Academic CV

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Last Updated: 18 October 2016

CHRISTOPHER R. COTTER, MA (Hons), MSc, AFHEA

 http://lancaster.academia.edu/ChristopherRCotter

http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/ppr/profiles/christopher-cotter

http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/christopher-r-cotter/

Telephone: 07860 777 148    Email: chris.r.cotter@gmail.com

EDUCATION

PhD in Religious Studies

Lancaster University (October 2012–Present [Submitted 30 September 2016]). Supervisor: Professor Kim Knott

Thesis Title: Religion-Related Discourse: A Critical Approach to Non-Religion in Edinburgh’s Southside

MSc by Research with Distinction in Divinity (Religious Studies)

University of Edinburgh (Submitted August 2011, Graduated November 2011)

Thesis Title: Toward a Typology of ‘Nonreligion’: A Qualitative Analysis of Everyday Narratives of Scottish University Students [Supervisor: Dr Steven Sutcliffe].

A full pdf of this thesis can be accessed through my Academia.edu page.

MA (Hons) Religious Studies with First Class Honours

University of Edinburgh (2006-2010)

Dissertation Title: Consciousness Raising: The Critique, Agenda and Inherent Precariousness of Contemporary Anglophone Atheism [Supervisor: Dr Steven Sutcliffe]

ACADEMIC SERVICE

The Religious Studies Project, http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com

Co-Founder, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Interviewer and Podcast Co-Host, January   2012–present

 Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (NSRN), http://nsrn.net

  • Co-Director, November 2014–Present
  • Managing Editor/Bibliography Manager, NSRN Online, August 2012–Present
  • Deputy Editor and Bibliography Manager, NSRN Online, August 2011–August 2012

British Association for the Study of Religions, http://www.basr.ac.uk

  • Honorary Treasurer, September 2015–Present
  • Social Media Co-Manager, September 2012–September 2015

Peer reviewer for the Journal of the British Association for the Study of Religions (3 articles), Secularism and Nonreligion (3 articles), International Journal for the Study of New Religions (1 article), and Journal of Religion, Media, and Digital Culture (1 article).

Editorial Board Member, Implicit Religion, January 2016–Present

PUBLICATIONS ( * = peer-reviewed )

Edited Volumes

  • Quadrio, Philip, Christopher R. Cotter, and Jonathan Tuckett, eds. With copy-editor. New Atheism: Critical Perspectives and Contemporary Debates. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Cotter, Christopher R. and David G. Robertson, eds. 2016. After World Religions: Reconstructing Religious Studies. London: Routledge.
  • Day, Abby, Giselle Vincett and Christopher R. Cotter, eds. 2013. Social Identities between the Sacred and the Secular. Farnham: Ashgate.

