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Serena Bindi
1978,  Female ,  Italian ,  Associate Professor

Serena Bindi studied social anthropology and South Asian studies at the University of Siena and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales of Paris, where she earned a PhD in 2009. She is currently Associate Professor of social anthropology at Paris Descartes University.

International Research Grant, October 2013 awarded by “Agence Nationale De La Recherche” for collaborative Research in the Project.
French-Italian “Vinci Grant” for Exclusive (PhD Co-tutorship), 2004.
Postgraduate Research Grant, Australian National University, Camberra, for a project on South Asia Religion and Heaung, 2003.


Member of the Sorbonne Center for Cultural Anthropology “Canthel”.
European Association for South Asian Studies.
Associated Member of the Center for Himalayan Studies, Villejuif, France (Upr 29)
Associated Researcher of the Research Center “CIRCPLES”, University of Nice.
Member (Elected in 2015) of the National University Council of France.

1. 2015, “Growing up in the Indian Himalayas, Healing Rituals for a New Adolescence”, in Ethnologie Française, XLV: (4) 715-24.
2. 2013, “The Patrimonialization of Culture, Transforming Rituals of Possession into Staged Performances in Uttarakhand”, in Anthropologie et Santé, no. 6.
3. 2012, “The Notion of Event in the Field of Health and Disease”, in Mondes Contemporains no. 2, November: 3-11.
4. 2012, “The Disease Event between Practices and Structures: A Dialogical Analysis of an Illness Episode in Uttarakhand”, in Mondes Contemporains no. 2, November: 13-33.
5. 2012, “When there were only Gods, then there was no Disease, no need for Doctors: Weakening Bodies and Forsaken Deities in the Indian Himalayas”, in Anthropology and Medicine, 19(1), April 2012: 85-94.
6. 2012, “A Critical Commentary and Discussion of ‘Body, Cosmos and Environment among the Nahua of the Sierra Norte of Puebla: An Anthropological Adventure’/ P. Beaucage”, in Mondes Contemporaines, no. 1, fevrier 2012: 37-140.
7. 2012, “A Critical Commentary and Discussion of ‘Crying Shame: Metaculture, Modernity, and the Exaggerated Death of Lament’/ J. Wilce”, in Social Anthropology, 20(1), February 2012: 120-21.

Book Chapter
1. 2016 (with David Orr), “Medical Pluralism and Global Mental Health”, in R. White, S. Jain, D. Orr, U. Read (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Global Mental Health: Socio-cultural Perspectives, Palgrave-Macmillan (Under Contract, Expected Publication, 2016).
2. 2016, “A Ghost Story in Garhwal: Analysis of a Belief and Its Context”, in S. Beggiora (ed.), Demons, Ghosts and Monsters in the Himalayas: A Ethnographic Inquiry (Under Contract, Expected Publication, 2016).
3. 2015, “Persuasive Words: Oracular Speech Production in the Indian Himalayas”, in Dino Cutulo, Simonetta Grilli, Fabio Viti (eds), Temps, personne, valeur, Argo, Lecce: 249-72.
4. 2014, “Body Techniques and Rituals in Grahwal (North India): A Perspective Inspired by Mauss”, in E. Dianteill (ed.), Marcel Mauss en théorie et en pratique, Archives Karéline, Paris: 127-61.
5. 2012, “Institutional Possession and House Deities in Uttarakhand, North India: Negotiating the Reality of Possession: Experiences, Words, Gestures”, in : L. La Rocca et V. Nizzo (eds), Rappresentazioni e pratiche del sacro. Sessione IV: Gli operatori del sacro, Ediarche, Roma: 745-53.
6. 2011, “House Deities and Their Mediums in Uttarakhand, North India: Portrait of a Ritual Specialist”, in Anthropologia e archeologia a confronto: rappresentazioni e pratiche del sacro, Atti del Convegno Maggio 2011, Ediarché, online on
7. 2007, “Trajectories of Men and Deities. Ritual Practices of Space Production around a Pilgrimage centre in the Himalayan Region, Northern India”, in P.G. Solinas (ed.), Campo. Spazio, Territorio, Approcci Anthropologici, Ed It., Catania: 117-38.
8. 2007, “Rice Cultivation and Culture in Grahwal, Uttarkashi District (Uttaranchal, North India)”, in C. Brusa et D. Papotti (eds.), Geographical Researches on Rice. Comparatives Analysis of Rice Districts in the European Union and India, Edizioni Mercurio, Vercelli: 195-98.
9. 2004, “The Role of Fire in the Neo- pagan Rituals of Contemporary England”, in F. Manni (ed.), Parole di Fuoco, Edimond, Citto di Castello: 35-54.

Reports and Working Papers
1. 2012, “Local Development through Mithila Art: An Interview with Krishna Kumar Kashyap”, Research Reports for Museo d’Arte per Bambini, Siena, 19p.
2. 2009, “The Symbolic Construction of a Landscape and the Production of Identity: Strategies of Inclusion of the Local in the Trans-local”, 17p. Research Report financed by Italian National Center, n. 1010/676.

Academic works
1. 2009, Seizing in the Events: The Landscape of Possession, Healing and Divination in the Baghirati Valley (Uttarakhand, North India), PhD EHESS Paris and University of Siena, 512p.
2. 2003, Shankara and Ramanuja: Two of the Greatest Acharyas of India – and Their Different Ways of Upholding the Principle of Non-dualism in Relation to the Ultimate Nature of Reality and the Means to Escape from Samsara, Postgraduate dissertation, Australian National University, Canberra, 41p.
3. 2002, Neo-paganism and Religious Experience: A Survey in Contemporary England, Master thesis, University of Siena, 326p.

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