SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Ms Alina Apostu

BA (University of Bucharest), MA (UCL)
  • Teaching
  • Research


Alina Apostu
Department of Anthropology and Sociology

PhD Student

Ms Alina Apostu
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Thesis title:
Variations on an Anglican Theme: A London-based Comparative Ethnography of Sound, Music, and Christian Bodies (working title)
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PhD Research

The 12-months fieldwork for this research project took place in two Church of England churches in London, one evangelical and one "middle-of-the-road" parish church. I spent time with members of the congregation, choir members and other musicians, during services, rehearsals, events and activities, exploring with them the uses, significances and risks of sound and music in the making of Christian bodies - the collective body of the congregation and the individual Christian self. The project investigates how sound shapes religious experience of Christian bodies by integrating phenomenological approaches to voice and space with an exploration of religion, and Christianity in particular, through the lens of materiality, senses and affect.


  • Performing' Sacred Music in Contemporary Anglican Church, BFE/RMA Research Students' Conference 'Exploring Musical Practice', Canterbury, 5th - 7th January 2017.
  • Worshipping with Joy – Religious Content in a Secular Form, part of a panel titled 'Prayer, Poetry, and Song: Cultivating Religious Sound in a Secular World', 115th AAA Annual Meeting 'Evidence, Accident, Discovery', Minneapolis, MN, 16th - 20th November 2016.


  • Student fellow of RAI-ASA


  • Teaching Assistant in Theory in Anthropology


  • Anthropology of Sound
  • Music
  • Religion
  • Affect
  • Material Culture
  • Sound Studies
  • Phenomenology