Professor Durmaz Reflects on Teaching at Ancient Jew Review

Professor Durmaz talked about having students write biographies of objects in her "Religions of the West" course for Ancient Jew Review. Here's an excerpt, link below:

Ordinarily, I ask my students to write a brief commentary on one of the objects that we have analyzed. It is a simple assignment that gives students the opportunity to explore an object they find interesting and learn the different aspects of an object’s materiality: commission, production, religious practice, audience, disposal, to cite a few. This year, inspired by the Everything is Alive podcast produced by Ian Chillag and Jennifer Mills, instead of a regular commentary, I asked the students to write an object autobiography, and the results were phenomenal.