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Adrián Tovar Simoncic

Department of Theology of Bielefeld University

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Biographical Note

Born March 5, 1977
Since April 2008: Ph.D. student of Sociology at the University of Bielefeld.
2005-07: Master's Degree in Cultural Studies with a focus on Religion at the University of Bayreuth
1995-99: First university degree (Licenciatura) in Cultural Anthropology at the EESCHIA, San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
Currently assistant researcher in the project: "Religious Identity-Politics of the Pentecostal Movement: Exploring the Relation between Socially Conditioned Religious Differentiation and Transnational Networking in Guatemala and Nicaragua." Dir. by Prof. Heinrich Schäfer at the University of Bielefeld.
Auxiliary lecturer for the Seminar "Religion, Politics and Society in Latin America: from Liberation Theology to the New Religious Movements." (Bielefeld University)

Research Interests

Religion and politics in Latin America, Indigenous Theology, Liberation Theology, Latin American Pentecostalism, comparative study and historical development of messianic millennialism in Europe and the Americas, philosophy of language applied to religion, aesthetic of religions.

Contribution to the Research Group

I expect to contribute mainly from two perspectives: The first one lays on my research work about Latin American Indigenous Theology, that was the base for my masters degree thesis. I focused my analysis on the discursive construction of ethnicity involving and conflating different religious semantic spheres. I also analysed the possible function of religious elements in the construction of ethnicity in order to enable the discourse for operating on translocal and transnational level. In the same way, the project on which I am currently working, delivers an interesting and important perspective about how religion is interacting with the reconfiguration processes of ethnic Identities in Latin America: Pentecostalism (and in general renewalism as a certain kin of transdenominational religiosity) is probably the most powefull and dynamic religious form of social mobilisationin Latin America now a days. Regarding ethnicity, there seem to be many cases (despite the ambiguity in this relationship) in which renewalist religiosity is playing a substituting function, where "lost" identities are intended to be rehabilitated.

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