Christopher Cotter and David Robertson of The Religious Studies Project


  • Richard Newton University of Alabama
  • Christopher R. Cotter The Religious Studies Project
  • David G. Robertson The Religious Studies Project



The Religious Studies Podcast, digital scholarship, Chris Cotter, David Robertson, podcast, media


The Religious Studies Project is now a well-known fixture in the field, but it was not always as well-known as it is today. In this interview, Dr. Richard Newton from the Bulletin sat down with Dr. Chris Cotter and Dr. David Robertson to discuss their journey in creating the religious studies podcast from simple pub talk in 2010 to its current collection of some 300 episodes. In relaying their strides and struggles in this venture, Cotter and Robertson answer many of the questions that prominently face scholars in digital work and help showcase the need for such methods to gain acceptance in an academic world whose needs are swiftly changing.

Author Biographies

Christopher R. Cotter, The Religious Studies Project

Christopher R. Cotter is Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh.

David G. Robertson, The Religious Studies Project

David G. Robertson is a Lecturer at The Open University.


Cotter, Christopher R. 2020. The Critical Study of Non-Religion. London: Bloomsbury. DOI:

Cotter, Christopher R., and David G. Robertson, eds. 2016. After World Religions: Reconstructing Religious Studies. London: Routledge.

Melvær, Knut, and Michael Stausberg. 2013. “What is the Study of Religion/s? Self-Preservations of the Discipline on University Web Pages.” The Religious Studies Project.

Religion for Breakfast. n.d. “About Me.”

Robertson, David G., 2016. UFOs, Conspiracy Theories and the New Age. London: Bloomsbury. DOI:



How to Cite

Newton, R., Cotter, C., & Robertson, D. (2020). Christopher Cotter and David Robertson of The Religious Studies Project. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 49(1-2), 2–8.



The Interview