Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference on Religions
Fri, April 4, 2014 - 7:00 PM • CLA 1.302B
April 4-6 Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Free and Open to the public.
Religions mix. Scholars of religion have employed a variety of terms to discribe the process and results of religious mixing, including syncretism, creolization, bricolage, transculturation, and blending. Although some of these terms are useful conceptual tools, at root they replicate problematic binaries or reduce religions mixing to contagion. Many of these terms have scurrilous histories of application, often to silence marginalized voices, impose unity, and fortify institutional power. The debate over terminology- even when used "neutrally"- detracts from the creation of more nuanced models of religious synthesis. A new approach is needed.