Profile Information

Affiliation
Associate Professor (New rank system), College of Liberal Arts Division of Arts and Sciences, International Christian University
Degree
Ph.D.(Cornell University)
M.A.(Cornell University)
M.A.(New School for Social Research)
Licenciado(Universidad de Buenos Aires)
Ph.D.(Cornell University)
M.A.(Cornell University)
M.A.(New School for Social Research)
Licenciado(Universidad de Buenos Aires)

Researcher number
30814123
J-GLOBAL ID
201701011832254145
researchmap Member ID
7000021230

I am an anthropologist specialized in the culture and history of Catholic Sri Lanka and more broadly on the Anthropology of Christianity in South and Southeast Asia. My current project is titled “Religious Elites & Mobility: Catholic Priestly Formation in South and Southeast Asia.” The project is an exploration of religious networks in Asia focused on the education of Catholic priests in Singapore and Sri Lanka. Its main objective is to examine the circulation of religious specialists, educators and students who come to these centers of religious learning to train or be trained in the theological, doctrinal, ritual and pastoral aspects of the priesthood. The project emphasizes how technologies of mobility and networks that enable circulation have contributed to the historic consolidation of Catholic communities across the region, and are currently shaping the future of the Church in Asia. For my doctoral studies I conducted ethnographic fieldwork along the western coast of Sri Lanka with Sinhalese-speaking Catholic fishermen who abandon their occupation to embark on labor migration to Italy. My dissertation examined how their Italian experience impacted material and moral aspects of family and community life upon return, emphasizing how a changing local landscape marked by individualism and market liberalism, often had more disruptive consequences on South Asian life-worlds than migration itself. New research initiatives include a collaborative research project on the theme of Intersecting Religious Mobilities in Southeast Asia. For this initiative, I am working on two new projects focused on Catholicism in Malaysia and Singapore. The first project focuses on the process of bidding and fundraising for the development of new spaces for worship. The second project is a historical examination of the role of Missions Etrangères de Paris (MEP) in the dissemination and consolidation of Catholicism in Singapore and Malaysia.

Research Interests

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Papers

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Books and Other Publications

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Presentations

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Research Projects

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