Now Published: Bulletin for the Study of Religion 46.3-4 (September-December 2017)

We are pleased to announce the publication of the double-size September-December 2017 issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion in both online and in print formats. This issue of the Bulletin includes a panel of papers engaging affect theory in the study of religion, with a special focus on Donovan Schaefer’s Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power (Duke University Press, 2015). This issue also includes an exchange on recent emoji that evoke religious elements (specifically the new headscarf emoji), offering us new sites of data for the construction and social utilization of religion.


Table of Contents

Bulletin for the Study of Religion Volume 46, Issues 3-4

(September-December 2017)

“Affecting the Study of Religion: Schaefer, Animality, and Affect Theory” Philip L. Tite (University of Washington) – (p. 2) [Editor’s introduction – Open Access]

“Do Mushrooms Have Religion, Too?” Hollis Phelps (Mercer University) – (p. 4)

“Rewilding Religion: Affect and Animal Dance” Jay Johnston (University of Sydney) – (p. 11)

“Biophilia’s Queer Remnants” Courtney O’Dell-Chaib (Syracuse University) – (p. 18)

“Affect, Animality, and Islamophobia: Human-Animal Relations in the Production of Muslim Difference in America” Matthew R. Hotham (Ball State University) – (p. 25)

“Animal Politics: Species, Evolution, and Religious Affects” Donovan Schaefer (University of Pennsylvania) – (p. 40)

“Bodies, Biopolitics, and Mushrooms Once Again: A Response to Donovan Schaefer” Hollis Phelps (Mercer University) – (p. 45)

“Epistemologies of Trauma: Cognitive Insights for Narrative Construction as Ritual Performance” Tyler M. Tully (University of Oxford) – (p. 48)

“Emoji Dei: Religious Iconography in the Digital Age” Méadhbh McIvor (University of Groningen) and Richard Amesbury (Clemson University) – (p. 56)

“Who Says a Headscarf Emoji is Religious? (And Why?)” Joseph P. Laycock (Texas State University) – (p. 61)

“Nothing Outside the Text? Religion and its Others in Emoji Discourse” Méadhbh McIvor (University of Groningen) and Richard Amesbury (Clemson University) – (p. 64)

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