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Mr Benediktus Deni-Mary

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Integrated PhD Student in the Department of Theology and Religion

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Born in Singaraja, the former capital city of the paradise island of Bali - Indonesia. My name Deni, came from the Dutch word Den means 'north', and 'i' the Balinese for man. It is because Singaraja is well known in the past as Denbukit which simply means northern side of hills.

Academic Background

o Master in Ecumenical Studies, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland. Dissertation Title: The Problem of National and Human Security in the Perspective of Power-knowledge in the Post-Suharto Indonesia

o Master in Contextual Theology, Widya Sasana School of Philosophy and Theology, Indonesia. Thesis (original in Indonesian): David Tracy's Revisionist Theology. A Critical Review and Its Possibility for Indonesian Theology of Dialogue.

o B.A. in Philosophy, Widya Sasana School of Philosophy and Theology, Indonesia. Title of Final Paper (Skripsi – original in Indonesian): Critical Review on Derrida’s Metaphysic of Signs.

Current Research

My current research project is an ethnographic study on gossip of witchcraft in the Balinese Catholic village of Palasari-Bali-Indonesia. Navigating across the distinctions between home and distant anthropology, finding voices of competing identity politic and religion, I aim to investigate the gossip (rumour) of witchcraft suspicion and its unique relationship to Christian belief, doubt, fear, culture of revenge, envy and violence.  

Research of Interest

  • Witchcraft Study and Spirit Possessed
  • Religion study interfaces theology
  • Discourse analysis and political recognition
  • Death ritual
  • Popular culture
  • Sociology of knowledge
  • Religion and Politic
  • Human Rights
  • Security Study
  • Emotion and Belief