The Next Step in Studying Religion: A Graduate's Guide

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A collection of essays written specifically to help graduate students of Religious Studies and Theology in their quest to become professional scholars and professors: this candid and yet practical guide is indispensable reading for graduate students of religion (and cognate fields). Contributions aim to encapsulate the 'pearls of wisdom' that each contributor feels would have assisted them when they themselves were graduate students. Many of the problematic themes of studying religion or religions emerge, but they do so concretely, that is, within the narratives of the lives of experienced professors. These problems are therefore not simply or predominantly dealt with as mere intellectual abstractions. The biographical flavour of many of the essays will help the graduate student reader relate to the work of more experienced students of Religious Studies and Theology and may even constitute important reading for scholars who are dealing with the oeuvre of contributors. Contains more than a dozen essays written by a mix of well established and younger scholars including: David Chidester, Harold Coward, Donald A. Crosby, Michel Desjardins, Marc H. Ellis, Darlene Jushka, Klaus Klostermaier, Kay Koppendrayer, Charles H. Long, Larry Patriquin, Vern Neufeld Redekop, Carolyn Sharpe, Jon R. Stone, Russell T. McCutcheon.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826498427
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/4/2007
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Mathieu E. Courville was awarded a Canada Graduate Doctoral Award as well as a Canada Post-Doctoral Award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). He has served as Canadian Graduate Student Representative of the Canadian Corporation for the Study of Religion (CCSR) from 2004 to 2007 and as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (CSRS) at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada, during the 2008-2009 academic year.
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Table of Contents


Mathieu E. Courville (University of Ottawa) - Editor's Introduction: On Reaching for the Other Shore

Part I:
Larry Patriquin (Nipissing University) - How to Finish a Ph.D. Dissertation in this Lifetime: Some Marbles of Wisdom Revisited
Michel Desjardin (Wilfrid Laurier University) - Netting a Job in Religious Studies
Professor Russell T. McCutcheon (University of Alabama) - Theses on the Job MarketKay Koppedrayer (Wilfrid Laurier University) - Some Thoughts and Advice on Academic Publishing

Part II:

Harold Coward (Emeritus, University of Victoria) - Graduate Education: A Place Where Past and Future Meet

Klaus Klostermaier (Emeritus, University of Manitoba) - Events, People, and Circumstances: Looking Back at a Largely Unplanned Academic Career in Religious Studies

David Chidester (University of Cape Town) - Studying Religion in South Africa

Marc H. Ellis (Baylor University) - Caution! Prospective Graduate Students of Religion in Judaism and Islam

Carolyn Sharp (St. Paul University, Ottawa) - Un-domestic Conversations: Crossing Borders, Transgressing Boundaries and Contested Territories

Vern Neufeld Redekop (St. Paul University, Ottawa) - Teachings of Blessing as Elements of Reconciliation: Intra and Inter-Religious Hermeneutical Challenges and Opportunities in the Face of Violent Deep-Rooted Conflict

Darlene Juschka (University of Regina) - Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down: Waking Up in Women's Studies

Jon R. Stone (California State University, Long Beach) - Reflections on the Craft of Religious Studies

Charles H. Long (Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) - Religious Discourse and Hermeneutics: New Approaches in the Study of Religion

Donald A. Crosby (Emeritus, Colorado State University) - A Student's Question: Religious Studies, Philosophy, and the Examined Life

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