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Dr Sitna Quiroz Uria

Assistant Professor in the Study of Religion

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Assistant Professor in the Study of Religion in the Department of Theology and ReligionDun Cow Cottage 205+44 (0) 191 33 43965


I am an anthropologist and specialise in the study of religion. My research to date has focused on the study of Christianity in postcolonial contexts. I have done long term fieldwork in the Republic of Benin, where focused on the study of Pentecostalism, and in the Huasteca region of Mexico where I studied an indigenous (Nahua) Catholic prophetic/millenarian movement.

My current research interests involve the study of religious colonial entanglements in secularised contexts. In particular, I am interested in exploring the incorporation of non-Western spiritual traditions into somatic therapeutic approaches that seek to address the inter-generational transmission of embodied memory and trauma, as well as other aspects of mental health and well-being. I teach modules on the study of religion in Latin America and Africa and ethnographic methods in the study of religion.

Research interests

  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Africa
  • Latin America
  • Fieldwork: Benin Republic; Mexico
  • Christianity
  • Pentecostalism
  • Gender
  • Kinship
  • Colonial religious entanglements
  • Secularity


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