Situating Religious Cognition

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 October 2024 | Viewed by 931

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School of Humanities, Creative Industries and Social Sciences, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia
Interests: philosophy of religion; intellectual history; political philosophy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aims to evaluate religious media as examples of situated cognition, as it is broadly understood. Case studies may include a diverse range of sacred texts, music, architecture, and ritual practices. Historical instances of religious media are welcome, as well as recent digital developments in virtual reality and artificial intelligence. The issue will approach each case as an example of situated cognition. For instance, essays might focus on novel interpretations of the extended nature of religious communication practices, enacted musical or artistic performances, embodied ritual practices, or various aspects of socially extended religious cognition. The issue also invites essays that recognize methodological innovation arising from such analyses. Approaching religious media as examples of situated cognition may foster new synergies with pragmatist, hermeneutic, phenomenological, and deconstructive approaches to the study of religion.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Situated cognition;
  • Extended mind theory;
  • 4e cognition;
  • Phenomenology of religion;
  • Media studies;
  • Pragmatist studies of religion;
  • Hermeneutics;
  • Deconstruction;

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Timothy Stanley
Guest Editor

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  • situated cognition
  • extended mind theory
  • 4e cognition
  • phenomenology of religion
  • media studies
  • pragmatist studies of religion
  • hermeneutics
  • deconstruction

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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