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Ruy Llera Blanes
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Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon


Spanish anthropologist, trained and currently working at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-UL) as a Postdoctoral Researcher, funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, and Visiting Fellow at the Department of Anthropology of the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

After graduating in Social Anthropology in ISCTE in 2001, I started a doctoral research project in Anthropology, working on a thesis on the music and identity among Pentecostal Gypsies in Portugal and Spain, following the believers of the “Filadelfia Church” in Lisbon and Madrid. I obtained my Ph.D in March 2007, and afterwards decided to expand on the topics of religion, mobility and transnationality, working on African Christian movements in Portugal. After surveying different African Pentecostal churches, at this moment I am working with the Tokoist Church, an Angolan-based prophetic movement.

My research topics include, in broad terms, the issues of contemporary religion, religious pluralism, religion and migration, identities and ethnicity, transnationality and globalisation. Regarding my actual research projects, I am working on the topics of religion in Angola, Atlantic religious diasporas, mobility and territoriality, memory and temporalities, epistemologies, leadership, charisma.

I have also engaged in editorial activities. After working for some years as editorial assistant at the Etnográfica journal (CRIA, Lisbon), I am currently Book and Film Review Editor at the journal Advances in Research: Religion and Society, edited by Berghahn. 


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At 7:54am on August 19, 2011, Keith Hart said…
Welcome to the OAC, Ruy!


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