The current Conflict of the Faculties and the future of the study of religion/s

The future of the study of religion/s cannot be aptly discussed without considering the future of all academic studies (the humanities, social and natural sciences). Based on my experience as a board member of the Science Council of Japan, I argue that there are two major urgent challenges that are...

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Published in:Religion
Subtitles:Futures
Main Author: Fujiwara, Satoko 1963-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2020]
In:Religion
Year: 2020, Volume: 50, Issue: 1, Pages: 53-59
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Japan / Science of Religion / Western world / Science / Interpretation / Empirical research
Further subjects:B Academic Freedom
B Basic / pure and applied research
B national policy for science
B social relevance
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Summary:The future of the study of religion/s cannot be aptly discussed without considering the future of all academic studies (the humanities, social and natural sciences). Based on my experience as a board member of the Science Council of Japan, I argue that there are two major urgent challenges that are shared by, but not unique to, academic studies conducted in Japan: namely, how and to what degree to meet demands for social relevance; and what to do with the Euro-Western model of modern sciences. I will focus on the former, which stems from the relationships between scholarship and state governance. Scholars of religion/s may miss opportunities to contribute to interdisciplinary debates if they continue identifying applied studies primarily with theology or interfaith enterprises, while being satisfied with neo-empiricism.
ISSN:1096-1151
Contains:Enthalten in: Religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1080/0048721X.2019.1681095