Rob is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. His dissertation focuses on the relationship between mysticism and modernist social thought in Qajar Iran, with particular concern for both fields’ treatments of subjectivity.
Doug Bafford is a doctoral student in anthropology at Brandeis University. His research poses questions within the anthropology of religion, particularly how people negotiate alternative ways of knowing and how the religious sphere carries over into other dimensions of social life.
As an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker, Bernstein’s main work has been on the changing geopolitical imaginaries of mobile religious communities across Eurasia. Her book, “Religious Bodies Politic: Rituals of Sovereignty in Buryat Buddhism” (Chicago, 2013), explores the transformation of Buddhist practice among a Siberian indigenous people known as Buryats, foremost through their post-Soviet renewal of transnational ties with their fellow co-religionists across north and south Asia.
Margaretha Blignaut is a third-year doctoral student in the department of Anthropology. Her research focuses on the production and circulation of heritage claims, with a particular emphasis on the ways in which the evidentiary terrain of Roma heritage claims are being impacted by population genetic scholarship and the dynamics of heritage regimes across Europe.