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Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion

Armin W. Geertz, Aarhus University
Kristoffer Laigaard Nielbo, Aarhus University
Valerie van Mulukom, Coventry University

Chairs of International Advisory Board
Pascal Boyer, Washington University in St. Louis
Luther H. Martin, University of Vermont

Book review Editor
Istvan Czachesz, University of Tromsø

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Istvan Czachesz
University of Tromsø
Institute of History and Religious Studies
PO Box 6050 Langnes
9037 Tromsø

Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion is the official journal of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion (IACSR). The Association was founded in 2006 and since then has sponsored a number of international collaborative projects and biennial conferences. A subscription to the journal is included in membership.

The cognitive science of religion is a burgeoning field that finds itself in the center of cross-disciplinary research. Cognition is understood in a variety of ways from bottom-up to top-down models and theories. New insights into cognition, culture and religion are being discovered, new ways of doing research are being established and new methodologies and technologies are being used in the cognitive science of religion. The number of scholars and scientists working in this exciting field are expanding exponentially, and the journal provides a cutting-edge publication channel for this field.

The editors will consider the following types of original papers:

General and research articles (maximum 6,000 words)
Research reports (up to 4,000 words)
Short Reports (up to 2,500 words)
Commentaries, Addenda, and Book Reviews (up to 1,500 words)
Invited target articles (up to 8,000 words)

YouTube channel of the Brno research centre LEVYNA - Laboratory for the experimental research of religions

Frequency: Continuous online publication comprising 2 issues per volume year

ISSN:2049-7555 (Print)
ISSN:2049-7563 (Online)

Indexing and Abstracting




Call for papers for a special issue on Religion & Gender


for publication in the Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion

Male domination-- both in terms of researchers as well as in studies themselves -- has ignored or distorted research by and about women in the psychology and cognitive science of religion. The field is in need of feminist or simply gender-critical approaches to research which will lead to insights that are currently un(der)investigated. For this special issue of the Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, papers are invited to contribute to tackling both issues of androcentric study: the under- or misrepresentation of female scholars in CSR, and CSR research of women and their roles, positions, and representations in religion.

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Table of Contents


Editorial Note PDF
Armin W. Geertz , Kristoffer Laigaard Nielbo 121-122


Wine, Brains, and Snakes: An Ancient Roman Cult between Gendered Contaminants, Sexuality, and Pollution Beliefs PDF
Leonardo Ambasciano 123-154
Divine Forgiveness and Human Support for State-Sanctioned Punishment PDF
Katherine M. O'Lone , Ryan T. McKay 155-184

Discussion: Negotiating Marian Apparitions

Embracing Apparitions for Unity: Agnieszka Halemba on a Marian Apparition Site PDF
Konrad Talmont-Kaminski 185-196
Response to Konrad Talmont-Kaminski’s Review: Embracing Apparitions for Unity PDF
Agnieszka Halemba 197-209

Book Reviews

Origins of Religion, Cognition and Culture, edited by Armin W. Geertz PDF
Tomas Hampejs 210-214
Advances in Religion, Cognitive Science, and Experimental Philosophy, edited by Helen De Cruz and Ryan Nichols PDF
Halvor Kvandal 215-219

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