Ruth Illman

Ruth Illman is the Director of the Donner Institute for Research into Religion and Culture at Åbo Akademi University Foundation (SÅA) in Turku, Finland. Her research concerns questions pertaining to Jewish life in the Nordics today, cultural encounters and interreligious dialogue, ethnographic research methodology within cultural studies. She was co-editor of a volume on religion and […]

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Californians for Caste Equality Coalition

Californians for Caste Equity Coalition is an interfaith, intercaste advocacy organizations that came together to support the passage of the “anti-caste” Sb-403 bill in California in 2023, seeking to end what they say was caste discrimination in the state. Contact through website: https://www.califorcasteequity.org/contact

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Ethnographic Religion Reporting

When asked to make predictions about newswriting for 2021, Kevin D. Grant, co-founder & chief development officer of the nonprofit news organization GroundTruth Project, forecasted the end of “parachute journalism.” For both practical and ideological reasons, Grant believed the practice of sending journalists into a community they are unfamiliar with to tell a story after traveling […]

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Reporting on New Religious Movements (NRMs)

“New Religious Movement” is one of those tricky, catch-all terms that can refer to lots of different communities, including ones that have very little in common. Broadly, a New Religions Movement (NRM) is a religious group that came into existence more recently (typically somewhere around the 19th century or later). Other terms include alternative spiritualities, […]

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