Researchers in FINYAR

Are you interested in getting in touch with someone who researches new religions and alternative spirituality? Below some of the researchers active in FINYAR are presented along with their special fields of research.


Markus Davidsen

Ass. professor in the Sociology of Religion, Leiden University Centre for the Study of Religion, Leiden, the Netherlands


For more information about my project and list of publications, see my website at Leiden University:


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My research interests include new religions and alternative spirituality, sociology of religion, semiotic and cognitive approaches to religion, and method in the study of religion. In my current project I employ online ethnographic methods to study ‘fiction-based religions’, especially religions based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary mythology or on George Lucas’ Star Wars films. The theoretical issues central to this project are textual persuasion, religious blending, and processes of rationalisation and legitimisation; I draw on comparative religion, narratology, and cognitive semiotics to address these issues.


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