Ferrari’s on to a winner

Posted on 18th February 2011

Theology and Religious Studies Department celebrates Dr Fabrizio Ferrari’s new volumes in South Asian Religions. On February 9th staff and students of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies celebrated the publication of not one, but two important volumes recently published.

Health and Religious Rituals in South Asia: Disease, Possession and Healing, London: Routledge, 2010

Guilty Males and Proud Females: Negotiating Genders in a Bengali Festival, Calcutta: Seagull, 2010

Fabrizio Ferrari and his two publications, and MA Religious Studies students Rose Smith and Lisa Tatlock
Fabrizio Ferrari and his two publications, and MA Religious Studies students Rose Smith and Lisa Tatlock

The first volume is an edited collection exploring the meaning ‘disease’, ‘possession’ and ‘healing’ in a variety of South Asian contexts. The volume is assembled and edited by Chester’s Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies and South Asian specialist, Dr Fabrizio M Ferrari, and draws on his networks of the world’s best known field researchers and theorists in the area.  The second volume is Fabrizio’s own monograph, offering the first complete, multidisciplinary study of the Bengali Gajan festival dedicated to the god Dharmaraj. Drawing on Fabrizio’s own extensive fieldwork, the volume goes beyond a simple ethnographic account to theorise about political, social and gendered discourses in the generation of cultural patterns.

At the launch to congratulate Fabrizio on these two achievements, he shared with staff and students some insights into his fieldwork experiences and some of the ethical challenges involved.