For over a year now, I believe, I have had a page here at OAC and, for most of that time I have also been thinking about making my research more accesible online via blogging. For the time being, I think that I will be using OAC's blog to see if it works well towards this goal.

My plan at the moment is to spend some time here mainly discussing my work in the sociology department of the newly founded Suleyman Sah University in Istanbul where I currently work as an assistant professor. My background is in an interdisciplinary approach to the study of ritual, inlcuding ritual studies itself, anthropology, sociology and other disciplines.

I am working mainly on Alevi-Bektashi ritual and sites in Turkey and the Balkans at the moment and also developing a project on comparative traditional healing practices in Meso-America and Turkey/the Turkic world. In my work on ritual sites I tend to focus on space-sharing, contestation, 'syncretism', and a thick description-oriented style of contextualisation.

What I plan to blog here is the research process itself, methodological/theoretical issues and the core subjects of my research.

More soon....

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Comment by Logan Sparks on March 8, 2012 at 11:24am

thanks John! I have added you and would definitely be interested to read what you've written on Daoist practices in Taiwan. I have freinded you. I think I will be able to message you when I am friended back, if I understand how OAC works.

Comment by John McCreery on March 7, 2012 at 6:49pm
Logan, this sounds very interesting, indeed. I can offer another comparative perspective, Daoist magic and healing in Taiwan. I've published a few papers in which you might be interested. If so, friend me here on OAC and send me an email address to which I can send them.

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