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Professor Stefania Palmisano

Sociology of Religion

University of Turin



Stefania Palmisano is Associate Professor in the Sociology of Religion at the University of Turin, Italy, where she teaches the Sociology of Religious Organization and the Sociology of Religion. She is also Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, UK.

She is a member of the editorial board of Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa (il Mulino), the first Italian journal (also published in English) that hosts high-quality, original ethnographic and qualitative research. In addition, she is co-ordinator of the research centre CRAFT (Contemporary Religion and Faiths in Transition) based in the Department of Culture, Politics and Society at the University of Turin.

Her research takes the form of an ethnographic study of contemporary religious experience in mainstream religions and in alternative spiritualities. She is the author of Exploring New Monastic Communities. The Re-invention of Tradition (Ashgate, 2015); and (with Nicola Pannofino) Invention of Tradition and Syncretism in Contemporary Religions. Sacred Creativity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).