Postdoctoral Fellows

Bertrand Lavoie

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Bertrand Lavoie holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Sociology, and a Doctorate in law. He is a postdoctoral researcher at University of Sherbrooke and at University of Ottawa. His research interests focus on the study of value pluralism in health care services and in emergency rooms. He also conducts research related to the respect of human rights in the Quebec context. He is an Associate Fellow at the Center for Society, Law and Religion at University of Sherbrooke and at the Centre for Public Law at the University of Montreal. He is also a member of the Montreal Intercultural Council.

Henrique Fernandes Antunes

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Henrique Fernandes Antunes is part of the Brazilian team for the Nonreligion in a Complex Future Project. He is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP). He received his B.A. in Social Sciences (2008) from Paulista State University Júlio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP-FFC), his M.A. (2012) and Ph.D. (2019) in Anthropology from the University of São Paulo. In 2016, During his Ph.D., he worked as a Visiting Scholar at the Anthropology Department at the University of California Berkeley. His last research focused on regulation processes of the religious use of Ayahuasca in Brazil and in the United States. He is also a Member of the research groups Religion in the Contemporary World at CEBRAP, and the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies. He is also interested in the areas of Urban Anthropology, Anthropology of Religion and Anthropology of Secularism.

Mathilde Vanasse-Pelletier

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Mathilde Vanasse-Pelletier is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa, under the supervision of Nonreligion in a Complex Future’s project leader, Lori G. Beaman. She received her B.Sc. in Anthropology and Religious Studies (2013), as well as her Ph.D. in Religious Studies (2019) from the University of Montreal. Mathilde’s postdoctoral research focuses on the media coverage of NFL players’ protests of the US national anthem, in relation to the concept of civil religion. Her previous research, including her Ph.D. thesis, discussed the representation of monogamous and polygamous Mormons in mainstream media, and the legitimation strategies put forward by these groups throughout their history.

Rebecca Banham

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Dr. Rebecca Banham is a Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania, where she completed her PhD in 2018. Rebecca’s doctoral research, titled ‘Seeing the forest for the trees: Ontological security and experiences of Tasmanian forests’ (2018), explored the emotional and ontological connections that people form with forests, reflecting her interest in the ways that emotion, ontology, and experiences of vulnerability and relationship shape how people relate to both other people and to the nonhuman world.

Her research has been primarily within the field of qualitative environmental sociology, complemented by a keen interest in the intersections between (non)religion and the nonhuman. Rebecca is currently working as part of the Australian Research Council funded project ‘Religious diversity in Australia: Maintaining social cohesion and preventing violence’, which aims to identify strategies that prevent violent responses to religious diversity.