MemberJuli Gittinger

Counter-colonialism and the Afrofuturist utopica in Black Panther. American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Conference. Denver, CO, November 2018.

A “Proper” Hindu woman: Hindu nationalism vs. feminist activism on social media. International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture (ISMRC…
…Lecturer of South Asian Religions…
…r.  Routledge [Forthcoming].



Hinduism and Hindu Nationalism Online. Routledge, 2018 (book)

“Hijabi Cosplay: performances of culture, religion, and fandom,” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. 30.2 (Summer): 87-105.



“The Rhetoric of …

Areas: Contemporary Hinduism and Islam Research interests: Nationalism, Religion and Media, Religion in Popular Culture, Secularism, Gender

MemberJohn Penniman

…North American Patristics Societies (May 2018)

American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature (November 2018)…
…North American Patristics Society

American Academy of Religion

Society of Biblical Literature

American Society for Church History…

Scholar of religion in late antiquity / teacher of religious studies and the history of Christianity / researching at the intersection of religion, ritual, drugs, and medicine in the ancient mediterranean world.

MemberAdrian Hermann

I am Full Professor of Religion and Society and Director of the Department of Religion Studies at Forum Internationale Wissenschaft of the University of Bonn, Germany. My work focuses on Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, Documentary Film, Global Christianity (especially in the Philippines), Buddhist Modernism, and the Religious History of the Globalized World. From 2002–2011 I studied Comparative Religion, Drama Studies, Sociology, and North American Literature in Munich, Bielefeld, and Basel. I received a PhD from the University of Basel, Switzerland based on a dissertation titled “Distinctions of Religion – Analyses of the modern discourse on ‘religion’ in world society and the problem of the differentiation of ‘religion’ in 19th and early 20th century Buddhist contexts”. In 2014/15 I was a Visiting Scholar at Utrecht University and Stanford University. From 2015–2017 I was Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and World Christianity at the University of Hamburg.

MemberJoshua Pederson

…BA, English (Honors), University of Michigan, 2000
Ph.D, Religion and Literature, Boston University, 2008…
…the year in Narrative, the journal of the International Society for the Study of Narrative.

“The Writer as Dervish: Sufism and Poetry in Orhan Pamuk.”  Religion and Literature.  Fall 2014.

“Signifying Moses to Death: Hurston and Reed, Disowning Exodus.”  Twentieth-Century Literature.  Fall 2012.

religion and literature, the Bible, the contemporary novel, and trauma theory

MemberIpsita Chatterjea

…Appropriation and the Analytical Study of Religion.

November 17, 2017, Boston, MA…
…Study of Religion as an Analytical Discipline in partnership with the University of Regina Religion Department…
…Ph.D. History and Critical Theories of Religion, Graduate Department of Religion, Vanderbilt University

M.A.  History and Critical Theories of Religion, Graduate Department of Religion, Vanderbilt University

A.M. Religious Studies, The Divinity School, University of Chicago

A.B.  History Department, The Col…
…2016 Review essay,“The Blackwell Companion to Religion and Violence, Andrew Murphy, Editor, (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011),” The Journal of Religion and Violence, Volume 4, Number 1, 2016, 101-106.

2015 ““Better get to know Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy” an interview with Craig Martin and Bra…

Co-founder and Executive Director of the workshop innovating qualitative research design in religion, culture, and society. Founded in 2011, the SORAAAD workshop is a platform for experiments with critical and behavioral theories, methodologies, conceptualization, and research design focused on religion.