Dr. Deana Weibel
Office: 227 Lake Michigan Hall
Deana Weibel (Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology) is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses primarily on religion, especially the topics of pilgrimage and sacred space. Her main fieldwork takes place in France at such Marian pilgrimage sites as Rocamadour, Lourdes, and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, as well as "energy" sites like Montségur and Carcassonne. She has also conducted research at the pilgrimage center of Chimayó, New Mexico. Other research interests include religious cognition, sacred objects, religion and space travel, and the role of anthropology and her own family in the "ethnological" displays of Philippine tribal peoples (particularly Bontoc Igorots) at fairs and carnivals in the 1900s. She is Advising Faculty for the GVSU Religious Studies Program.
Book: Crane, Hillary and Deana Weibel (eds.) 2012 Missionary Impositions: Conversion, Resistance, and Other Challenges to Objectivity in Religious Ethnography, edited volume on the topic of the ethical complications of fieldwork among proselytizing informants. Accepted for publication by Lexington Books.
Book Chapters: Weibel, Deana L. 2012 "Magnetism and Microwaves: Religion as Radiation" In The Body and Religion: Modern Science and the Construction of Meaning, David Cave and Rebecca Sachs Norris (eds). Brill Academic Publishing. Weibel, Deana L. 2012 "Blind in a Land of Visionaries: When a Non-Pilgrim Studies Pilgrimage" in Missionary Impositions: Conversion, Resistance, and Other Challenges to Objectivity in Religious Ethnography, edited by Hillary Crane and Deana Weibel. Lexington Books, Weibel, Deana (Forthcoming, November 2014) "A Savage at the Wedding and the Skeletons in My Closet: My Great-Grandfather, "Igorotte Villages," in Mutuality: Anthropology's Changing Terms of Engagement, edited by Roger Sanjek. University of Pennsylvania Press. Weibel, Deana L. (Forthcoming) 'Up in God's Great Cathedral': Evangelism, Astronauts, and the Divine Allure of Space" in Astray: The Seductions of Pilgrimage, edited by Michael Di Giovine and David Picard, Submitted to the Ashgate Studies in Pilgrimage series.
Presentations: December 7, 2014. "Religious Creatives, Sacredness and the Anthropologist" at the 113th American Anthropological Association Meetings, Washington, DC. December 7, 2014 "A Guide to Conquest: What Crusades Tourism Reveals about the Construction of French National Identity" (co-authored with Meagan Roche), at the 113th American Anthropological Association Meetings, Washington, DC.