Introducing Discomforts

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Sophie Sunderland
Holly Randell-Moon


An introduction to the themes of the section 'Secular Discomforts: Religion and Cultural Studies' and an overview of the contributions.

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Secular Discomforts: Religion and Cultural Studies (Peer Reviewed)
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Sophie Sunderland, University of Western Australia

Sophie Sunderland is an honorary research fellow in cultural studies at the University of Western Australia. She has published on the cultural politics of secularism, embodiment, and cultural grief in Australian and Canadian media cultures in the Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, and Australasian Canadian Studies. She was awarded a Travelling Fellowship by the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2012 for new research on community memory related to the material sites and cultures of two former psychiatric institutions in Toronto, Canada and Perth, Australia. In a divergent area of interest, she has recently published on the neocolonial politics of ‘friendly feeling’ in Western coffee trade practices in M/C Journal.

Holly Randell-Moon, Macquarie University

Holly Randell-Moon teaches cultural studies at Macquarie University, Sydney. She has published widely on race, religion and secularism in the journals Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, borderlands and Social Semiotics and in the collections Religion, Spirituality and the Social Sciences (2008) and Mediating Faiths (2010). Her publications on popular culture, gender, and sexuality have also appeared in the edited book collection Common Sense: Intelligence as Presented on Popular Television (2008) and the journals Feminist Media Studies and Topic: The Washington & Jefferson College Review.