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      Institutional Histories, Identity Work, and Critical Theory : A Response to Markus Davidsen

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          In a response to Markus Davidsen’s article ‘Theo van Baaren’s Systematic Science of Religion Revisited: The Current Crisis in Dutch Study of Religion and a Way Out’, this contribution first reviews Davidsen’s claim of a crisis in the study of religion in the Netherlands, as compared to what he calls the ‘systematic mentality’ of the ‘Nordic countries’. It then turns to the prescribed cure for the alleged ailment that Davidsen develops as an identity work for the study of religion. Over against Davidsen’s attack on postcolonial and gender studies, this article argues for the necessity of critical theory and self-reflection in the academic study of religion. Attempts at uniting the study of religion under one conceptual umbrella are an indication of hegemonic processes that critical theory has rendered untenable. This article concludes that the academic study of religion should be embedded in an interdisciplinary frame of cultural studies.

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          Journal
          NTT
          NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion
          Amsterdam University Press
          2542-6583
          2590-3268
          01 July 2020
          : 74
          : 3
          : 243-252
          Article
          NTT2020.3.003.VONS
          10.5117/NTT2020.3.003.VONS
          24988600-2265-450e-aa16-c6092f6378c0
          © 2020 Amsterdam University Press
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          Pages: 10
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          critical theory,cultural studies,gender studies,Scandinavia,Netherlands,institutional history,postcolonial studies,academic study of religion

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