That guy at the bottom of this page is me, Chris Kavanagh, I am
in the final year of a DPhil a postgraduate researcher at the University of Oxford but live in Sapporo, Japan. In Japan I am hosted (very kindly) by Prof. Masaki Yuki & his lab, where I conduct a combination of lab-based experimental studies and field based research focusing on extreme ritual practices and their psychological effects.
I previously studied at the School of Oriental & African Studied (SOAS) in London, getting a BA and an MA in Study of Religions/Social Anthropology (and a daily dose of liberal politics), and then moved to Oxford to join the ‘dark side’ completing an MSc and later gaining a doctorate in Cognitive & Evolutionary Anthropology. I am primarily involved with research that falls within the Cognitive Science of Religion (CSR) and currently my research focuses on exploring the psychology and social impact of rituals- see the current project I’m involved with here. I’m also a humanist, atheist, rationalist, and all round pain in the ass.
With this blog I’m hoping to address the interesting and the odd in research on anthropology and religion from a rational and critical perspective and hopefully have some fun in the process.
Hope you enjoy reading and I look forward to any comments!
P.S. I am originally from Belfast in Northern Ireland so don’t be surprised by the accent if you ever meet me in person.