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(Conference) Once more With Feeling: Affect & the God of the Philosophers (University of Dayton) (February 24-25)

Organized by Dustin Atlas, the upcoming Affect, God, and Philosophy conference at the University of Dayton seamlessly integrates Jewish thought and philosophy into continental philosophy and theory. The program is arranged around classical, modern, political, and aesthetic affects. What follows … Continue reading

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KIKI SMITH AND PAPER: THE BODY THE MUSE, AND THE SPIRIT

KIKI SMITH AND PAPER: THE BODY THE MUSE, AND THE SPIRIT is a smart and powerful little show of drawings by the artist at Syracuse University. It is broken up into three parts. The first part is focused on body … Continue reading

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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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