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Dr CHRISTOPHER R. COTTER, MA (Hons), MSc, PhD, AFHEA
Address: School of Divinity, New College, Edinburgh, EH1 2LX, Scotland, UK
Telephone: 0131 650 7992 / 07860 777 148
Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow
University of Edinburgh (September 2017–August 2020)
A Comparative Study of Unbelief in Scotland and Northern Ireland
PhD in Religious Studies
Lancaster University (2012–2016). Viva passed without corrections, 19 December 2016. Supervisor: Professor Kim Knott. Examiners: Professor Linda Woodhead and Professor Martin Stringer.
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 (2011)
Toward a Typology of ‘Nonreligion’: A Qualitative Analysis of Everyday Narratives of Scottish University Students [Supervisor: Dr Steven Sutcliffe]. Full pdf of this thesis available through Academia.edu.
MA (Hons) Religious Studies with First Class Honours
University of Edinburgh (2006–2010)
Honours Courses in Indigenous Traditions, New Age, Islam, Judaism, Phenomenology, and Sociology. Dissertation Title: Consciousness Raising: The Critique, Agenda and Inherent Precariousness of Contemporary Anglophone Atheism [Supervisor: Dr Steven Sutcliffe]
The Religious Studies Project, http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com
Co-Founder, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Interviewer and Podcast Co-Host,
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
Culture on the Edge, http://edge.ua.edu
- Chapter 3 collaborator, September 2017 – Present
Co-Editor, Secularism and Nonreligion, July 2018 – Present
Editorial Board Member, Implicit Religion, January 2016–Present
- Cotter, Christopher R. (Submitted July 2019). The Critical Study of Non-Religion: Discourse, Identification, Locality. London: Bloomsbury.
- Cotter, Christopher R., Philip Quadrio, and Jonathan Tuckett, eds. 2017. 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. Submitted. “Non-Religion as Religion-Related Discourse: An Empirical Invitation.” In Formatting Non-Religion in Late Modern Societies. Dordrecht: Springer.
- Cotter, Christopher R. Accepted August 2019. “The Good, The Bad, and the Non-Religion: The Good/Bad Rhetoric in Non-Religion Studies” in Hijacked: A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion, edited by Leslie Dorrough Smith, Steffen Führding, and Adrian Hermann. Sheffield: Equinox.
- Cotter, Christopher R., and Lois Lee. Accepted May 2019. Entries on “Atheism”, “Agnosticism” and “Secularization”. The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion. Edited by Adam Possamai and Anthony Joseph Blasi.
- Cotter, Christopher R., and David G. Robertson. Submitted. “Critique and Community: Podcasting Religious Studies.” In Introduction to Digital Humanities: Research Methods for the Study of Religion, edited by Christopher Cantwell and Kristian Petersen. Boston: De Gruyter.
- Cotter, Christopher R. 2017. “You’re Greek? Well… I’m (Northern) Irish, Kind’a. In Fabricating Identities, edited by Russell T. McCutcheon. Sheffield: Equinox.
- Cotter, Christopher R. 2017. “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. 2017. “Introduction.” In New Atheism: Critical Perspectives and Contemporary Debates, edited by Christopher R. Cotter, Philip Quadrio and Jonathan Tuckett. Dordrecht: Springer.
- Cotter, Christopher R. 2017. “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.
- 2018–2019. University of Edinburgh. 10 lectures [Course Manager and Author], Atheism, Humanism and Non-Religion [UG]/Atheism and the Rejection of Religion [PG]. 3 lectures, Religion in Modern Britain [Atheism and the Rejection of Religion]. 2 lectures, Theory and Method in the Study of Religion [RS as a Discipline, Studying Non-Religiony]
- 2017–2018. University of Edinburgh. 12 lectures, Studying Religions [RS as a Discipline, Visual Culture, Exhibiting ‘Religion’, and Space, Place and Pilgrimage]; 3 lectures, Theory and Method in the Study of Religion [RS as a Discipline, Studying Non-Religion, Boundaries and Interdisciplinarity]; 1 lecture, Theories of Religion [Time for Reflection in the Scottish Parliament].
- 2013–2017. 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), Global Religions B: Indigenous African Religions and Religions of Asia (2015), Studying Religions (2015–2016), Religion in Modern Britain (2017). Leading weekly tutorials, marking presentations, weekly submissions, ‘mini-essays’, and course essay/s.
- 2016–2017. Distance Learning Teaching Assistant. 10 weeks. Religion and Conflict (2016 and 2017), Faith Debates (2017). Online Masters Modules, Lancaster University, UK, Promoting and moderating discussion in VLE, and student support.
- 2015–2016. Lecturer. 5 weeks. An Introduction to Atheism and Non-religion. Office of Lifelong Learning, University of Edinburgh (5×2 hour sessions)
- 2016. Guest Lecturer. ‘Non-religion and Indifference.’ Lancaster University first year undergraduate Religious Studies, 21 April 2016.
- 2015. Guest Lecturer. Classify and Conquer: Rethinking the World Religions Paradigm. Online undergraduate seminar with David G. Robertson. Practicum Blog. 13 February 2015.
- 2013. Guest Lecturer. ‘Atheism and Nonreligion’ at Leeds Trinity University College. 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.
- British Association for the Study of Religions (2010–Present)
- British Sociological Association (2012)
- British Sociological Association: Sociology of Religion Study Group (2012–2016)
- European Association for the Study of Religions (2010–Present)
- Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (2009–Present)
- Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (2011–2016)
OTHER RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
- April 2017–Present. History of the British Association for the Study of Religions.
- 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.
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 1 July 2016.
- Professor Kim Knott, Politics, Philosophy, and Religion, Lancaster University, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr Steven Sutcliffe, Senior Lecturer, Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh, S.Sutcliffe@ed.ac.uk
- Professor Carole Cusack, Studies in Religion, University of Sydney, email@example.com
- Emeritus Professor James Cox, Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh, J.Cox@ed.ac.uk