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Joanildo Burity

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Location: Recife, Brazil

Institution: Joaquim Nabuco Foundation

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I am a lead researcher at the Joaquim Nabuco Foundation, a public social science and humanities research centre in Northeast Brazil, associated to and funded by the Ministry of Education. I have researched on religion and politics, broadly speaking, since the beginning of my academic career, with a strong focus on Brazil and, since the late 1990s, also comparatively (Argentina, USA and UK). I have strong interests in theoretical discussions, coming as I do from a poststructuralist approach to the issue originating in political science. My first work on Pentecostalism dates back to the early 1990s. I have directly engaged in research on Pentecostalism for the past 15 years, working mainly on the public significance of the Pentecostal emergence locally and globally. I have more recently been interested in exploring how Pentecostalism - together with other forms of public religion such as Christian ecumenism and ethnic religions - dwells on a blurred frontier of religion and politics and instantiates extensive processes of minoritisation (Connolly), articulation (Laclau) and glocalisation (Robertson, Beyer, Roudometof). I was involved in an international research project led by Paul Freston on Latin American Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in Latin America and Western Europe, leading a study on Brazilian missionaries in the UK and co-investigating Brazilian Pentecostal leadership on their assessment of the recent experience of Pentecostal engagement in politics. A good representation of my work can be found on ResearchGate and Academia websites.