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1. Title Title of document 11. Response: Drugs, Dog Chow, and Dharma - On the Subject of Religion
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Michael Altman; University of Alabama
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) academic study of religion; Jonathan Z. Smith; method of religion; religious data; society and religion; theory of religion
5. Subject Subject classification academic study of religion
6. Description Abstract This response uses three examples of private funding in the field of religious studies to examine the role such funding has played and continues to play in the field. First, the Lilly Endowment, funded through the wealth of the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly Company, has played a central funding role in the subfield of American religious history. Second, the Danforth Foundation, whose funds are rooted in the Ralston Purina animal food company, funded the founding of dozens of religious studies departments in the 1960s and 70s. Lastly, the Dharma Civilization Foundation attempted to fund two endowed chairs in Hindu Studies at the University of California at Irvine. In 2016 Their $3 million gift was returned by the university after faculty and graduate students protested and accused the DCF of being a right-wing Hindu nationalist group. These three examples show how private funding has always been central to the field of religious studies, how funders and scholars have a variety of interests behind their funding and funding requests, and how their have always been limits to what sorts of funding is possible within religious studies.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 04-Oct-2022
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.41082
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; On the Subject of Religion
16. Language English=en en
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd