Stefania Palmisano

Stefania Palmisano is Associate Professor in the Sociology of Religion at the University of Turin, Italy, where she teaches the Sociology of Religious Organization and the Sociology of Religion. She was Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion in Lancaster University (UK) and now Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Religion, Philosophy and Cultural Heritage in Wolverhampton University. She is a member of the editorial board of Social Compass, Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review, Fieldwork in Religion. In addition, she is co-ordinator of the research centre CRAFT (Contemporary Religion and Faiths in Transition – based in the Department of Culture, Politics and Society of Turin University. Her research consists of ethnographic study of contemporary religious experience in mainstream religions, alternative spiritualities and New Religious Movements. She is the author of Exploring New Monastic Communities. The Re-invention of Tradition, Ashgate, Aldershot, 2015; (with Isabelle Jonveaux), Monasticism in Modern Times, Routledge, 2016; and (with Nicola Pannofino), Invention of Tradition and Syncretism in Contemporary Religions. Sacred Creativity, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2017. Her next book is Contemporary Spiritualities: Enchanted Worlds of Nature, Wellbeing and Mystery in Italy, Routledge, London, 2020.