Ioannis Gaitanidis is an assistant professor at Chiba University, Japan. His research focuses on religiously framed therapeutic practices in the Greater Tokyo Area. Most recently, he has published on the reception of aura photography technologies in Japan, on internet discourse about ‘spirituality ditching’, and on the relation between economy and spirituality in The Bloomsbury Handbook of Japanese Religions. He is currently waiting with great anticipation for the reviewers’ comments on a monograph provisionally titled Beyond Religion? Alternativity and Spirituality in Contemporary Japan (under contract with Bloomsbury Academic).
Responding to our interview with Mitsutoshi Horii, Ioannis Gaitanidis highlights Horii's analysis of the public benefit-aspect of religion in Japan and expands the conversation by asking how scholars can build on and push further our deconstructive analyses for the critical study of religion.