Chapters and Articles

  • Cotter, Christopher R. and Kim Knott. Invited. “Spatial Approaches to Leaving Religion.” In The Brill Handbook of Leaving Religion, edited by Daniel Enstedt, Göran Larsson, and Teemu T. Mantsinen. Leiden: Brill.
  • Cotter, Christopher R. With copy-editor. “New Atheism, Open-Mindedness, and Critical Thinking.” In New Atheism: Critical Perspectives and Contemporary Debates, edited by Christopher R. Cotter, Philip Quadrio and Jonathan Tuckett. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Cotter, Christopher R., Philip Quadrio and Jonathan Tuckett. With copy-editor. “Introduction.” In New Atheism: Critical Perspectives and Contemporary Debates, edited by Christopher R. Cotter, Philip Quadrio and Jonathan Tuckett. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Cotter, Christopher R. With copy-editor. “You’re Greek? Well… I’m (Northern) Irish, Kind’a. In Fabricating Identities, edited by Russell T. McCutcheon. Sheffield: Equinox.
  • Cotter, Christopher R. With copy-editor. “A Discursive Approach to ‘Religious Indifference’: Critical Reflections from Edinburgh’s Southside.” In Religious Indifferences: Between and Beyond Religion and Nonreligion, edited by Johannes Quack and Cora Schuh. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Cotter, Christopher R , Grace Davie, James A. Beckford, Saliha Chattoo, Mia Lövheim, Manuel A. Vásquez, and Abby Day. 2016. “Around Abby Day’s Believing in Belonging: Belief & Social identity in the Modern World.” Religion and Society: Advances in Research 7:97–115.
  • Cotter, Christopher R. and David G. Robertson. 2016. “Introduction: The ‘World Religions’ Paradigm in Contemporary Religious Studies.” In After ‘World Religions’: Reconstructing Religious Studies, edited by Christopher R. Cotter and David G. Robertson. London: Routledge. 1–26.
  • Cotter, Christopher R. 2015. “Without God yet not Without Nuance: A Qualitative Study of Atheism and Non-religion among Scottish University Students.” In Atheist Identities: Spaces and Social Contexts, edited by Lori G. Beaman and Steven Tomlins. Dordrecht: Springer, 171–193.
  • Lee, Lois, with Stephen Bullivant and Christopher R. Cotter. 2013. “Irreligion: A Contemporary Bibliography.” In Toward a Sociology of Irreligion, by Colin Campbell. Alcuin Academics.
  • Day, Abby, Giselle Vincett and Christopher R. Cotter. 2013. “What Lies Between: Exploring the Depths of Social Identities between the Sacred and the Secular.” In Social Identities Between the Sacred and the Secular, edited by Abby Day, Giselle Vincett and Christopher R. Cotter, 1–6. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Cotter, Christopher R. 2011. “Consciousness Raising: The critique, agenda, and inherent precariousness of contemporary Anglophone atheism.” International Journal for the Study of New Religions 2 (1): 77–103.

Reviews (selected)

  • 2015. Michael Stausberg and Steven Engler (eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion. Journal of Religion and Violence 3 (1): 176–178.
  • Abby Day, Believing in Belonging. Fieldwork in Religion, 8 (1): 113–115.
  • Johannes Quack. Disenchanting India: Organized Rationalism and Criticism of Religion in India. Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review, 4 (1), pp. 184–187.
  • Amarnath Amarasingam (ed.), Religion and the New Atheism. Journal of Religious History, 36 (1) (March 2012): 118–119.
  • Rob Warner. Secularisation and Its Discontents. Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review, 2 (2): 431–433.
  • Daphne Halikiopoulou, Patterns of Secularization: Church, State and Nation in Greece and the Republic of Ireland. Literature & Aesthetics, 21 (2): 206–208.
  • Phil Zuckerman (ed.), Atheism and Secularity. Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review, 2 (1): 175–179.

CONFERENCE PAPERS (selected; ** = invited)

  • 2016**. Discourse, (Non-)Religion, and Locality: Religion-Related Discourses in Edinburgh’s Southside. Scottish Religious Cultures Network Conference: Religious Diversity and Cultural Change in Scotland: Modern Perspectives. University of Edinburgh, UK, 19 April 2016.
  • 2016. (Non)religion and the Public Square: Discourse, Indifference and Hegemony. British Association for the Study of Religions Annual Conference, University of Kent, UK, 7–9 September 2015.
  • 2015. Innovative Pedagogies: Methods and Media for the Introductory Course. XXI IAHR World Congress, Erfurt, 23–29 August 2015.
  • 2015. Seeing a Secular Space? Photo Elicitation and the Discourse on Religion in Edinburgh’s Southside. XXI IAHR World Congress, Erfurt, 23–29 August 2015.
  • 2014**. Discourses on ‘Religion’ and ‘Indifference’: Theoretical and Methodological Reflections from Edinburgh’s Southside. Religious Indifference Workshop, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 13–15 November 2014.
  • 2014. “Up here that’s ‘Posh Dave’ pontificating”: Discourses on Religion, Locality and Nation in Edinburgh’s Southside. European Sociological Association Sociology of Religion Network Conference, Belfast, UK, 3–5 September 2014.
  • 2014**. Panel Discussion: Religion in the Public Domain. European Sociological Association Sociology of Religion Network Conference, Belfast, UK, 3–5 September 2014.
  • 2012**. Without God yet not Without Nuance. Atheist Identities, Spaces and Social Contexts Workshop, University of Ottawa, Canada, 22–24 November 2012.
  • 2012. Scottish Students, their Secular Sacreds, and the Sacred Secular: Borders, Boundaries and Transgressions in the Study of “Nonreligion”. British Association for the Study of Religions Annual Conference, University of Winchester, UK, 5–7 September 2012.
  • 2012. New Atheism, Open-Mindedness, and Critical Thinking. Workshop for the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion and Culture, University of Edinburgh, UK, 25 April 2012.
  • 2011. Toward a Typology of ‘Nonreligion’: A Qualitative Analysis of Everyday Narratives of Scottish University Students. Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, USA, 28–30 October 2011.
  • 2011. Toward a Typology of ‘Nonreligion’: A Qualitative Analysis of Everyday Narratives of Scottish University Students. European Association for the Study of Religions Annual Conference, Budapest, Hungary, 18–22 September 2011.

