Method & Theory in the Study of Religion

Journal of the North American Association for the Study of Religion

Method & Theory in the Study of Religion publishes articles, notes, book reviews and letters which explicitly address the problems of methodology and theory in the academic study of religion. This includes such traditional points of departure as history, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, and sociology, but also the natural sciences, and such other approaches as feminist theory, discourse analysis, and ideology critique. Method & Theory in the Study of Religion also concentrates on the critical analysis of the history of the study of religion itself.
For all editorial enquiries please contact the editors, Aaron Hughes at and Steven Ramey at
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Special Issue of Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
“Identity and Power”

Method & Theory in the Study of Religion invites 150-word abstracts for a forthcoming issue devoted to the topic of “Identity and Power.” By this phrase we mean how people construct, use, and negotiate identity in relation to power (broadly conceived). Abstracts/papers might engage with critical race theory, gender theory, post-colonial theories, and socio-economic theories, among others, demonstrating how those conceptions of identity and power influence work in the academic study of religion. Questions we would like to see addressed include: How do scholars within the academic study of religion incorporate such theories and issues? How does the construction of religious boundaries intersect with other theories and issues of identity/power? How do scholars in a particular subfield(s) address/redress issues of identity and power? How do recent calls to decolonize the field contribute and/or detract from the engagement with these theories and issues?
We look forward to receiving abstracts that address these issues from a diverse set of methods and subfields within the academic study of religion, including, but not limited to, history, ethnography, textual studies, and political theory/theology. Our goal is to receive abstracts from those whose data derives from diverse religious traditions, geographic locales, and time periods. We welcome submissions that survey a particular field and/or demonstrate one way that a scholar (including potentially the author of the submission themselves) engage such questions and theories.

Abstracts due: February 01, 2021

Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2021

Final papers (ca. 7-8k words) due: October 01, 2021

For inquiries and to submit abstracts, email both editors of Method & Theory in the Study of Religion: Aaron W. Hughes at and Steven W. Ramey at

Founding Editors
John Morgan
Ann Baranowski

Aaron W. Hughes, University of Rochester
Steven Ramey, University of Alabama

Editorial Board
Leslie Dorrough-Smith, Avila College
Daniel Dubuisson, Université de Lille (emeritus CNRS)
Naomi Goldenberg, University of Ottawa
Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College
Jeppe Sinding Jensen, University of Aarhus
Carool Kersten, King’s College, London
Anja Kirsch, Universität Basel
Nancy Levene, Yale University
Craig Martin, St Thomas Aquinas College
Russell T. McCutcheon, University of Alabama
Suzanne Owen, Leeds Trinity University
Jason Josephson Storm, Williams College
Will Sweetman, University of Otago
Robert Yelle, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Honorary Board
E. Thomas Lawson, University of Western Michigan
Luther Martin, University of Vermont
Jonathan Z. Smith ז״ל, University of Chicago
Donald Wiebe, University of Toronto
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