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Considering Comparison: A Panel Discussion on Comparative Approaches to the Study of Religion

How and why do we use comparative approaches when studying religion? How can we compare well, without essentialising or decontextualizing the objects of comparison? Open to all interested staff and students of the University.

Professor Oliver Freiberger of the University of Texas Austin addresses these questions and more in his recent book Considering Comparison: A Method for Religious Studies (OUP 2019). Join him and panelists from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Divinity for an online discussion about how we can and should use comparative methods across the fields of Theology and Religious Studies.

Running order:

  • Dr Naomi Appleton – welcome and introduction to the event, the book, and the author.
  • Professor Oliver Freiberger – 5-10 minute introduction to the book / approach
  • Short (up to 5 minute) reflections from each of the following on how they approach comparison and any questions or concerns that remain:
    • Dr Steven Sutcliffe
    • Dr Joshua Ralston
    • Dr Philippa Townsend
    • Dr Matthew Novenson
    • Dr Naomi Appleton
    • Response by Professor Freiberger
  • Open to questions and broader discussion – audience members to raise questions via the chat function, but panelists also welcome to respond to one another’s points.

Access the event at 3pm Friday 29 May 2020