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Synthetic Religions

S4 E3- When Dirt Can’t Be Seen

We purge our trash yet trash never disappears. It travels from the recycle bin to the dark abyss of rivers and oceans and returns to us as toxic contaminants in the fist we eat. As a consequence, we now face ecological hazards that are far worse than ever before. How did religion shape this predicament? How might religion point to its resolution? What are waste sites and why are they so useful for practicing a different kind of environmentalism, one marked by embracing the trash around us so that they don’t haunt us back when Dirt Can’t be Seen? Joining us on the show for this third episode of Season 4 Synthetic Religions are Cavan Concannon, Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California and author of the brand new book Profaning Paul (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2021) and Susumu Nejima, Professor of the Faculty of Regional Development Studies at Toyo University, Japan and author of NGO’s in the Muslim World: Faith and Social Services (New York: Routledge, 2016). This attachment contains resources on the institutions, images, and publications which are referenced in the podcast.