Bordered state, borderless earth: Religion, environment, and the border in South Texas

South Texas is a region uniquely affected by ecological risk and border-related alienation. Religious faith is playing a role in relating and responding to these challenges. by Gary S. Slater, PhD St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX Relative to the rest of Texas, the border region of South Texas is a world apart. It’s got the only contiguous cluster of counties that consistently vote for Democrats. … Continue reading Bordered state, borderless earth: Religion, environment, and the border in South Texas

Mapping Religion in a Postsecular Landscape: A Keynote Talk by Tracy Fessenden

On January 26-27, the Religions Texas initiative hosted a consultation to explore the theoretical and conceptual foundations of this project to document and map the religious and cultural diversity of Texas. The event included panels on the study of religions in Texas, mapping religion and digital humanities, and religious literacy, pedagogy, and public humanities. Tracy Fessenden, Professor of Religious Studies at Arizona State University, gave a … Continue reading Mapping Religion in a Postsecular Landscape: A Keynote Talk by Tracy Fessenden

Religions TX Consultation CFP

Maps are useful tools for giving meaning and coherence to space. They identify patterns that illuminate the relationship between space and place and create a picture of a landscape. They can illustrate proximity and introduce a reader to her or his neighbors. They play a role in imagining communities. Yet, a map is not territory. And far from neutral, the process of map-making, or representation, … Continue reading Religions TX Consultation CFP

Documenting and Mapping the Religious & Cultural Diversity of Texas

As the second largest, second most populous, and fastest growing state in the country, Texas holds a place of national prominence. In the past 30 years, Texas has seen significant demographic shifts. It is among the top three destinations for new immigrants, primarily from Latin American and Asian countries. The state no longer has an Anglo majority. Its largest city, Houston, now ranks as the most … Continue reading Documenting and Mapping the Religious & Cultural Diversity of Texas