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Bianca Dahl is a postdoctoral fellow in anthropology, population studies, and the international humanities at Brown University. She received her Ph.D. in comparative human development at the University of Chicago. She is currently working on a book manuscript exploring the impact of international humanitarian-aid organizations on orphaned children and their kin in Botswana. Bianca Dahl may be contacted by email at:

Philippe Denis is Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He received a Ph.D. in history at the University of Liège, Belgium, in 1983. He is the Director of the Sinomlando Centre for Oral History and Memory Work in Africa. His publications include books, edited books, and journal articles on the history of the Reformation, the history of Christianity in southern Africa, religion and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, oral history methodology, and memory work. He is currently involved in an oral-history project on HIV/AIDS in KwaZulu-Natal. Philippe Dennis may be contacted by email at:

Rijk Van Dijk is an anthropologist working at the African Studies Centre, Leiden. He has extensively researched and published on the rise of Pentecostal movements in urban areas of Malawi, Ghana, and Botswana. He is the author of Young Malawian Puritans (Utrecht, ISOR Press, 1993) and has coedited with Ria Reis and Marja Spierenburg The Quest for Fruition through Ngoma (Oxford, James Currey, 2000) and with Wim van Binsbergen Situating Globality: African Agency in the Appropriation of Global Culture (Leiden, Brill, 2004). His current research focuses on the transnational dimensions of Ghanaian Pentecostalism, particularly on its relation with the migration of Ghanaians to Botswana (Gaborone) in the context of the country’s AIDS-crisis. A recently published article, “Gloves in Times of AIDS: Pentecostalism, Hair and Social Distancing in Botswana,” in Aids and Religious Practice in Africa, edited by F. Becker and P. W. Geizzler (Leiden, Brill, Studies on Religion in Africa, 2009), expounds insights gained from this research. In addition, he is editor-in-chief of African Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Africa in a Global World, published by Brill since 2008. Rijk van Dijk may be contacted by email at:

Hansjörg Dilger is Junior Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin. Between 2005 and 2007, he was Assistant Professor of African Studies and Anthropology at the University of Florida. He received his Ph.D. at the Freie Universität Berlin in 2004. He is the author of Living with AIDS: Illness, Death and Social Relations in Africa: [End Page 119] An Ethnography (Campus Publishers, 2005, in German) and coeditor of Morality, Hope and Grief: Anthropologies of AIDS in Africa (Berghahn Books, forthcoming). He has published numerous journal articles on rural–urban migration, kinship dynamics, and the emergence of neo-Pentecostal congregations in the context of modernity and globalization in Tanzania. With A. Kane and S. Langwick, he is currently completing a coedited volume, Transnational Medicine, Mobile Experts: Globalization, Health and Power in and beyond Africa. Hansjörg Dilger may be contacted by email at:

Alessandro Gusman received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Turin University in 2008. His research interests include religious transformations in East Africa, HIV/AIDS, and urban anthropology. Alessandro Grusman may be contacted by email at:

Frederick Klaits is a fellow in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology and public health from Johns Hopkins University in 2002. His book, Death in a Church of Life: Moral Passion during Botswana’s Time of AIDS, is forthcoming from the University of California Press. His current research involves the learning and practice of social work in Botswana. Frederick Klaits may be contacted by email at:

Damaris S. Parsitau is a lecturer of African Christianities at Egerton University in Kenya. She is finalizing her doctoral dissertation on Neo-Pentecostalism and Civic Engagement in Kenya. Her areas of interest include global Pentecostalism, religion and gender, feminist theologies, religion and health, religion and popular culture, and religion and politics. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed...


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