The Religious Studies Project (RSP) features weekly conversations with leading scholars of Religious Studies and related fields. Our aim is to provide engaging, concise, and reliable accounts of the most important concepts, traditions, scholars, and methodologies in the contemporary study of religion. Episodes are produced by The Religious Studies Project Association (SCIO), a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (charity number SC047750).
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Cults and NRMs: An RSP Remix, Part I
Tune in for Part I of our RSP Remix episodes on Cults and New Religious Movements!
What is curanderismo and where is it practiced? How does it connect to the borderlands? Is it a "folk" religion, and what exactly does that mean? Tune in with Andie Alexander, Israel L. Domínguez, Brett Hendrickson, and Jennifer Koshatka Seman for the RSP's first episode on curanderismo!
Semana Santa, Diversifying the Seder, Prayer in High School Football, and… Derry Girls? | Discourse! April 2022￼
In this month’s discourse, Sidney Castillo is joined by Chris Cotter and Sierra Lawson to discuss the contemporary localized manifestations of Easter and Passover celebrations, a current US Supreme Court Case relating to the First Amendment, and the entanglement of Catholicism and national identity in television’s “Derry Girls”.
Sunday in the Park with Theory
Jason Ānanda Josephson Storm and Dan Gorman discuss Storm's thoughts about the future of critical theory from his recent book Metamodernism.
Obeah and Experiments with Power
What happens when we reframing spiritual practices as an "experiment with power"? This week, J. Brent Crosson joins Ray Kim to discuss how we can challenge conventional understandings of religion and law in modern nation-states. Be sure to tune in!
How “Woke” Is Your Textbook?: Introducing Religious Studies in the 2020s
RSP co-founder Chris Cotter and Paul Hedges discuss the construction of introductory textbooks in the contemporary world, including issues of positionality, criticality, and decolonization.
I’m interested in religion and the history of religion, but each episode has been dry, pedantic or both. This is the kind of closed worldview and discussion that give academics a bad name. A positive note: most of the contributors seem like they’d be nice enough people to talk to about topics outside their areas of expertise, and I’d probably trust them to take care of a cat or indoor plants.
Lost and blinded by academic “correctness.”
Interesting topics but too much academic superiority
Taking religious studies as an undergraduate was one of the best decisions I made in life, so when I stumbled upon this podcast, I was excited to continue engaging with such interesting topics. However, the problem I encountered with religious studies in general is the problem I encountered with this podcasts. Many of the topics and interviews seem so distant from the reality of religious people as they are. Occasionally, there will be an episode that avoids the elitist/reductive disposition this podcast often has towards religious belief, however they are few and far between. Religious Studies is not some observational analysis of “goofy” people who believe “silly” things. It is a study of real human beings with richly diverse and intensely complicated cultures, world views, and histories. Sadly, I’ve tried many times to listen for the sake of engaging with the interesting topics presented, but am always confronted with the elitist academic tone found too often within the study of religion.