What does religion in the United States sound like? Where should one go to hear it? How might we understand religious diversity differently if we begin by listening for it?
These questions animate the American Religious Sounds Project, which will offer new resources for documenting and interpreting the diversity of American religious life by attending to its varied sonic cultures.
Working under faculty supervision, student and staff researchers are producing high-quality audio recordings of religion in practice. Drawing on this archive, we will construct a digital platform that integrates sound, images, and text to offer new insights into the complex dynamics of American religious pluralism. The resulting website will offer new research and pedagogical tools for scholars and an interactive resource for the general public.
Interested in learning more? Want to get involved? Please fill out our contact form. You can also reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To follow our progress, please check out the ARSP blog at http://u.osu.edu/religioussounds
To see a pilot site produced by student programmers at Michigan State, visit: http://sites.cal.msu.edu/soundmap3/
Associate Professor of Comparative Studies; Associate Director, Center for the Study of Religion, The Ohio State University
Professor of Religious Studies, Michigan State University
ARSP Multimedia Content Producer; Documentary Photographer
MSU Project Manager; PhD Student, Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
OSU Project Manager; PhD Student, Comparative Studies