From Monday, 29. October 2018 - 08:00
To Tuesday, 30. October 2018 - 17:00
How is religion represented? Who is representing the religions, and what kind of impact does these various representations have on people´s perceptions of religion in contemporary societies?
Within the study of religion representation is one of the core issues. How do we represent our research object (or subject), and how do we portray the people we study? Is there a difference in how we represent ancient religions or new once, the so-called dead religions vs. living religion(s)? And if so, why is that? Today (social) media play an important role in the mediatisation and medialisation of religions, and recent studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between these media representations and people’s attitudes towards religion (Lundby 2018). How do we deal with that as researchers? How are religions represented in teaching and textbooks, and how do we talk about religion in the classroom, in schools and at the universities?
According to Russell McCutcheon the scholar of religion should be a critic of cultural practices, and not a caretaker of religious traditions or religious people as such (McCutcheon 2001). Within empirical studies of religion these are important issues to consider and discuss with regard to our own research projects. It includes methodological issues on our own position in the field, on the outsider/insider problem, and the wider scholarly debates on “emic” and “etic” approaches in empirical research. In this course several of these issues will be addressed and discussed in key-notes and seminar groups.