Kristin Norget

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Cambridge University, 1993

My original research was focused on popular religion in relation to processes of social, political and cultural change in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, especially the cultural and symbolic dimensions of religious practice and performance. Since then my work has developed along two main research lines related to the institutional Catholic Church:  The first focus is indigenous theology in Mexico as a movement propelled by both conservative and ‘progressive’ liberation theological wings of the Catholic Church, and which shapes the ideology and practices of indigenous and popular movements, or forms of neoliberalism itself. The second focus is on the influence of media technology in contemporary church evangelizing strategies, as seen in the celebrations of the Virgen de Guadalupe in Mexico City, and the Señor de los Milagros in Lima, Peru. This project, still ongoing, explores the mediatization of Catholicism in terms of how it affects the Church’s ways of framing Catholicism and making it accessible, and shapes people’s ways of seeing and relating to sacred images and representations—all this in the context of the social and political role of the institutional church at both local, national and global levels. In my thinking about these themes I attend to theoretical frameworks related to the mediation and the politics of knowledge, indigeneity and cultural mixing; ethnography; media and materiality; aesthetic and other cultural dimensions of religious practices; and religion and subjectivity. I am currently developing a long-standing interest in transcultural psychiatry by pursuing a master’s degree in counseling psychology.

Representative Publications:

Books & Special Issues 

2017. Norget, Kristin, Valentina Napolitano and Maya Mayblin (eds.). The Anthropology of Catholicism: A Reader (Berkeley: University California Press).

2006. Norget, Kristin. Days of Death, Days of Life: Ritual in the Popular Culture of Oaxaca. (NY: Columbia University Press).

2011. Napolitano, Valentina and Kristin Norget (eds). ‘Economies of Sanctity: The Translocal Roman Catholic Church in Latin America’. Special issue of Postscripts: the Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds.

(in preparation) Norget, Kristin. Between a Cross and a Hard Place: Practicing Catholic Indigenous Theology in Mexico. 

Book chapters

2017.  ‘The Virgin of Guadalupe and the Spectacle of Catholic Evangelism in Mexico’. In The Anthropology of Catholicism: A Reader      (University of California Press); 184-200.

2014.   'Neo-Baroque Catholic Evangelism in Post-secular Mexico'. The Transatlantic Hispanic Baroque: Complex Identities in the Atlantic    World, eds. Harald Braun and Jesús Perez-Magallon, ed. (Ashgate); 273-290.

2011.   ‘Surviving Conservation: La Madre Tierra and Indigenous Moral Ecologies in Oaxaca, Mexico’. In New Natures: Critical Intersections for Environmental Management and Conservation in Latin America, C. Tucker, (ed.), Santa Fe: School of American Research, 87-108.


2011   ‘Popes, Saints, Beato Bones and other Images at War: Religious Mediation and the Translocal Roman Catholic Church’, Postscripts, 5.3. 337-364.

2010  ‘A Cacophony of Autochthony: Representing Indigeneity in Oaxacan Popular Mobilization’, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, 15:1; 115-143.