This special issue of the Journal for the Study of Religious Experience (JSRE) has the theme of Religious Experience and Ecology. A connection between religious/spiritual/extraordinary experiences of various kinds and the natural world has long been recognised in the literature of religious experience research - from the induction of ecstatic and mystical experiences in wilderness locations, to the enhanced sense of connection to nature that seems to follow in the wake of many religious, paranormal and psychedelic experiences. Given that we are currently living in a period of ecological crisis, with loss of ecosystems and individual species on a scale that has never before been seen, coupled with the rise of climate and environmental activist groups around the world, it seems pertinent to explore the processes through which our sense of connection to the natural world is established and maintained. Religious and extraordinary experiences would seem to play an important role in this context.
The Journal for the Study of Religious Experience (JSRE) is a peer-reviewed journal, which publishes original papers promoting theoretical, methodological and ethnographical developments in the research on spiritual or religious experience.
JSRE is concerned with gathering together different approaches to the study of religious experience. Therefore, it encourages submissions from scholars working in the area of anthropology, sociology, psychology, and religious studies.
JSRE welcomes submissions in the following formats:
Journal Articles: original research aimed at contributing to the scholarly discourse in the field of the study spiritual or religious Experience by proposing theoretical developments, engaging in current debates, or discussing experimental methodologies. Approx. length (7.000-10.000 words).
Field Reports: in order to disseminate current research in the field of religious experience we welcome reports on work-in-progress research projects discussing initial findings. Approx. length (2,000-4,000 words).
Book Reviews: reviews of new and recently published books related to the JSRE focus. Approx. length (400-700 words).
The Journal for the Study of Religious Experience (JSRE) is promoted by the Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre (RERC), University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Sir Alister Hardy, a renowned scientist, approached the complex field of religious and spiritual experience from a similar disciplined and scientific manner in which he approach natural science. Asking people from the public to send him accounts of first-hand experiences with spiritual or religious powers he established the Religious Experience Research Centre that has been since then at the forefront of the academic study of religious experiences. This journal will take his work forward and engage in the study of religious and spiritual experiences from an academic perspective.