Justine Buck Quijada is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion, and an affiliated member of the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program. She holds an MA in Anthropology from Columbia University and a BA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Before joining the faculty at Wesleyan, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Religious Diversity at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.
Her research focuses on post-Soviet religious practice in Buryatia, urban shamanism, secularism and ritual. She is currently working on a book about how historical narratives and national identities are negotiated and reframed through rituals among the residents of Ulan-Ude.
Photos from her fieldwork can be seen here: www.reqphotos.com
She recently published an edited volume together with Tam T. T. Ngo, Atheist Secularism and its Discontents: A Comparative Study of Religion and Communism in Eurasia.
To hear more about this volume, you can listen to a podcast interview on the New Books Network.
2015 Performing “culture”: diverse audiences at the International Shaman’s Conference and Tailgan on Ol’khon Island, co-authored with Eric Stephen, etudes mongoles et siberiennes, centrasiatiques & tibetaines, issue 46
2011 “Symptoms as Signs in Buriat Shamanic Callings” in The Healing Landscapes of Central and Southeastern Siberia. David Anderson, ed. Occasional Publication No. 71; Patterns of Northern Traditional Healing Series No. 1 Edmonton, Alberta: Canadian Circumpolar Institute (CCI) Press in cooperation with the Centre for the Cross-Cultural Study of Health and Healing, University of Alberta pp.13 – 27
REL 216 Secularism
REL 239 Modern Shamanism: Ancestors and Ecstasy in the New Age
REL 299 National Religions and Political Rituals
REL 307 Ritual
REL 395 Engaging Others: Ethnographic Approaches to the Study of Religion