Dr. Annalisa Butticci, 2019-2020

Dr. Annalisa Butticci, 2019-2020


Annalisa Butticci was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.

Her research interests include anthropology and sociology of religion, historical anthropology, World Christianity, Roman Catholicism(s), Pentecostalism(s), African religions, African diasporas, Afro-Europe, mobility and migration, medical anthropology, religion and mental health, visual and material studies, and life stories. 

She has conducted extensive research in Nigeria, Ghana, Italy, Gambia, and the US.

She has been working on two research projects in Gambia and Ghana.

Prior to her position at the Institute, she was an assistant professor at the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University. From 2012-2015, she was Marie Curie fellow at Harvard Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies at Utrecht University. She has been a fellow at European and American universities and research Institutes, including the New York University, Rutgers University, University of Padua (Italy), Freie University (Berlin) and Forum Transregionale Studien-Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices in Berlin.

Her latest book African Pentecostals in Catholic Europe: The Politics of Presence in the Twenty-First Century (Harvard University Press, 2016) was awarded honorable mention by the 2017 Clifford Geertz Prize committee in recognition of its contribution to the anthropological study of religion.  She is the co-director of the film/documentary "Enlarging the Kingdom. African Pentecostalism in Italy", author of articles published in academic journals and edited volumes, editor of the photographic catalogue “Na God. Aesthetics of African Charismatic Power", and curator of several photographic and multimedia exhibitions.

She received her Ph.D from the Catholic University of Milan, Italy.

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