About me


Settler in Mohkinstis. Professor of Religious Studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada, teaching a variety of courses and studying spirit-incorporation religions (especially Umbanda, Kardecist Spiritism, popular Catholicism and related traditions in Brazil) as well as theories and methodology in the study of religion\s. Affiliate Professor with the Department of Religion, Concordia University, Montréal (2008–present). Visiting Research Professor (2005–2007) and Professor Colaborador (2014–2017) in the Programa de Estudos Pós-Graduados em Ciências da Religião at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP).

Born and raised in the interior of British Columbia. High-school exchange student for a year in São João da Boa Vista, Brazil. Two years as a physics major, then B.A. and M.A. in philosophy (UBC, 1986, Vancouver; UofT, Toronto, 1989). Taught philosophy for four years at Capilano College in North Vancouver. Ph.D. in Religion (Concordia University, Montréal, 1999), supervised by Michel Despland. Part-time teaching: University of British Columbia (Vancouver), Concordia University (Montréal), Marianopolis College (Montréal), Augustana University (Camrose), the University of Alberta (Edmonton), the University of Calgary, St. Mary’s University (Calgary), Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, and Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais (Belo Horizonte). Hired full-time at MRU (1999; tenured 2002; Full Professor 2012).

Some personal favourites:

Academia: José Enrique Rodó, Ariel (1900); Max Weber, “‘Churches’ and ‘Sects’ in North America: An Ecclesiastical Socio-Political Sketch” (1906); Émile Durkheim, Les formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse (1912); Ronald A. Knox, Enthusiasm: A Chapter in the History of Religion with Special Reference to the XVII and XVIII Centuries (1950); Raimundo Faoro, Os donos do poder: formação do patronato político brasileiro (1958); Maria Isaura Pereira de Queiroz, O mandonismo local na vida política brasileira e outros ensaios (1970); Michel Foucault, Histoire de la folie à l’âge classique (1972); Duglas Teixeira Monteiro, “Churches, Sects, and Agencies: Aspects of Popular Ecumenism” (1977); Roberto Da Matta, Carnavais, malandros e heróis: para uma sociologia do dilema brasileiro (1978); Pierre Bourdieu, Le Sens pratique (1980); Louis Dumont, Homo Hierarchicus (1980); Michael T. Taussig, The Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America (1980); Paula Montero, Da doença à desordem: a magia na umbanda (1985); Laura de Mello e Souza, O diabo e a Terra de Santa Cruz (1986); Richard M. Morse, O espelho de Próspero: cultura e idéias nas Américas (1988); Robert Muchembled, L’invention de l’homme moderne. Sensibilités, mœurs et comportements collectifs sous l’Ancien Régime (1988); Tanya Luhrmann, Persuasions of the Witch’s Craft: Ritual Magic in Contemporary England (1989); Margaret Trawick, Notes on Love in a Tamil Family (1990); Jacques Derrida, Donner le temps 1. La fausse monnaie (1991); Annette Weiner, Inalienable Possessions: The Paradox of Keeping-While-Giving (1992); Aníbal Quijano, “Colonialidad y modernidad/racionalidad” (1992); Maurice Bloch, Prey into Hunter: The Politics of Religious Experience (1992); Moishe Postone, Time, Labor and Social Domination: A Reinterpretation of Marx’s Critical Theory (1993); Hans Belting, Likeness and Presence: A History of the Image before the Era of Art (1994[1990]); Patrícia Birman, Fazer estilo criando gêneros: possessão e diferenças de gênero em terreiros de Umbanda e Candomblé no Rio de Janeiro (1995); Walter D. Mignolo, The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, and Colonization (1995); Bruno Latour, Petite réflexion sur le culte moderne des dieux faitiches (1996); Gustavo Benavides, “Magic, Religion, Materiality” (1997); Alfred Gell, Art and Agency: An Anthropological Theory (1998); Yvonne Maggie, Guerra de Orixá: um estudo de ritual e conflito (2001[1975]); Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, A inconstância da alma selvagem e outros ensaios de antropologia (2002); Stephan Palmié, Wizards and Scientists: Explorations in Afro-Cuban Modernity and Tradition (2002); Saba Mahmood, Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject (2005); Denise Ferreira da Silva, Toward a Global Idea of Race (2007); Mary Louise Pratt, Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (2007[1992]); Webb Keane, Christian Moderns: Freedom and Fetish in the Mission Encounter (2007); Ann Taves, Religious Experience Reconsidered: A Building Block Approach to the Study of Religion and Other Special Things (2009); Stephen S. Bush, Visions of Religion: Experience, Meaning, and Power (2014); Richard Swedborg, The Art of Social Theory (2014); Audra Simpson, Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life across the Borders of Settler States (2014); Arnaud Halloy, Divinités incarnés: L’apprentissage de la possession dans un culte afro-brésilien (2015)

Jazz: Jelly Roll Morton (1890–1941), Louis Armstrong (1901–1971), Bix Beiderbecke (1903–1931), Eddie Jefferson (1918–1979), Charles Mingus (1922–1979), Cecil Taylor (1929–2018), Sonny Rollins (1930–), Andrew Hill (1931–2007), Marion Brown (1931–2010), Abdullah Ibrahim (1934–), Hermeto Pascoal (1936–), John Tchicai (1936–2012), Sonny Greenwich (1936–), Archie Shepp (1937–), Andrew Cyrille (1939–), Lester Bowie (1941–1999), Bobby Hutcherson (1941–2016), Evan Parker (1944–), Keith Jarrett (1945–), Bennie Wallace (1946–), Vinny Golia (1946–), Egberto Gismonti (1947–), Jessica Williams (1948–), Bobby Previte (1951–), Ray Anderson (1952–), Pat Metheny (1954–), Emily Remler (1957–1990), Thomas Chapin (1957–1998), Matthew Shipp (1960–), Gary Thomas (1961–), Dave Douglas (1963–), London Jazz Composers Orchestra (1972–), Ambrose Akinmusire (1982–)

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