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Class 200: New Studies in Religion

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Kathryn Lofton and John Lardas Modern, Series Editors
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Alan G. Thomas, Acquiring Editor

A New Book Series

Class 200
New Studies in Religion
 

Class 200 offers the most innovative works in the study of religion today. Resting on a generation of critical scholarship that reevaluated the central categories of the field, the series aims to surpass that good work by rebuilding the vocabulary of, and establishing new questions for, religious studies.
 

The series will publish authors who understand descriptions of religion to be always bound up in explanations for it. It will nurture authorial reflexivity, documentary intensity, and genealogical responsibility. The series presumes no inaugurating definition of religion other than what it is not: it is not reducible to demographics, doctrines, or cognitive mechanics. It is more than a discursive concept or cultural idiom. It is something that can be named only with a precise and poetic wrestling with the nature of its naming.


Class 200 seeks to renew the study of religion as a field of inquiry that is open in terms of disciplinary affiliation, relishes archival and ethnographic immersion, and is scrupulous in its use of categories. The series is not defined by topics but by certain shared fundamentals: rigor, an investment in language, an awareness of authority, and a strategy regarding the politics of truth claims in any archival or anthropological situation.


Class 200 takes its name from the Dewey Decimal System call number for religion.


Contact:

 

Kathryn Lofton
Department of Religious Studies
Yale University
Email: kathryn.lofton@yale.edu

 

John Lardas Modern
Department of Religious Studies
Franklin & Marshall College
Email: john.modern@fandm.edu

 

 

 

Alan G. Thomas, Acquiring Editor

A New Book Series

Class 200
New Studies in Religion
 

Class 200 offers the most innovative works in the study of religion today. Resting on a generation of critical scholarship that reevaluated the central categories of the field, the series aims to surpass that good work by rebuilding the vocabulary of, and establishing new questions for, religious studies.
 

The series will publish authors who understand descriptions of religion to be always bound up in explanations for it. It will nurture authorial reflexivity, documentary intensity, and genealogical responsibility. The series presumes no inaugurating definition of religion other than what it is not: it is not reducible to demographics, doctrines, or cognitive mechanics. It is more than a discursive concept or cultural idiom. It is something that can be named only with a precise and poetic wrestling with the nature of its naming.


Class 200 seeks to renew the study of religion as a field of inquiry that is open in terms of disciplinary affiliation, relishes archival and ethnographic immersion, and is scrupulous in its use of categories. The series is not defined by topics but by certain shared fundamentals: rigor, an investment in language, an awareness of authority, and a strategy regarding the politics of truth claims in any archival or anthropological situation.


Class 200 takes its name from the Dewey Decimal System call number for religion.


Contact:

 

Kathryn Lofton
Department of Religious Studies
Yale University
Email: kathryn.lofton@yale.edu

 

John Lardas Modern
Department of Religious Studies
Franklin & Marshall College
Email: john.modern@fandm.edu

 

 

 

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