Professor Pnina Werbner

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As a social anthropologist, my fieldwork has included research in Britain, Pakistan and Botswana, where I am currently studying puberty rituals in a Tswapong village, women and the changing public sphere, the Manual Workers Union. Recent awards include an ESRC large grant to study 'New African Migrants in the Gateway City', and a comparative study of the Filipino diaspora in Israel and Saudi Arabia, supported by a large grants from the AHRC. My fields of interest include urbanism, ritual and religion, cultural politics, migration, diaspora, and ethnicity. The scope of my work is reflected in published articles and collected volumes which engage with the challenges presented by the rise of Islamic radicalism, the Rushdie affair, cultural hybridity, women, citizenship and difference.

I have presented plenary addresses to the Australian, Swiss and American Associations, and been invited to give keynote addresses throughout Europe, the USA, Australia, Israel, Pakistan, and Indonesia. My most recent edited book is an ASA volume, Anthropology and the New Cosmopolitanism, published by Berg in 2008.

My two most recent monographs, Imagined Diasporas among Manchester Muslims (James Currey 2002) and Pilgrims of Love: the Anthropology of a Global Sufi Cult (Hurst 2003), are the second and third in 'The Manchester Migration Trilogy', which tracing the processes of Pakistani migration, community formation, religious transnationalism and diaspora over a period of fifty years. The series as a whole interrogates the translocation of culture - its dislocation, transplantation and translation in the course of migration. Collectively the three books form the most comprehensive body of ethnography about any immigrant community in Britain. The first book in the series was The Migration Process: Capital, Gifts and Offerings among British Pakistanis (Berg 1990 and 2002).

 I am an urban anthropologist who has studied Muslim South Asians in Britain and Pakistan and, more recently, the women's movement and the Manual Workers Union in Botswana as part of the ESRC programme on Non-Governmental Public Action. She is Principal Investigator of two major projects: ‘New African Migrants in the Gateway City: Ethnicity, Religion, Citizenship’ (ESRC) and ‘In the Footsteps of Jesus and the Prophet: Sociality, Caring and the Religious Imagination in the Filipino Diaspora’ (AHRC). I am also part of the ESRC Programme on Non-Governmental Public Action. In 2006, I convened the Association of Social Anthropologists diamond jubilee conference on Cosmopolitanism and Anthropology. The scope of my work is reflected in the published articles and collected volumes which engage with the challenges presented by the rise of Islamic radicalism, the Rushdie affair, cultural hybridity, women, citizenship and difference. I have presented plenary addresses to the Australian, Swiss and American Associations, and been invited to give keynote addresses throughout Europe, the USA, Australia, Israel, Pakistan, and Indonesia. She is co-editor of the prestigious 'Postcolonial Encounters' series published by Zed Books (distributed by Palgrave in the US) and organizes the annual Pakistan Workshop at Satterthwaite.

My two most recent books, Imagined Diasporas among Manchester Muslims and Pilgrims of Love are the second and third in the Manchester Migration Trilogy, a series of three single-authored books tracing the processes of Pakistani migration, community formation, religious transnationalism and diaspora over a period of fifty years. The series as a whole interrogates the translocation of culture - its dislocation, transplantation and translation in the course of migration. Collectively the three books form the most comprehensive body of ethnography about any immigrant community in Britain.

For all Pnina Werbner's books and her published pdf articles see

https://sites.google.com/site/pninawerbnergbbo00/

For the website of the AHRC Footsteps project see

http://www.ahrcfootsteps.com/