One of the highlights of today’s conference of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions at Queen’s University in Belfast was the launch of the society’s new journal, The Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions.
The journal is fully peer-reviewed, but open access, so it is available online for all to read and not restricted to university libraries.
Speaking at the launch, Patrick Claffey of Trinity College Dublin, President of the Society, said:
The study of religions as an academic discipline has a long history
with its own perspective and methodologies. While it continues to
develop and evolve, both in the theoretical and in the practical sense, it
has an established place in the academy in many parts of the world. For
largely historical reasons, the study of religions in Ireland has heretofore
been done largely through a confessional theological prism and latterly
perhaps from a sociological perspective. This left a significant lacuna in
the study in Ireland and at a time when this kind of study was becoming
increasingly rewarding and necessary with the advent of a wider religious
pluralism and the emergence of a variety of interesting religious
phenomena and movements in Ireland both north and south of the border.
The inaugural issue features six articles, among them one written by Gerardo Marti and me, “Northern Ireland, America and the Emerging Church Movement- Exploring the Significance of Peter Rollins and the Ikon Collective.”
The Table of Contents is reproduced below. I urge everyone interested in the academic study of religion to take advantage of this new resource.
Welcome from the President of ISASR
James KAPALÓ and Yafa SHANNEIK
Evangelicals, Islamists and the Globalisation of Apocalyptic
Religion, the Study of Religion and other Products of Transnational
and Colonial Imagining
Northern Ireland, America and the Emerging Church Movement:
Peter Rollins and the Emerging Church Movement
Gladys GANIEL and Gerardo MARTI
The Problem with Drawing Lines: Thoe-Geographies of the Catholic
Parish in Ireland
Hidden Land and Changing Landscape: Narratives
about Mount Khangchendzonga Among the Lepcha and the Lhopo
Claire S. SCHEID
The ‘Celtic’ Dimension of Pre-First World War Religious Discourse in
Britain: Wellesley Tudor Pole and the Glastonbury Phenomenon