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Emily Pierini
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  • Italy
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Emily Pierini's Discussions

CfP IUAES 2013: The Extended Self: Relations between Material and Immaterial Worlds

17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences "Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds"University of Manchester, UK5th-10th August 2013.  Call for…Continue

Started Jun 14, 2012

ARC Workshop: Ethnographic Approaches to Mediumship

The ARC Workshop Programme and the abstracts are now available online on our website www.afterliferesearch.co.uk. The Workshop will be held at…Continue

Started Jun 23, 2011

ARC Workshop: Ethnographic Approaches to Mediumship

The ARC Workshop Programme and the abstracts are now available online on our website www.afterliferesearch.co.ukThe Worshop will be held at Bristol…Continue

Started Jun 23, 2011

 

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Name
Emily Pierini

Research Interests

I am a social anthropologist researching in the field of mediumistic religions in Brazil. I have obtained a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Bristol and I am currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies). Since 2004 I have been researching the Brazilian mediumistic religion known as Vale do Amanhecer (Valley of the Dawn) investigating the phenomenon of spirit mediumship and religious experience. In Brazil I have also conducted fieldwork for the IPHAN - Ministry of Culture, in the Afro-Brazilian religions in the Federal District. In the UK I have researched mediumship in a Goddess Temple in Glastonbury.

My research interests include: spirit mediumship, spiritual healing and mental health, religious experience, religious learning, embodiment, and the self.

My Doctoral research ‘The Journey of the Jaguares: Spirit Mediumship in the Vale do Amanhecer’ addressed the experiences of spirit mediums, exploring notions of the self and the therapeutic aspects of initiatory learning, drawing upon data collected during a twenty-two-months fieldwork in Brazil.

University of Wales Trinity Saint David web profile

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Dr. Terence Palmer commented on Emily Pierini's event 'ARC Research Seminar and Networking Meeting 2012'
"Is anyone else planning to attend this? I need justification for travelling all the way from Crawley."
Dec 2, 2012
Emily Pierini posted an event

ARC Research Seminar and Networking Meeting 2012 at University of Bristol Graduate School of Arts and Humanities Ground Floor Seminar Room 7 Woodland Road, BS8 1TB

December 5, 2012 from 5:30pm to 8pm
A networking opportunity for people to discuss current and future research projects focused on the Afterlife and related practices, including trance, spirit mediumship and possession, shamanism, and spirit healing. If you would like to speak about your research interests, please send us a short paragraph about your work. All welcomed to join for an informal discussion accompanied by refreshments. If interested in attending, please fill-in the form on our website:…See More
Nov 20, 2012
Emily Pierini replied to Dr. Terence Palmer's discussion Voice recordings of the 2011 worshop
"Hi Terence, I don't think the website has a download function for audio, but I can send you the file for your presentation."
Oct 11, 2012
Emily Pierini posted a discussion

CfP IUAES 2013: The Extended Self: Relations between Material and Immaterial Worlds

17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences "Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds"University of Manchester, UK5th-10th August 2013.  Call for PapersClosing date for paper proposals: 13th July 2012. Panel: The Extended Self: Relations between Material and Immaterial Worlds Convenors:Fiona Bowie (University of Bristol)Emily Pierini (University of Bristol)Jack Hunter (University of Bristol)Short AbstractThe notion of human personhood in most cultures…See More
Jun 14, 2012
Emily Pierini posted a blog post

ARC Research Directory and Online Library

Dear All,We are currently setting up two new tools on the ARC website to keep scholars updated on the research which is currently being carried out on topics and phenomena related to the Afterlife, the Spirit World, mediumship, trance, possession, shamanism, and religious experience, using anthropological methods. These tools are: * Directory of Researchers and postgraduate students with details of their projects. * Online Library comprising books and articles. If you are working in these…See More
Jul 22, 2011
Emily Pierini posted a blog post

ACR Workshop: Ethnographic Approaches to Mediumship

Dear All,For those interested and those who could not attend the workshop, audio recordings are now available online on the events page of our website www.afterliferesearch.co.uk. A more complete publication from the workshop will follow shortly.EmilySee More
Jul 14, 2011
Emily Pierini posted a discussion

