Religion and Society

Advances in Research

Simon Coleman, University of Toronto
Sondra L. Hausner,
University of Oxford

Reviews Editors:
Anastasios Panagiotopoulos, CRIANova University, Portugal
Eugenia Roussou,
CRIA, ISCTE-IUL, University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion, Religious Studies, Sociology of Religion

Religion and Society is a part of the Berghahn Open Anthro subscribe-to-open initiative, a pilot aiming to convert 13 Anthropology journals to full Open Access on an on-going and sustainable basis.

Latest Issue Table of Contents

Volume 10 (2019): Issue 1 (Sep 2019)

Volume 11 / 2020, 1 issue per volume (autumn)

Aims & Scope

Religion and Society: Advances in Research responds to the need for a rigorous, in-depth review of current work in the expanding sub-discipline of the anthropology of religion. In addition, this important, peer-reviewed annual aims to provide a dynamic snapshot of developments in the study of religion as a whole and encourages interdisciplinary perspectives.

Each volume contains a Portrait section that profiles a senior scholar of religion, with invited essays on the scholar's work by authorities in their respective subfields. In the Articles section, contributions provide overviews of a given topic with critical, "positioned" views of the subject and of relevant research. In the Debate section, scholars of religion reflect on a high-profile issue or event, and the Author Meets Critics section invites discussants to comment on a recently published volume, followed by a response from the author. Other sections cover teaching, news, and—vitally—reviews of new books and ethnographic films.


Religion and Society: Advances in Research is indexed/abstracted in:

  • ATLA Religion Database (American Theological Library Association)
  • Bibliometric Research Indicator List (BFI)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)
  • IBR – International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences (De Gruyter)
  • IBZ – International Bibliography of Periodical Literature (De Gruyter)
  • MLA International Bibliography Religion and Philosophy (Gale)
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers
  • Scopus (Elsevier)

Simon Coleman, University of Toronto, Canada
Sondra L. Hausner, University of Oxford, UK

Reviews Editors
Anastasios Panagiotopoulos, CRIA, Nova University, Portugal
Eugenia Roussou, CRIA, ISCTE-IUL, University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal

Editorial Board
Fenella Cannell,  London School of Economics, UK
Rosalind Hackett, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA
Michael Houseman, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, France
Hubert Knoblauch, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Filippo Osella, University of Sussex, UK
Joel Robbins, University of Cambridge, UK
Ramon Sarró, University of Oxford, UK
Muhammad Q. Zaman, Princeton University, USA

Advisory Board
Olufunke Adeboye, University of Lagos, Nigeria
David Berliner, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Fiona Bowie, King's College, London, UK
Andrew Buckser, SUNY-Plattsburgh, USA
Michael Carrithers, Durham University, UK
Subhadra Mitra Channa, University of Delhi, India
Matthew Engelke, Columbia University, USA
Ann Grodzins Gold, Syracuse University, USA
Danièle Hervieu-Léger, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
Webb Keane, University of Michigan, USA
Michael Lambek, University of Toronto, Canada
Tanya Luhrmann, Stanford University, USA
Gordon Lynch, University of Kent, UK
Maya Mayblin, University of Edinburgh, UK
Birgit Meyer, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
David Morgan, Duke University, USA
Stephan Palmié, University of Chicago, USA
Ursula Rao, University of Leipzig, Germany
Roberta Ricucci, University of Turin, Italy
Benjamin Soares, University of Florida, USA
Pamela J. Stewart, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Andrew Strathern, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Linda Woodhead, Lancaster University, UK

Manuscript Submission

Please review the submission and style guidelines carefully before submitting.

Please submit articles, reviews, and other contributions as Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (rtf) files by e-mail to the editors:

Simon Coleman at and Sondra Hausner at

Book Reviewers, please read the letter from the Book Reviews Editors.

Articles and profiles should be approximately 7,000 words (including notes and references), although longer articles may be considered. Approximate word count for other submissions are as follows:

  • Responses to articles or profiles: 1,000 words
  • News and conferences: 5,000 words
  • Debate: 3,000 words
  • Teaching the Anthropology of Religion: 3,000 words
  • Reflections on a text: 1,000 words each and author responses 2,000 words
  • Book reviews: 800 words

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Authors published in Religion and Society: Advances in Research (ARRS) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, and some types of commentary, have been subjected to blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions, or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor(s) concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete ARRS ethics statement.

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