Welcome to GenPent – News Updates

Welcome to Gender and Pentecostal Christianity: A comparative analysis of Gender in Pentecostal Christianity with focus on Africa and Melanesia. This is an ethnographically grounded, globally comparative research project at the interfaces of culture, religion and political economy situated at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen.

September 25th, 2012

Workshop Gender Pentecostalism Diaspora – March 2014

Gender, Pentecostalism and Diaspora. Subversions, inversions, redefinitions

Bergen, 12-14 March 2014

University of Bergen

Department of Social Anthropology

Workshop details here

February 28th, 2014

New church survey – Honiara, Solomon Islands

Rodolfo Maggio, PhD student, University of Manchester, has provided his updated survey of Pentecostal churches in Honiara. The list is intended as a resource for other researchers to plan and conduct their research on the growing study of Melanesian Christianity. The survey is available here Pentecostal Churches in Honiara – Survey 2013.


November 7th, 2013

New article – History and Anthropology

Missionaries, Healing and Sorcery in Melanesia: A Scottish Evangelist in Ambrym Island, Vanuatu

Knut Rio & Annelin Eriksen History & Anthropology 24(3) 2013, 398-418

September 2nd, 2013

GenPent Seminar week December 2013

University of Bergen


“Pentecostalism and gender, Africa and Melanesia compared”


Monday 9th Participants arrive in Bergen


1200-1300 Lunch and welcome – Presentation of GenPent research project – Annelin Eriksen

1300-1500 Presentation – Naomi Haynes, University of Edinburgh – “Rethinking the ‘Gender Paradox’: Domestic Life and Pentecostal Ministry on the Zambian Copperbelt”


Tuesday 10th


1000-1200 Presentation – Thorgeir Kolshus, University of Oslo – “The coming of age of the Clapping Church: Ritualized spontaneity and the gendered division of the labour of worship in north Vanuatu”

1200-1300 Lunch

1300-1500 Presentation – Rodolfo Maggio, University of Manchester – “My wife converted me”: Gender Relations,
Personhood, and Value in Pentecostal households in Solomon Islands”


Wednesday 11th


1000-1200 Presentation and discussion of current research – Ruy Blanes, University of Bergen

1200-1300 Lunch

1300-1500 Presentation and discussion of current research – Michelle MacCarthy, University of Bergen


Thursday 12th


1000-1200 Presentation and discussion of current research – Juliet Gilbert, Oxford University

1200-1300 Lunch

1315-1500 Department Seminar – Naomi Haynes, University of Edinburgh


Friday 13th

Participants depart

August 26th, 2013

New book: Sites and Politics of Religious Diversity in Southern Europe

In recent years, the Southern borders of Europe have become landmarks for the mediatic and academic verve regarding the migration and diasporas towards and beyond ‘Schengen Europe’. In these debates, religion is acknowledged as playing a central role in the recognition of major societal changes in the continent, being object of political concern and attention: from the recognition of plural forms of Christianity to the debates on a ‘European Islam’. Yet, in this respect, what goes on around the borders of Portugal, Spain, Italy or Greece is still largely uncharted and un-debated. With the contribution of renowned anthropologists, sociologists and religious studies scholars, this book critically presents and discusses case studies on the sites and politics of religious diversity in Southern Europe, including the impact of migrant religiosity in national and EU politics.
August 12th, 2013

Spring reading seminars 2013

Anyone interested in attending one or more of these seminars, please contact thomas.mountjoy@sosantr.uib.no for more information and assigned reading lists.

April 2013

Monday 8th 1000-1500: “Comparison” Readings – (see Dropbox folder ‘Seminars 2013 #1)

Monday 15th 1000-1200: “Gender and Charisma: Identifying concepts and strategies for comparison” Readings – (see Dropbox folder ‘Seminars 2013’ #2)

Monday 22nd 1000-1200“Value/values” Readings – (see Dropbox folder ‘Seminars 2013’ #3)

Monday 29th 1000-1200: “Religion, gender and tradition” Readings – (see Dropbox folder ‘Seminars 2013’ #4)

May 2013

Monday 6th 1000-1200: “Politics and Pentecostalism” Readings – (see Dropbox folder ‘Seminars 2013’ #5)

Monday 13th 1000-1200: Sites of newness/transformation/anxiety” – beyond mere reconciliation of tradition/modernity

Monday 20th 1000-1200: TBC

The idea behind these will be to develop the group’s comparative framework for the study of gender and Pentecostalism in Africa and Melanesia. These seminars will be based on specific readings from the gender/Pentecostalism field which the group can critically analyze and debate. One person will chair each seminar, briefly providing an overview of the topic and summary of the readings, followed by discussion. All interested members of staff are welcome to attend.


March 7th, 2013

Successful ESfO conference 2012

The first 20 years of the European Society for Oceanists was held in Bergen over 4 intensive and exciting days. The GenPent project welcomed its new postdoctoral scholars, Ruy and Michelle, to Bergen for the first time and used the opportunity to discuss the future plans for the project. Annelin chaired a successful session entitled “The Gendered Power of the Church in Melanesia” and the project team participated in other sessions, with many prominent scholars present to share in ideas and make for a stimulating and productive week.

Special mention must go to the Bergen Pacific Studies research group who were instrumental in organizing such a rich event, described by all as “the most successful ESfO to date”.

December 11th, 2012

New website launched

Welcome to the new GenPent website! We hope this platform will provide both researchers and other interested parties the opportunity to share and develop information, ideas and understandings related to the comparative analysis of gender and Pentecostal Christianity in Africa and Melanesia. The project team welcomes any comment you may have. This site is in its early stage and will continue to develop.

November 14th, 2012

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Phone: +47 55 58 92 50 , E-mail: post@sosantr.uib.no