As we are pressed by advances in technology and biology, on the one hand, and by rapid social and political change, on the other, theology and religious studies promise a space of reflection, perspective, and new possibilities. Funded by grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Indiana University Bloomington, the Center for Religion and the Human supports interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research on religion which attends to these new realities while being rooted in IUB’s traditions of excellence in humanist, social-scientific and historical scholarship.
A Universe of Terms
Reading Religion features Ian Alexander Cuthbertson's review of A Universe of Terms by Mona Oraby and Emilie Flamme, a volume in the Religion and the Human Book Series.
"Much of what makes this book so engaging, thought-provoking, and beautiful stems from the reader’s own experience of interacting with the thoughtful juxtapositions of text, images, and design in the book itself. In this case, the medium really is the message."Read more from "A Universe of Terms - Reading and Writing Religion"
coming in august 2023
In The Anarchy of Black Religion: A Mystic Song, J. Kameron Carter examines the deeper philosophical, theological, and religious history that animates our times to advance a new approach to understanding religion. Drawing on the black radical tradition and black feminism, Carter explores the modern invention of religion as central to settler colonial racial technologies wherein antiblackness is a founding and guiding religious principle of the modern world.Learn more about Dr. Carter's book on the Duke University Press website.
Alessandro Ferrari is Professor of Ecclesiastical Law at the University of Insubria in Como, Italy. He visited IU Bloomington in March 2023, hosted by the Center for Religion and the Human, the Department of Religious Studies, the Center for Constitutional Democracy, and the Institute for European Studies. He gave several seminars and workshops as well as working individually with faculty and students.Read Winni Sullivan's interview with Alessandro Ferrari.
For “Worlds Without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse” by Mary-Jane Rubenstein
The Iris Book Award Prize Ceremony took place on February 4, 2023 at the meeting of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture at Arizona State, where Mary-Jane Rubenstein read from her award-winning book, Worlds Without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse and joined in conversation with Alexus McLeod (IUB) and Catherine Newell (University of Miami).Learn more and watch the ceremony.
by Aaron Glass
"...I wanted to feature Paikea’s story to educate audiences on how Indigenous conceptions of 'active matter' are challenging standard Western ontologies and museum values, and how some museums are productively engaging with communities to adapt and adjust their protocols."Read more from "Hosting Paikea: On Indigenous Ontologies of Carving and Kinship"
by Samuel Ernest
"Christian institutions that refuse to hire LGBTQ faculty are precisely the places where queer theology and queer theological pedagogy belongs. Not just because the student body needs it, but due to the constitutive irony of queerness..."Read more from "Teaching Queer Christian Theology [Where It Can’t Be Taught]"
"An absorbing collection of essays on religious textures in Knausgaard’s writings and our time," featuring work by Courtney Bender, Jeremy Biles, Liane Carlson, Joshua Dubler, Hannah C. Garvey, M. Cooper Harriss, Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, and Erik Thorstensen.Learn more about "The Abyss or Life Is Simple"
A teaching module by James Howard Hill, Jr. (University of Oklahoma).
A teaching module by Mihee Kim-Kort (Indiana University).