Associate Professor Cristina Rocha
Associate Professor Cristina Rocha was born in Brazil, where she did her undergraduate and MA studies at the University of São Paulo. She moved to Australia in 1998 and did her PhD at Western Sydney University. She is a cultural anthropologist and currently an ARC Future Fellow and director of the Religion and Society Research Cluster. She co-edits the Journal of Global Buddhism (opens in a new window) and the Religion in the Americas (opens in a new window) book series, Brill. Her research areas are: Pentecostal Charismatic Christianities, healing, spirituality, the New Age, Buddhism in the West, and anthropology of religion, globalisation, transnationalism and migration, with a particular interest in the cultural traffic between Japan, Brazil and Australia. She is currently researching transnational Pentecostal connections between Australia and Brazil and the Brazilian community in Australia.
2004 PhD, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney, Australia
1998-1999 PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of São Paulo, Brazil
1996 M.Phil. (by dissertation), School of Communication and Arts, University of São Paulo, Brazil
1986 BSocSc. School of Social Sciences, University of São Paulo, Brazil.
Honours and Awards
ARC Future Fellow, Religion and Society Research Centre, UWS. "Pentecostal Connections: Migration, Missionaries, Mobility and Media between Australia and Brazil." AUD $707,111
Visiting Researcher, CUNY Graduate Centre, New York.
Visiting Researcher, Queen Mary College, University of London.
Visiting Research Fellow, The Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen, Germany.
Top forty researchers by publications (2004-2006) triennium, UWS.
ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Cultural Research, UWS, "Australian-Brazilian Connections: Mapping the Cultural Traffic in the Southern Hemisphere." AUS$238,000.00
Visiting Researcher, Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
First prize at the National Contest of Essays - celebrating the 100th Year Friendship Treaty Brazil-Japan (1895-1995), University of São Paulo and Association for the Exchange Brazil-Japan.
Japan Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, Japan.
CNPq (National Research Council, equivalent to ARC in Australia) Postgraduate Scholarship, University of São Paulo, Brazil.
Urasenke Foundation Scholarship, Japan.
Rocha, C. (2017) John of God: The Globalization of Brazilian Faith Healing. (opens in a new window) New York: Oxford University Press
Rocha, C. (2016) O Zen no Brasil: Em Busca da Modernidade Cosmopolita.(opens in a new window) Campinas: Editora Pontes.
Rocha, C. & M. Vásquez (2016) A Diáspora das Religiões Brasileiras. São Paulo: Ideias e Letras.
Rocha, C. and Manuel Vasquez (2013), The Diaspora of Brazilian Religions (opens in a new window), Leiden: Brill.
Rocha, C. and M. Barker (2010), Buddhism in Australia: Traditions in Change , London: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism series.
Rocha, C. (2006), Zen in Brazil: The Quest for Cosmopolitan Modernity (opens in a new window), Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
Rocha, C. (forthcoming) "The Come to Brazil Effect:" Young Brazilians' Fascination with Hillsong. In T. Riches and T. Wagner (eds), "You Call Me Out Upon The Waters": Critical Perspectives on the Hillsong Movement. NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
Rocha, C. (2016) Buddhism in Latin America. In M. Jerryson (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Buddhism. (opens in a new window) New York: Oxford University Press.
Rocha, C. (2016) The Globalisation of the John of God Movement: Cultural Translation as Glocalisation, in B. Schmidt and S. Engler (eds), Brill Handbook of Contemporary Brazilian Religions. (opens in a new window) Leiden: Brill.
Rocha, C. and M. Vasquez (2015) The Global Spread of Brazilian Religions, in J. Needell (ed.), Emergent Brazil: Key Perspectives on a New Global Power (opens in a new window). Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press.
Rocha, C. and M. Vasquez (2013), " Introduction" in C. Rocha and M. Vasquez (eds), The Diaspora of Brazilian Religions , Leiden: Brill.
Rocha, C. (2013) , "Building a Transnational Spiritual Community: The John of God Movement in Australia", in C. Rocha and M. Vasquez (eds), The Diaspora of Brazilian Religions, Leiden: Brill.
Rocha, C. (2013 ), "Zen in Brazil: Cannibalizing Orientalist Flows", in E. Camayd-Freixas (ed.) Orientalism and Identity in Latin America: Fashioning Self and Others from the (Post) Colonial Margin, University of Arizona Press.
Rocha, C. (2013 ), " John of God and the Casa de Dom Inácio: Westerners at a Brazilian Spiritual Hospital", in C Moreman (ed) The Spiritualist Movement: Speaking with the Dead in America and Around the World, Westport, CT: Praeger.