OTHER PRESENTATIONS (selected)

  • 2016. Digital Humanities for Impact and Engagement: The Religious Studies Project and Podcasting Workshop. The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. 18 April 2016, 12.30–14.00 and 14.30–16.00.
  • 2015. Social Media and Academic Learning. Presentation as part of Academic Book Week. Blackwells Bookshop, South Bridge, Edinburgh, UK. 12 November 2015.
  • 2015. Presentation on The Religious Studies Project. Academic Slam at the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions Annual Conference. Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. 11 May 2015.
  • 2014. Digital Humanities Workshop with the Religious Studies Project (RSP). University of Chester, 15 October 2014, 14:00–15:30.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • 2013–2016. Teaching Assistant. University of Edinburgh. 10 weeks a time. Lived Religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (2013–2014), Global Religions A: Judaism, Buddhism and Islam (2015–2016), Global Religions: South Asian, Indigenous & New Traditions (2014), Atheism in Debate: Dawkins, his allies, and his opponents (2014–2015[3 academic years]), Global Religions B: Indigenous African Religions and Religions of Asia (2015) and Studying Religions (2015–2016). Leading weekly tutorials, marking presentations, weekly submissions, ‘mini-essays’, and course essay/s.
  • 2015–2016. Lecturer. 5 weeks. An Introduction to Atheism and Non-religion. Office of Lifelong Learning, University of Edinburgh (5×2 hour sessions), April–May 2015, May–June 2016.
  • 2016. Guest Lecturer. ‘Non-religion and Indifference.’ Lancaster University first year undergraduate Religious Studies, 21 April 2016.
  • 2016. Distance Learning Teaching Assistant. 10 weeks. Religion and Conflict. Online Masters Module, Lancaster University, UK, January–March 2016. Promoting and moderating discussion in VLE, and student support.
  • 2015. Guest Lecturer. Classify and Conquer: Rethinking the World Religions Paradigm. Online undergraduate seminar with David G. Robertson. Practicum Blog. 13 February 2015.
  • 2015. Guest Lecturer. ‘Atheism and Nonreligion’ at Leeds Trinity University, for Second Year Undergraduate Religious Studies. Course Organizer – Dr Suzanne Owen. 16 May 2013.
  • 2012. Guest Lecturer. ‘Atheism and the Rejection of Religion’. Selected Themes in the Study of Religion. Taught MSc in Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK, 21 March 2012.
  • 2011. Guest Lecturer. ‘Atheism and the Rejection of Religion’. Selected Themes in the Study of Religion. Taught MSc in Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK, 2 March 2011.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • British Association for the Study of Religions (2010–Present)
  • British Sociological Association (2012)
  • British Sociological Association: Sociology of Religion Study Group (2012–Present)
  • European Association for the Study of Religions (2010–Present)
  • Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (2009–Present)
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (2011–Present)

OTHER RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

  • July–December 2012. Content analysis on Contact, the Journal of the Scottish Pastoral Association (1960–75) for Dr Steven Sutcliffe, as part of the AHRC Religion & Society Programme funded Theology and Therapy Project.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 1 July 2016.

ACADEMIC REFERENCES

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2 responses to “Academic CV”

  1. Ron says :

    Very impressive CV. You are committed to your discipline, and I wish you the best of luck in your academic pursuits. I will be visiting this site on occasion to spark thought and conversation for a college class I teach entitled “Sport: The New World Religion?”

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