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The audio feed of American Academy of Religion (AAR), the world's largest scholarly and professional association of academics, teachers, and research scholars dedicated to furthering knowledge of religions and religious institutions in all their forms and manifestations. Featuring interviews with award-winning scholars and sessions recorded during the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion.

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The audio feed of American Academy of Religion (AAR), the world's largest scholarly and professional association of academics, teachers, and research scholars dedicated to furthering knowledge of religions and religious institutions in all their forms and manifestations. Featuring interviews with award-winning scholars and sessions recorded during the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion.

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American Academy of Religion

Latest release on Jun 18, 2020

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Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz on the Nepalese Hindu Goddess Svasthani

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Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz talks about the textual and limited iconographic history of the mysterious Nepalese Hindu goddess Svasthani. Birkenholtz's book documenting her research into the goddess and the puranic texts that develop around her, "Reciting the Goddess: Narratives of Place and the Making of Hinduism in Nepal" (Oxford University Press, 2018) won the AAR's 2019 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the category of Textual Studies. For a full transcript of this interview, visit https://www.aarweb.org/AARMBR/Resources-/Webinars-and-Podcasts-/Jessica-Vantine-Birkenholtz-on-the-Nepalese-Hindu-Goddess-Svasthani.aspx

Jun 18 2020

26mins

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Religious Studies and the 2020 Election: Tips for Sharing Scholarship with the Public

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Webinar recording from June 9, 2020.

The discussion focused on how scholars of religion can share work related to the study of religion and this election season. Co-presenters were David Campbell, professor at the University of Notre Dame; Iva E. Carruthers, general secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference; Robert P. Jones, CEO and founder of the Public Religion Research Institute; Terrence Johnson, associate professor of religion and politics at Georgetown University; Vincent Lloyd, associate professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University; and Melissa Rogers, visiting professor at Wake Forest University Divinity School. The webinar included a presentation and extended Q&A.

This webinar was hosted by the Public Scholars Project, a joint initiative of the Public Understanding of Religion Committee of the American Academy of Religion and the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum. Webinars feature scholars and practitioners who can provide tools, resources and recommendations for presenting in a variety of settings (e.g., social media, news, public events and community gatherings) about a range of topics. The Public Scholars Project created this webinar series to help scholars hone their skills at communicating with a variety of publics.

To view the complete webinar schedule for the 2019-20 academic year, including recordings of previous webinars, please visit our webpage: https://www.religiousfreedomcenter.org/resources/psp/

Jun 16 2020

1hr 29mins

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AAR 2019 - Making a Match: Finding the Right Publisher for Your Work

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This session brings together editors from scholarly and trade presses, both large and small, to share their perspectives on the acquisition and editorial processes that bring a book from its research stage to market. Editors will share how scholarly authors can find their best publishing fit, what acquisition editors are looking for, strategies for pitching a book, and how to identify audience(s). They also discuss how they build strong relationships with authors in order for their books to make the most impact.

Vincent Lloyd, Villanova University, Presiding

Panelists:
- Elisabeth Maselli, Rutgers University Press
- Elaine Maisner, University of North Carolina Press
- Philip Getz, Palgrave Macmillan
- Rebecca Shillabeer, Routledge

This session was recorded at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego, California, on November 25.

May 28 2020

1hr 46mins

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AAR 2019 - The Art of Writing AAR Proposals

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Have you been struggling to get proposals accepted to the AAR Annual Meeting? Come to this session to get some tips and ideas about how to better frame your research to increase your chances of acceptance. The presenter, Elissa Cutter, has been reviewing proposals as part of the Religion in Europe Unit since 2012. As a current chair of that unit, she now has several years of experience in reviewing proposals and forming sessions. In this session, she will let you know some of the main pitfalls that people fall into in writing their conference proposals and how best to avoid them.

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Elissa Cutter, Georgian Court University

This session was recorded at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego, California, on November 24.

May 21 2020

31mins

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2019 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion Forum: Wade Clark Roof

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Wade Clark Roof is the 2019 winner of the Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion. Having passed away suddenly on August 24, 2019, he will receive the award posthumously at this year's Marty Award Forum.

Roof was Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he founded and directed the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion and Public Life. Trained as a sociologist of religion, and the author of fourteen books, he was widely known for his scholarship on the cultural, civic, and political effects of religious pluralism in the United States, and in particular on the spiritual lives of the baby boomer generation. Under his leadership, the Capps Center consistently brought together multiple publics—scholars, students, Santa Barbara residents, journalists, scientists, elected officials, and more—for extended conversations about key matters of common concern. The Marty Award recognizes Professor Roof’s many contributions as a public scholar, institution builder, and advocate for religious studies and the humanities.

In this year’s Marty Award Forum, E.J. Dionne (University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University, W. Averell Harriman Chair and Senior Fellow of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, and syndicated columnist for the Washington Post) will join Roof's former colleague Kathleen Moore (chair of the Religious Studies department at UCSB and interim director of the Capps Center) and two former students, Julie Ingersoll (University of North Florida) and J. Shawn Landres (Jumpstart Labs) for an extended public discussion of Roof’s life and work. Contributions from the audience will be welcomed as well.

