Assistant Professor Contact Areas of Interest
Simon Coleman
Department for the Study of Religion
170 St. George St., Room 333
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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  • The Idea of Pilgrimage
  • Material Religion
  • Method and Theory
  • Words and Worship



M. Marsden and K. Retsikas“De-exceptionalising Islam” in Articulating Islam: Anthropological Approaches to Muslim Worlds.New York: Springer.
S. Coleman, P. von Hellermann“Introduction: Queries, Collaborations, Calibrations” in Multi-sited Ethnography: Problems and Possibilities in the Translocation of Research Methods.New York: Routledge.


“Only (Dis-)Connect: Pentecostal Global Networking as Revelation and Concealment.”Religions.4(3): 367-390.
“Redeeming the City: Creating and Traversing ‘London-Lagos.’”Religion.43(3): 353-364.
Co-authored with A. Street.“Hospital Heterotopias: Ethnographies of Biomedical and Non-Biomedical Spaces.”Space and Culture.
“‘Right Now!’: Historio-praxy and the Embodiment of Charismatic Temporalities.”Ethnos.76(4): 426-447.