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Globalization

  • Mary E. Hunt

Abstract

The field of religious studies, like everything else in the world, is increasingly globalized. This means we can be in close communication with colleagues around the planet, but it also means that the United States plays its hegemonic role in our work as in other fields. Women colleagues report that while there are obvious advantages to international networking, cultural differences are often obscured, resulting in a skewed sense of what is important. Our challenge is to utilize those aspects of globalization that link us—the Internet, air travel, and the like—and to resist and reject the dynamics that allow fewer and fewer people to make more and more decisions for the rest of us. One example is the increasing pressure to do theological and religious studies work in English to guarantee a wide audience for publications. It is perhaps our biggest challenge in the decade ahead.

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© Mary E. Hunt 2004

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