News

August 2015

August 21st 2015
"A Machine for the Production of Gods": in an interview with Onnesha Roychoudhuri at Reverberations, New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantee Anderson Blanton discusses his research on the materiality of prayer, from Oral Roberts’s televised faith healings to the experience of visiting a doctor →

July 2015

July 23rd 2015
"Not Your Grandmother's Islam": in an interview with Jennifer L. Hahn at Reverberations, New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantee Ebenezer Obadare discusses his Nigeria-based research on Pentecostalism and “Charismatic Islam” →

February 2015

February 6th 2015
At PsychologyToday.com, New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantee Christine Wicker interviews fellow NDSP grantee Ebenezer Obadare about his research on the intermingling of Muslim and Christian prayer practices in Nigeria →
February 4th 2015
Religion and the Public Sphere presents: “Why Prayer? A Conference on New Directions in the Study of Prayer,” this Friday and Saturday at Columbia University in New York City (register to attend) →

January 2015

January 12th 2015
Register to attend “Why Prayer? A Conference on New Directions in the Study of Prayer,” presented by the program on Religion and the Public Sphere, to be held February 6 and 7 on the Columbia University campus in New York City →

December 2014

December 5th 2014
At Reverberations: New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantee Fareen Parvez writes with Mariam Awaisi on the study of gender and prayer in “Theoretical Trajectories: Emotion, Agency, and Power” →
December 4th 2014
"They’re Praying for the Worst. Is That Wrong?": New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantee Elizabeth McAlister for the Los Angeles Times

October 2014

October 27th 2014
”What Is a Catholic Family?”: New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantee Peter Manseau (2012) reflects on issues surrounding a recent meeting of Catholic bishops at the Vatican in an op-ed for the New York Times
October 17th 2014
At Reverberations: New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantee Mark Aveyard discusses his research on embodied cognition and the physicality of prayer →

August 2014

August 21st 2014
NDSP grantee Courtney Bender (2012) introduces a new discussion portal at Reverberations that will explore the architecture of multifaith prayer spaces →

July 2014

July 22nd 2014
New at Reverberations: urban ethnologist Kathrin Wildner shares inventive methodological approaches from the interdisciplinary Global Prayers project →

May 2014

May 21st 2014
Journalist Peter Manseau, a New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantee, writes on mindfulness apps for Al Jazeera America in “The Quantified Soul,” a story developed with SSRC support →

April 2014

April 11th 2014
The SSRC Forum Reverberations, a project of the program on Religion and the Public Sphere, has been nominated for a Webby Award in the Religion & Spirituality category; voting for the People's Voice Award closes April 24 →
April 4th 2014
New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantees Elizabeth Drescher and Tanya Luhrmann comment for Reader’s Digest in a story on "How and Why We Pray" →

February 2014

February 10th 2014
New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantee Elizabeth McAlister talked to Public Radio International about Haitian vodou and one man’s struggle to protect it from the spread of evangelicalism →

January 2014

January 29th 2014
At Reverberations, the latest installment of a series on yoga and its origins: "Is Yoga Not Even a Hundred Years Old? Part II," by Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins →
January 13th 2014
New at Reverberations: "ePrayer and Online Prayer Rituals," by Travis Cooper →

December 2013

December 16th 2013
At Reverberations: in response to Winnifred Fallers Sullivan's piece on "Law's Prayer: Town of Greece v Galloway," Benjamin Schonthal connects legalization issues to his own research on Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers →

November 2013

November 4th 2013
NDSP grantee Tanya Luhrmann (2012) responds to Leon Wieseltier's critique of her New York Times op-ed columns in a new piece for Reverberations

October 2013

October 17th 2013
Discussion spurred by New Directions in the Study of Prayer meeting continues at Religion Dispatches magazine: "Who Says It's Wrong to Mix Swears and Prayers?" →