Monica Cornejo is a Spanish anthropologist. She is Assistant Professor at the Social Anthropology Department of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She holds degrees in Philosophy and Social Anthropology from the University of Deusto. In 2007 she received the National Award in Culture Research from Education and Culture Ministry of Spain, Marques de Lozoya XVI for her PhD Thesis. She has done research on popular Catholicism since 2002 and is the author of “La Construcción Antropológica de la Religión. Etnografía de una localidad manchega” (Madrid: Ministerio de Cultura, 2008). Since 2009 she is engaged in research on contemporary spiritualities in Madrid.

Anna Fedele is a research fellow of the Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA) at the Lisbon University Institute and a chercheure associée of the Groupe de Sociologie Politique et Morale of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender and religion and especially on issues of corporeality and ritual creativity. She is the author of Looking for Mary Magdalene. Alternative Pilgrimage and Ritual Creativity at Catholic Shrines in France (Oxford University Press, 2012) and has edited with Ruy Llera Blanes the volume Encounters of Body and Soul in Contemporary Religious Practices. Anthropological Reflections (Berghahn, 2011).

Victoria Hegner received her PhD from the Institute for European Ethnology at the Humboldt-University of Berlin. Her urban ethnographic thesis focused on the recent Russian Jewish Migration to the US-City Chicago and the German capital Berlin. Since 2009 she works as a senior lecturer at the Institute for Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology at the University of Göttingen. Since April 2012 she is the head of the research project: Neopagan witchcraft within the Urban Context (exemplary site Berlin), funded by the German Research Association, at the Institute for Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology, University of Göttingen.

Kim Knibbe is a lecturer at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at Groningen University. She received her PhD in anthropology from VU University Amsterdam. She has done research on religious change and religious pluralism in the Netherlands and on Nigerian-initiated Pentecostal networks in Europe. An ethnography on religious change in the Netherlands will be published by Brill in 2012.

Inês Lourenço obtained her PhD in Anthroplogy from the Department of Anthropology at ISCTE/IUL, Lisbon University Institute. She is a Post-Doctoral fellow at CRIA – Center for Research in Anthropology with a post-doctoral grant from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. Her research focuses upon the Hindu Diaspora in Portugal and she carried out fieldwork in Portugal and in India since 2000. Currently she is especially interested in exploring issues related to the consumption of Indian commodities, such as those related to the Bollywood industry, and on the related social uses of culture in Portuguese society.

Eugenia Roussou received her PhD from University College London in 2010. She has conducted extensive ethnographic research on the amalgamation of religion and spirituality in the context of everyday ritual practice in Greece. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at CRIA/ FCSH, New University of Lisbon, where she is working on ‘New Age’ spiritualities, religious pluralism and spiritual creativity in present-day Lisbon.

Ethan Sharp received the Ph.D. in folklore at Indiana University in 2004. He has held teaching positions in Latin American studies and anthropology programs at different institutions, including the University of Texas – Pan American and Agnes Scott College. He is the author of the book No Longer Strangers: Mexican Immigrants, Catholic Ministries and the Promise of Citizenship, to be published by Indiana University Press. In 2009 and 2010, he conducted ethnographic research in Monterrey, Mexico, with a Fulbright-García Robles Fellowship. Currently, he is a visiting scholar in Latin American studies at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia.

Viola Teisenhoffer is a PhD candidate in anthropology (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre – La Défense / Laboratoire d’Ethnologie et de Sociologie Comparative). She conducted fieldwork in Paris, in two groups that practice Umbanda, an Afro-Brazilian religion recently introduced in France, as well as in the Brazilian shrine houses that originated them. Her research explores the formal characteristics of the ritual practice of Umbanda among French “spiritual seekers” and also focuses on the particular self-transformation it effects, in order to contribute to a better understanding of contemporary New Age and Neopagan religious orientations.

Åsa Trulsson is currently a lecturer in religious studies at the Linneaus University in Sweden. Her fields of interest include ethnographic practice, ritual studies, negotiations of power and authority within contemporary spiritualities, as well as gender and embodiment. These issues are explored in her doctoral dissertation Cultivating the Sacred: Ritual Creativity and Practice among Women in Contemporary Europe (2010).

Ehler Voss obtained his PhD in Anthropology in Leipzig (Germany) and is currently researching 19th century European Spiritism at the University of Siegen (Germany) within the research project “Social innovation through non-hegemonic production of knowledge: Occult phenomena at the intersections of science, media history, and cultural transfer (1770–1970)” funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG).

Rachel Werczberger has received her doctorate on Jewish Spiritual Renewal in Israel in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a research fellow in the Shalom Hartman Institute and teaches in Tel-Aviv University and Ben Gurion University in the Negev. Her research interests include the Sociology and Anthropology of contemporary Judaism, New Age Spirituality and gender and religion. Her recent publications include “Memory, Land and Identity: Visions of the Past and the Land in the Jewish Spiritual Renewal in Israel” in Journal of Contemporary Religion 26.2 (2011) and “The Jewish Renewal Movement in Israeli Secular Society” (co-written with Na’ama Azulay). Contemporary Jewry, 31.2 (2011).


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