ARC Workshop: Ethnographic Approaches to Mediumship

The ARC Workshop Programme and the abstracts are now available online on our website www.afterliferesearch.co.uk. The Workshop will be held at Bristol University on Monday 4th July. Places are limited so we recommend booking in advance by sending an email to e.pierini@bristol.ac.uk.See More
Jun 23, 2011
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ARC Workshop: Ethnographic Approaches to Mediumship at University of Bristol Graduate School of Arts and Humanities

July 4, 2011 from 10:30am to 5pm
This is a one-day Workshop on “Ethnographic Approaches to Mediumship”, organised by the Afterlife Research Centre in collaboration with the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol.We welcome presentations from scholars working on various aspects of mediumship and related phenomena using ethnographic methodologies.Topics will include:* Ethnographic methodologies and the study of Mediums and Mediumship;* Cross-cultural explorations of the phenomenon of Mediumship, Spirit…See More
Jun 14, 2011
Gayatri Pagdi left a comment for Emily Pierini
"thank you Emily! Will get a feel of this place and then write back. Have read Fiona's writings and am a bit of a fan of Jack Hunter's para anthropology newsletter. Have forwarded it to a couple of friends. Thank you for the welcome."
Jun 13, 2011
Emily Pierini left a comment for Gayatri Pagdi
"Welcome to the ARC Forum. Feel free to use this page to introduce yourself and your interests, and to add new topics to the discussion forum."
Jun 13, 2011
Emily Pierini left a comment for Amad
"Welcome to the ARC Forum. Would you like to introduce yourself and your interests by adding some information on your page?"
Jun 13, 2011
Emily Pierini commented on Sonia's photo
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"Hi Sonia, great pic of Insã! I am working on spirit mediumship in the Vale do Amanhecer but also mapped the different Afro-Brazilian religions in the Distrito Federal for a research of the Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e…"
Jun 22, 2010
Emily Pierini commented on Jack Hunter's photo
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Bristol Spirit Lodge Inside

"Thanks for the explanation, Jack. Just focusing on the role of Amerindian spirits, in the Brazilian Vale do Amanhecer, where I am currently doing fieldwork, the spirit guide of the Doctrine is the spirit of an Indian chief, Pai Seta Branca. He is…"
Dec 1, 2009
Emily Pierini commented on Jack Hunter's photo
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Bristol Spirit Lodge Inside

"Hi Jack, may I ask you a few questions on this picture? is that on the red board a picture of an Indian spirit guide? If so, what is the relevance of Indian spirits in the Lodge? are they believed to have a particular Noth-American or South-American…"
Nov 27, 2009
Fiona Bowie left a comment for Emily Pierini
"Hi Emily, do you have a photo you could use for your profile? I could then use it on the website as well."
Nov 23, 2009

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At 15:37 on June 13, 2011, Gayatri Pagdi said…
thank you Emily! Will get a feel of this place and then write back. Have read Fiona's writings and am a bit of a fan of Jack Hunter's para anthropology newsletter. Have forwarded it to a couple of friends. Thank you for the welcome.
At 19:17 on November 23, 2009, Fiona Bowie said…
Hi Emily, do you have a photo you could use for your profile? I could then use it on the website as well.
At 17:28 on November 23, 2009, Fiona Bowie said…
Welcome Emily. Have you managed to have a look at the link to the website? If you can send a photo and any information you want, links to published or unpublished work etc. I can add it. When I have put as much content on as I can at this stage I will see if Alexis' brother can improve the design before publishing it. You won't be able to access it via a search engine yet, but should be able to see it via: http://www.afterlifereseachcentre.net

Emily Pierini's Blog

ARC Research Directory and Online Library

Dear All,

We are currently setting up two new tools on the ARC website to keep scholars updated on the research which is currently being carried out on topics and phenomena related to the Afterlife, the Spirit World, mediumship, trance, possession, shamanism, and religious experience, using anthropological methods. These tools are:

 

* Directory of Researchers and postgraduate students with details of their projects.

 

* Online Library…

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Posted on July 22, 2011 at 10:43

ACR Workshop: Ethnographic Approaches to Mediumship

Dear All,

For those interested and those who could not attend the workshop, audio recordings are now available online on the events page of our website www.afterliferesearch.co.uk. A more complete publication from the workshop will follow shortly.

Emily

Posted on July 14, 2011 at 13:50

 
 
 

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