Alexandra Antohin recently completed her doctorate in Social Anthropology at University College London. For her fieldwork studies on the patterns of community organizing around the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, she conducted 16 months of research in Dessie (an urban centre 400 km north of the capital). Topics that were explored included the centrality of the covenant as a prevailing principle in narrative, ritual, material and social spheres; the culture of commemoration, such as popular observance of feast and fast; and the role of lay associations in mobilizing diocese projects and church expansion.
Research Interests: Urban Studies, Pluralism, Ritual Performance, Cultural Innovation
Profile at UCL / Personal Website
The Stuff of Everyday Religion
The Church-Museum: Context and (Dis)connection in Public Religion
Thinking With The Tabot: The Material Dimensions of Waiting in Addis Ababa