Erik Owens, Boston College, Presiding

Panelists:
- E.J. Dionne, Brookings Institute, Washington Post
- Julie J. Ingersoll , University of North Florida
- J. Shawn Landres , University of California, Los Angeles
- Kathleen Moore, University of California, Santa Barbara

This session was recorded at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego, California, on November 24.

May 14 2020

1hr 25mins

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AAR 2019 - The 50th Anniversary of Black Theology and Black Power: Looking Back, Moving Forward

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This session celebrates the 50th Anniversary of James Cone’s Black Theology and Black Power, published March 1, 1969. This panel features prominent thinkers who address the significance of Cone’s first book, the relevance of black theology and the legacy of the James Cone.

Adam Clark , Xavier University, Presiding

Panelists:
- Eddie S. Glaude, Princeton University
- Gary Dorrien, Columbia University, Union Theological Seminary
- Eboni Marshall Turman, Yale University

This session was recorded at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego, California, on November 24.

May 07 2020

1hr 24mins

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AAR 2019 - Conversation with Kate Bowler & Laurie Patton on Becoming a Public Intellectual

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After Kate Bowler’s 2013 book, Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel, became an unexpected public hit, she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer at the age of 35.

Kate was faced with the ironic situation of “being an expert on “health wealth and happiness while being ill.” Her 2018 memoir, Everything Happens for a Reason, is a memoir exploring that existential irony, and the ways in the American belief that tragedy is a test of character shaped her own response to illness. Now a speaker in high demand, Kate will engage with AAR President Laurie Patton on her transformation. Their conversation will focus on what it has meant for Kate to become a public intellectual in the midst of being a scholar, teacher, mother, wife, and cancer survivor. In her own “expansion of the public sphere,” Kate has explored questions of divine will and justice in contexts far outside of academe. What has shifted in her understandings of the role of the scholar in the world? How has her own thinking about public life in America changed since she has started writing for and speaking to larger audiences? Do the questions Kate raises about the American prosperity gospel changed public discourse about illness, divine will, and tragedy?

Laurie Louise Patton, Middlebury College, Presiding

Panelists:
Kate Bowler, Duke University

This session was recorded at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego, California, on November 24.

Apr 30 2020

57mins

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2019 AAR Presidential Address by Laurie Patton - “And Are We Not of Interest to Each Other?”

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A Blueprint for the Public Study of Religion. In addition to its traditional goal of fostering excellence in the academic study of religion, the AAR’s recently revised mission statement includes a new goal of enhancing the public study of religion. But what is the public study of religion? How might we collectively (and inevitably imperfectly) define it? This AAR address will offer a blueprint. I suggest that such a public study of religion involves a renewed curiosity about, and disciplined and ethical reflection on, four things: 1) the nature of our scholarly contexts; 2) the nature of our scholarly publics; 3) the nature of power and privilege in the study of religion; 4) the nature of labor in the study of religion. I will use theory in the study of religion, philosophy of the public sphere, and poetry to draw the blueprint. As a way of gesturing to another kind of collective that moves beyond the “magisterial voice of the single leader,” our time together will involve AAR voices other than my own. I end with an exhortation to a newly energetic and different kind of curiosity as fundamental to our work as public scholars. In her poem, “Ars Poetica #100: I Believe,” Elizabeth Alexander ends with a query: “. . . and are we not of interest to each other?”

José I. Cabezón , University of California, Santa Barbara, Presiding

Panelists:
Laurie Louise Patton, Middlebury College

This session was recorded at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego, California, on November 23.

Apr 23 2020

1hr 2mins

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AAR 2019 - Women and Publishing

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Submissions by women to journals and books series, including JAAR, are lower by percentage than the percentage of women in the field of religious studies. This panel brings together women successful as editors and authors to discuss the reasons for this and offer advice and support to women in the field for their publishing agendas.

Andrea Jain, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Presiding

Panelists:
- Zayn Kassam, Pomona College
- Elaine Maisner, University of North Carolina Press
- Lisa Sideris, Indiana University
- Catherine Wessinger, Loyola University, New Orleans

This session was recorded at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego, California, on November 23.

Apr 16 2020

1hr 27mins

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AAR 2019 - Book Panel: "Who Owns Religion?" by Laurie Louise Patton

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Laurie L. Patton is 2019 President of the American Academy of Religion, President of Middlebury College, and a scholar of South Asian history and culture. Her forthcoming book, "Who Owns Religion? Scholars and Their Publics in the Late Twentieth Century" (University of Chicago, December 2019), examines the cultural work of the study of religion through a discussion of extreme cases—the controversies of the late 80s and 90s—where the work of scholars was passionately refuted and refused by the publics they describe. The emergence of the multicultural politics of recognition during this decade created the possibility of “eruptive” public spaces, which were magnified by the emergence of the Internet, a development that changed the nature of readership for all involved in producing scholarship. Patton’s incisive analysis of the six cases leads to a series of reflections on the status of public scholarship today, and the self-critical work that scholars should pursue as they engage in their work. The book will be essential reading for religious studies scholars.

Mara Willard, Boston College, Presiding

Panelists:
- Leela Prasad, Duke University
- Erik Owens, Boston College
- Mark Juergensmeyer, University of California, Santa Barbara

Responding:
- Laurie Louise Patton, Middlebury College

This session was recorded at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego, California, on November 23.

Apr 09 2020

1hr 22mins

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