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Department of Social Anthropology

 
The anthropology of religion; anthropology of ethics and morality; pluralism (political paradigms and moral discourses); secular and religious intellectualism; interreligious relations; intercultural communication; immigration; American Christianity
Key Publications Victor, S. (2020). Les évangéliques peuvent-ils être pluralistes ? Les dimensions morales de la "convivialité" à Nashville. Diversité urbaine. 20-1.

Biography

Broadly speaking, my research explores the in the ways in which people understand the moral dimensions of social relations in pluralist societies. My current ethnographic work at a predominantly white evangelical church in Nashville, Tennessee examines the relational techniques of Christian personhood and group association, the communication of values, and the ethics of pro-diversity activism. Adjacent and intersecting interests emerging from the field include the relationship between pluralism and secularism (political paradigms and moral discourses), Christian higher education, and orthodoxy in the midst social change.

Originally from the United States but now settled in Montréal, Québec, I did my undergraduate studies in French language and linguistics at Concordia University in Montréal. I developed an interest in social sciences through a series of internships at research institutes and community organisations focusing on immigration and intercultural relations. I then returned to university to pursue a MSc in Anthropology (ethnologie) from the Université de Montréal where I was a member of the Laboratoire de recherche en relations interculturelles (LABRRI). I have worked on a number of research projects doing ethnographic fieldwork and qualitative data analysis. These include research into the religious conversion pathways to Islam of youths in Montreal and a study examining different approaches to multicultural community engagement at a Montreal career services and diversity advocacy organization.

In my Masters research and thesis, which laid the groundwork for my current project, I examined grassroots social engagement between evangelicals and Muslims in Nashville.

My research is supported by the Woolf Institute Cambridge, where I am an affiliated PhD student.

https://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/people/samuel-victor
 

Biography

My research examines Christian perspectives on the ethics of relationships in Nashville, Tennessee, an increasingly multicultural city in the region of the United States where evangelical Protestantism is predominant. In the past several years, some churches have begun engaging in informal interreligious dialogue and the development of what they call ‘authentic relationships’ with Muslims.

I'm interested in how churchgoers conceive of their relatedness to people whom they see as ‘others’ and of the moral dimensions of this form of evangelical social engagement that foregrounds the recognition of religious difference. Why have interreligious friendships become important to some Christians in Nashville and what makes them 'authentic'? What kinds of social and moral questions arise as these people navigate new expressions of (and arenas for) competing values? What do their reflections and experiences, as well as those of their Muslim counterparts, stand to teach us about the ethics of social relations and 'living with difference' in societies that are increasingly multicultural and framed by pluralistic public discourses?

Originally from the United States, I studied French language and linguistics at Concordia University in Montréal, Québec before developing an interest in social sciences through a series of internships at research institutes and community organisations that focused on questions around immigration and intercultural relations. I then continued on to receive a MSc in Anthropology (ethnologie) from the Université de Montréal where I was a member of the Laboratoire de recherche en relations interculturelles (LABRRI). I have worked on a number of research projects doing ethnographic fieldwork and qualitative data analysis. These include research into the religious conversion pathways to Islam of youths in Montreal and a study examining different approaches to multicultural community engagement at a Montreal career services and diversity advocacy organization.

In my Masters research and thesis, which laid the groundwork for my current project, I explored grassroots interreligious dialogue in Nashville.

My research is supported by the Woolf Institute Cambridge, where I am an affiliated PhD Scholar.

https://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/

Research

The anthropology of Christianity; anthropology of ethics; interreligious relations; pluralism (cultural and political discourses); diversity; immigration; United States

Publications

Key publications: 

Victor, SA. (forthcoming). Les evangeliques peuvent-ils etre pluralistes ? La convivialité comme question d’hospitalité à Nashville. Diversite urbaine.

Research Title:"Truth or Love?": Orthodoxy, pluralism and the ethics of relationships at a church in Tennessee
Supervisor: Professor Joel Robbins
 Samuel  Victor (2018)

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