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Dr. Fiona Bowie

Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Director MA in Social Anthropology, Postgraduate admissions for social anthropology, University of Bristol, UK


DPhil (Oxon); BA (Hons, First Class) Anthropology, University of Durham 1978
Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, King's College London
Also: Member of Wolfson College Oxford. Director, Afterlife Research Centre
Formerly: Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology; Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Dean, University of Bristol
Areas: Social anthropology, research methods, anthropology of religion, afterlife
Research: Ethnographic approaches to the afterlife, mediumship and spirit possession. Cameroon and Cameroonian diaspora
Regions: Cameroon, UK (Wales)
Publications: 2016 ‘Negotiating Blurred Boundaries: Ethnographic and Methodological Considerations’. In George Chryssides and Stephen Gregg (eds) The Insider/Outsider Debate in the Study of Religion. Equinox. 2016 ‘How to Study Religious Experience: Methodological Reflections on the Study of the Paranormal’. In Bettina Schmidt (ed.) The Study of Religious Experience. Equinox (pp.13-32). 2015 ‘Miracles’ (pp.161-166), ‘Reincarnation’ (pp.254-256), ‘Survival After Death’ (pp.312-318). In Matt Cardin (ed.) Ghosts, Spirits, and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to Zombies. Santa Barbara: ABC Clio. 2014 “Believing Impossible Things: Scepticism and Scientific Enquiry’. In Jack Hunter and David Luke (eds) Talking with the Spirits: Ethnographies from between the Worlds., Brisbane, Australia: Daily Grail Publishing, pp.19-56. 2013 ‘Building Bridges, Dissolving Boundaries: Towards a Methodology for the Ethnographic Study of the Afterlife, Mediumship and Spiritual Beings’. J Am Acad Relig (2013) 81 (3): 698-733 first published online August 2, 2013 2013 ‘History of Cross Country Adoption and Fostering’, Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies. OUP. 2012 ‘Devising Methods for the Ethnographic Study of the Afterlife: Cognition, Empathy and Engagement’. In Jack Hunter (ed.) Paranthropology. Bristol: Paranthropology (pp.99-106). 2011 ‘Miracle in Traditional Religion’ in Graham Twelftree (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Miracles, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (pp.122-137). 2009 'Anthropology of Religion', Chapter 1 in The Blackwell Companion to the Study of Religion ed. Robert Segal, Oxford & Malden, MA: Blackwell. 2009 'The challenge of multi-sited ethnography' and 'Azi since Conrau' (with Michael Ndobegang) in Ian Fowler and Verkijika G. Fanso (eds.) Encounter, Transformation, and Identity: Peoples of the Western Cameroon Borderlands, 1891-2000, Oxford & New York: Berghahn
Other: Tutor for the Sophia Centre for Cosmology and Culture, University of Wales Trinity St David. Evaluator and panel member, European Research Council.

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