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Dr Louise Child 


Position:Lecturer in Religious Studies

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 74039
Extension:74039
Location:John Percival Building 5.14

Research Interests

  • Tantric Buddhism
  • Theories of Durkheim and Mauss
  • Altered States of Consciousness (including Shamanism and Possession Trance)
  • Gender
  • Psychology
  • Contemporary Film
  • Ritual sacrifice
  • Myth

Selected Publications

Child, L. (2007) Tantric Buddhism and Altered States of Consciousness: Durkheim, Emotional Energy and Visions of the Consort. Abingdon: Ashgate.

Child, L. (Forthcoming 2012) ‘Initiation and communities of secrecy in Papua New Guinea, Tantric Buddhism, and contemporary serial drama’ in Garb, J. & Wexler, P. (eds) After Spirituality: Studies in Mystical Traditions.  Peter Lang Publishing.

Child, L. (2010) ‘Spirit possession, seduction and collective consciousness’ in Schmidt, B. & Huskinson, L. (eds) Spirit Possession and Trance: New Interdisciplinary Perspectives.  London: Continuum.

Child, L. (2008) ‘Possession in contemporary cinema: religious and psychological themes’ in DISKUS (the online journal of the British Association for the Study of Religion), vol. 9.

http://www.basr.ac.uk/diskus/diskus9/child.htm

Research Networks and Groups

Crime Narratives Network, Cardiff University

Interdisciplinary Film Network, Cardiff University,

Sacrifice Project Team, School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University
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Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching:

Myth, Narrative and Theory Pathway for MA in Religious Studies.

 

Undergraduate Modules taught:

Emotions, Symbols and Rituals

Bodies Spirits and Souls

Myth and the Movies