Mark Tate


BA, York University, 1979
MSc, London School of Economics, 1980
PhD, London School of Economics, 1995


Associate Professor

Phone: (709) 864-4052
Office: Queen's College, QC-4017

Research Interests:

My general research interests are in symbolic anthropology and the anthropology of ritual, religion and power with reference to Catholicism in Spain, Europe and elsewhere in the world. I have written about the politics of ritual post Franco Spain where I conducted field research in the 1980s and the 1990s. I have written on topics such as parody and humor, gambling and consumption, gender and the politics of performance, tourism and religious practice, secularization, and belief and practice, and the politics of change in relation to political transitions. Examples of my publications can be found in Religious Regimes and State Formation (Wolf 1991) and Intersecting Journeys (Badone and Roseman, 2004). At Memorial University I have supervised graduate students in the Master's program who have written on topics such as body piercing, alternative religion, shamanism, tourism and sport. A number of these students are now in doctoral programs in anthropology.

Selected Publications & Presentations:

  • "Tourism and religious tradition in democratic Spain," in E. Badone and S. Roseman (eds.), Intersecting Journeys: Anthropological Perspectives on Pilgrimage and Tourism. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2004.
  • "License, Death and Power: The making of an anti-tradition". In Religious Regimes and State Formation: Perspectives from European Ethnology, (ed.) Eric R. Wolf. New York: State University of New York Press, 1991.


Department of Anthropology

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

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Tel: (709) 864-8000