Position:Associate Professor

MAIL: bautista [at]

Research Departments

Social Coexistence


Anthropology, Southeast Asian Studies, Religious Studies

Research Interests

Anthropology of Religion, Pedagogy, Southeast Asian Culture and History

    Julius Bautista is an anthropologist with an interest in religious practice in Asia, with a focus on Christian iconography, religious piety, performance and the relationship between religion and the state.

  • Julius Bautista is author of Figuring Catholicism: An Ethnohistory of the Santo Niño de Cebu (Ateneo, 2010, a finalist for the Philippine National Book Prize for the Social Sciences), editor of The Spirit of Things: Materiality and Religious Diversity in Southeast Asia (Cornell SEAP, 2012) and co-editor (with Francis Lim) of Christianity and the State in Asia: Complicity and Conflict (Routledge, 2009). His works have also appeared in journals such as The Australian Journal of Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Asian Studies Review, Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, the Asian Journal of Social Science and Pedagogies, among others.

  • Julius Bautista’s current research project is an analysis of the separation of Church and State in the Philippines and East Timor. A comparative anthropological and historical methodology is used in pursuing three research components: (1) a pioneering synthesis of relevant scholarly literature from the two areas, (2) a historical analysis of the role of Catholic institutions in state-formation and (3) an ethnographic analysis of faith and ritual as a factor in ordinary people’s political participation.



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