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Dr Jamie Barnes

Post:Teaching Fellow (Sociology)

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UK:01273 873698
International:+44 1273 873698
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After graduating from Cambridge in 1995, Jamie lived and worked as part of a network of Christian communities based in the southern Balkans between 1998-2009.  He returned from the Balkans in order to complete an MSc in Comparative and Cross-Cultural Research Methods at the University of Sussex and, in 2010, was awarded an Economic and Social Research Council scholarship in order to carry out Doctoral Research amongst the network of communities of which he was a part.  Between 2011 and 2012 he conducted 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork in northern Greece and Albania.  He received his Doctorate in 2015, and is currently working as a Teaching Fellow in the Sociology Department at Sussex, where he continues to develop his research interests in phenomenology, ontology, ecology and auto-ethnography.




I have taught the following:

2018-2019 – Convenor for Making the Familiar Strange; Module Tutor for Themes & Perspectives, Doing Sociological Research (Quantitative and Qualitative Methods), Resistance Movements in Conflict & War, Guest Lecture on “Sociology of Religion” and “Autoethnography”; Supervisor to 13 undergraduate Criminology Projects.   

2017-2018 – Convenor for Resistance Movements in Conflict & War; Module Tutor for Gendering the Life Course, Themes & Perspectives, Doing Sociological Research (Quantitative Methods), Criminological Classics; Guest Lecture on “Sociology of Religion” & “Autoethnography”. Supervisor to 8 undergraduate Sociology Projects. 

2016-2017 – Convenor for Masters in Criminological Research Methods; Module Tutor for Sociology of War, Themes & Perspectives, Criminological Classics, Doing Sociological Research (Qualitative Methods), Gender & the Life Course; Guest Lecture on “Ethnographic Methods” & “Sociology of Religion”.

2015-2016 – Principal Convenor and Lecturer for Material Cultures (first year core undergraduate course in Social Anthropology); “Making Love” (Guest Lecture), Everyday Life: Ordinary & Extraordinary,Department of Media & Film, “Multi-Sensory Worlds” (Guest Lecture), Visual Anthropology; Module Tutor for The Anthropology of Sexuality, Key Concepts in Anthropology, Doing Sociological Research (Quantitative Methods), Visual Anthropology, Sociology of 21st Century Britain. 

2014-2015 – Module Tutor for Gender and the Life Course, Sociology of 21st Century Britain, Visual Anthropology; “An Introduction to Anthropology and Sociology” (Lecture), campus visit for Access to Higher Education Diploma students from City College, Brighton, “Beliefs in Society” (Lecture), LPS school introductory day, University of Sussex.

2013-2014 - “Realizing Selves: Exploring Personal and Social Transformation within a Christian Ontology” (Lecture) at Global Studies DPhil Lecture Series, University of Sussex.

2012-2013 - Module Tutor for Reproduction, Self and Society.


Higher Education Teaching Qualifications:

2018 – Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Distinction).

2016 – Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Distinction).


Papers and Presentations:

October 2018 – “The Ontological Implications of Spirit Encounters” at Department of Social Anthropology, University College London, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Sussex, & Department of Social Anthropology, University of Aberdeen.

July 2018 – “Daywithatree: where autoethnography engages the post-human move” at Bristol Autoethnography Conference.

July 2017 – “Gendering the body” at Commotion, New Delhi, India.

September 2016 – “The Speaking Body: Metaphor and the Expression of Extraordinary Experience” at Wild or Domesticated: Interdisciplinary Conference, Helsinki, Finland.

November 2015– “Stories, Senses and the Charismatic Relation” at Brighton Autoethnography Group, University of Sussex, UK.

October 2015– “Stories, Senses and Charisma: A Framework for Exploring Christian Experience” at AnthropologyDepartmental Research Seminar, University of Sussex, UK. 

September 2015– “‘Sensing’ the Path: Tim Ingold and Journeying in the Spirit” at Beyond Perception 15, a Symposium addressing Tim Ingold’s work, University of Aberdeen, UK.

July 2015 & 2016– “’Kissing’ the Other: Intimacy, Experience and the Practice of Anthropology”, a guided meditation exploring situated knowledge, perception and anthropology at Global Voices, WOMAD Festival, UK.

April 2015– “‘As a Dove out of Heaven’: Negotiating Anthropological and Christian Metaphorical Landscapes” at ASA Annual Conference: Symbiotic anthropologies: theoretical commensalities and methodological mutualisms, University of Exeter, UK.

March 2015– “Personal Loss and the ‘Contamination of Death’” at Thirteenth Engaging Particularities Conference: New Directions in Comparative Theology, Interreligious Dialogue, Theology of Religions, and Missiology,Boston College, MA, USA.

June 2014– “‘When the Spirit Speaks’: Anthropology from within Alternative Knowledge Systems” at ASA Decennial Conference: Anthropology and Enlightenment, University of Edinburgh, UK (Selected for The best of ‘Ideas in Movement’: papers from the RAI Postgraduate Conference panel).

May 2014– “‘Men as Trees Walking’: Jesus, the ‘Second Touch’, and Seeing People Clearly” at EASR Annual Conference: Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge, University of Groningen, Netherlands.

March 2014– “Meeting around the Table: ‘Openness’, Community and the Self in a Christian Spiritual Community in the Southern Balkans” at Departmental Seminar, Department of Religions and Theology, University of Manchester, UK.

March 2014– “‘Ways of Being’: an Ethnographic Exploration of the Similarities and Differences between Christian Contemplative Prayer and Mindfulness Practice” at Nineteenth Joint Postgraduate Conference on Religion and Theology: Spiritual Exercises,University of Bristol, UK.

October 2013– “‘When the Spirit Speaks’: Anthropology from within Alternative Knowledge Systems” at RAI Postgraduate Conference: Ideas in movement. Addressing tensions in anthropology, University of Aberdeen, UK.



2010-2015 - PhD in Social Anthropology: “Stories, Senses and the Charismatic Relation: a Reflexive Exploration of Christian Experience”, University of Sussex, Economic and Social Research Council funded.

2009-2010 - MSc in Comparative & Cross-Cultural Research Methods, Social Anthropology, University of Sussex.

1992-1995 - BA in Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge.