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MemberMaximilian Nix

Maximilian Nix is a doctoral researcher in the DFG-funded Research Training Group „Religious Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe“ at the University of Tübingen in Germany. Currently, he is working on a dissertation on the influence of religious knowledge in the process of (de-)legitimization of resistance in the High Middle Ages. Medieval authors were quite free in their usage and interpretation of bible passages and religious authorities to either support or condemn contemporary authorities. This dissertation examines resistance as a multi-layered construction process within a discourse of religious knowledge.

MemberSteven Vose

…Ph.D.: University of Pennsylvania – South Asia Studies (2013)

M.T.S.: Harvard Divinity School – World Religions (2006)

B.A.: St. Lawrence University – Religious Studies (2001)…

Dr. Vose’s main areas for research and teaching are the religious traditions of South Asia, primarily in Jainism and secondarily in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Islam. He examines the history of interactions within and between these traditions to understand the meaning and contexts of community identity formation, religious authority, and the relationships between religious communities and the state in the medieval and early modern periods. Dr. Vose is interested in devotional practices as public religious expressions, especially pilgrimage and temple ritual; and the place of “tantra” and alchemy in medieval Indian society. Dr. Vose also works on the development of vernacular literary traditions, especially in Old Gujarati, and the interaction of Sanskrit, Prakrit and vernacular languages and literatures. Finally, his work examines architecture, sculpture and manuscript painting practices, especially in western India. More broadly, he is interested in historiography in the study of religion, literary theory and religious reading practices, modern and premodern religious identity politics, religious and ethno-nationalism, conflict and non-violence in South Asia. His early training was primarily anthropological, and he brings a focus on the lived reality of religious life to his study of the medieval and early modern Indian past.

MemberRebecca Stephens Falcasantos

…Brown University, Ph.D.,Religious Studies

University of Notre Dame, MA, Early Christian Studies

Creighton University, Cl BA magna cum laude, Theology/Greek…
…Rebecca Stephens Falcasantos, Michael Payne, and Daniel Picus (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2016).

Articles and Chapters

“Wandering Wombs, Inspired Intellects: Christian Religious Travel in Late Antiquity,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 25.1 (Spring 2017).

“Christian Religious Symbolism and Pilgrimage,” in Routledge Handbook on Jerusa…

Research Associate and Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia

MemberEssi Mäkelä

…i” in Pesonen & Sakaranaho (eds) Uskontotieteen ilmiöitä ja näkökulmia. With Hanna Gebraad. 5/2020.

“‘Impartial Sources’ and the Registration of Religious Communities in Finland” in Journal for the Academic Study of Religion. 31/1. p. 3-26

“What do we talk about when we talk about legitimate religion? Failure…

I’m working on my Ph.D. in Religious Studies on registering of religious communities. I concentrate on new and minor groups that aren’t connected with the World Religions -category. Cases include Wiccan, Pastafarianism, Fenno Religiosity, and Discordianism.