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Manoela Carpenedo

Religion is…


I am a social researcher and ethnographer dedicated to understanding new syncretic religious movements and their intersections with gender and ethnicity.

I completed my degree in Psychology at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) with an exchange period at the University of Tübingen (Germany) before moving to Europe to undertake a joint European Master degree in Gender Studies at the Universidad de Oviedo (Spain) and the Central European University (Hungary). These international experiences gave me the skills to complete an MPhil in Sociology at Cambridge University, where I stayed to undertake a PhD in Sociology as a CAPES-Cambridge Trust Scholar.

My doctoral research focuses on women's religious conversion experiences, especially in relation Charismatic Evangelicalism and Judaism. Based on a long-term fieldwork in an austere Judaising Brazilian congregation, my PhD is the first full-scale ethnography dedicated to exploring this unexpected hybrid trend in Latin American Charismatic Evangelicalism.

This year, I decided to undertake the Woolf Institute online course Religion is... for improving the theological basis of my research work. The course exposed me to a variety of theological, political and social debates in religious studies. Through the readings, virtual interactions and convenor's mediation, I could learn not only more about Abrahamic faiths in general but also developments in contemporary interfaith dialogue. It was a very stimulating experience. Religion is… enabled me to explore new theoretical avenues, which have substantially contributed to the elaboration of my own research.

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