Journal of Undergraduate Research


Ireland, contemporary religious changes, written and visual ethnographic methodology


Family, Home, and Social Sciences




The purpose of this project was to investigate the cultural and historical implications of contemporary religious changes among two case studies of millenarian movements, drawing specifically on ethnographic field research already conducted in a Hmong village in Northern Thailand, and continuing research on conflict transformation among the Protestant and Catholic communities of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Drawing from both written and visual ethnographic methodology, the aim of this project is to use the unique qualities of a visually supplemented narrative to illustrate and explicate how people within these millenarian movements interpret religious conflict as an “enchanted” (Gell 1994) narrative of persecution, actively transforming the experienced narrative to ostensibly collapse the sacred into the mundane, the physical with the metaphysical, and the “fallen” with the “sublime” (Webster 2013).

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