Daswani, Girish

 Girish Daswani is a Social Anthropologist with a special interest in Ghana, the anthropology of religion, the anthropology of Christianity, anthropology of ethics, diaspora and transnationalism. He received his PhD in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics & Political Science.

Dr. Daswani conducted multi-sited research with members of a Ghanaian Pentecostal church in southern Ghana and London (U.K.). In his work he looks at how Pentecostalism – its religious intermediaries, ideologies, and rituals – subjectively frames and facilitates church members ideas of religious transformation and overseas travel.

His forthcoming book manuscript focuses on the ethical practice of negotiating Pentecostal transformation in the lives of church members in both Ghana and London. He has also started a new research project on traditional religion in Ghana, its relationship to Pentecostalism, and its transnational networks.

Areas of Interest:

  • Religion
  • Christianity
  • Ethics
  • Diaspora
  • Transnationalism

Primary Teaching:

  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Anthropology of Ethics
  • Anthropology of Personhood

Latest Selected Publications:

2013. On Christianity and Ethics: Rupture as Ethical Practice in Ghanaian Pentecostalism. American Ethnologist Journal, 40.3

2013. “The Globalization of Pentecostalism and the Limits of Globalization”. In Michael Lambek and Janice Boddy (eds.) Companion to the Anthropology of Religion. Wiley-Blackwell.

2013. “Introduction – Diaspora and Transnationalism: Scapes, Scales and Scopes”. Co-authored with Ato Quayson. In Ato Quayson and Girish Daswani (eds.) Companion to Diaspora and Transnational Studies. Wiley-Blackwell Publishers. Pp. 1-26.

2013. “The Anthropology of Transnationalism”. In Ato Quayson and Girish Daswani (eds.) Companion to Diaspora and Transnational Studies. Wiley-Blackwell Publishers. Pp. 29-53.

2012. Global Pentecostal Networks and the problems of Culture: The Church of Pentecost in Ghana and Abroad. In Michael Wilkinson (ed.) Global Pentecostal Movements: Migration, Mission and Public Religion. Leiden:

Brill’s International Studies in Religion and Society series. Pp. 71-92.

2011. (In-) Dividual Pentecostals in Ghana. Journal of Religion in Africa, 41.3:256-279.

Contact Information:

Prof. Girish Deswani

B.Sc. (NUS), M.Sc. (LSE), Ph.D. (LSE)
Anthropology of Religion, Pentecostal Christianity

University of Toronto Scarborough, Department of Social Science, 1265
Military Trail, Toronto, ON, Canada, M1C 1A4
Tel: (416) 287-7312, Email: daswani@utsc.utoronto.ca