Sheldon Pollock, “Comparison without Hegemony” (2011, emphasis ours)
In its fourth year, toward better design and deployment of comparative work in studies of religion, the SORAAAD workshop will focus on the act of comparison itself. How has comparison served as a method in the study of religion? How do we design research projects wherein data vary across space, time, or conceptual valence? How do we structure comparative studies in order to identify and mitigate hegemonic assumptions? How do we relate deep studies of small populations to larger populations and discourses? How transferable are the insights and mechanics developed within different settings? Addressing these and related questions, SORAAAD seeks not only to recover subfields from essentialism, but also to foster new inter- and intra-disciplinary development.
The SORAAAD workshop will be of interest to scholars who already enact social science and critical humanities research methodologies; to those interested in research design wherein comparison is a critical component; and to anyone who wants to rethink how comparison itself shapes and frames the study of religion.
Registration is free, thanks to sponsorship by the University of Regina Department of Religion. Registration Limit: 70 people.
To Register: please place "SORAAAD - 2014 - Registration" in the subject line of an email to CTDR.Group@gmail.com. In the body of the email, please place your full name, institutional affiliation and some indication of academic status (graduate student, an adjunct instructor, independent scholar or professor etc.) . The location in San Diego's Gas Lamp District will be disclosed to registrants.
The full program is available as a PDF.
Introduction: “SORAAAD Workshop Year Four, ‘Comparison and the Analytical Study of Religion.’"
Part One: Comparison in the Study of Religion in Mediterranean Late Antiquity
John Kloppenborg and David Frankfurter. William Arnal, moderator
Part Two: Comparison and Reconceptualizing ‘Black Atlantic Religions’
Paul Christopher Johnson, Kathryn Lofton, respondent
Part Three: Comparison and the Analysis of Religion and Violence.
Jamel Velji and Margo Kitts. Ipsita Chatterjea, moderator
Part Four: Comparison and the Analysis of Religion and Ritual.
Jens Kreinath and Michael Houseman. David Walker, moderator
The SORAAAD workshop is co-sponsored by:
The SBL's Redescribing Christian Origins Group and Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship Consultation; and the AAR's Critical Theories and Discourses on Religion Group, Cultural History of the Study of Religion Group, and Sociology of Religion Group
For more information about the workshop, please read the SORAAAD Workshop Ethos
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Study of Religion as an Analytical Discipline (SORAAAD) Pre Conference Workshop
Friday, November 22, 2013 1:00 -5:00 p.m.
Methodologies and the Analytical Study of Religion
For 2013, SORAAAD will focus on the selection, design, and implementation of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, as well as responsible ways to use quantitative and qualitative research generated by other scholars outside of the study of religion.
SORAAAD’s Methodologies and the Analytical Study of Religion will be of particular interest for graduate students and established scholars who already enact social science and critical humanities research methodologies,who want to implement newer or different methodologies, or who need to integrate existing social science and critical humanities research outside of religion (Sociology, Anthropology, Cognitive Science, Critical and Social Theories) into their research design, data acquisition and analysis.
Announcement: November 12, 2013 - Bron Taylor will speak on Ethnography in place of Jens Kreinath.
The revised full program with the list of suggested readings that will ground discussions for the workshop is available as a PDF
Part One: Methodologies and the Study of Religion
Speakers: (Final order to be determined)
Steven Engler, Mount Royal University, on Grounded Theory
Bron Taylor, University of Florida, on Ethnography
Michael Stausberg, University of Bergen, on Free Listing and Structured Observation.
Kocku von Stuckrad, University of Groeningen, on Discourse Analysis.
Part Two: Interdisciplinary Religious Research: Design, Implementation, and Collaboration
Introductory Remarks - Ann Taves. University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB) and the UCSB Religion, Experience, and Mind Lab Group.
Michael Kinsella, UCSB, on his ethnography of a near-death experience movement.
Philip Deslippe, UCSB, on his deployment of GIS and the quantification of vague concepts to study yoga.
John Thibdeau, University of Colorado - Boulder, on his deployment of social psychology, cognitive ethnography and videography to study Sufi Sema and Dhikr
Registration Is Free
To Register, please place "SORAAAD - 2013 - Registration" in the subject line of an email to CTDR.Group@gmail.com.
In the body of the email, please place your full name, institutional affiliation and some indication of academic status (graduate student, an adjunct instructor, independent scholar or professor etc.)
Registration Limit: 45 people.
The SORAAAD workshop is co-sponsored by:
The SBL's Ideological Criticisms of the Bible Group, the Bible and Cultural Studies Section, the Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship Consultation and
The AAR's Critical Theories and Discourses on Religion Group, Cultural History of the Study of Religion Group and the Sociology of Religion Group.