Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate’s co-edited journal issue, "Keywords in Material Religion," was awarded an honorable mention for the Best Special Issue of the Year from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. The 500+ member CELJ gives its annual awards at the Modern Language Association's annual meeting. This year it was held in Seattle.
The issue, titled "Key Words in Material Religion" is a collection of essays by prominent practitioners, on 19 "key words" used to address material religion. It was co-edited by Plate, David Morgan (Duke), Birgit Meyer (Utrecht), and Crispin Paine (University of London).
In the issue, the South African scholar of religion David Chidester reconsiders the term "sacred," while French sociologist Bruno Latour takes another look at the uses and misuses of "fetish." Ivan Gaskell, of Harvard University's Art Museums writes on the import of "Display," NYU performance theorist Ann Pelligrini discusses "Movement," and the Dutch anthropologist Birgit Meyer 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 London.