Prof. Emily Pierini
Emily Pierini is teaching Qualitative Research Methods in the BA in Archaeology and Classics and the MA in Sustainable Cultural Heritage. She has taught Research Methods in Social Anthropology at Bristol University, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, and she has given invited lectures at Brazilian Universities.
- Adjunct Professor
- Ph.D, Social Anthropology, University of Bristol, United Kingdom.
- M.A., Social Anthropology, University of Bristol, United Kingdom.
- Degree in Sciences of Communication (five-year Laurea), Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, Italy.
Emily Pierini is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Religious Experience Research Centre. She obtained her Ph.D in Social Anthropology from the University of Bristol with a thesis on mediumistic experience in the Brazilian religion known as Vale do Amanhecer (Valley of the Dawn), where she conducted extensive ethnographic research. In Brazil she has also carried out fieldwork for the National Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN, Ministry of Culture), mapping and identifying the main cultural and religious traits of Afro-Brazilian cult houses in the Federal District. In Europe she has researched Goddess Spirituality in the UK, and the expansion of the temples of the Vale do Amanhecer in Portugal and Italy. Her research interests in the field of social and medical anthropology, and the anthropology of religion include: notions of the body and the self, emotions and the senses, religious experience, religious learning, altered states of consciousness, therapeutic itineraries, spiritual healing and mental health. She is currently working on a project of an international research network in partnership with Brazilian and British Universities, developing ethnographic methodologies in the field of spirituality and biomedicine.
- 2015 Fieldwork and Embodied Knowledge: Researching upon the Experiences of Spirit Mediums in Brazil. In Bettina Schmidt. The Study of Religious Experience: Approaches and Methodologies, London: Equinox. (Forthcoming)
- 2015 Becoming a Jaguar: Spiritual Routes in the Vale do Amanhecer. In Bettina Schmidt and Steven Engler (eds). Handbook on Brazilian Religions. Leiden: Brill. (Forthcoming)
- 2015 Incontri Incorporati: Pratiche Medianiche e Etnografia del Sentire. In S. Botta and M. Ferrara, Corpi Sciamanici: La Nozione di Persona nello Studio dello Sciamanesimo, Roma: Nuova Cultura.
- 2014 Becoming a Spirit Medium: Initiatory Learning and the Self in the Vale do Amanhecer. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology. DOI: 10.1080/00141844.2014.929598, pp.1-25.
- 2015 Embodied Forms of Encounter: educating Perception in researching among Brazilian Spirit Mediums. 33rd ISSR Conference ‘Sensing Religion’, Universitée Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.
- 2013 Religiosidade, Corpo e Self: O Aprendizado Iniciático no Vale do Amanhecer. Lecture at the Department of Anthropology, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil.
- 2013 Percursos Espirituais e Trajetórias Terapêuticas: O Aprendizado Iniciático no Vale do Amanhecer. Lecture at the PPGAS – Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- 2013 Mediumistic Experience and Notions of Selfhood in the Spiritualist Christian Order ‘Vale do Amanhecer. 17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, University of Manchester, UK.
- 2011 Master Sun, Master Moon: Complementary Forms of Mediumship among the Jaguares of the Vale do Amanhecer. Afterlife Research Centre Workshop ‘Ethnographic Approaches to Mediumship’, University of Bristol, UK.
- 2010 Mediunidade e Cura no Vale do Amanhecer, Medical Anthropology Seminar, Faculty of Medicine, Universidade de São Paulo FM-USP, Brazil.
- 2009 Religious Hybridism. The Process of ‘Glocalisation’ in the Vale do Amanhecer. Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth ASA09 Conference, University of Bristol, UK