For REL 502 (that’s the Public/Digital Humanities foundations class), our final project for the semester involves network and content analysis of the #aarsbl17 and #naasr2017 tweets from the AAR/SBL and NAASR conferences, respectively. These conferences took place back to back the weeks before and of Thanksgiving. Continue reading “The At Matters”
You know how sometimes you’ll search for a movie or tv show on Netflix and it’s not there? I was looking for the 1977 Bollywood film, Amar Akbar Anthony the other day because I wanted to write a post about the construction of Indian identity through the three main characters and their respective faiths/religions. Continue reading “Amar Akbar and Who Is Tony?”
Well I hope everyone had a good, fulfilling Thanksgiving break. Tomorrow we go back to the grind of work, school, etc. For those of us at Alabama, we have one more week of regular classes followed by the official last week of classes, otherwise known as dead week, and then finals week. Continue reading “Back to the Grind”
Speaking of maps, Bharat Mata (Mother India) is often depicted in the shape of India. Or the map of India, as it were. The nationalism in these depictions is glaringly apparent. Depending on the way Bharat Mata is depicted, you can learn a lot about the creator or presenter of the map. Take, for instance, this map in the 1957 film Mother India. Continue reading “Bharat Mata and Her Maps”
I recently finished watching the Netflix Original series Alias Grace, based on Margaret Atwood’s book by the same name. I haven’t yet read the book (I do plan to), but would I have understood or enjoyed the series differently if I had? Continue reading “True Crime and Truth Claims”
For the second mini book review, here are my thoughts on Christopher G. Flood’s Political Myth, published in 1996.
Political Myth explores and combines theories of myth and ideology to propose a theoretical framework for exploring political myth. In Christopher Flood’s view, political myth exists where political ideology meets myth. Continue reading “Political Myth Review”
While browsing some religious studies oriented blogs for 502, I came across this post from Religion Dispatches. I will be presenting this post in class in a couple of weeks — that’s what Tuesday’s posts are for, remember?
The post, entitled “Status Updates at the End of the World: The Religious Imagination and Our Latest Apocalypse,” tells the story of Jane E. Lythgoe, a doomsday prepper who spreads her message through memes and the like on social media. Continue reading “Pushing the Boundary of Acceptability”
Part of my graduate program involves a monthly journal reading group. The following is an exchange between my advisor Prof. Mike Altman and myself regarding the article I chose. This a repost from the department’s blog.
Mike Altman: Sarah, for our first journal reading group you chose the article “Durkheim with Data: The Databse of Religious History” from a recent issue of JAAR. What’s the gist of the article and why did you think we should read it in our group of MA students and faculty? Continue reading “The REL Journal Group: Durkheim and Data Edition”