At Culture on the Edge, we’d like to think that one of our strengths is our academic diversity. While many from our original group have come from some area of the study of religion, we have a variety of areas of specialization — from Greece, to India, to the United States, from ancient history, academic discourse, and gender, to religious identifications, music, and literature. These many areas of specialization have prompted challenging and constructive conversations as we have grappled with issues in the study of identification. As we welcomed guest bloggers aboard (in what we’ve called “Chapter 2” of the blog), we’ve seen even more new perspectives added to this ongoing and ever-evolving study.
Once again, we’re on the move. We are thrilled to announce that we have added ten new members, bringing our total current members to sixteen. These new members expand our geographical reach beyond North America (several currently live and work across the Atlantic) as well as our topical expertise. Our new members’ areas of research include atheism and non-religion, additional constructions of gender and ethnicity, food, early Christianity, and indigenous peoples and their legal standing, among many others. If you’ve been around the blog awhile, you may recognize some of our new members as Chapter 2 contributors. And since we clearly have a thing for numbers, we’re calling our collaboration as a group of sixteen “Chapter 3.” To see the full description of all current members of the collaborative, visit our Chapter 3 Contributors page.
When the group first began, our blog activity was centered around a common reading (Jean-Francois Bayart’s work entitled The Illusion of Cultural Identity), which served as something of a platform from which we could investigate and wrestle with the topic of identity together. To inaugurate this new season in the life of Culture on the Edge, we’ll be devoting ourselves to yet another series of common readings and discussions (including Rogers Brubaker’s Trans and Hayden White’s Tropics of Discourse this fall). Be sure to check out the blog as we continue the tradition of finding examples of theory in our everyday social lives.