MemberJuli Gittinger

Whose Utopia? Personhood, ability, exclusion, and belonging. Religion and Media Workshop (invited speaker), American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. November 2019.

“Mediated Hindutva.” U.S. State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research (invited panelist). W…
…Program Coordinator for Religion and 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

MemberCelica Fitz

…Member, Aesthetics of Religion Research Network (RÄ)

Member, Verband Deutscher Kunsthistoriker | German Art History Association

Member, Deutsche Vereinigung für Religionswissenschaft | German Association for the Study of Religion (DVRW)

Member, Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Religionsforschung | Center for …
…2019 M.A. Art History | 2016 M.A. Study of Religions


As an art historian and scholar of the study of religions, my research focuses on the visibility and materiality of recent religions and visual forms of knowledge, especially in modern and contemporary art and popular culture. I explore this field in practice by curating exhibitions and theoretically in my PhD on the relationship between spirituality and selected modern artists, like Emma Kunz, and their presentation in museums and exhibitions. Research: Art History | Aesthetics of Religion | Study of Religion | Museology | Cultural Studies | Visual Religion

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.

MemberZachary B. Smith, Ph.D.

…American Academy of Religion

North American Patristics Society

Society of Biblical Literature…
…Associate Professor of Theology (History of Religions)…

I study religion in late antiquity, with a current focus on Christianity in its ascetic expressions. Secondarily, I work on “asceticism” writ large across traditions and on ways to define “asceticism.” I teach as a historian of religions in the Department of Theology at Creighton University, and am also the Associate Editor of the Journal of Religion & Society published by the Rabbi Kripke Center for Religion and Society.