Events

2019 Annual Meeting, Nov 23-26

The 2019 Annual Meeting will be in San Diego, CA, November 23-26. Register Now!

2020 Regional Meetings

Open Calls for Papers:

Southeast
Deadline: October 1, 2019

Western
Deadline: October 1, 2019

Southwest
Deadline: October 15, 2019

Pacific Northwest
Deadline: January 20, 2020

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Awards and Accomplishments

Kelly Baker, Women in Higher Education

Kelly J. Baker's Sexism Ed: Essays on Gender and Labor in Academia (Blue Crow Publishing, 2018) is the 2018 Gold Winner for Women Studies for the Foreword INDIES Award. Hosted by Foreword Reviews, the awards recognize the best books published by small, indie, and university presses. Over 2,000 entries were submitted in 56 categories, and Foreword’s editors choose around 10 finalists per genre. Foreword noted Baker's "sharp and thoughtful essays" examine "how sexism and patriarchy define our work and our lives, within and outside of academia....but through it all Baker never gives up hope that we can change higher ed—and the world—if only we continue to try."

Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University

The International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC) is pleased to announce that Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim have been selected as the 2019 recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award for their outstanding contributions to the study of religion, nature, and culture. Tucker & Grim have published over 20 books and hundreds of articles, plus (w/Brian Swimme) created the award-winning film & multimedia project Journey of the Universe. It would be difficult to find a scholar with an interest in religion, nature, and ecology that has not been inspired by these two generous individuals.

Rafael Vizcaíno, Rutgers University

Vizcaino has been awarded two dissertation awards for the 2019-2020 academic year: A Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, and a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The dissertation, tentatively titled “The Spirit of Decoloniality: Poetic Thinking in the Flesh,” brings together debates on postsecularity and epistemic decolonization by exploring the critiques of secularism in Latin American liberation philosophy, Afro-Caribbean anti-colonial thought and transnational women of color and decolonial feminisms.
 

Books and Major Publications

Ki Joo Choi, Seton Hall University

Disciplined by Race: Theological Ethics and the Problem of Asian American Identity, Wipf & Stock, 2019. Are Asian Americans white, black, or neither? Are Asian Americans marginalized or privileged? Providing a new approach to such questions, this book upends cultural definitions of Asian American identity in favor of a racial one. Mining insights from Asian American fiction, food studies, and church life, this book argues that being Asian American is inseparable from the realities of both whiteness and blackness. This proposal reorients the methodological starting point of Asian American theological ethics, demonstrating how a focus on Asian American life disrupts prevailing responses to racism, solidarity, and resistance.

 

Dyron Daughrity, Pepperdine University

The History of Christianity: Facts and Fictions, ABC-CLIO, 2019. Why did Christianity become the largest religion in the world? Is it because it was misogynistic, pro-slavery, anti-science, and set on condemning those who didn't join it? This book investigates many of the misconceptions about Christianity and argues that there are good reasons this faith has become the world's largest. Includes chapters on various misconceptions related to Christian history, such as Jesus's temperament, whether Christians were poor or rich, Christianity and women, Constantine, the crusades, Christianity and science, secularization, and Christianity's global proliferation.

Harshita Mruthinti Kamath, Emory University

Impersonations: The Artifice of Brahmin Masculinity in South India, University of California Press, 2019. This book centers on an insular community of Smarta brahmin men from the Kuchipudi village in Telugu-speaking South India who don stri-vesam (woman’s guise) and impersonate female characters from Hindu religious narratives. The book analyzes the practice of impersonation across a series of boundaries—village to urban to transnational, brahmin to non-brahmin, hegemonic to nonnormative—to explore the artifice of brahmin masculinity in contemporary South Indian dance. The book is available for free through LUMINOS, University of California Press’s open access publishing program. 

Robert Montgomery, Retired

The Secular as Methodology: A Christian View of the Benefits and Dangers of Secularization, Wipf & Stock, 2018. Secularization is a process that has been taking place throughout the world, but especially in the West. It refers to limitations of various types to religious thoughts, activities, ownership, and power, but does not necessarily mean limitation on religious freedom. Because of this contested double effect, secularization is perceived both negatively and positively. Montgomery proposes that the secular be viewed primarily as a methodology in various areas of life, beginning most clearly with science, but extending to many other areas of thought and activity.

Adriaan van Klinken, University of Leeds

Religions in Contemporary Africa: An Introductionco-authored by Laura S. Grillo, Adriaan van Klinken, and Hassan J. Ndzovu, Routledge, 2019. The book is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the three main religious traditions on the African continent: African indigenous religions, Christianity and Islam. It provides a historical overview of these traditions and explores the roles they play in African societies today. It includes case studies from across the continent on the following topical issues: witchcraft and modernity; power and politics; conflict and peace; media and popular culture; development; human rights; illness and health; gender and sexuality.