Anthropology Department

Dr. Deana Weibel

 Associate Professor
Department Chair

Office: 1161 ASH
Phone: 331-3346


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 field work takes place in France at such Marian pilgrimage sites as Rocamadour, Lourdes, and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. 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.


Crane, Hillary and Deana Weibel (eds.) (Forthcoming, 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.


(already published) 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. pp. 171-198.

Weibel, Deana L. (Forthcoming, 2013) “Blind in a Land of Visionaries: When a Non-Pilgrim Studies Pilgrimage” in Missionary Impositions: Conversion, Resistance, and Other Challenges to Objectivity in Religious Ethnographyi, edited by Hillary Crane and Deana Weibel. Accepted for publication by Lexington Books.

Weibel, Deana (Forthcoming, 2013) “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. Submitted to University of Pennsylvania Press in September 2012.

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, under consideration by the Society for the Anthropology of Religion and Palgrave Macmillan.

Forthcoming presentations:

October 30, 2012. "Igorots, Anthropologists, and "Igorrote Villages": The Impact of Ethnography as Imperialism” at the 9th International Conference on the Philippines (ICOPHIL), Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

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