For an index of courses offered by the University of Rochester Dept. of Religion & Classics, please visit the department’s website.

REL 591’s readings addressed theories of religion, digital humanities practices and methods, and U.S. religious history (including the religious history of Rochester, N.Y.). The course assignments consisted of a pilot DRR essay about a Rochester religious site, the identification of relevant primary sources in the Dept. of Rare Books, Special Collections, & Preservation, and the creation of a test map using Google My Maps.

Weeks One & Two (August 29 – September 11, 2016)

Morten T. Højsgaard and Margit Warburg, eds., Religion and Cyberspace (New York: Routledge, 2005).

Weeks Three & Four (September 12–25, 2016)

Toni Weller, ed., History in the Digital Age (New York: Routledge, 2013).

Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki, eds., Writing History in the Digital Age (born-digital, open-review edition; University of Michigan Press, 2013). Open review copy: Final version:

Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University’s Sacred Gotham Project (2006–14). Principle Investigator: Dr. Courtney Bender.

Alison George, “Kopimism: the world’s newest religion explained,” New Scientist 213, No. 2847 (Elsevier, January 14, 2012): 25.

Heidi A. Campbell, “The Rise of the Study of Digital Religion,” in Digital Religion: Understanding Religious Practice in New Media Worlds, edited by Campbell (Routledge, 2012), 1–21.

Mark D. Johns, “Voting ‘Present’: Religious Organizational Groups on Facebook,” in Digital Religions, Social Media, and Cultures: Perspectives, Practices, and Futures, edited by Pauline Hope Cheong, Peter Fischer-Nielsen, Stefan Gelgren, and Charles Ess, Digital Formations 78 (Peter Lang, 2012).

Oren Golan, “Charting Frontiers of Online Religious Communities: The Case of Chabad Jews,” in Digital Religion: Understanding Religious Practice in New Media Worlds, edited by Heidi Campbell (Routledge, 2012), 155–163.

Peter Harvey, An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History, and Practices, “Chapter II: Buddhist Practice: Meditation and Cultivation of Experience-Based Wisdom,” 2nd ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge U.P., 2012), 318–333.

Xenia Zeiler, “The Global Mediatization of Hinduism through Digital Games: Representation versus Simulation in Hanuman: Boy Warrior,” in Playing with Religion in Digital Games, edited by Heidi A. Campbell and Gregory Price Grieve (Bloomington: Indiana U.P., 2014), 66–87.

Weeks Five & Six (September 26 – October 9, 2016)

Paul E. Johnson, A Shopkeeper’s Millennium (1978; 2004).

Weeks Seven, Eight, and Nine (October 10–30, 2016)

Catherine L. Albanese, A Republic of Mind & Spirit: A Cultural History of American Metaphysical Religion (New Haven: Yale U.P., 2007).

Weeks Ten & Eleven (October 13–November 14, 2016)

Catherine L. Albanese, America: Religion and Religions, fifth ed. (1981; Cengage, 2013).

David J. Bodenhamer, John Corrigan, and Trevor M. Harris, eds., Deep Maps and Spatial Narratives, The Spatial Humanities (Bloomington, IN: Indiana U.P., 2015).

John Patrick Deveney, Paschal Beverly Randolph: A Nineteenth-Century Spiritualist, Rosicrucian, and Sex Magician, S.U.N.Y. Series in Western Esoteric Traditions (Albany: S.U.N.Y. Press, 1996).

Ann Braude, Radical Spirits: Spiritualism and Women’s Rights in the Nineteenth Century, 2nd ed. (1989; Bloomington: Indiana U.P., 2001).