In Our Right Mind

memeneushaAt what point does one invoke notions of “mental illness” when engaging people making reference to “the Holy Spirit” telling them to do things…? Continue reading

The Manly School of Drama

REL Movie Star

Check out the department’s Vimeo page for our latest video. In the spirit of learning from our mistakes, we put together the bloopers from our recent projects and made a how-to guide to REL stardom! Julliard-trained, more like Manly-trained.

5 Tips for Being an REL Movie Star from UA Religious Studies.

Identifying for the Jokes

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By Jared Powell
Jared Powell is a junior from Canton, Mississippi majoring in English and Religious Studies. He enjoys watching Seinfeld, his favorite TV show, and is always disappointed when somebody does not understand a reference to the famed sitcom. He one day hopes to become an architect, or maybe an importer-exporter of latex products.

What are the various identities, religious or nonreligious, that an individual can assume? Why do individuals choose to identify with certain categories? How do individuals exhibit or prove their identity to members of the group, or nonmembers? These key questions constantly come up in my classes with the department. During one class, another student mentioned an episode of Seinfeld (Season 8 Episode 19, “The Yada Yada”) that could be related to these questions of identity. In order to defend my self-proclaimed Seinfeld aficionado status, I took it upon myself to rewatch the episode and see what connections I could make. Continue reading

“It’s Andie, with an ‘ie'”

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By Andie Alexander
Andie Alexander earned her B.A. in Religious Studies and History in 2012. She currently works as a staff member in the Department as a Student Liaison and filmmaker, and will begin working on her M.A. this fall 2014 at CU Boulder. Andie also works as the online Curator for the Culture on the Edge blog.

I go by “Andie.” I say “go by” not to distinguish my name from my legal name “Amanda” but to draw attention to the identification practices wrapped up in naming. Let me preface this a little… Growing up, I was determined to be called “Amanda.” I’m not really sure why, to be honest, but I decided that was “my” name. (Let’s just skip over the year when I was insistent on being called Ariel — yes, like the Little Mermaid…) However, around the age of 12 or so, I decided I quite liked the name Andie and wanted nothing more to do with Amanda. I despised being called Amanda and was adamant about my name being Andie. I can only retrospectively assume that this change was due my 12-13 year old self trying to feel out who “I” was. I suppose I clung to that, and I would become very frustrated with people who misspelled my name. Continue reading

REL, the Buzzfeed version

buzzfeedThe Vimeo page has been pretty active so far this summer, and the REL movie crew has produced yet another hit!

We took a cue from Buzzfeed for our newest video, “5 Things You Always Wanted to Know About REL Majors.” Watch to hear how our majors answer such questions as, “Why did you major in REL?”, “What do you like about the department?”, as well as a few fun ones too.

5 Things to Know About REL Majors from UA Religious Studies.

The Pragmatics of Ritual

Picture 3Did you happen to catch this story about too many “love locks” on Paris’s famous Pont des Arts bridge, which carries foot traffic over the Seine river?

A portion of it collapsed under the weight of the locks. Continue reading

Ain’t Nothin’ Local About the Study of Religion

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 6.05.01 PMDo you ever wonder where our majors come from?

Well, then, do we have a show for you!

The department’s latest video shows that our students come to Alabama from all corners of the country, studying religion in culture from sea to shining sea.

Stay tuned for more videos of our majors talking about their experiences in the department…

The World Religions Discourse in Practice

Picture 6How does the discourse on world religions work?

Well, consider news stories like this one. Continue reading