Professor James Cox (PhD)
I have particular interests in the study of Indigenous Religions, with emphases on Africa, the Arctic and Australia and in methodologies in the academic study of religions.
My interest in approaches to the study of religions developed out of my first degree in philosophical phenomenology, but subsequently I have applied theory to practice in field studies conducted in Zimbabwe and Alaska.
I became interested in Indigenous Religions after I was appointed to a lectureship in Alaska Pacific University in 1981, and pursued this further after my appointment in the University of Zimbabwe in 1989. Most recently, whilst on a teaching exchange with the University of Sydney in Australia, I conducted research on Christian interpretations of Australian Aboriginal religions.
From 1993, I directed the African Christianity Project in the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World (now the Centre for the Study of World Christianity) forging links with universities and research institutes in western and southern Africa.
In 1999, I was appointed to the Religious Studies Subject Area in the University of Edinburgh and was awarded a Personal Chair in Religious Studies in 2007.
From 1 December 2011 until 1 June 2012 I was the de Carle Distinguished Lecturer in the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand working with the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.
In 2013 I was the recipient of an award under the auspices of the International Research Initiative Scheme of the University of Western Sydney to conduct research on Non-Religion among Australian Aboriginal peoples.
Responsibilities & affiliations
Past President, British Association for the Study of Religions
Co-editor of the Religion in Modern Africa Series of Ashgate Publications
Co-editor of Bloomsbury's Advances in Religious Studies Series
Past General Secrectary of the African Association for the Study of Religions and Past Deputry General Secretary of the European Association for the Study of Religions
Indigeneity Research in Scotland (IRIS) network
Non-Religions and Secularity Network (NRSN)