Stephen Selka receives Fulbright CIES grant
Plans to study Religion and Tourism in Bahia, Brazil
Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2011
Stephen Selka (Assistant Professor—Religious Studies) is the recipient of a a Fulbright CIES grant to study Religion and Tourism in Bahia, Brazil.
Selka's first book, Religion and the Politics of Ethnic Identity in Bahia, Brazil (University Press of Florida, 2007), investigates how Afro-Brazilians involved with different religious groups construct their ethnic identities and participate in the struggle against racism.
Selka is currently involved with two ongoing research projects. The first concerns conflicts and convergences, especially around questions of morality and ritual, between Candomblé and Pentecostalism in Brazil. The second focuses on the Sisterhood of the Good Death (A Irmandade da Boa Morte, or simply Boa Morte), an Afro-Catholic devotional organization in Bahia whose members are women of African descent involved in Candomblé.
Congratulations to Stephen!