Dr Christopher Cotter (MA (Hons), MSc, PhD, AFHEA)
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
I am a Religious Studies scholar by training, specialising in all things 'non-religous', and from Sept 2017 I am Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the School of Divinity, working on a comparative study of communities in Northern Ireland and Scotland.
I completed my doctorate in Religious Studies at Lancaster University in 2016, working with Professor Kim Knott. My thesis–Religion-Related Discourse: A Critical Approach to Non-Religion in Edinburgh’s Southside–focused 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. My previous degrees at the University of Edinburgh focused upon ‘New Atheism’ and alternative typologies of ‘non-religion’, and my wider interests include New Religious Movements, qualitative methods, discourse analysis, spatial approaches, critical theory, and Religious Studies as a discipline.
I am author of The Critical Study of Non-Religion: Discourse, Identification and Locality (Bloomsbury, August 2020), co-editor of Social Identities between the Sacred and the Secular (Routledge, 2013), After World Religions: Reconstructing Religious Studies (Routledge, 2016), New Atheism: Critical Perspectives and Contemporary Debates (Springer, 2017) and Religion and Non-Religion in Fortress Europe: Perspectives on Belief, Immigration, and Identity in a time of Polarized Politics (Forthcoming, 2021), and have also published journal articles, book chapters and reviews in related areas. I am also co-editor of the open-access journal Secularism & Nonreligion.
I am co-founder, co-editor-in-chief, and co-host of the The Religious Studies Project podcast, and CEO of The Religious Studies Project Association (SCIO). I am also Co-Director at the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network, Honorary Treasurer of the British Association for the Study of Religions, and a member of the Culture on the Edge research collaborative.
MSc by Research [Edinburgh]
MA (Hons) [Edinburgh]
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Responsibilities & affiliations
Honorary Treasurer of the British Association for the Study of Religions
Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Religious Studies Project
Co-Director of the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network
Co-Editor of Secularism & Nonreligion (open-access journal)
Member of Culture on the Edge
Member of editorial or advisory boards for journals:
Secularism & Nonreligion
Journal of the British Association for the Study of Religions
Incorporating secularism and related constructs within the critical study of religion
Is secularism a world religion?
Critique and community
The good, the bad, and the non-religion
A History of the BASR
You're Greek? Well..., I'm (Northern) Irish, kind'a...
New atheism, open-mindedness, and critical thinking
A discursive approach to ‘religious indifference’
Around Abby Day’s believing in belonging
After world religions
Without God yet not without nuance