, highlighting how nature is a historically constructed and changing category. This article puts queer theorists into dialogue with ‘critically romantic’ scientists of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Though not often thought of as ‘queer’ critically romantic scientists such as Ernst Haeckel understood that ‘nature’, from an ecological and evolutionary standpoint, was an unstable category. Using these earlier thinkers in dialogue with QT, I bring queer thinking back to nature in an erotics of thought, or what I call a critical planetary romanticism (CPR). A CPR opens us on to the evolving and entangled planetary community and the co-construction of the planetary grounds of our own thought.</p> 2021-03-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19855 Architecture, Religion, and the Forms of Nature in Turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century Chicago 2021-03-31T14:40:36+00:00 Isaiah Ellis iellis@unc.edu <p>The commercial architectural style that emerged in Chicago in the late nineteenth-century United States constituted a material gathering point for that century’s masculinities, religious histories, and conceptions of nature. This was especially true in the case of Louis Henri Sullivan (1856–1924), an inmuential lgure in crafting the aesthetic of this ‘Chicago School’ of architectural practice. Drawing on transcendentalist literature and recent innovations in architectural design, Sullivan outlined an ‘organic’ theory of architecture made famous in his pithy expression: form follows function. His design and theorization of free-standing structures offered gendered forms as the constitutive vocabulary of American architecture, with those very forms—not just the skyscraper but the free-standing structure writ-large—governing the relation of nature and its spirit to the masculinized landscape of urban commercial expansion. In Sullivan’s work, the gendered body became the vehicle for natural laws, both material and divine.</p> 2021-03-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19856 Converting the Masses 2021-03-31T14:48:57+00:00 Amanda M. Nichols amnv22@ufl.edu <p>Drawing on the work of Naomi Wolf who described a transition in commercial advertising inspired by the feminist movement, I examine the ways commercial marketing strategies have changed in the wake of the election of Donald Trump and the #MeToo movement. This shift illuminates the ideological functions of advertisements with regard to understandings of gender and nature. Employing Benson Saler’s family resemblances approach, and further drawing on the work of David Chidester and Katheryn Lofton I show that advertisements function in religion-resembling ways in pop culture. By examining a number of corporate advertisements between 2004 and 2019, I show a shift in some corporations’ marketing strategies in light of political tensions concerning sexual harassment and climate change in the United States. These changing strategies also represent a call to action by forming community around shared causes, urging consumers to choose wisely and think about something bigger than themselves.</p> 2021-03-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19857 Michael S. Hogue, American Immanence: Democracy for an Uncertain World 2021-03-31T15:08:08+00:00 Demian Wheeler dwheeler@unitedseminary.edu <p>Michael S. Hogue, American Immanence: Democracy for an Uncertain World (New York: Columbia University Press, 2018), 256 pp., $30.00 (pbk), ISBN: 9780231172332.</p> 2021-03-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19858 David L. McConnell and Marilyn D. Loveless, Nature and the Environment in Amish Life 2021-03-31T15:22:10+00:00 Sarah Werner sarahwern@gmail.com <p>David L. McConnell and Marilyn D. Loveless, Nature and the Environment in Amish Life (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018), xiv+294 pp., $49.95 (pbk), ISBN: 9781421426167.</p> 2021-03-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19859 Nicola Hoggard Creegan and Andrew Shepherd (eds.), Creation and Hope: Remections on Ecological Anticipation and Action from Aotearoa New Zealand 2021-03-31T15:26:19+00:00 Mark I. Wallace mwallac1@swarthmore.edu <p>Nicola Hoggard Creegan and Andrew Shepherd (eds.), Creation and Hope: Remections on Ecological Anticipation and Action from Aotearoa New Zealand (Eugene: Pickwick Publications, 2018), 230pp., $22.40 (pbk), ISBN: 978153260973.&nbsp;</p> 2021-03-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19860 Rosalind Fredericks, Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal 2021-03-31T15:32:44+00:00 Garth Myers Garth.Myers@trincoll.edu <p>Rosalind Fredericks, Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2018) xi+200 pp., $23.95 (pbk), ISBN: 978-1-4780-0141-6.&nbsp;</p> 2021-03-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19861 Francesca Ciancimino Howell, Food, Festival and Religion: Materiality and Place in Italy 2021-03-31T15:38:12+00:00 Fabrizio Frascaroli fabrizio.frascaroli2@unibo.it <p>Francesca Ciancimino Howell, Food, Festival and Religion: Materiality and Place in Italy (London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), 224 pp., $114.00 (hbk), ISBN: 978-1-3500-2086-3.&nbsp;</p> 2021-03-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19862 Luke Whitmore, Mountain, Water, Rock, God: Understanding Kedarnath in the Twenty-first Century 2021-03-31T15:44:02+00:00 Jonathan Edelmann jonathanedelmann@ufl.edu <p>Luke Whitmore, Mountain, Water, Rock, God: Understanding Kedarnath in the Twenty-first Century (Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2018), 258 pp., $34.95 (pbk), ISBN: 978-0520298026.&nbsp;</p> 2021-03-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19864 Kenneth Worthy, Elizabeth Allison, and Whitney A. Bauman (eds.), After the Death of Nature: Carolyn Merchant and the Future of Human–Nature Relations 2021-03-31T15:49:38+00:00 Amanda M. Nichols amnv22@ufl.edu <p>Kenneth Worthy, Elizabeth Allison, and Whitney A. Bauman (eds.), After the Death of Nature: Carolyn Merchant and the Future of Human–Nature Relations (New York and London: Routledge, 2019), xxii + 308 pp., $195.00 (cloth), $44.95 (pbk), ISBN: 978-1- 138-29731-9.&nbsp;</p> 2021-03-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19865 Elizabeth McAnally, Loving Water Across Religions: Contributions to an Integral Water Ethic 2021-03-31T15:54:15+00:00 Christiana Zenner christiana.zenner@gmail.com <p>Elizabeth McAnally, Loving Water Across Religions: Contributions to an Integral Water Ethic (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2019), 180 pp., $26.00 (pbk), ISBN: 978-1-62698-307-6.</p> 2021-03-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19866 Elizabeth Hoover, The River Is in Us: Fighting Toxics in a Mohawk Community 2021-03-31T15:58:36+00:00 Philip P. Arnold pparnold@syr.edu <p>Elizabeth Hoover, The River Is in Us: Fighting Toxics in a Mohawk Community (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017), 392 pp., $112.00 (cloth), ISBN: 978- 1-5179-0302-2.&nbsp;</p> 2021-03-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19867 Michael M. Bell, City of the Good: Nature, Religion, and the Ancient Search for What Is Right 2021-03-31T16:03:16+00:00 Russell C. Powell russell.powell@bc.edu <p>Michael M. Bell, City of the Good: Nature, Religion, and the Ancient Search for What Is Right (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2018), 340 pp., $35 (hbk), ISBN: 9781400887934.&nbsp;</p> 2021-03-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd.