Letha Victor (BA, University of British Columbia; MA, McGill University; PhD, University of Toronto) is a sociocultural anthropologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies.
Her research projects since 2008 have centred on the Acholi sub-region of northern Uganda, where she has conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork on postcolonial violence, haunting, human-spirit relations, and ethics. She is interested in a broad range of issues that include subjectivity, ethics, temporality, social change, religiosity, trauma and the cross-linguistic and cross-cultural legibility of suffering, witchcraft and conspiracy, and debates about morality, ritual expertise, and authenticity in Acholi society. Currently, she is working on a book manuscript about ghostly vengeance and spiritual pollution in contemporary post-war Acholi.
Dr. Victor’s current teaching focuses on ethnographic approaches to religion and healing cross-culturally, as well as religiosity and epistemology in contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa.
RELS 4000/5000 Religiosity and (Post)Colonial Encounters in Sub-Saharan Africa
Recent publications include:
"Dirty Things: spiritual pollution and life after the Lord’s Resistance Army,” Journal of Eastern African Studies, Vol. 11, no. 4: 590-608, 2017 (with Holly Porter).