The Journal of Religious Competition in Antiquity invites scholars to submit ideas, reflections, and experiences on pedagogy related to ancient Mediterranean religions. It is unclear what shape the 2020-21 academic year will take, and many faculty are considering how our time-tested pedagogical techniques will have to change. The current situation provides an opportunity to reflect broadly on how we lead students to the critical study of religion and model for them the complex competitive interactions between individuals and groups. We are particularly interested in papers addressing:

  • Strategies for engaging students with minimal interest in the humanities or the ancient world
  • Strategies for engaging students whose personal commitments resist the critical study of religion
  • Interdisciplinary approaches that draw on the social sciences and natural sciences to inform the humanities
  • Specific approaches for difficult texts, concepts, methods, and theories
  • Experience with software tools and online resources
  • Strategies for online learning and Educational Leadership
  • Essays may take any form, but would ideally provide concrete, actionable advice drawing on experience, however limited. Many of us teach the same primary sources within compatible theoretical and methodological frameworks. We hope to assemble a set of ideas and best practices we can all draw from in order to further our students’ critical engagement with religion as a human phenomenon. Short thought pieces of 1000-2000 words are ideal, but we are open to longer submissions.

    Recent Pedagogy Contributions

  • John Lanci, Somewhere I've Never Been I
  • John Lanci, Somewhere I've Never Been II
  • John Lanci, Somewhere I've Never Been III
  • Paul Robertson,Teaching the Eleusinian Mysteries in an Outdoor Simulation
  • Shane M. Thompson, Old Meets New: Bringing Ancient Studies to Life in the Hybrid Classroom