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Maria 1

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PhD, The Open University, Milton Keynes
MA, Bath Spa University, Bath, Avon
BA, Ovidius University, Constanta, Romania


2016 Praying and Campaigning with Environmental Christians: Green Religion and the Climate
Movement. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI 10.1057/978-1-137-60035-6
Chapters in books:
2017 ‘An Altar inside a Circle: A Relational Model for Investigating Green Christians’ Experiments with
Sacred Space’ in Material Religion: The Stuff of the Sacred, edited by Timothy Hutchings and Jo McKenzie,
London: Routledge, 133-151.
2014 ‘Christian and Muslim Climate Activists Fasting and Praying for the Planet’ in How the World’s
Religions are Responding to Climate Change, edited by Robin Globus-Veldman, Andrew Szasz and Rondolph
Haluza-DeLay, New York: Routledge, 229-243.
(forthcoming, 2019) ‘Inside Story: Participatory Storytelling and Imagination in Eco-Pedagogical Contexts’,
in Storytelling and Sustainability, edited by Petra Molthan-Hill, London: Routledge.
Peer reviewed articles:
2018.‘Christian Discourses and Cultural Change: The Greenbelt Art and Performance Festival as an
Alternative Community for Green and Liberal Christians’, in Implicit Religion.21(1): 44-69.
2019. (with Sharif Gemie) ‘Counterculture, Local Authorities and British Christianity at the Windsor and
Watchfield Free Festivals (1972–75)’ in Twentieth Century British History. DOI:10.1093/tcbh/hwy053. (first
published online, printed version forthcoming).
2019. ‘Spirituality in Health Studies: Competing Spiritualities and the Elevated Status of Mindfulness’ in
Religion and Health. DOI: 10.1007/s10943-019-00773-2. (first published online, printed version
2019. ‘Sky Saviours vs. Earth-centred Narratives of Empowerment: From Angels, Superheroes and Rapture
Fiction to Humans and Community’ in Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. (Article accepted for
publication May 2018/ forthcoming 2019/ preprint available at ).
Online articles:
2018. ‘Humour, Concealment and Death Mindfulness in Romanian Funerals’, Contemporary Religion in
Historical Perspective, Open University [online]
[accessed 1 March 2018].
2018. ‘Balneotherapy in Europe’, Techirghiol, IV (12) (October 2018) [online] [accessed November 2018].
2012. ‘Creation Spirituality’ in Encyclopaedia of The Bible and its Reception, edited by Bernard McGinn.
Boston and Berlin: Walter de Gruyter [online]
[accessed December 2018].
2011. ‘Occupy Religion’, in Open Learn, Open University [online] [accessed November 2011].
Book reviews:
2017. ‘Ritual: Key Concepts in Religion Series’. Edited by Pamela J. Steward and Andrew Strathern in
Fieldwork in Religion, 12 (1): 133 -134.
2015. ‘The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements’.
Edited by George D. Chryssides, and Benjamin E. Zeller in Fieldwork in Religion, 9 (1): 103-105.
2015. ‘The Ashgate Inform Series on Minority Religions and Spiritual Movements’. Edited by Eileen Barker
in Fieldwork in Religion, 9 (2): 224-228.


2018 – present – Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
2008 – Member, BASR – British Association for the Study of Religion, United Kingdom, Department of Religion and Philosophy, University of Wolverhampton, UK;
2016 – Member, BSA – British Sociological Association, Chancery Court, Durham, UK;
2017 – Member EFSRE – The European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.

Areas of Expertise

I am preoccupied with cultural change and what enables it – particularly in the context of religious revisionism in response to the ecological crisis. This spectrum of responses to climate change might tell us something important about what can be done to turn us into ‘ecological citizens’ – I have hope in the Ecozoic, with all the Utopian trimmings. Some other key areas of interest are: art and performance festivals, religious innovation, Christian and Islamic green activism, interfaith relations, the organisation of sacred space and storytelling.


Maria Nita@MariaNita778877

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