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ERIC Number: EJ1049966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1368-4868
Working through the Problems of Study Abroad Using the Methodologies of Religious Studies
Siegler, Elijah
Teaching Theology & Religion, v18 n1 p37-45 Jan 2015
After illustrating the joys of teaching religious studies abroad with an anecdote from my trip to China, I warn of some of its inherent pedagogical and ethical challenges. I argue that teaching some of the "new directions" in religious studies scholarship might address these challenges. These include a turning away from the abstract (texts, beliefs, theologies) and towards the concrete (bodies, places, rituals); moving away from teaching religions as unchanging, ancient verities and instead emphasizing the impact that colonialism, modernization, and secularism have had; moving from searching for authenticity to questioning it; and emphasizing methodological self-consciousness. Keeping these new directions in mind will help ensure the study abroad experience is educationally successful. This essay serves as an introduction to a series of six additional essays comprising a special section of the journal (see "Teaching Theology and Religion" 18:1, January 2015). [See the essays in ERIC at: EJ1049971 (Andrew Irvine); EJ1049973 (Kerry Mitchell); EJ1049975 (Norris W. Palmer); EJ1049977 (Wendy A. Wiseman); EJ1049979 (Calvin Mercer); and EJ1049982 (Response by John D. Barbour.)]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China
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