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Dr Louise Child 

Position:Lecturer in Religious Studies

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 74039
Location:John Percival Building 5.14

Research Interests

  • Tantric Buddhism
  • Theories of Durkheim and Mauss
  • Altered States of Consciousness (including Shamanism and Possession Trance)
  • Gender
  • Psychology
  • Contemporary Film
  • Ritual sacrifice
  • Myth

Selected Publications

Child, L. (2007) Tantric Buddhism and Altered States of Consciousness: Durkheim, Emotional Energy and Visions of the Consort. Abingdon: Ashgate.

Child, L. (Forthcoming 2012) ‘Initiation and communities of secrecy in Papua New Guinea, Tantric Buddhism, and contemporary serial drama’ in Garb, J. & Wexler, P. (eds) After Spirituality: Studies in Mystical Traditions.  Peter Lang Publishing.

Child, L. (2010) ‘Spirit possession, seduction and collective consciousness’ in Schmidt, B. & Huskinson, L. (eds) Spirit Possession and Trance: New Interdisciplinary Perspectives.  London: Continuum.

Child, L. (2008) ‘Possession in contemporary cinema: religious and psychological themes’ in DISKUS (the online journal of the British Association for the Study of Religion), vol. 9.

Research Networks and Groups

Crime Narratives Network, Cardiff University

Interdisciplinary Film Network, Cardiff University,

Sacrifice Project Team, School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University
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Postgraduate Teaching:

Myth, Narrative and Theory Pathway for MA in Religious Studies.


Undergraduate Modules taught:

Emotions, Symbols and Rituals

Bodies Spirits and Souls

Myth and the Movies