LEVYNA is an interdisciplinary centre affiliated with the Department for the Study of Religions, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University. It is the only institution in the world exclusively dedicated to the experimental study of religion. Combining methods and expertise from the Humanities and the Sciences, LEVYNA brings together researchers with backgrounds as diverse as Religious Studies, Anthropology, History, Psychology, and Neuroscience, who work collaboratively to investigate religious belief and behaviour. It aims to train young scholars in employing scientific methods in the study of religion, and to produce high quality research on religion through cross-disciplinary collaboration, methodological integration and innovation.
A Research expedition to the island of Mauritius
In July 2018 team LEVYNA set out for its regular research expedition to the island of Mauritius, our primary field side. Together with other collaborators, we were collecting data for six different projects focused mainly on religious beliefs and behaviors.
Jakub Cigán received an internal grant from Masaryk University.
The grant will help Jakub with the preparation of a monograph reporting on his fieldwork among Czech Protestants where he combines classical ethnographic methods and signaling theories to understand the nature of religious conversion.
New research on costly rituals among university fraternities
Have you ever heard about or actually underwent initiation rituals that are obligatory for membership in a college fraternity or sorority? You may be interested in a new study featuring LEVYNA!