Membros / Members

JOÃO FERREIRA DIAS
COORDINATOR

João Ferreira Dias holds a PhD in African Studies from the ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon and a MA in History and Culture of Religions from the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon. Researcher at the Centre for International Studies of the ISCTE and Associated Researcher at the Centre of History of the University of Lisbon. His research themes are Yorùbá religion and Candomblé, focusing on cultural memory, rituals, aesthetics, patterns of thought, Candomblé transnationalism and methodologies and categories on the study of African and Afro-diasporic religions.

email: joaoferreiradias@outlook.pt

NIYI AFOLABI 
MEMBER
Niyi Afolabi holds a PhD in Luso-Brazilian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. An Associate Professor of African and Africana Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, he is the author of The Golden Cage (2001), Afro-Brazilians: Cultural Production in a Racial Democracy (2009), Ilê Aiyê in Brazil and the Reinvention of Africa (2016), and numerous articles and edited volumes on transatlantic migrations and the African Diaspora. He is currently working on a new monograph on Afro-Brazilian identities.

Contact: afolabi@austin.utexas.edu

ALESSANDRA BRIVIO

MEMBER

Alessandra Brivio teaches Cultural Anthropology and Anthropology of religions at the University of Milano-Bicocca. She has a great deal of fieldwork experience in Benin, Togo and Ghana. Her research interests are Africa religions and memory of slavery in Africa. She is author of the volumes Il vodu in Africa, Metamorfosi di un culto (2012) and Donne, emancipazione e marginalità. Antropologia della schiavitù e della dipendenza (2019) and of academic articles, including “Nos grands-pères achetaient des esclaves…”. Le culte de Mami Tchamba au Togo et au Bénin; Gorovodu: the genesis of a “hausa vodun”.
ARNAUD HALLOY 

MEMBER

I am a Belgian anthropologist, assistant professor (‘maître de conférence’) at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France) since 2007. I graduated in Anthropology at the Free University of Brussels (Belgium) and I received my PhD in 2005 from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris-France). After studying an Afro-Brazilian cult in Belgium during my graduation, I traveled to Brazil where I conducted extensive fieldwork in the Xangô Cult, an Afro-Brazilian possession Cult of the city of Recife, in the North-East Region of Brazil. Since my first ethnographic steps in Afro-Brazilian religions, my research focuses on how religion is learnt, exploring, from an ethnographic perspective, the mutual influence between cognitive, sensory, emotional and social dimensions of religious learning.
FRANCESCA BASSI

MEMBER

Professora Adjunta da Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia (UFRB), vinculada ao Núcleo de Estudos Interdisciplinares e Formação Geral – NUVEM/CECULT do Centro de Cultura, Linguagens e Tecnologias (CECULT), da Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia. Possui Graduação e Mestrado em Ciências Socais – La Sapienza-Università degli Studi di Roma (1993). Doutorado em Antropologia – Université de Montréal (2009). Foi Pesquisadora Associada do Laboratório de Pesquisa Lapracor/STAPS, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand 2 (França) (2006-2009), onde atuou nas áreas de Antropologia do Corpo e Antropologia do Ritual. Realizou pós-doutorado na Universidade Federal da Bahia (2010-2014), no Programa de Pós-Graduação em Antropologia (Bolsista (PRODOC/CAPES). Tem experiência na área de Antropologia, com ênfase em Antropologia da Religião; Religiões Afro-Brasileiras. Seus trabalhos enfocam os seguintes temas: religiosidades, saberes terapêuticos, teorias do rito, etnografia das religiões afro-brasileiras, etnografia das festas, cultura popular e transmissão da memória.

Email: francesca_xango@yahoo.com

SYNTIA ALVES

MEMBER

Syntia Alves, doutora em Ciências Sociais pela Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP). Atua como docente na Universidade Metropolitana de Santos (Unimes), pesquisadora do Neamp (Núcleo de Estudos em Arte, Mídia e Política) e do Iplures (Grupo de Pesquisa de Identidades Plurais e Representações Simbólicas). Áreas de investigação: Sociologia da Religião e Sociologia da Literatura.

Email: syntiaalves@yahoo.com.br

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