Affecting the Study of Religion

Schaefer, Animality, and Affect Theory


  • Philip L. Tite University of Washington



Bulletin for the Study of Religion, affect theory, popular culture, religion, religious studies, social media


Editor's introduction to the Bulletin for Study of Religion 46.3-4 (2017), an issue focused on affect theory. Included in this issue is an exchange over a recent emoji with religious signification.

Author Biography

  • Philip L. Tite, University of Washington

    Philip L. Tite is an Affiliate Lecturer at the University of Washington and an adjunct instructor at Seattle University in Seattle WA USA. He holds a PhD degree from McGill University (2005) and has authored several books and articles. His most recent books include The Apocryphal Epistle to the Laodiceans: An Epistolary and Rhetorical Analysis (TENT, 7; Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012) and Valentinian Ethics and Paraenetic Discourse: Determining the Social Function of Moral Exhortation in Valentinian Christianity (NHMS, 67; Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2009). As a specialist in the study of early Christianity, in particular Valentinian Gnosticism, Tite has strong interests in elucidating social processes at work in the study of religious phenomena. He also has strong interests in method and theory, religion and violence, and pedagogical issues in the academic study of religion.


Schaefer, Donovan O. 2015. Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.






The Editorial

How to Cite

Tite, P. (2017). Affecting the Study of Religion: Schaefer, Animality, and Affect Theory. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 46(3-4), 2-3.