Posts Tagged ‘New Directions in the Study of Prayer’

August 18th, 2015

A View from the Margins of the Banlieue

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What light does the experience of Salafi Muslim women shed on satire mocking Islam and Muslims?

New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantee Z. Fareen Parvez takes up this question in her recent article on the place of female Muslim piety in contemporary France.

February 4th, 2015

Conference: Why Prayer? A Conference on New Directions in the Study of Prayer

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What can the study of prayer tell us about social life, religious institutions and practices, ethical self-formation, and our concepts of communication, both shared and unique? The Social Science Research Council’s Program on Religion and the Public Sphere announces Why Prayer? A Conference on New Directions in the Study of Prayer, a two-day gathering that will showcase the work of over 30 scholars and journalists who have explored these questions and more.

December 9th, 2014

Why Prayer? A Conference on New Directions in the Study of Prayer

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The Social Science Research Council’s program on Religion and the Public Sphere announces Why Prayer? A Conference on New Directions in the Study of Prayer (February 6-7, 2015).

February 7th, 2014

Reverberations in the new year

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A new year means new and interesting content for Reverberations, the digital forum on prayer produced in conjunction with the SSRC’s New Directions in the Study of Prayer (NDSP) initiative.

December 20th, 2013

Recently at Reverberations

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2013 has been an exciting year for Reverberations, the Social Science Research Council’s digital forum on prayer. Produced in conjunction with the SSRC’s New Directions in the Study of Prayer (NDSP) initiative, Reverberations is a place where NDSP grantees and others share their thoughts about the nature, complexity, and interdisciplinary methodologies of the study of prayer.

September 18th, 2013

Reverberations of cognition and culture

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A lively interdisciplinary discussion about cognition and culture has emerged from Reverberations, the new digital forum on prayer produced in conjunction with the SSRC’s New Directions in the Study of Prayer (NDSP) initiative. The NDSP grantees share their thoughts about the study of prayer, interdisciplinary methodologies, and the nature and complexities of their research.

July 2nd, 2013

Latest Reverberations

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Reverberations, the new digital forum on prayer produced in conjunction with the SSRC’s New Directions in the Study of Prayer (NDSP) initiative, has expanded its content as it explores prayer.

May 30th, 2013

Ongoing Reverberations

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Reverberations, the new digital forum on prayer produced in conjunction with the SSRC’s New Directions in the Study of Prayer (NDSP) initiative, continues to thrive two months since its launch.

March 8th, 2013

Praying on Twitter

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Over at Religion Dispatches, New Directions in the Study of Prayer Grantee Peter Manseau talks about the use of Twitter as a venue for prayer.

March 6th, 2013

Introducing Reverberations

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We are pleased to announce the launch of Reverberations, a new digital forum on prayer produced in conjunction with the SSRC’s New Directions in the Study of Prayer initiative. Reverberations will serve as a hub for communication among participants in the New Directions in the Study of Prayer project, a platform for a broader set of academic and public engagements, and a space within which a wide range of resources and materials related to the practice of prayer will be compiled, curated, studied, and explored.

March 5th, 2013

Prayer, imagination, and the voice of God—in global perspective

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Tanya Marie Luhrmann is a psychological anthropologist and a Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University. Her work explores how people come to experience nonmaterial objects such as God as present and real, and how different understandings of the mind affect mental experience. She is the author, most recently, of When God Talks Back (Knopf, 2012), which The New York Times Book Review called “the most insightful study of evangelical religion in many years,” and of other books including Of Two Minds (Knopf, 2000), The Good Parsi (Harvard, 1996), and Persuasions of the Witch’s Craft (Harvard, 1989). Her latest project, supported by the SSRC’s New Directions in the Study of Prayer initiative, builds on and extends her research for When God Talks Back, taking her to India and Africa. On a recent rainy afternoon in Palo Alto, I spoke with Luhrmann about her work and its new directions.

December 4th, 2012

When God Talks Back named a Notable Book of 2012

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New Directions in the Study of Prayer Grantee Tanya Luhrmann’s book, When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship With God, was named one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2012. As Molly Worthen wrote in an early 2012 review of the book: After more than four years of observing and interviewing […]

December 3rd, 2012

Understanding “nones”

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In a new article for Religion Dispatches, Elizabeth Drescher, responds to a piece by Katherine Stewart and attempts to clarify some of the discrepancies and difficulties in finding an accurate term to describe religious “nones.”

November 3rd, 2012

Peter Manseau on religion as America’s “first freedom”

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New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantee Peter Manseau observes that both the Obama and Romney campaigns describe religious liberty as America’s “first freedom,” a characterization that has “become so commonplace that it seems churlish to question it.” But Manseau finds that what constitutes the first freedom has historically been far from clear-cut, and […]

October 10th, 2012

Elizabeth Drescher on religious “nones”

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NDSP Grantee Elizabeth Drescher responds to a new report, “‘Nones’ On the Rise,” released by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life in affiliation with PBS’ Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.

October 2nd, 2012

NDSP grantees announced

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New Directions in the Study of Prayer (NDSP), project and grants program of the SSRC, has selected twenty-eight grantees to pursue innovative research on practices of prayer.

July 17th, 2012

AIDS and LGBT equality

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In honor of the International AIDS Conference that will take place in Washington, D.C. later this month, Diane Winston, a member of the SSRC New Directions in the Study of Prayer Advisory Committee) contributed an essay to Religion Dispatches on the change in mainstream attitudes towards the LGBT community in response to the AIDS epidemic.

June 20th, 2012

The Psychology of Prayer

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The Psychology of Prayer: A Scientific Approach, co-authored by Bernard Spilka and Kevin Ladd, a member of the SSRC’s New Directions in the Study of Prayer advisory committee, will be released in September.

November 16th, 2011

NDSP: December 1 deadline for Letters of Intent

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The deadline for submitting Letters of Intent to New Directions in the Study of Prayer (NDSP), a new project and grants program of the SSRC, is almost here! Applicants must submit Letters of Intent and supporting materials to religion@ssrc.org no later than 5:00PM EST on December 1, 2011.