PhD (University of Western Sydney)
Future Fellow, University of Western Sydney
Associate Professor Cristina Rocha is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Director of the Religion and Society Research Cluster, Western Sydney University, Australia. She co-edits the Journal of Global Buddhism and the Religion in the Americas series, Brill. Her research focuses on the intersections of globalisation, migration and religion. Her publications include: John of God: The Globalisation of Brazilian Faith Healing (Oxford University Press, 2017), The Diaspora of Brazilian Religions (with M. Vásquez, Brill, 2013), Buddhism in Australia (with M. Barker, Routledge, 2010), Zen in Brazil: The Quest for Cosmopolitan Modernity (Hawaii University Press, 2006).
In just over a decade, the Brazilian faith healer known as John of God has become an international superstar. Oprah Winfrey, Ram Dass, Wayne Dyer, and Shirley MacLaine have all visited him, as have the wealthy and the desperately ill. Renowned for performing surgeries using rudimentary tools such as kitchen knives and scissors, without anesthetics or asepsis, John of God allegedly channels …
Zen in Brazil: The Quest for Cosmopolitan Modernity (Topics in Contemporary Buddhism) (University of Hawaii Press)
Widely perceived as an overwhelmingly Catholic nation, Brazil has experienced in recent years a growth in the popularity of Buddhism among the urban, cosmopolitan upper classes. In the 1990s Buddhism in general and Zen in particular were adopted by national elites, the media, and popular culture as a set of humanistic values to counter the rampant violence and crime in Brazilian society. Despite …
The number of Buddhists in Australia has grown dramatically in recent years. In 2006, Buddhists accounted for 2.1 per cent of Australia's population, almost doubling the 1996 figures, and making it the fastest growing religion in the country. This book analyses the arrival and localisation of Buddhism in Australia in the context of the globalisation of Buddhism.
Australia's close …
A presença global de diversas expressões religiosas brasileiras é tão significativa na atualidade que faz do nosso país um dos mais importantes na nova cartografia religiosa mundial. Este livro tem o mérito de reunir qualificados cientistas sociais brasileiros e estrangeiros que discorrem com competência justamente sobre manifestações da diáspora religiosa brasileira em diferentes …
The Diaspora of Brazilian Religions explores the global spread of religions originating in Brazil, a country that has emerged as a major pole of religious innovation and production. Through ethnographically-rich case studies throughout the world, ranging from the Americas (Canada, the U.S., Peru, and Argentina) and Europe (the U.K., Portugal, and the Netherlands) to Asia (Japan) and Oceania …
Researching John of God, a Brazilian healer with a global following
What is an anthropologist to do when faced with a Brazilian healer who uses kitchen knives, surgical scissors and scalpels to operate on people without anaesthetics and asepsis? Cristina Rocha on her decade-long research project in Brazil.Read on »
Disappointment and excitement in the World Cup
Brazilians and millions of people from around the world love the Jogo Bonito. How can they enjoy the games when they are now aware of their dark side?Read on »