Rocha, C. (2012), "Becoming a Global Village: The Impact of the John of God Pilgrimage in Abadiânia", in N. Hyndman-Rizik (ed.), Pilgrimage in the Age of Globalisation: constructions of the sacred and secular in late modernity, Cambridge Scholars Press.
Rocha, C. (2012), "Buddhism and Globalisation", in D. McMahan (ed.), Buddhism in the Modern World, UK: Routledge
Rocha, C. (2010), "The Brazilian Imaginaire of Zen: Global Influences, Rhizomatic Forms", in V. Altglas (ed.) Religion and Globalization: Critical Concepts in Social Studies, a Reader, UK: Routledge.
Rocha, C. (2010), ''Can I Put This Jizô Together with the Virgin Mary in the Altar?': Creolizing Zen Buddhism in Brazil', in, Williams, D. and Moriya, T. (eds), Issei Buddhism in the Americas, Chicago: University of Illinois Press, Chicago, pp 5-26.
Rocha, C. (2009), 'Conexiones Sur-Sur: Vivir entre Australia y Brasil', in, Solé, C., Parella, S. and Cavalcanti, L. (eds), Nuevos Retos del Transnacionalismo en el Estudio de las Migraciones, Barcelona, pp 113-127.
Rocha, C. (2009), 'A Sotoshu no Brasil: missionarios nikkeis e nao nikkeis', in, Sagawa, R. (ed.), O Nikkei Abrasleirado, Assis, pp 85-112.
Rocha, C. (2008), excerpts from 'Zen Buddhism in Brazil: Japanese or Brazilian?', in, Peterson, A. and Vasquez, M. (eds), Latin American Religions: Histories and Documents in Context, New York: NYU Press. (Formerly in: 2000, Journal of Global Buddhism, 1: 31-60).
Rocha, C. (2007), 'The Brazilian Imaginaire of Zen: Global Influences, Rhizomatic Forms', in, Pereira, R. and Matsuoka, H. (eds), Japanese Religions in and Beyond the Japanese Diaspora, Berkeley: University of California, Berkeley, pp 146-169.
Rocha, C. (2006), 'Spiritual Tourism: Brazilian Faith Healing Goes Global', in, Swatos, W. H. (ed.), On the Road to Being There: Studies in Pilgrimage and Tourism, Leiden: Brill, pp. 105-123.
Rocha, C. (2006), 'Two Faces of God: Religion and Social Class in the Brazilian Diaspora in Sydney', in, Kumar, P. P. (ed.), Religious Pluralism in the Diaspora, Leiden: Brill, pp 147-160.
Rocha, C. (2002), '"Se Você se Deparar com Buda, Mate Buda!" – Reflexões sobre a reapropriação do Zen-budismo no Brasil', in, Usarski, F. (ed.), O Budismo no Brasil – Uma religião entre tradição e adoção, São Paulo: Lorosae, pp 221-251.
Rocha, C. (2001), 'Catholicism and Zen Buddhism: A Vision of the Religious Field in Brazil', in, Cusack, C. and Oldmeadow, P. (eds), The End of Religion? Religion in an Age of Globalisation, Sydney Studies in Religion Series, Sydney: University of Sydney, pp 249-265.
Rocha, C. (2000), 'Tea Ceremony in Japan and its Appropriation in Brazil: A Metaphor of the Japanese Spirit', in, Dekker, T., Helsloot, J. and Wijers, C. (eds), Roots and Rituals: The Construction of Ethnic Identities, Amsterdam: Het Spinhuis, pp 527-537.
Rocha, C. (2016) A Megaigreja Hillsong no Brasil: A constituição de um campo religioso transnacional entre o Brasil e a Austrália. Plural: Rev. de Ciências Sociais USP. (opens in a new window) 23 (2): 162-181.
