How to integrate the sciences and humanities in the study of religion?
At least since C.P. Snow’s provocative lecture on two academic cultures, researchers on both sides of the barricade have been trying to bridge the divide between the humanities and sciences. How would such a synthesis of the humanities and sciences look like when applied to the study of religion?
You can find the answer to this vital question in our new article. In the manuscript, Martin Lang and Radek Kundt explore the nooks and crannies of such a synthetic project applied to the study of religion. In doing that, they also provide a kind of LEVYNA manifesto, which specifies the positions we identify with in the project of the naturalistic study of religious phenomena.
You can find the article here: https://bit.ly/2pCnLVq
Jan Horský won the second place in the student poster competition
Jan was awarded at the conference PTNCE 2019 held in Prague with a large LEVYNA presence.
Martin Lang is this year’s recipient of the IAPR’s Early Career Award
Martin was awarded the prize at the bi-annual conference of the International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR). On this occasion, he also delivered the invited lecture “Religions as complex adaptive systems: The evolutionary paths of religious beliefs and behaviors.”
Do extreme religious rituals positively affect the wellbeing of ritual practitioners?
An answer to this and related questions can be found in our new paper in Current Anthropology. In collaboration with our colleagues, we have investigated the Thaipusam Kavadi ritual in relation to its purported effect on psychophysiological wellbeing.
GAMU-E Grant goes to LEVYNA
Martin Lang and Jan Krátký succeeded in the call of the Grant Agency of Masaryk University with the project "The Entropy-Reduction Model of Ritualized Behavior".