Being a Scholar—Being an Advocate

This conversation explored the tension in the religious studies discipline between being a scholar and being an advocate. Does advocacy for a position, particularly around issues of social justice, have a place in the field? Does such advocacy diminish the objectivity of scholarly methods? Do scholarly associations, such as the American Academy of Religion, have a role to play in social justice movements?
This conversation was sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, and the American Academy of Religion's Committee for the Public Understanding of Religion.

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