After World Religions

Dr. Chris Cotter is Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Chester, and IASH-CTPI Duncan Forrester Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Specializing in all things 'non-religious', Chris completed his doctorate at Lancaster University in 2016, focusing upon the discourses on ‘religion’ in the Southside of Edinburgh, the concepts of ‘non-religion’ and ‘the secular’, and the ensuing critical and theoretical implications for Religious Studies. He completed a three-year Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh in August 2020, following a brief academic break to work for the Scottish Green Party.

Chris is author of The Critical Study of Non-Religion: Discourse, Identification and Locality (Bloomsbury, 2020), co-editor of Social Identities between the Sacred and the Secular  (Routledge, 2013), After World Religions: Reconstructing Religious Studies (Routledge, 2016) and New Atheism: Critical Perspectives and Contemporary Debates (Springer, 2017), and has also published journal articles, book chapters and reviews in related areas. He is co-editor of the open-access journal Secularism & Nonreligion, co-founder and co-editor-in-chief at The Religious Studies Project, and Honorary Treasurer of the British Association for the Study of Religions.

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