Welcome to the blog site for the Bulletin for the Study of Religion, published by Equinox. If you would like to subscribe to our feed, please use this link. The editor of the Bulletin is Philip Tite (University of Washington). The associate editors are Matt Sheedy (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada), and Stacie Swain (University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), who operate this blog. This site is currently maintained by Nathan Rein of Ursinus College. Thanks for visiting.
The Bulletin is published in affiliation with the North American Society for the Study of Religion (NAASR).
The Bulletin publishes articles that address religion in general, the history of the field of religious studies, method and theory in the study of religion, and pedagogical practices. Articles featured in the Bulletin cover diverse religious traditions from any time period (from ancient religions to new religious movements), but are typically distinguished by their social scientific methods (e.g., historical, sociological, anthropological, cognitive scientific) or critical theory apparatus (i.e., post-colonialist, post-structuralist, neo-marxist). The Bulletin is unique in that it offers a forum for various academic voices to debate and reflect on the ever-changing state of the field, and insofar as it encourages scholars continually to engage meta-level questions at the leading edge of inquiry.
Associate Editors Bios
Matt Sheedy is a PhD candidate at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, and Associate Editor of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion. His research interests include critical social theory (the Frankfurt School, poststructuralism, discourse theory), method and theory, secularization and ritual theory, fundamentalism, ethics and social movements. Religion and culture, including issues of gender, race, and class, is also of great interest, especially representations of religion via news media, film, TV, etc. His dissertation offers a critique of Juergen Habermas’s theory of religion in the public sphere and he is also conducting research on myths, rituals and symbols in the Occupy Movement and Native-led Idle No More movements, which includes fieldwork in Winnipeg.
Stacie Swain is an MA student in Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa, a Councillor for the North American Association for the Study of Religion, and an Associate Editor of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion. She is interested in theorizing concepts and categories such as religion, spirituality, culture, and identity, particularly in relation to politics, law, and the nation-state. Her MA research examines the incorporation of Indigenous ceremonies and symbols into Canadian political, legal, and legislative contexts. Broadly speaking, her work brings critiques of “religion” as rhetorical strategy and category of governance into conversation with critical scholarship on settler-colonialism and indigeneity. She is also interested in discourse and discursive analysis, social theory, and interdisciplinarity.
Adam T. Miller is a PhD student in History of Religions at the University of Chicago, an online instructor for Central Methodist University, Editorial Assistant for History of Religions, and Book Review Editor of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion. Generally speaking, he is interested in method and theory in the study of religion, the history of the disciplines of History of Religions and Buddhist Studies, and Indian Buddhism. His most recent research investigates how narrative depictions of affective responses to the ritualized dissemination of Dharma discourses in Mahāyāna literature might shed light on the sociology of the Mahāyāna in India during the Middle Period (~2nd cent. BCE – ~5th cent. CE). His work can be followed at https://chicago.academia.edu/AdamTMiller.
Philip L. Tite is an Affiliate Lecturer in the Comparative Religion Program of the University of Washington, in Seattle WA, and co-editor of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion. He holds a PhD degree from McGill University (2005) and has authored several books and articles. His most recent books include The Apocryphal Epistle to the Laodiceans: An Epistolary and Rhetorical Analysis (TENTS, 7; Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012) and Valentinian Ethics and Paraenetic Discourse: Determining the Social Function of Moral Exhortation in Valentinian Christianity (NHMS, 67; Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2009). He was a visiting assistant professor at Willamette University, taught at McGill University while a doctoral candidate, and has held visiting research appointments at both Willamette University and the University of Washington. As a specialist in the study of early Christianity, in particular Valentinian Gnosticism, Tite has strong interests in elucidating social processes at work in the study of religious phenomena. He also has strong interests in method and theory, religion and violence, and pedagogical issues in the academic study of religion. His work can be followed at http://independent.academia.edu/PhilipTite.