Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate co-edited a special issue of the journal Material Religion titled "Key Words in Material Religion." The edition is a collection of essays by prominent practitioners on 19 key words used to address material religion.
Among the contributors to this volume are the South African scholar of religion David Chidester who reconsiders the term sacred, French sociologist Bruno Latour who takes another look at the uses and misuses of the word fetish, Ivan Gaskell of Harvard University's Art Museum who writes on the import of the word display, NYU performance theorist Ann Pelligrini who discusses movement and the Dutch anthropologist Birgit Meyer who resituates medium within material cultural approaches to the study of religion. Plate contributed the essay "Words" to the issue and co-authored the introduction.
Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief was co-founded by Plate in 2004 and is published by Berg Publishers in Oxford. Plate serves as the publication's managing editor.