The Journal of Southern Religion Podcast brings you interviews and discussion about new books, notable authors, and recent trends in the study of religion in the southern United States.
Episode 24: The Past, Present, and Future of the Journal of Southern Religion
In this podcast, Art Remillard talks with Mike Pasquier and Doug Thompson about changes happening at the Journal of Southern Religion. Pasquier, Remillard, and Luke Harlow are all stepping down from their respective positions at the JSR. In their places, Thompson will assume the journal’s editorial duties, and Carolyn Dupont will handle book reviews and podcasts. Meanwhile, Emily Clark will evolve in her role as managing editor, and Lincoln Mullen and Matt Cromwell will continue developing the website. In their discussion, Pasquier and Thompson talk about all of these transitions, while also considering the past, present, and future of the JSR.
Episode 23: Interview with Christopher Graham
In this podcast, Art Remillard talks with Christopher Graham about his article in Volume 15 of the JSR, ”Evangelicals and ‘Domestic Felicity’ in the Non-Elite South.” Graham just completed his doctorate in history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The discussion begins with Graham talking about how this article grew out of his broader interest in the lives of “common people” in the Civil War era. He then describes the evangelical print culture of the era and its influence on domestic life in Piedmont North Carolina. Graham concludes by thinking about how the “evangelical domestic ethos” forged in the 1850s might complicate our understanding of secession and Confederate nationhood.
Episode 22: Interview with Michael McVicar
In this episode, Art Remillard talks with Michael McVicar about his article in Volume 15 of the JSR, ”Take Away the Serpents from Us: The Sign of Serpent Handling and the Development of Southern Pentecostalism.” McVicar is an assistant professor of religion at Florida State University. The podcast begins with McVicar explaining how he became interested in this topic. He then offers an overview of the discussions and debates about serpent handling practices among early pentecostals. McVicar concludes by reflecting on the ways that his essay sheds light on how we contextualize and interpret marginal religious practices more broadly.
Episode 21: Interview with Elaine Neil Orr
In this podcast, Art Remillard talks with Elaine Neil Orr about her debut novel, A Different Sun. Orr is Professor of English at North Carolina State University. She also serves on the faculty of the brief-residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University. The novel starts in 1840, and follows the transatlantic odyssey of Emma Davis Bowen, an idealistic young woman who marries a missionary and leaves her Georgia home for West Africa. There, Emma confronts a culture, landscape, and population that challenges and transforms her spiritual worldview. In our conversation, Orr discusses how her background as the daughter of medical missionaries inspired this novel. She concludes by thinking about how her future projects might further develop the characters created in this book.
Episode 20: Interview with Tracy Thompson
In this podcast, Art Remillard talks with Tracy Thompson about her recent book, The New Mind of the South. Thomson is a journalist, book author, and editor, who, for fifteen years, reported for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Washington Post. She also blogs at The Blockhead Chronicles. Thompson begins our conversation by explain how her book is similar to, and unique from, Wilber J. Cash’s 1941 classic, The Mind of the South. She then discusses the South that she encountered while traveling through the region and studying its history and culture. The podcast concludes with Thompson pondering what it means to be a “southerner” in the twenty-first century.
Episode 19: Interview with Nora Rose Moosnick
In this podcast, Art Remillard talks with Nora Rose Moosnick about her new book, Arab and Jewish Women in Kentucky: Stories of Accommodation and Audacity. Moosnick is a visiting scholar in the Department of Sociology at the University of Kentucky. She begins the discussion by explaining how her family background sparked her interest in this topic. Moosnick then provides an overview of the unique women featured in the book, before offering her reflections on the challenges of collecting oral histories in an age of instant celebrity.