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Prof Kathryn Rountree

Professor of Anthropology and Associate Head of School

SoPEP - Social Anthropology


Contact details

  • Ph: 43476
    Location: AT2.60, Atrium
    Campus: Albany

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Anthropology of Ritual and Religion

  • Contemporary Paganisms and Native Faith movements
  • Animism, the nature/culture relation
  • Sacred sites, embodiment, pilgrimage
  • Ethnography of modern Paganism in Malta and wider European region

Representation and contestation of heritage

Intersection of archaeology and sociocultural anthropology

Anthropology of gender, feminism

Ethnographic research methods

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Anthropology (160100): Social and Cultural Anthropology (160104): Studies In Human Society (160000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 4

Completed Projects

Project Title: New edited book. Title: Contemporary Pagan and Native Faith Movements in Europe: Colonialist and Nationalist Impulses.

The manuscript for this book was submitted to the publisher, Berghahn (New York), in November 2013. This edited volume examines diverse Pagan and Native Faith movements throughout Europe. Sometimes side by side, there are reconstructionist groups with intensely local concerns informed by nationalistic impulses - particularly in post-Soviet Europe - and other groups which take their cue from British or American originated traditions such as Wicca, Druidry, Goddess Spirituality or Harner's Core Shamanism The case studies show how these impulses intersect and collide demonstrating the importance of local cultural, environmental, historical and political contexts in determining local expressions of modern Paganism.
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Date Range: 2013 - 2013

Funding Body: Massey University

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Project Title: Archaeology of Spiritualities

The volume Archaeology of Spiritualties provides a fresh exploration of the interface between archaeology and religion or spirituality. Archaeological approaches to the study of religion have typically, and often unconsciously, drawn on Western paradigms. For many of the world's peoples, however, sacred experiences in relation to sacred landscapes - and beings connected with those landscapes - cannot be accounted for using such paradigms. The volume asks how such experiences might be discerned in the archaeological record. How do we recognize and investigate other forms of religious or spiritual experience in the remains of the past? The volume's contributors explore critically and reflexively the encounter between archaeology and diverse cultural expressions of spirituality.
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Date Range: 2009 - 2010

Funding Body: Massey University

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Supervision and Teaching

Courses Coordinated

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Amie Townsend - Doctor of Philosophy
    Human trafficking in Mindanao: personal narratives and local perspectives
  • Parisa Kooshesh - Doctor of Philosophy
    Iranian women in New Zealand: their motivations for immigration, and trends of westernization or acculturation

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2017 - Ariadne Menzel - Doctor of Philosophy
    Making Meaning through Movement: Hiking the Cathar Trail in the South of France
  • 2016 - Margaret Nyarango - Doctor of Philosophy
    Fluid Identities: Contextualising Genital Reconstructive Surgery After Female Circumcision In Burkina Faso
  • 2013 - Christopher Howard - Doctor of Philosophy
    Himalayan journeys: A mobile ethnography and philosophical anthropology
  • 2012 - Irene Sanson - Doctor of Philosophy
    Taking the spirits seriously: Neo-shamanism and contemporary shamanic healing in New Zealand
  • 2011 - Julie MacDonald - Doctor of Philosophy
    Contemporary Ritual-makers: A Study of Independent Celebrants in New Zealand
  • 2007 - Gregg Lahood - Doctor of Philosophy
    Bearing in Mind: Birth, Fathers, Ritual, and 'Reproductive Consciousness' in Transpersonal Anthropological Perspective

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