Chancellor Jackman Professor
Contact Areas of Interest
Coleman, Simon Department for the Study of Religion
170 St George Street, 3rd floor
Toronto, ON  M5R 2M8
  • Ritual, language and transnational mobility in relation to charismatic Christians
  • Re-theorizing the anthropology of pilgrimage
  • Creation science and the anthropology of knowledge
  • The relationship between ritual, history and text
  • Hospital chaplaincy and intersections between spiritualized and medicalized space


Simon Coleman is Chancellor Jackman Professor. He came to U of T in 2010 from the University of Sussex, where he had been Head of the Department of Anthropology. Prior to that, he had been Reader in Anthropology at the University of Durham, and Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health at Durham. He obtained his undergraduate degree and PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Simon is currently co-editor of the journal Religion and Society: Advances in Research and of the book series Ashgate Studies in Pilgrimage. Formerly, he was editor of the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. He has carried out fieldwork in Sweden (Word of Life Ministry, Uppsala), the United Kingdom (Walsingham pilgrimage; the Redeemed Christian Church of God) and Nigeria (Redeemed Christian Church of God). With Rosalind Hackett, he has just edited The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism  (New York University Press). With Dee Dyas (University of York) and Marion Bowman (Open University) he is engaged on an AHRC-funded project investigating past and present uses of English cathedrals.

Simon moderates an anthropology list-serve for the European Association of Social Anthropologists, available at

Curriculum Vitae

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Primary Teaching

  • The Idea of Pilgrimage
  • Material Religion
  • Method and Theory
  • Words and Worship

Selected Publications

2013  Coleman, Simon. “Only (Dis-)Connect: Pentecostal Global Networking as Revelation and Concealment.” Religions 4(3): 367-390.

2013  Coleman, Simon. “De-exceptionalising Islam.” In M. Marsden and K. Retsikas (Eds) Articulating Islam: Anthropological Approaches to Muslim Worlds. New York: Springer. 247-258.

2013  Coleman, Simon and Katrin Maier. “Redeeming the City: Creating and Traversing ‘London-Lagos.’” Religion 43(3): 353-364.

2012  Coleman, Simon with A. Street. “Hospital Heterotopias: Ethnographies of Biomedical and Non-Biomedical Spaces.” Space and Culture 15, Special Issue.

2011  Coleman. Simon and P. von Hellermann. “Introduction: Queries, Collaborations, Calibrations.” In S. Coleman, P. von Hellermann (Eds) Multi-sited Ethnography: Problems and Possibilities in the Translocation of Research Methods. New York: Routledge. 1-15.

2011  Coleman, Simon. “‘Right Now!’: Historio-praxy and the Embodiment of Charismatic Temporalities.” Ethnos 76(4): 426-447.

Recent Accomplishments

2013  Elected to Board of Society for the Anthropology of Religion, American Anthropological Association

2012  Listed as one of the three most-influential Religion researchers in Canada in Globe and Mail (Hirsch-Index Benchmarking of Academic Research)

2012  “Prosperity Unbound? Debating the ‘Sacrificial Economy.” Research in Economic Anthropology (2011, 31: 23-45) chosen as Outstanding Author Contribution Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012