Columbia University Religion Department Graduate Student Conference:
Teaching Religion: Pedagogy, Transmission, and Technology
Kathryn Lofton, Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, History, and Divinity, Yale University
Pedagogy, transmission, and technology transform the teaching of religion by shaping the movement of ideas. Often understood as distinct categories, pedagogy, transmission, and technology substantially overlap in discussions of how, why, and by what means religion is taught. By bringing to light both how religions themselves are so often pedagogical in nature and the ways the study of religion poses particular pedagogical problems, this conference aims to challenge popular modes of teaching religion. In this conference we will discuss fundamental questions of how religion can be studied and taught, how religious knowledge can be created and transmitted, and how new technologies enable new ways of imagining religion. By putting into conversation teachers of religion from both within and outside religious communities, this conference seeks to not only cultivate interdisciplinary conversation, but also transgress the boundaries between religion and its secular study.
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Sponsored by the Department of Religion. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life; Columbia Journalism’s Scripps Howard Program on Religion, Journalism and the Spiritual Life; the Middle East Institute; and the Graduate Student Advisory Council.