Stef Aupers (1969) is professor 'media culture' at the Institute for Media Studies at the University of Leuven in Belgium. Most of his work deals with post-tradtional forms of religion, spirituality and conspiracy culture and, particularly, the way such beliefs are mediatized. With Peter Pels, Dick Houtman, Ineke Noomen and Dorien Zandbergen, he collaborated in the NWO-funded research project Cyberspace Salvations: Computer Technology, Simulation, and Modern Gnosis. This research project (2004-2007), focussing on the elective affinity between ICT and religion, lead to various publications on the social, cultural and religious significance of online computer games like World of Warcraft. Since September 2011, he is involved in another NWO-funded research project titled Conspiracy Culture in the Netherlands: Modernity and Its Cultural Discontents together with Peter Achterberg, Dick Houtman and Jaron Harambam.
Stef published - often together with his colleagues – in journals like Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Information, Communication and Society, Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Asian Journal of Social Science, Journal of Contemporary Religion, American Behavioral Scientist, The Public Understanding of Science and European Journal of Communication. His latest international books are Religions of Modernity: Relocating the Sacred to the Self and the Digital (Leiden: Brill, 2010, edited with Dick Houtman) and Paradoxes of Individualization: Social Control and Social Conflict in Contemporary Modernity (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011, with Dick Houtman and Willem de Koster).