• Maria José De Abreu

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology
    Department of Anthropology
    957 Schermerhorn Extension, Mail Code: MC 5523, United States
    +1 212 854 7752


    My work engages with a range of anthropological, philosophical and literary debates about temporality, personhood, the human senses and their technological extensions in the Lusophone world. I am currently working on two projects. The first is on the flourishing of Byzantine imaginary in urban São Paulo, Brazil through the practices of a media-savvy urban religious movement and the second is on experiences of impasse particularly among Portuguese youth in the context of the Southern European financial crisis and how today Portugal reimagines its peripheral position in regard to its colonial past. My ethnographic work has been supported by Fundação para Ciência e a Tecnologia, Lisbon, Forum for Transregional Studies, Berlin, ICI-Berlin, and Rework: Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History, at Humboldt University in Berlin.



    2018. May Day Supermarket: Crisis, Impasse, Medium. Critical Inquiry.

    2017. New Media, New Publics? (with Charles Hirschkind and Carlo Caduff). Current Anthropology. (Introduction to Supplement 15), 58 (15) 3-12.

    2015. Worldings: the Aesthetics of Authority Among Catholic Charismatics in Brazil. (Special Issue Aesthetics of Religious Leadership. Edited by Marleen de Witte, Martijn de Koning and Thijl Sunier). Journal of Culture and Religion. 16(2): 175-192.

    2013. Technological Indeterminacy: Threat, Medium, Temporality.  Anthropological  Theory.13 (3): 267-284.

    2013 Pessoa-lidade ou a Terra do Não Lugar da Performance. In Terra do Não Lugar: Diálogos entre Antropologia e a Performance. (edited. Paulo Raposo, Vânia Zikán Cardoso, John C. Dawsey, Teresa Fradique). Universidade Federal Santa Catarina.

    2012. TV-St. Claire in Deus in Machina: Exploring Religion, Technology and the Things in Between. (Edited by Jeremy Stolow). Fordham University Press.

    2012 The Fedex Saints: Patrons of Mobility and Speed in the Neoliberal City. In Things: Religion and the Question of Materiality. (Edited Birgit Meyer & Dick Houtman). Fordham University Press.

    2008. Goose Bumps All Over: Breath, Media, Tremor. Social Text (Special issue Media and Political Forms of Religion. Edited by Charles Hirschkind and Brian Larkin), 96. 25 (3):59-78