What Podcasts Do You Put in Your Ears?


I’m working on a review essay that covers the various academic podcasts about religion and religious studies  that have appeared in the past few years. I’m limiting myself to academic podcasts, or at least podcasts that feature academics. So, I’m not including things like Interfaith Voices or On Being. I am interested in podcasts not necessarily in religious studies but that have scholars discussing religion, such as the Junto Podcasts. Here’s a list of what I have so far.

What am I missing?

Let me know in the comments or on Twitter/Facebook/Morse code/carrier pigeon/YO.

Journal of Southern Religion http://jsr.fsu.edu/new-media/
Directions in the Study of Religion- Marginalia http://marginalia.lareviewofbooks.org/category/interviews/
First Impressions- Marginalia http://marginalia.lareviewofbooks.org/category/interviews/

Religious Studies Project http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/
New Books Network http://newbooksnetwork.com/

McGill http://podcasts.mcgill.ca/tags/religious-studies/
Oxford http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/keywords/religion
Research on Religion http://www.researchonreligion.org/
Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict https://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/religion-and-conflict/id383721017?mt=10#ls=1

The World of Islam: Culture, Religion, and Politics http://aminetais.podbean.com/
The Junto Podcast Network: http://earlyamericanists.com/the-junto-podcast-network/

Tuscaloosa Bound: My New Job at the University of Alabama

I’ve already posted about it on Facebook and I think someone sent out a tweet about it but I’ll post it here and make it official. I’m happy to announce I’ve accepted a one year faculty appointment in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama for 2013-1014. I’m really excited to join such a great group of faculty members for what should be a great year. I’m even more excited because I’ll get to teach a seminar on Asian Religions in American Culture that I’ve wanted a chance to teach for some time now. I’ll also be teaching the honors introduction to religion course, which should be a blast.

So, I guess all that’s left to say is….Roll Tide!


2011 Cliopatria Awards: My blog’s not great but maybe you could nominate my tweets

The 2011 Cliopatria Awards are now open for nominations. These awards are given out for the best bloggers, blogs, and posts in the field of history. But this year there is a new category: Best Twitter Feed. I’m not going lie, I’d love it if you nominated my feed for this award. I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.

Also, please think about nominating my friends at Religion in American History and The Way of Improvement Leads Home for their great posts and writers.

(Image: John James Audubon [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

My panel at #2011ASA: Global Perspectives on American Religious Cultures

If you’re at the American Studies Association this weekend and you’re interested in questions of religion, globalization, and transformation than you might want to check out the panel I’m doing with some other great folks:

12:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Religion and American Culture Caucus: Travel and Transformation: Global Perspectives on American Religious Cultures

Hilton Baltimore Key Ballroom 07

Theresa Sanders, Georgetown University (DC)
David Scott, Boston University (MA)
Opium, Alcohol, and Methodists in Singapore
Michael J. Altman, Emory University (GA)
American Hinduism: A Global Religion in the Nineteenth Century
Jordan Leary Wade, University of Kansas (KS)
From “Shanti’s” to Spandex: The Western Twist on Yoga
Aprilfaye Manalang, Bowling Green State University (OH)
What Role Does Religion Play among Filipino Immigrants? Imagining a Different Self-Understanding of Modernity
Katharina Vester, American University (DC)
Hope to see yall there!

I’m Now at michaeljaltman.net

…so check your RSS feeds and what-not. I decided it was time I grew up and got my own domain. So, now you can find me at http://michaeljaltman.net. Pretty cute, eh? You should get redirected here from the old URL but I don’t know how this will affect RSS feeds. Of course, if you read this blog via RSS you might never get this post, so you’ll never know. Spread the word and tell your friends.

#REL100 in the (student) News

Pardon the self-promotion:

Introductory level courses here at Emory are not famous for their enthusiastic levels of participation, attendance or commitment. Often these classes are big, too drafty or, let’s be honest, just too early in the morning to meet the same standards of discussion and debate set by upper-level courses and seminars.

Professors in these classes face a unique challenge: getting a large group of students, often from many majors and years, to take an active part in class discussion and lecture.

The Religion 100: Introduction to Religion course taught by Ph.D. student Michael Altman this semester is meeting this challenge head-on. The class is growing from the more conventional, old school homework assignments by injecting the curriculum with technology and the hallmark social networking of our generation.

Twitter and blogging are given an academic spin in the effort to boost class involvement, enthusiasm, and engagement.

So, I’ve made it into the student newspaper. Now, let’s just see how the course evaluations turn out…

Methodist Media: Comparing Means of Communicating the Message

If you’re in Boston or headed to Boston for the AHA be sure to come check out my panel on Methodist media. I’m talking about representations of Hinduism in the Methodist Christian Advocate and Emory’s own Russ Richey will be responding to the panel. It should be a great time.

125th Annual Meeting (January 6-9, 2011): Methodist Media: Comparing Means of Communicating the Message

Methodist Media: Comparing Means of Communicating the Message

American Society of Church History 26

Saturday, January 8, 2011: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

St. George Room C (The Westin Copley Place)

Chair: Richard P. Heitzenrater, Duke University


Evangelical Encounters: Authenticity in Early Methodist Worship

Erika K. R. Hirsch, Boston University

An Evangelical Public Relations Campaign: The Methodist Episcopal Church and Print Culture, 1792–1834

Elizabeth A. Georgian, University of Delaware

“The Spirit-Filled Teacher”: Methodist Educational Missions in Nineteenth-Century Asia

David W. Scott, Boston University

Methodists and India: Mapping, Contact, and Travel in the Christian Advocate, 1860–90

Michael J. Altman, Emory University


Russell E. Richey, Emory University