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Erwan Dianteill, born in 1967, is a specialist of sociological and anthropological theories of religion. He studies the relations between political and religious powers, and especially symbolic domination, resistance and accomodation.
He has done researches on Afro-American cultures (Cuba, United States, Brazil), on the evolution of autochtonous religions in West Africa (Benin) and on new Christian churches. He published two books on Afrocuban religions in Havana and one book on the African American Spiritual Church in New-Orleans. Erwan Dianteill is presently completing this Afro-Atlantic research with a fieldwork in West Africa: he has been conducting a fieldwork since 2007 in Porto Novo (Benin) on the transformation of the Fa/Ifa divination in a modern African city (in 2009, film of a Fa/Ifa initiation and complete recording of the myths attached to the Fa/Ifa divination signs).
He also conducts a critical reading of the history of anthropology and sociology of religions (two books already published with Michael Löwy).
Erwan Dianteill was a visiting professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Tulane University (New Orleans), the University of Buenos Aires, the National University of Honduras, the University of Havana.
Main publications (in French):
2015, (ed., with Francis Affergan), Revue Européenne de Sciences Sociales (Lausanne), november 2015, issue 53 (2), special edition "Symbols and things, an anthropological approach”.
2015, "African Herod - Epiphany in Porto-Novo (Benin)”, L’Homme, Revue française d’anthropologie, 213 : 33-68.
2014, (ed.) Marcel Mauss, in theory and in practice – Anthropology, sociology, philosophy, Paris, Editions Archives Karéline.
2013, (ed.) Marcel Mauss – Anthropology of the single and the multiple, Paris, PUF, collection "Débats philosophiques”.
2012, (ed.), The notion of culture in human and social sciences – Dialogue with Marshall Sahlins, Paris, Editions Archives Karéline.
2012, (ed., with Francis Affergan), journal L’Année sociologique, special edition "Sociology and anthropology”.
2011 Eshu, god of Africa and the New World (with Michèle Chouchan), Paris, Larousse, 190 p.
2009 Sociology and religion III – Unusual approaches (with Michael Löwy), Paris, PUF, collection "Sociology today”, 183 p.
2008 (ed. with Bertrand Hell) The Spectacular Possession: theater and globalization, journal Gradhiva, April 2008.
2006 The Black Samaritan Woman - African American Spiritual churches in New Orleans. Editions de l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, collection « Cahiers de l’Homme », 264 p. (Includes a DVD of the documentary “Roll With The Spirit”, 48 mins, in English with French subtitles)
2006 Sociology and religion II – Dissident approaches (with Michael Löwy), Paris, PUF, collection "Sociology today”, 188 p.
2000 Of Gods and signs - Initiation, divination and writing in Afro-Cuban religions. Paris, Editions de l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, collection « Civilisations et sociétés », 383 p.