Dr Diego Maria Malara

  • Lecturer in Social Anthropology (Sociology)

Biography

Diego Maria Malara joined the University of Glasgow in 2018 as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Global Religion. He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh, an MSc in Medical Anthropology from the same institution, an MA in African Studies from Dalarna University, and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Bologna. Prior to joining the University of Glasgow, he held a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, and a teaching fellowship at the University of Edinburgh. During his doctoral fieldwork research, he was a research affiliate at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies at the University of Addis Ababa.

Research interests

Diego Maria Malara’s research interests include:

  • Ritual and religion
  • Embodiment and personhood
  • Ethics and care
  • Spirit possession, witchcraft and magic
  • Kinship and relatedness
  • Religious media and visual anthropology
  • Religious pluralism
  • Food, commensality and hospitality
  • Health and healing
  • Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity

During fieldwork conducted in 2011-2013, Diego Maria Malara started flirting with visual ethnography. The first offspring of this ongoing romance was ‘The Devil and the Holy Water’ (2016), a documentary film on new forms of Ethiopian Orthodox exorcism that has won several international awards and has been screened in academic fora as well as film festivals across Europe, Australia and the US.

 

 

Publications

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Jump to: 2022 | 2018 | 2016 | 2011
Number of items: 10.

2022

Malara, D. M. and Dejene, B. H. (2022) Possessed by the post-socialist zeitgeist: history, spirits and the problem of generational (dis)continuity in an Ethiopian Orthodox exorcism. In: Francello, S. and Gusman, A. (eds.) Charismatic Healers in Contemporary Africa: Deliverance in Muslim and Christian Worlds. Series: Bloomsbury advances in religious studies. Bloomsbury Academic: London, pp. 160-177. ISBN 9781350295445 (doi: 10.5040/9781350295476.0018)

Malara, D. M. (2022) Exorcizing the spirit of Protestantism: ambiguity and spirit possession in an Ethiopian Orthodox ritual. Ethnos, 87(4), pp. 749-770. (doi: 10.1080/00141844.2019.1631871)

Malara, D. M. (2022) Angels and demons: notes on kinship and exorcism at an Ethiopian Orthodox shrine. In: Espírito Santo, D. and Shapiro, M. (eds.) The Dynamic Cosmos: Movement, Paradox, and Experimentation in the Anthropology of Spirit Possession. Series: Bloomsbury advances in religious studies. Bloomsbury Academic: London, pp. 21-34. ISBN 9781350298859 (doi: 10.5040/9781350299351.ch-1)

Malara, D. M. (2022) Sympathy for the Devil: secrecy, magic and transgression among Ethiopian Orthodox debtera. Ethnos, 87(3), pp. 444-462. (doi: 10.1080/00141844.2019.1707255)

2018

Mayblin, M. and Malara, D. (2018) Special Section: Discipline and Lenience in Religious Systems [Guest Editor]. Social Analysis, 62(3),

Malara, D. (2018) The alimentary forms of religious life: technologies of the other, lenience, and the ethics of Ethiopian Orthodox fasting. Social Analysis, 62(3), pp. 21-41. (doi: 10.3167/sa.2018.620302)

Mayblin, M. and Malara, D. (2018) Introduction: lenience in systems of religious meaning and practice. Social Analysis, 62(3), pp. 1-20. (doi: 10.3167/sa.2018.620301)

2016

Malara, D. and Boylston, T. (2016) Vertical love: forms of submission and top-down power in Orthodox Ethiopia. Social Analysis, 60(4), pp. 40-57. (doi: 10.3167/sa.2016.600403)

2011

Malara, D. (2011) Le tradizioni terapeutiche della Chiesa Ortodossa Etiopica. In: Nicolini, B. and Taddia, I. (eds.) Il Corno d'Africa: Tra Medicina, Politica e Storia. Novalogos: Aprilia. ISBN 9788897339427

Malara, D. (2011) Le tradizioni terapeutiche della Chiesa Ortodossa Etiopica: alcune considerazioni preliminari. Quaderni del CIRSDIG, 48, pp. 4-36.

This list was generated on Sun Feb 5 21:18:12 2023 GMT.
Number of items: 10.

Articles

Malara, D. M. (2022) Exorcizing the spirit of Protestantism: ambiguity and spirit possession in an Ethiopian Orthodox ritual. Ethnos, 87(4), pp. 749-770. (doi: 10.1080/00141844.2019.1631871)

Malara, D. M. (2022) Sympathy for the Devil: secrecy, magic and transgression among Ethiopian Orthodox debtera. Ethnos, 87(3), pp. 444-462. (doi: 10.1080/00141844.2019.1707255)

Mayblin, M. and Malara, D. (2018) Special Section: Discipline and Lenience in Religious Systems [Guest Editor]. Social Analysis, 62(3),

Malara, D. (2018) The alimentary forms of religious life: technologies of the other, lenience, and the ethics of Ethiopian Orthodox fasting. Social Analysis, 62(3), pp. 21-41. (doi: 10.3167/sa.2018.620302)

Mayblin, M. and Malara, D. (2018) Introduction: lenience in systems of religious meaning and practice. Social Analysis, 62(3), pp. 1-20. (doi: 10.3167/sa.2018.620301)

Malara, D. and Boylston, T. (2016) Vertical love: forms of submission and top-down power in Orthodox Ethiopia. Social Analysis, 60(4), pp. 40-57. (doi: 10.3167/sa.2016.600403)

Malara, D. (2011) Le tradizioni terapeutiche della Chiesa Ortodossa Etiopica: alcune considerazioni preliminari. Quaderni del CIRSDIG, 48, pp. 4-36.

Book Sections

Malara, D. M. and Dejene, B. H. (2022) Possessed by the post-socialist zeitgeist: history, spirits and the problem of generational (dis)continuity in an Ethiopian Orthodox exorcism. In: Francello, S. and Gusman, A. (eds.) Charismatic Healers in Contemporary Africa: Deliverance in Muslim and Christian Worlds. Series: Bloomsbury advances in religious studies. Bloomsbury Academic: London, pp. 160-177. ISBN 9781350295445 (doi: 10.5040/9781350295476.0018)

Malara, D. M. (2022) Angels and demons: notes on kinship and exorcism at an Ethiopian Orthodox shrine. In: Espírito Santo, D. and Shapiro, M. (eds.) The Dynamic Cosmos: Movement, Paradox, and Experimentation in the Anthropology of Spirit Possession. Series: Bloomsbury advances in religious studies. Bloomsbury Academic: London, pp. 21-34. ISBN 9781350298859 (doi: 10.5040/9781350299351.ch-1)

Malara, D. (2011) Le tradizioni terapeutiche della Chiesa Ortodossa Etiopica. In: Nicolini, B. and Taddia, I. (eds.) Il Corno d'Africa: Tra Medicina, Politica e Storia. Novalogos: Aprilia. ISBN 9788897339427

This list was generated on Sun Feb 5 21:18:12 2023 GMT.

Supervision

I would like to hear from students interested in any of my areas of interest.

Teaching

'Anthropology of Religion' - Section of 'Sociology 2B', Undergraduate 2018-2019

'Religion in Society' - Postgraduate 2018-2019

'Cosmology, Ritual and Belief' - Undergraduate (Hons.) 2019-2020 

Additional information

I am the Postgraduate Dissertation coordinator