Continuity and Discontinuity of Enchantment: A Reflection on Some Moments in Nigerian Christian History

FBK Aula Piccola

Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Polo delle Scienze Umane e sociali
Aula Piccola

FBK Aula Piccola

Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Polo delle Scienze Umane e sociali
Aula Piccola

The seminar dwells on three different phases of Nigerian Christian history: the full development of Ethiopianism (ca. 1890-1900), the beginnings of the Aladura movement (ca. 1920-1930), and the spread of the “gospel of prosperity” in contemporary Pentecostal churches. The emphasis will be on the configurations that Christianity has given to forms of  “traditional” religiosity at each juncture. In particular, the role that Scriptures have played in shaping these configurations will be highlighted, with the intent of trying to understand which visions of history, prophecy, and the relationship between power and secrecy have emerged at various moments in the history of Nigerian Christianity. The interpretative hypotheses proposed by the seminar will be based primarily on three sources: The History of the Yorubas (1920), completed by Nigerian Pastor Samuel Johnson in 1897, the scriptural visions contained in the diary of the Aladura prophet Josiah Oshitelu, and fieldnotes taken in Rome during an ethnography of the Pentecostal church Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries.


Speaker: SILVIA CRISTOFORI, Università Link Campus di Roma

Scientific coordination: Massimo Leone, Director FBK-ISR


Cycle of seminars: “(Dis-)Enchantment in Religion and Ethics

The talk will be held in italian.

The presentation will be in-person in the FBK Aula Piccola while seats last and online.

Registration by March 21, 2024 at 12:00 a.m. is required in order to arrange the connection.


  • Silvia Cristofori - Speaker
    Università Link Campus di Roma
    Silvia Cristofori is associate professor of history of Christianity at the Department of Human Sciences of Link Campus University (Rome) where she teaches “Media and Religion”, and “Religions, Identities, Politics”. She is an affiliated researcher at the national Research Infrastructure for religious studies (FSCIRE – Bologna). She is a member of the scientific board of the national doctoral school on religious studies (DREST) and has been involved in several national and international research teams. Currently, she is the scientific director of the European Jean Monnet project “Freedom of Belief and Right to Information (FreeBeRi)”. She holds a PhD in Ethnology and Anthropology (final grade: excellent) and was post-doctoral researcher at the Foundation for Religious Studies (Bologna, 2012-2014) where her research was granted by the Emilia Romagna Region program for the Development of innovative ideas and projects. Her work is strongly interdisciplinary and includes archival and field research carried out in Rwanda, Senegal, Italy, the USA, the UK, and France.


Registration to this event is mandatory.

Registration closed on 21/03/2024.



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