Rocha, C. (2015) A Globalização da Cura Espírita: Biomedicina, João de Deus e seus Seguidores Australianos. Tempo Social 27 (1): 95-115. http://www.scielo.br
Rocha, C. (2014) A Globalização do Budismo. Estudos de Religião 28 (2): 59-73. https://www.metodista.br (opens in a new window)
Rocha, C. and G. Coronado (2014) Imagining Latin America in Australia: Migration, Culture and Multiculturalism, Introduction to special issue of Journal of Intercultural Studies 35 (5): 467-474. http://www.tandfonline.com
Rocha, C. (2014) Triangular Circulation: Japanese Brazilians on the move between Japan, Australia and Brazil, Journal of Intercultural Studies 35 (5): 493-512. http://www.tandfonline.com/
C. Wulfhorst, C. Rocha, and G. Morgan (2014) Intimate Multiculturalism: Transnationalism and Belonging amongst Capoeiristas in Australia, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40 (11): 1798-1816. http://www.tandfonline.com/
Rocha, C. and M. Vasquez (2014) O Brasil na Nova Cartografia Global da Religião. Religião e Sociedade 34 (1): 13-37. http://www.scielo.br/pdf/rs/v34n1/02.pdf
Rocha, C. (2013), 'Transnational Pentecostal Connections: an Australian Megachurch and a Brazilian Church in Australia', PentecoStudies, 12 (1): 62-82. https://www.academia.edu/ (opens in a new window)
Rocha, C. (2011) Establishing the John of God Movement in Australia: Healing, Hybridity and Cultural Appropriation, Ethnologies, 33 (1): 143-167.
Rocha, C. (2011), 'A Sôtô Zenshû no Brazil: A Creolização de Práticas Cotidianas' (opens in a new window), Rever, 11 (2): 87-100.
Rocha C. (2010), 'A Globalização do Espiritismo: o Movimento Religioso de João de Deus na Austrália', Revista de Antropologia.
Rocha, C. (2009), 'Global Power Relations at Play in Fieldwork: Researching Spiritism in Brazil', Fieldwork in Religion, 3(2): 145-160.
Rocha, C. (2009), 'A globalização do espiritismo: fluxos do movimento religioso de João de Deus entre a Austrália e o Brasil', Revista de Antropologia, vol.52 no.2 São Paulo.
Rocha, C. (2009), 'Seeking Healing Transnationally: Australians and Brazilian Spiritism', The Anthropology Journal of Australia, 20(2): 229-246.
Rocha, C. (2008), 'All Roads Come from Zen: Busshinji as a Reference to Buddhism in Brazil', Japanese Journal of Religious Studies [Special Issue Japanese Religions in Brazil], 35(1): 81-94.
Rocha, C. (2008), 'The Brazilians in Sydney', in, The Dictionary of Sydney/ Sydney Journal, 1(2).
Rocha, C. (2007), 'Quêtes transnationales de médecines «traditionnelles»: la guérison spirituelle brésilienne en Océanie' ['Seeking "Traditional" Medicine Transnationally: Brazilian Faith Healing in Oceania'], Socio-Anthropologie, 21: 37-50.
Rocha, C. (2006) A Long and Winding Road: Cross-Cultural Connections between Brazil, Australia and Japan, New Voices special issue: Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Australia-Japan Relationship, 1 (1): 35-45.
Rocha, C. (2006) Rezando Preces Budistas e Católicas: A Crioulização de Rituais Zen no Brasil, Revista Ponto de Encontro, special issue 'Japanese Religions in Brazil', The Japan Foundation São Paulo, 1 (1).
Rocha, C. (2005) Grafting Cultures: Longing and Belonging in Immigrants' Gardens and Backyards in Fairfield, (with George Morgan, and Scott Poynting) Journal of Intercultural Studies, 26 (1-2): 93-105.
Rocha, C. (2004) Zazen or not Zazen: The Predicament of Sôtôshû's Kaikyôshi in Brazil, Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, 31 (1): 163-184.
Rocha, C. (2001) Zen Buddhism in the Land of Catholicism, Revista de Estudos da Religião, 1 (1): 57-72.
Rocha, C. (2000) The Appropriation of Zen Buddhism in Brazil, Japan Studies Review, 4: 33-52.
Rocha, C. (2000) Zen Buddhism in Brazil: Japanese or Brazilian?, Journal of Global Buddhism, 1: 31-60.
Rocha, C. (1999) Identity and Tea Ceremony in Brazil, Japanese Studies, 19 (3): 287-295.
Rocha, C. (1998) A Cerimônia do Chá como Fator de Identidade Cultural para Imigrantes Japoneses e seu Descendentes no Brasil [Tea Ceremony as a Marker of Cultural Identity for the Japanese Immigrants and Descendants in Brazil], Estudos Japoneses, Center for Japanese Studies, University of São Paulo, 18: 39-48.
Rocha, C. (1987) Traços da Cultural Japonesa no Período Meiji [Japanese Culture in the Meiji Period], Cadernos de Política Comparada, Japan Series 2: 29-40.