Academic journal article Material Culture

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Material Culture

Editor's Note

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Dear Colleagues,

It is with pleasure that I bring you this special issue of Material Culture on landscapes of religion and spirituality When I planned this special issue almost two years ago, I did not anticipate that I would be experiencing a diverse array of religious and spiritual practices while at the same time finalizing the issue for publication . As a Fulbright Scholar living for a year in a predominantly Muslim country, one where several sects of Islam are present alongside various forms of Christianity and traditional religious and spiritual practices, I find myself applying some of the ideas presented in these four articles to the landscapes around me . I solicited the Final Take image in this issue from an American doctoral student doing his fieldwork here in Niger because I think it supports and diversifies the articles in this issue

The issue begins with articles that focus on two religious communities: one of the past in Samuel Avery-Quinn's study of the Round Lake Methodist camp in upstate New York, and one of the present in Brad Huff's study on the Catholic community of Ave Maria in Florida . Next, we move to the Midwest where Joshua Pristolas and Gillian Acheson explore the spatial evolution of St . John's Cemetary in Maryville, Illinois . Brad Huff, Joshua Pristolas, and Gillian Acheson all utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in their landscape analysis . Finally, Kimberley Pyszka examines the architecture of St Paul's Parish Church, an Anglican church outside Charleston, South Carolina All four articles present ways in which ideas about religion and spirituality are materialized in the landscape

I would also like to thank my student copy-editor, Amanda Austin, who is finishing her second and final year with the journal . …

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