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Sebastien Depres

Sebastien DepresOffice: SN 1041
Tel: (709) 864-8194
Fax: (709) 864-3119

E mail: sebastiend[at]mun.ca

Sébastien is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at Memorial University.  His current work is on narratives, Memorates, and beliefs shared by Canadians in the context of a Roman Catholic pilgrimage to a Marian apparition site in the rural Bosnian-Herzegovinian parish of Medjugorje. His main interests include: Belief; Pilgrimage; Ritual; Roman Catholicism; Identity; Ethnicity; Ideology; Shrines of Memory; Nationalism; Spirituality; Historical Consciousness; Narrative; Memorate. 

Selected presentations and publications

2009

  • “Denying Cultural Tourism: A Pilgrimage to Medjugorje.” Culture and Tradition.
  • “Confirmations of Faith: Experiencing the Sacred in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina.” Conference Paper. Folklore Society Association of Canada Conference, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON.
  • “The Politics of Identity and Difference in Post-Socialist Yugoslavia.” Conference Paper. Aldrich Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.
  • “Pilgrim Photography in International Contexts.” Poster Presentation. Aldrich Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.

2008

  • "Making it Real: The Narrative Reconstruction of an Eastern European Pilgrimage Centre.” Illumine: a journal from the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, Volume 7. University of Victoria.
  • “A Communicating God: The Sacred Aesthetic.” Conference Paper. Mediating the Aesthetic Conference, Memorial University, St. John's, NL (2008).
  • “The Things and Spaces of Belief: The Church of the Assumption of Our Lady, Harlow, England.” Conference Paper. Folklore Society Association of Canada Conference, Cape Breton University, Sydney, NS.
  • “A Novel Approach: Ritual Ethnography of the Extreme, the Fieldworker Playing Deep.” Conference Paper. Ethnography: Entanglements & Ruptures: Canadian Anthropology Society Conference, Ottawa, ON.
  • “In the Beginning was the Word: The Historization of the First Apparitions at Medjugorje.” Conference paper. Oceans, History and Memory: History Across the Disciplines Graduate Student Conference, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS.
  • “Self-Fulfilling Self-Organized Self-Catechesis: Exploring the Foundations of a Youth-Led Movement.” Conference paper. Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON.
  • “Making it Real: The Narrative Reconstruction of an Eastern European Pilgrimage Centre.” Invited presenter. School of Graduate Studies Graduate Student Research Colloquia, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.
  • “A Communist Inheritance: Croatian Reminiscences for a Roman Catholic Audience.” Conference paper. Generation Removed?: Assessing Nostalgia, Memory, and Legacy in Russia, Eastern Europe & Central Asia: Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia Conference, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • “The Esthetic Ravings of Lunacy: An Anthropology of Fictitiousness.” Conference paper. Aldrich Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.

2007

  • “French Canadian pilgrims to a Marian apparition shrine in Bosnia-Herzegovina: The Ephemeral Intangible Cultural Heritage of Corporeal Belief.” Conference paper. American Folklore Society / Folklore Studies Association of Canada Joint Meeting, Québec, QC.

2006

  • “Youth and Faith Pilgrimages.” Invited speaker for the Servantes de Jésus-Marie cloistered sisters, Rimouski, QC.
  • “Belief and identity through the production of music in the Roman Catholic liturgy.” Conference paper. Folklore Society Association of Canada Conference, York University, Toronto, ON.
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