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Religion and Beyond in Contemporary Vaccine Hesitancy
Normally, scholars and laypeople explicitly or implicitly distinguish between "cultural" and "religious" forms of vaccine hesitancy. In order to address urgent public health dilemmas that have become quite stark during the current pandemic, it is worthwhile to reflect on some of the shared roots of these phenomena. Many questions arise from these reflections: from the vantage point of a hesitant individual and community, what sort of world is being imagined as the problem, and the solution? What can the study of religion contribute to our understanding of hesitancy related to COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in particular? Or, to look at this matter from a different angle, what do we learn about religion/spirituality by thinking about "conspirituality"?

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Apr 22, 2021 12:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Paul Bramadat, PhD
Director and Professor @University of Victoria
Paul Bramadat, PhD is director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society and teaches in the Department of History and the Religion, Culture and Society Program at the University of Victoria. His research explores the ways we imagine religion and spirituality when we talk about diversity, health, security and civil society.
Ian Wilson, PhD
Director @Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life
Ian Wilson is a scholar of religion, specializing in the Hebrew Bible and the histories and cultures of ancient Israel and the Near East. At Augustana, and he teaches courses on the religions of the world, theories of religion, biblical studies, the ancient Near East, and related topics; he also serves as Director of the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life. His work, in research and in the classroom, has focused mainly on how communities remember and imagine themselves, and how different social memories and imaginaries interrelate with one another.