Here’s a thought that occurred to me this week. I’ve read hundreds of scholarly books and written one. But I’ve been in the classroom maybe a thousand hours so far, and I’ve seen other people in my department teach for maybe two hours, tops. The only exception is team teaching, which I’ve done once before and am doing again this semester. Planning a class and actually watching a colleague teach at length is really eye opening, and gives me all sorts of new ideas for teaching.
Writing my abstract today for this symposium on “Religion in Place: Spaces | Borders | Bodies” which will be held at SLU next month. (“Writing my abstract” is code for “actually doing the required thinking at last.”) I’ll be talking about RRCHNM’s American Religious Ecologies project and whether it is possible to study historical religious space extensively (across regions and the nation) in ways that are analogous to how scholars have studied religions space intensively (usually in urban space).