Mapping the Sounds of Religion

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Amy DeRogatis, Professor of Religion and American Culture in the Department of Religious Studies at Michigan State University, teaches courses on American religious history, religion, sex, gender, evangelicalism, missionaries, religion and the senses, and introductory courses in the study of religion.

What does religion in the Global Midwest sound like? Where should one go to hear it? How might we understand religious diversity in the global Midwest if we begin by listening? The Religious Soundmap Project invites broad public audiences to experience the religious diversity of the Midwest through sound. The hope is to invite new ways of thinking about religion in the global Midwest.

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Professor of Religion and American Culture Amy DeRogatis

Working under faculty supervision, student researchers at Michigan State University and The Ohio State University will produce high-quality audio recordings of religion in practice. These recordings will be edited, archived, and integrated, along with interviews, visual images, explanatory texts, and interpretive essays, onto a publicly accessible online mapping platform.

This innovative digital humanities project will provide new research and pedagogical tools for scholars, experiential learning opportunities for students, and an interactive resource for the general public.

This project is supported by the Humanities Without Walls consortium, based at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Humanities Without Walls consortium is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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