Religion

Reorientation In The Field – Why Religion Matters (Wendy Felese)

Overview Defining religion as a negotiation about “what it means to be a human in a human place,” David Chidester, in Empire of Religion: Imperialism & Comparative Religion, invites scholars of religious studies to critically examine and name what it is that we are actually teaching, writing about, and researching. Certainly, many…

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A Gloss On ‘Political Theology’ And The Psychedelic Nature of Recent Political Unrest (Roger Green)

What follows updates some excerpts from my book, A Transatlantic Political Theology of Psychedelic Aesthetics (Palgrave 2019). Related excerpts may also be found with respect to Walter Benjamin in The Journal For Cultural and Religious Theory. Preparing for our Critical Conversation next week on An American Indian Critique of Sovereignty, a colleague…

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Ayahuasca and Transnational Religious Poetics (Roger Green)

This conference script was partially delivered at the Telos-Paul Piccone Conference in New York, February 15-16, 2020. The conference theme was: “After the Welfare State, Reconceiving Mutual Aid.” The implicit idea of Mutual Aid was advanced in Peter Kropotkin’s 1902 book, Mutual Aid–A Factor in Evolution. Kropotkin argued against social…

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Call For Submissions – Drugs And Capitalism

Drugs and spices have long been at the center of global trade, but the concept of “drug” in its modern, Western sense is particularly derived from interactions with cultural “others.”  Thinkers such as Jacques Derrida have written on the ancient Pharmakon and its relationship to signification and sacrifice. As Richard…

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