The Digital Futures of Religious Studies, American Academy of Religion, November 19


The Digital Futures of Religious Studies
American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX
Saturday, November 19 – 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
Grand Hyatt-Lone Star C (2nd Level)

Christopher Cantwell, University of Missouri, Kansas City, and I organized an unique panel for the AAR this year. We gathered together several folks exploring how digital humanities projects can aid in their teaching, scholarship, or communication. The format is a bit different as well – each participant will be spend about 5 minutes (PechaKucha style) introducing their digital project to the audience in laypersons terms and explain the logic behind employing digital tools or mediums.
The format of the session is as follows:
1. Introduction – Christopher Cantwell & Kristian Petersen
2. Research Projects
3. Scholarly Communications
4. Teaching

5. What’s next?

Each section will have a brief Q&A and the final portion (about 25 minutes) will be an open floor discussion including all the participants and attendees. Overall, our goal is to spark an interest in the digital in all realms of our scholarly life and give some practical signals of the variety of ways academics can deploy these types of projects or tools in their daily routine.

During the session, I will be introducing our co-edited volume (with Cantwell), Introductions to Digital Humanities: Research Methods in the Study of Religion (de Gruyter), which aims to serve as a comprehensive introduction to researching religion through digital humanities methods. We hope to discuss the project with potential contributors and future readers. Hope to see you there but if you can’t make it please be in touch if you’re interested.

Panelists and Projects

Cara Burnidge, University of Northern Iowa – Religion in American History

Andrew Quintman, Yale University – The Life of the Buddha at Jonang Monastery

Richard Newton, Elizabethtown College – Sowing the Seed

Justine Howe, Case Western Reserve University

Douglas Thompson, Mercer University – Journal of Southern Religion

Torang Asadi, Duke University

Emily Suzanne Clark, Gonzaga University – Digital Jesuits and Ignatian Pedagogy

John Crow, Florida State University – Omeka Digital Exhibit

Jeri Wieringa, George Mason University

Emily Mace, Lake Forest College – Digital Chicago

Rachel Lindsey, Saint Louis University

Benjamin Zeller, Lake Forest College – Sacred Chicago

Jonathan Pettit, Purdue University



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