Oliver Scheiding is Professor of American Literature and Early American Studies in the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. His research focuses on literary markets, periodical studies, and the socio-materiality of literature. For his publications, see: www.obama-institute.com. He also conducts a research project on the religious press in North America funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), and is currently working on a book titled Net/Works: Textual Sociability and Agency in American Literature.Anja-Maria Bassimir is a historian and religious studies scholar specializing in the religious history of the United States. She is a Research Associate working on a project, funded by the German Research Foundation, (DFG) entitled “Pluralism, Boundary-Making, and Community-Building in North-American Religious Periodicals” at the University of Mainz, Germany. She was previously part of the faculty of North American History at the University of Münster, Germany. Bassimir wrote her dissertation on visions of spiritual community in evangelical magazines during the 1970s and 1980s.