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Dr. Dorcas Dennis

Dorcas Dennis, PhD

Professor of Folk Studies
World Religion Specialist 
International Experience: Ghana, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia

 

 

Education

  • PhD in Religious Studies, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
  • MA in Religious Studies, Florida International University (FIU), Miami, Florida, USA
  • Masters of Philosophy in Religious Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana
  • BA in Theology and Missions, Central University College, Accra, Ghana

Academic Experiences

  • Online Course Instructor, Coordinator, & Designer, Florida International University (FIU), USA
  • Teaching Fellow, Course Coordinator, Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), New Zealand
  • Teaching Assistant, Florida International University (FIU), USA
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Ghana-Legon, Accra, Ghana

Teaching Specializations

  • New Religious/Folk Movements
  • African Diaspora Folk Religions
  • Fieldwork/Religious Ethnography

Professional Experiences

  • Reviewer, International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society
  • Section Editor and Reviewer, Australasian Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movement (ADPCM), Sydney, Australia

Academic Presentations

  • Migration Religiosity and Australian Pentecostalism: The Power Chapel in Melbourne presented at University of Western Sydney, August 2017- Australia
  • Vodou Origins: Cosmology, Ritual Structure, and Health (Lecture Presented at the Religious Studies Department) in VUW’s Trimester 3, 2016
  • Vodou and the Haitian Revolution & Vodou among Haitians in the Diaspora (Lectures presented at the Religious Studies Department in VUW’s Trimester 3 (2015/16)
  • The Agents’ on Divine Assignments“: African Migrant Churches and Peace in New Zealand (Paper accepted for presentation at the 2015 CFP: Peace and Christianity Conference in New Zealand), November 2015
  • Passports as ‘Sacred Ritual Tokens’“: Ghanaian Neo-Pentecostal Churches and international migrations, (Paper accepted for presentation at New Zealand Association for the Study of Religion (NZASR) and the Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR) 2015 Conference in Queenstown), December 2015
  • International Migration as Spiritual and Mundane Process: The Accounts of Ghanaian Migrants in Australia (Paper presented at the New Historian Conference 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand) August 2015
  • Mind, Body and Self“: Spirit Possession and Post Mortuary Rituals in Haitian Vodou, (Paper presented at the Society for Philosophy and Culture 2015 International Conference in Wellington, New Zealand) July 25, 2015
  • Traveling with the Spirit“: International Migration and Indigenous Pentecostalism in Ghana and Australia, (Paper presented at the FAASGRAD 2014 Conference at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand) August 18, 2014
  • Houngans and Mambos of the Diaspora: The Role of Vodou Ritual Specialists in Group Re-integration, identity Creation, and Health Production among Haitians in Miami’s Little Haiti, (Paper presented at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) National Meeting in Chicago, Illinois) November 19, 2012
  • South to South Flows of Religion“: The Migration of Rastafarian Symbols and Agents from Jamaica to Ghana (Paper presented at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) Southeastern Regional Meeting) Atlanta Georgia, March 2011

Publications

  • “Migrant Peacemakers? African Pentecostals in New Zealand” In Pursuing Peace in Godzone: Christianity and Peace Tradition in New Zealand. Published by Victoria University Press. ISBN: 9781776561827. (This was also peer-reviewed paper presented at the CPF 2015: Peace and Christianity in New Zealand, November 2015).
  • Work in progress: “Mind, Body and Self: Spirit Possession and Post Mortuary Rituals in Haitian Vodou,”(Paper presented at the Society for Philosophy and Culture 2015 International Conference in Wellington, New Zealand) July 25, 2015.
  • Work in progress (with Reviewers): “Houngans and Mambos of the Diaspora”: The Role of Vodou Ritual Specialists in Group Re-integration, identity Creation and Health Production among Haitians in Miami’s Little Haiti, (Paper presented at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) National Meeting in Chicago, Illinois), November 19, 2013.

Fellowships and Awards

  • Victoria University of Wellington Faculty Research Grant, 2013.
  • William Wallace Gibson Memorial Research Scholarship Award, 2013.
  • American Academy of Religion Independent Research Award ($3000), 2012. (Research Associate)

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Philosophy and Culture
  • New Historians of Victoria University of Wellington
  • New Zealand and Australian Association for the Study of Religions
  • American Academy of Religions