Past Presidents

2011-2015

Dr. Hobgood-Oster, Professor of Religion at Southwestern University, is specialized in animals in the history of the Christian tradition, contemporary religious-ethical issues related to other-than-human animals, Ecofeminism, and human-animal studies. She holds the Elizabeth Root Paden Chair in Religion and Environmental Studies at Southwestern and is a frequently invited lecturer.

2009-2011

Kocku von Stuckrad is Full Professor of Religious Studies and since 2013 the Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He has published extensively on topics related to the cultural history of religion in Europe, method and theory in the study of religion, discursive study of religion, the diversity of knowledge systems, esoteric and mystical traditions in European intellectual history, religion and (philosophies of) nature, as well as on religion and secularity. He has written eight books, which were translated into five languages. He has published ten edited volumes, including two leading dictionaries of religion. He is founding editor of the Journal of Religion in Europe (Leiden & Boston: Brill), as well as co-editor of the Numen Book Series (Leiden & Boston: Brill), the Texts and Sources in the History of Religions series (Leiden & Boston: Brill), the Supplements to Method & Theory in the Study of Religion series (Leiden & Boston: Brill), and the Religion and Society series (Berlin & Boston: De Gruyter).

Professor von Stuckrad served as President of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture (ISSRNC) and was a founding board member of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE). Currently he is President of the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion (NGG). He was co-chair of the Critical Theory and Discourses on Religion Group and is currently the co-chair of the Religion in Europe Group of the American Academy of Religion. In 2011 he was appointed as Honorary Professor of the Study of Religion at Aarhus University, Denmark.

2005-2009

Taylor, who founded the ISSRNC in 2007, has been a central figure in the articulation and construction of religion and nature as a field of study. He earned his Ph.D. in Social Ethics from the University of Southern California (1988) and began his teaching career at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. While there, he led a faculty initiative to develop an Environmental Studies program and served as its director from 1993-2000.

In 2002 Taylor assumed the Samuel S. Hill Ethics Chair at the University of Florida, where he was recruited to anchor the world’s first graduate program focusing on religion and nature. In 2011 he was selected as a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany.

Taylor is the editor of the award winning, multi-volume Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature (2005) and has authored or edited five books including the landmark Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future (2010). In 2007 Taylor founded, and has since edited, the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture.

Taylor’s long-term research trajectory has centered on grassroots environmentalism and on the role of the affective, spiritual and ethical dimensions of human experience on environmental mobilization. In Dark Green Religion he analyzed the emergence, impact, and prospects of “green religions” around the world. Most recently, he has co-authored a comprehensive research review of the role of religion in environmental behavior.

Taylor’s research, publications, presentations, initiatives, and courses can be found at his website: http://www.brontaylor.com.

 

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