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Fact & Freud (The Totemic Father & Origin of Religion)

Something I realized last semester working through Totem and Taboo with graduate students runs counter to the usual argument that Freud had no evidence with which to posit totemism as the first form of religion, and to speculate that the … Continue reading

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New Materialism and the Study of Religion (Manuel Vásquez)

Manuel Vásquez’s More Than Belief: A Materialist Theory of Religion has pride of place in the fairly recent materialist turn in Religion Studies. The three keyterms are embodiment, emplacement, and practice (p.325). The force of the title is to take … Continue reading

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The Elementary Forms of Religious “Life” Are Psycho-Biological (Durkheim)

Re-reading The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, I thought I knew what to expect. What I did not expect was the emphasis in Durkheim on “life.” I should have expected it. It’s there in the clear light of day in … Continue reading

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Religious Life & The Division of Labor in Society (Durkheim)

Reading The Elementary Forms of Religious Life for the Religion Department graduate Theories and Methods seminar, I am now concluding that you cannot understand this foundational text without having read The Division of Labor in Society. In other words, “religious … Continue reading

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Article about Upcoming Modern Judaism Job in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University

The discussions with representatives from the Phyllis Backer Foundation about funding a new position in modern Jewish Studies were substantive and to the point about the future of Jewish Studies as a broad area of study and the specific academic … Continue reading

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Religion, Things, Idea, Sensation (Reading Max Müller)

In putting together the syllabus for my graduate seminar, I decided to add the almost but never quite long forgotten Max Müller to his rightful place in the canon of classical theories and methods in the study of Religion. I … Continue reading

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Black Jewish Prophetic Politics (Workshop)

The Power of the Future. Prophetic Politics between Political Crises and Civil Rights Workshop in New York 13 Sep 2017 – 14 Sep 2017 Venue: Center for Jewish History New York, 15 West 16th Street, New York 10011 (USA) Organized by Nitzan … Continue reading

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