The Year the World Became a Cognitive Historiographical Lab En Plein Air

Musings on the Covid-19 Pandemic as Two Editors Bid Farewell to the JCH




Cognitive Historiography, Cognitive and Evolutionary Sciences of Religion, History, Religious Studies, Big Data

Author Biographies

Leonardo Ambasciano, Managing Editor, Journal of Cognitive Historiography

Leonardo Ambasciano earned his PhD. in Historical Studies at the University of Turin, Italy, in 2014 with a cognitive and evolutionary analysis of the ancient Roman female cult of Bona Dea. In 2016, he was visiting Lecturer in Religious Studies at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. He is the author of An Unnatural History of Religion: Academia, Post-Truth, and the Quest for Scientific Knowledge (Bloomsbury, 2019), and of various book reviews, chapters, and articles, the most recent of which are “An Evolutionary Cognitive Approach to Comparative Fascist Studies: Hypermasculinization, Supernormal Stimuli, and Conspirational Beliefs,” Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture 5(1): 23–39, and “The Trials and Tribulations of Luke Skywalker: How The Walt Disney Co. and Lucasfilm Have Failed to Confront Joseph Campbell’s Troublesome Legacy,” Implicit Religion 23(3): 251–276.

Nickolas P. Roubekas, University of Vienna

Nickolas P. Roubekas is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Vienna. He is the author of An Ancient Theory of Religion: Euhemerism from Antiquity to the Present (Routledge, 2017) and editor of Theorizing “Religion” in Antiquity (Equinox, 2019), The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Study of Religion (2nd ed.; co-edited with Robert A. Segal; Wiley-Blackwell, 2021) and Explaining, Interpreting, and Theorizing Religion and Myth (co-edited with Thomas Ryba; Brill, 2020).


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How to Cite

Ambasciano, L. ., & Roubekas, N. P. . (2022). The Year the World Became a Cognitive Historiographical Lab En Plein Air: Musings on the Covid-19 Pandemic as Two Editors Bid Farewell to the JCH. Journal of Cognitive Historiography, 6(1-2), 5–21.




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