Writing Religion and Theology for Multiple Audiences - Professor Richard Ascough

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Writing Religion and Theology for Multiple Audiences - Professor Richard Ascough

  1. 1. Professor Richard Ascough Queens University, Canada Writing Religion & Theology for Multiple Audiences© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
  2. 2. Is it important to distinguish theaudience for whom one’s books and articles are written?
  3. 3. Is it realistic to write for multiple audiences at the same time?
  4. 4. When you have a specific audience in mind, does this affect where you submit a piece for publication?
  5. 5. Is there increasing pressure fromgovernment organizations and fundingagencies on the academic community to demonstrate the relevance of its research to a wider audience outside the academy?
  6. 6. Are these criteria the Canadian government uses to measure studentlearning outcomes in religious studies specific to the discipline?
  7. 7. How much does the need to demonstrate impact affect whatavenues of research you pursue?
  8. 8. Do you ever find yourself, in thecourse of writing for a wider audience, wanting to make the case for the importance of religious studies?
  9. 9. Is there an important distinction to be made between making your work relevant to a wider audience and making it accessible to a wider audience?
  10. 10. Over the course of your teachingcareer, has your classroom experience affected the way you write?
  11. 11. Is engaging with the wider community, participating in public lectures and discussions, a more effective way of reaching a broader audience than writing accessible scholarly works?
  12. 12. If you had to distil a few fundamental principles that should guide early career scholars wishing to write scholarly but accessible work, what would they be?

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