Dr. Phil. Religionswissenschaft
François Gauthier is a socio-anthropologist of religion. Born and trained in Quebec (PhD Religious Studies, UQAM), he was professor of Religious Studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) from 2009 to 2012, and professor of Religious Studies at the Social Sciences Department of the Université de Fribourg since January 2013. His research and publications span a wide array of social phenomena, including: the Burning Man festival and musical subcultures (e.g. techno-rave), antiglobalisation protest and political radicalities, sociology of religion, anthropology of religion, theories of religion, and the gift paradigm. He is presently working on a comprehensive analytic in order to better understand the global transformations of religion in modernity and contemporary societies, cast against the rise of neoliberalism and consumerism. He is a member of the MAUSS (Mouvement anti-utilitariste en sciences sociales) and member of the editing committee of the Revue du MAUSS semestrielle.