The Department of Philosophy, Program in Religious Studies welcomes Brandi Denison to the Faculty as the second full-time Religious Studies Professor.
Brandi Denison is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Religious Studies department at the University of North Carolina (UNC.) Her research area is American Religions, specializing in the American West with particular attention to gender, violence, Native American history, memory, and theories of religion. She is currently working on a dissertation titled: “Land, Religion, and Violence: Memories of the Meeker Massacre and Ute Removal.”
She teaches courses in American Religion, race and religion, religion and the environment, and philosophical approaches to religion. She is the blog editor for the Religion in the American West group blog, associated with the AAR Seminar by the same name.
The Religious Studies Program will launch its long-awaited Religious Studies Major. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Religious Studies, cross cultural in content and interdisciplinary in approach, will allow students to pursue the academic study of religion in its socio-historical cultural context.
The Religious Studies major will emphasize familiarity with the theoretical approaches to religion, such that students will understand the assumptions implicit in the category of religion; methodological approaches to the study of religion, such that students will be able to draw on scholarly tools in their efforts to understand the worldviews of others; and a level of literacy with regard to the worlds’ major religious traditions.
Lecture Celebrating the Launch of the Religious Studies Major, February 28,
2013, 5:30pm Building 58W-Student Union Room 3703
Dr. Jason Bivins, Department of Philosophy and Religious
Studies at North Carolina State University
“Religion” and Its Despisers in America: On Fundamentalists,
Genealogies, and Scholarly Publics
Dr. Bivins is a specialist in religion and American
culture, focusing particularly on the intersection between religions and
politics since 1900. He is the author of Religion of Fear: The Politics of Horror in Conservative Evangelicalism (Oxford
University Press, 2008) and The Fracture of Good Order: Christian
Antiliberalism and the Challenge to American Politics (University of North
Carolina Press, 2003), in addition to multiple articles, review essays, and
occasional pieces on religion, politics, and culture in the United States. He
is currently working on two books. The first is Spirits Rejoice!: Jazz and
American Religion, a study of the intersections of jazz and American religions.
The second is Embattled Majority, a genealogy of the rhetoric of “religious
bigotry” in conservative Christian politics since the 1960s (as this category
is manifested in Christian textbook narratives, conferences such as Justice
Sunday, and political organizations like the JCCCR) and of the varied responses
to such claims. He is also co-editor of the American Religions section of
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