Kocku von Stuckrad

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.

He has served regularly as a reviewer for academic journals and research organizations (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO, European Research Council ERC, etc.). In 2016 and 2017, he will serve as the chair of the panel “Religion and Theology” in the evaluation of humanities for the Research Council of Norway.

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