Marian Burchardt

I am a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. Spanning the fields of sociology and social anthropology, my research is focused on how power, subjectivity and discourse shape the politics of diversity and engages with theories of governmentality, knowledge, religion and the body in modernity, with regional concentrations in South Africa and Spain. I have been a visiting fellow at the New School for Social Research in New York, the Canadian Center for German and European Studies in Montreal and Social Science Research Center in Berlin. My book “Faith in the Time of AIDS. Religion, Biopolitics and Modernity in South Africa” was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.
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Burchardt, Marian. 2015a. Faith in the Time of AIDS: Religion, Biopolitics and Modernity in South Africa. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

————————. 2015b. The Self as Capital in the Narrative Economy: How Biographical Testimonies Move Activism in the Global South. Sociology of Health & Illness: 1-18.

————————. 2013. ‘“We are saving the township”: Pentecostalism, Faith-Based Organisations, and Development in South Africa’. The Journal of Modern African Studies 51, no. 4: 627-651.

Becci, Irene, Marian Burchardt, and José Casanova, eds. 2013. Topographies of Faith: Religion in Urban Spaces. Boston and Leiden: Brill.

Burchardt, Marian. 2011. 'Challenging Pentecostal Moralism: Erotic Geographies, Religion and Sexual Practices among Township Youth in Cape Town'. Culture, Health & Sexuality 13, no. 6: 669-683.

Dana Rush


I am a researcher at the University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Studies (USIAS) in France where I am writing a book-length manuscript titled In Remembrance of Slavery: Tchamba Vodun in Togo, which examines how Vodun material and visual culture, supported by oral histories, serve as critical repositories of slavery remembrance. My first book, Vodun in Coastal Bénin: Unfinished, Open-Ended, Global, presents Vodun as a cultural synthesis that emphasizes process over product and efficacy over beauty. I have published articles and book chapters in a wide range of journals and anthologies addressing diverse interdisciplinary topics including Vodun-Hinduism, ephemerality and unfinishedness in Vodun aesthetics, and traditional and contemporary Vodun arts. Two forthcoming articles will focus on (1) gender non-conformity in Vodun and (2) Vodun healing. I am a contributing editor to African Arts (MIT Press) and am on the advisory board of Material Religion: the Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief (Bloombury).
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Rush Dana. 2016. Imaginaires de l’« Inde » dans le vodun d’Afrique de l’Ouest. In D’Afrique en Asie, d’Asie en Afrique , 85-106. Mont Saint Aignan: Presses Universitaires de Rouen et du Havre (PURH).

—————. 2013. Vodun in Coastal Bénin: Unfinished, Open-Ended, Global. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.

—————. 2013. In Remembrane of Slavery: Tchamba Vodun. In African Slavery/ African Voices, edited by Alice Bellagamba, Carolyn Brown, Sandra Greene, and Martin Klein, 222-240. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

—————. 2011.’Remembering Slavery: West African Domestic and Transatlantic Spiritual Incarnations’. Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage 14, no. 2.

—————. 2010.’Ephemerality and the “Unfinished” in Vodun Aesthetics’. African Arts 43, no. 3: 60-75.