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Is There Progress in Theories of Religion?


January 31, 2014
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
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Dept of Religious Studies Seminar Room
Bldg. 70, Rm 72A1

Colloquium with Michael Stausberg (University of Bergen).  For Religious Studies faculty, graduate students, and Stanford-affiliated guests. RSVP to Ai Tran. Lunch provided.

The past two decades have seen an unprecedented albeit often overlooked flourishing of new theories of religion. This talk will recapitulate that development and ask whether it can be described as theoretical progress. This will call for reflections on what would need to be done to achieve such progress, if desirable.

Michael Stausberg has been Professor of Religion at the University of Bergen, Norway since 2004. His main areas of work are theories of religion and ritual, the history of the study of religion, Zoroastrianism, and religion and tourism. His books in English include Zarathustra and his Religion (2008), Religion and Modern Tourism (2011) and, as editor or co-editor, Theorizing Rituals (2006-2007), Contemporary Theories of Religion (2009), The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion (2011), and Defining Magic (2013). He serves as the European editor of the journal Religion (Routledge) and of the book series Religion and Reason (de Gruyter).