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Religion and Society

Advances in Research

Ruy Llera Blanes, University of Gothenburg
Simon Coleman, University of Toronto
Sondra L. Hausner,
University of Oxford

Reviews Editor:
Diana Espírito Santo, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago

Volume 9 / 2018, 1 issue per volume (autumn)

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

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Table of contents

Forthcoming Issue

Volume 9, 2018

Introduction: Performing Religion
Sondra Hausner, Simon Coleman, Ruy Blanes

I. Portrait: Eileen Barker

The Best Article I Ever Read
Linda Woodhead

A Dear Friend and Colleague
James T. Richardson

In Appreciation
Martyn Percy

A Friend and Mentor
Catherine Wessinger

Reflections on the Trajectory of My Work
Eileen Barker

II. Articles

Religious Tourism: Analytical Routes through Multiple Meanings
Emerson Giumbelli

Interaction Rituals and Religious Culture in the Tea Party
Stacy M. K. George

Kosher Biotech: Between Religion, Regulation and Globalization
Johan Fischer

The Uncanniness of Missionary Others: A Discursive Analysis of a Century of Anthropological Writings on Missionary 
Travis Warren Cooper

Secular Routes and Theological Drifts in Modern Anthropology
Khaled Furani

III. Special Section: Ritual and Critical Reflexivity: Negotiating Accidents, Assessing Performances

Edited by Emma Gobin

Introduction: Doing Ritual While Thinking about It?
Emma Gobin

The Death Throes of Sacrificed Chicken: Triggering Critical Reflexive Stances on Ritual Action in Togo
Marie Daugey

Assessing Ritual Experience in Contemporary Spiritualities: The Practice of ‘Sharing’ in a New Age Variant of Umbanda
Viola Teisenhoffer

Dynamics of Ritual Reflexivity in the Alevi Cem of Istanbul
Jens Kreinath and Refika Sariönder

Assessing and Adapting Rituals That Reproduce a Collectivity: The Large-Scale Rituals of the Repkong Tantrists in Tibet
Nicolas Sihlé

IV. An Author Meets Her Critics
Around Joan Wallach Scott’s Sex and Secularism

Kim Knibbe, Brenda Bartelink, Jell Wiering, Karin Neutel, Marian Burchardt

Response to Comments
Joan Wallach Scott

V. Book Reviews

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)

Ruy Llera Blanes, University of Gothenburg
Simon Coleman, University of Toronto
Sondra L. Hausner, University of Oxford

Reviews Editor
Diana Espírito Santo, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago

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

Advisory Board
Olufunke Adeboye, University of Lagos
David Berliner, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Fiona Bowie, King's College, London
Andrew Buckser, SUNY-Plattsburgh
Michael Carrithers, Durham University
Subhadra Mitra Channa, University of Delhi
William A. Christian Jr., Independent Scholar
Matthew Engelke, London School of Economics
Ann Grodzins Gold, Syracuse University
Danièle Hervieu-Léger, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Webb Keane, University of Michigan
Michael Lambek, University of Toronto
Tanya Luhrmann, Stanford University
Gordon Lynch, University of Kent
Maya Mayblin, University of Edinburgh
Birgit Meyer, University of Utrecht
David Morgan, Duke University
Stephan Palmié, University of Chicago
Ursula Rao, University of Leipzig
Benjamin Soares, University of Florida
Pamela J. Stewart, University of Pittsburgh
Andrew Strathern, University of Pittsburgh
Linda Woodhead, Lancaster University

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 simon.coleman@utoronto.caRuy Blanes at, and Sondra Hausner at

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

Have other questions? Please refer to the various Berghahn Info for Authors for general information and guidelines including topics such as article usage and permissions for Berghahn journal article authors.

Ethics Statement

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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