Did you miss the panel “Discussing the Nones: What They Say About the Category Religion and American Society” at the American Academy of Religion meetings in Baltimore last month? Our own Prof. Steven Ramey joined Chip Callahan (Missouri), Sean McCloud (UNC Charlotte), Monica Miller (Lehigh University) and Patricia O’Connell Killen (Gonzaga) for a lively panel discussion that is now available for your viewing pleasure. Steven and Monica have already written about their responses to the panel here. Now you can watch it for yourself, with a new segment posted each day this week.
All five panelists join in a spirited discussion of their agreements, disagreements, and the implications for the academic study of religion.
This segment features:
Chip Callahan (Associate Professor and Chair of Religious Studies, University of Missouri), as moderator, introduces the panel and the general issues involved.
Steven Ramey (Associate Professor in Religious Studies, University of Alabama) compares the surveys generating the discussion of the Nones to the influence of the British Indian Census in the nineteenth century and the conceptions of identity in India.
You can find a recent Edge/HuffPo piece co-authored by Steven and Monica here and the Nones intro that was distributed at the AAR session with more links here. Stay tuned for more videos from the panel.