sábado, 2 de outubro de 2010

Biblioblogs: tema do Bulletin for the Study of Religion

Bulletin for the Study of Religion, vol 39, no 3 (setembro de 2010) está tratando dos biblioblogs. Bulletin for the Study of Religion é uma revista da Equinox Publishing, London.

Em seu blog, diz a revista:
"The September issue of the Bulletin is now available online! You can find it here. There are articles on biblioblogging by Jim West, James McGrath, Robert Cargill, Roland Boer, and James Crossley. In addition, there is a follow up by Mike Grimshaw on the debate about the place of postmodern theology in the discipline of religious studies. As always, the editorial is accessible for free..."

Sobre os biblioblogs, diz Craig Martin no Editorial:
"When I began following blogs, I had no intention of following academic Bible blogs. I studied the Bible in undergrad and graduate school, and I teach introductory Bible courses at my college, but by no means am I a Bible scholar. However, there are few blogs on religious studies in general, while there is a plethora of blogs on the Bible and biblical studies. (I have never heard an entirely satisfactory explanation for this phenomenon, apart from the suggestion that Bible scholars tend to be Christians with an inclination toward spreading their views, i.e. evangelization.) Consequently, in lieu of more general academic religion blogs, I began following some of the academic Bible blogs. I quickly discovered that biblioblogging (as it is called) is a phenomenon of sorts. There are hundreds of bibliobloggers, there are special biblioblogger circles (with their own special graphic icons), there are sites dedicated to ranking Bible blogs by popularity, and there is even a biblioblogging carnival (although the latter seems to have recently died out). Biblioblogging is of such importance that it has even been recognized by the Society of Biblical Literature. This issue of the Bulletin is dedicated to biblioblogging. I have asked Jim West to introduce biblioblogging and offer a brief history of sorts. James McGrath, Robert Cargill, and Roland Boer have contributed reflections on the importance of blogging. The last contribution, by James Crossley, offers a critique of certain Bible blogs, specifically focusing on the ideological work they have done in support of US foreign policy".

O editorial pode ser lido online. Os artigos, porém, não são gratuitos.

Artigos, Autores e Abstracts:
:: Blogging the Bible: A Short History - Jim West
'Blogging' as an enterprise of Biblical scholars commenced in the middle years of the first decade of the 21st century. It's beginnings, early years, controversies, and outlook are described in what follows.

:: Biblioblogging Our Matrix: Exploring the Potential and Perplexities of Academic Blogging - James Frank McGrath
The phenomenon of "biblioblogging" has not only brought Biblical studies into close contact with popular new media and modes of communication, but also regularly brings the public and private, the peer-reviewed and the popular, into close proximity with one another. This article explores some of the reasons why an increasing number of academics in Biblical studies blog, as well as some of the ways in which blogging can serve the needs of the academy.

:: The Benefit of Blogging for Archaeology - Robert R. Cargill
Blogging (or “web logging”) has evolved from online journaling to a multi-million dollar enterprise involving over 100 million blogs worldwide. And while journalists and news organizations have been quick to adopt blogging as a publishing tool, the academy has been slow to adopt the technology as a legitimate scholarly enterprise. This article argues that blogging is the next logical step for independent scholars and researchers who seek to publish their original work, and that universities should begin accepting blogging as a legitimate scholarly endeavor. Specifically, archaeologists should embrace blogging because of its ease of use, decreased time to publication, affordability, ability to publish multiple forms of media, and for the increased exposure publishing online brings to a scholar’s work. The article details the impact of blogging on existing publishing models, the peer-review process, and discusses the numerous benefits of blogging for archaeology.

:: Why Do I (Biblio)Blog? - Roland Boer
This article answers in some detail the question as to why I blog, at times on the Bible.

:: Biblioblogging, 'Religion', and the Manufacturing of Catastrophe - James Crossley (veja também aqui)
Building on a previous analysis of 'biblioblogging' and its relationship to the mass media, this article looks at the ways in which 'bibliobloggers' handled the recent tragic events in Haiti. As is typically the case in the handling of US foreign policy, biblioblogging largely fell into line with the dominant positions in the mass media on the specific problems faced in Haiti which mask or deflect colonial/postcolonial interventions. Similarly, some bibliobloggers turned to the issue of theodicy with significantly vague concepts of 'religion' and 'God' being used to both (partially) explain suffering and deflect the more troubling narratives. Finally, some consideration is given to the ideological function of loving to hate the far right, with particular reference to the ways in which Pat Robertson's comments on Haiti were discussed by bibliobloggers.

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