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The Religious Studies Project (RSP) is an international collaborative enterprise launched in January 2012, hosted by Christopher R. Cotter (University of Edinburgh, UK) and David G. Robertson (The Open University, UK), and supported by the British Association for the Study of Religions, North American Association for the Study of Religion and International Association for the History of Religions. It features a weekly interview (of around 30 minutes) with leading scholars of Religious Studies and related fields. Our aim is to provide engaging, concise and reliable accounts of the most important concepts, traditions, scholars and methodologies in the fascinating contemporary study of religion, without pushing a religious or nonreligious agenda or resorting to presenting “fact files” about “World Religions”. The Religious Studies Project is produced by The Religious Studies Project Association (SCIO), a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (charity number SC047750). RSP material is disseminated under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. and can be distributed and utilised freely, provided full citation is given.

Customer Reviews

Great resource for the general study of religion

The RSP podcasts aim to "provide a resource for undergraduate students of religion, their teachers, and interested members of the public." I think the podcasts do a very good job of promoting religious studies in a way that mediates between the often superficial nature of what is covered in standard news media and the inaccessibility of some of the more scholarly resources in the field. As a specialist myself, I find that some of these podcasts are helpful in introducing me to areas of the larger field and to specific scholars and projects about which I previously had only a vague idea. I especially enjoyed the recent interview with Linda Woodhead on secularization theory. I highly recommend these podcasts as a resource for anyone who is interested in a jargon-free yet still serious exploration of what it means to study religion in the contemporary world.

Great stuff!

I was introduced to the RSP podcast in a Religious Studies course at university; flat out, I was hooked from episode 1. They approach complicated, rather opaque topics in a modern, almost lay person-esque manner. Though everyone is involved is clearly a scholar in the field, the multitude of views and opinions that they bring in on such a wide variety of topics-in such as way as to be approachable with no "ivory tower" in site- has very much energized my own academic work in the field. A great tool and resource for undergrads and laity alike, great work boys!!

The kind of stuff the academy needs

This podcast takes you behind the scenes with well-known religion professors. It's great to hear them talk about their work in an informal setting so that their interests and motivations come out. I also enjoyed the roundtables with rising stars in religious studies such as Kevin Whitesides.

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  • Language: English

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