A collection of essays written specifically to help graduate students of Religious Studies and Theology in their quest to become professional scholars and professors: this candid and yet practical guide is indispensable reading for graduate students of religion (and cognate fields). Contributions aim to encapsulate the 'pearls of wisdom' that each contributor feels would have assisted them when they themselves were graduate students. Many of the problematic themes of studying religion or religions emerge, but they do so concretely, that is, within the narratives of the lives of experienced professors. These problems are therefore not simply or predominantly dealt with as mere intellectual abstractions. The biographical flavour of many of the essays will help the graduate student reader relate to the work of more experienced students of Religious Studies and Theology and may even constitute important reading for scholars who are dealing with the oeuvre of contributors. Contains more than a dozen essays written by a mix of well established and younger scholars including: David Chidester, Harold Coward, Donald A. Crosby, Michel Desjardins, Marc H.
Ellis, Darlene Jushka, Klaus Klostermaier, Kay Koppendrayer, Charles H. Long, Larry Patriquin, Vern Neufeld Redekop, Carolyn Sharpe, Jon R. Stone, Russell T. McCutcheon.
Mathieu Courville is Graduate Student Representative of the Canadian Corporation for the Study of Religion.
Preface; Mathieu E. Courville (University of Ottawa) - "Editor's Introduction: On Reaching for the Other Shore"; Part I:; Larry Patriquin (Nipissing University) - "How to Finish a Ph.D. Dissertation in this Lifetime: Some Marbles of Wisdom Revisited"; Professor Russell T. McCutcheon (University of Alabama) - "Theses on the Job Market"; Michel Desjardin (Wilfrid Laurier University) - "Netting a Job in Religious Studies"; Kay Koppendrayer (Wilfrid Laurier University) - "Some Thoughts and Advice on Academic Publishing"; Part II:; Harold Coward (Emeritus, University of Victoria) - "Graduate Education: A Place Where Past and Future Meet"; Klaus Klostermaier (Emeritus, University of Manitoba) - "Events, People, and Circumstances: Looking Back at a Largely Unplanned Academic Career in Religious Studies"; Marc H. Ellis (Baylor University) - "Caution! Prospective Graduate Students of Religion in Judaism and Islam"; Donald A. Crosby (Emeritus, Colorado State University) - "A Student's Question: Religious Studies, Philosophy, and the Examined Life"; Richard C. Martin (Emory University) - essay title to follow; Carolyn Sharp (St. Paul University, Ottawa) - "Un-domestic Conversations: Crossing Borders, Transgressing Boundaries and Contested Territories"; David Chidester (University of Cape Town) - "Studying Religion in South Africa"; Vern Neufeld Redekop (St. Paul University, Ottawa) - "Teachings of Blessing as Elements of Reconciliation: Intra and Inter-Religious Hermeneutical Challenges and Opportunities in the Face of Violent Deep-Rooted Conflict"; Darlene Juschka (University of Regina) - "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down: Waking Up in Women's Studies"; Jon R. Stone (California State University, Long Beach) - essay title to follow; Charles H. Long (Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) - essay title still undetermined; About the Authors; Index.