Paul Sorrentino

Paul Sorrentino is an associate professor of anthropology at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France), and previously held research and teaching positions at Université Paris Descartes, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (France), and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Germany). Since 2007, he has been conducting ethnographic research on ritual and religious practices, interactions between science and religion, and the relations between the living and the dead in Vietnam. His first book, A l’épreuve de la possession. Chronique d’une innovation rituelle vietnamienne (Trials of possession. Chronicle of a Vietnamese ritual innovation), describing the birth of a new form of spirit possession practice called ‘áp vong’, received the International Convention for Asia Scholars’ French language book prize special mention in 2019.

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