In conversation with an ex-ISKCON member about their experience..

In this video, Dr David Webster chats with Ben den Ouden, a postgraduate student at the University of Groningen, in the Faculty of Theology & Religious Studies. Ben used to be an active member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), although he has ceased to be a member of that group at all.

Ben is not your stereotypical angry-ex-member of a NRM, and he talks reflectively about what led him to the movement, and his own personal experience of it.

From RPE at Gloucestershire.

Soka Gakkai as a form of Buddhism

In this interview, I talk to Robert Harrap, General Director of SGI-UK, and we discuss the nature of Soka Gakkai as a form of Buddhism. We touch on the way n which SGI is distinctive, and also its points of commonality with other forms of Buddhism.

You can see more about how SGI seeks to embody Nichiren Buddhism at http://www.sgi-uk.org/Buddhism

The Religion, Philosophy & Ethics course at the University of Gloucestershire offers the chance to study philosophy, and a range of religious traditions. You can see the course map HERE.

Studying Hinduism: A conversation with Dr Martin Wood

Dr David Webster from the Religion, Philosophy & Ethics team at the University of Gloucestershire in conversation with Dr Martin Wood (who is teaching on the RPE course at the moment too) – we discuss: what what Martin’s study of Hinduism has entailed – and issues related to it. We’ll be talking more with Martin over coming weeks/videos!

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What is the ‘Shadow Academy’?

Dr David Webster from the Religion, Philosophy & Ethics team at the University of Gloucestershire in conversation with Dr Ben Trubody about the idea of the Shadow Academy – the dark side of the academic world…

This is an initial conversation that we will add to in the coming weeks..

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Teaching Philosophy, and using popular music…

Dr David Webster from the Religion, Philosophy & Ethics team at the University of Gloucestershire in conversation with Dr Robin James about using popular music in the teaching of philosophy.

71DZx1fVCZLRobin James is Associate Professor of Philosophy at UNC Charlotte. She is author of two books: Resilience & Melancholy: pop music, feminism, and neoliberalism  and The Conjectural225._altBody: gender, race and the philosophy of music.Her work on feminism, race, contemporary continental philosophy, pop music, and sound studies has appeared in The New Inquiry, Noisey, SoundingOut!, Hypatia, differences, Contemporary Aesthetics, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies. She is also a digital sound artist and musician, and often works as a member of citation:obsolete.

See Robin’s blog at http://www.its-her-factory.com/

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