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Identity in the 3rd space


Denice Szafran

Visiting Lecturer

of Anthropology

Sturges 13F
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Denice Szafran has been a member of the faculty since 2010.

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D, University at Buffalo
  • MA, University at Buffalo
  • MA, Vermont College
  • BA, SUNY College at Potsdam


  • SUNY Geneseo, 2010 to present
  • SUNY College at Buffalo, 2009-2011, adjunct lecturer
  • University at Buffalo, 2008-2011, teaching assitant and lecturer

Research Interests

Linguistic anthropology, media/visual/digital anthropology, pragmatics, humor, performance, play, ritual, liminality, invented tradition, community, new religious movements, cyber and digital ethnography, social networking, social movements, identity, place/space/scape, flashmobs/urban pranks, and urban places/spaces.

Publications and Professional Activities

  • 2011 Why Can’t We Count Past Two? Comparing the New Animism, Language and Cultural Views of Gender NEAA Bulletin, 33(2):7-11.
  • 2010 Critical Concepts: The Anthropology of Religion. Routledge. Assistant Editor, Phillips Stevens, editor, 4 volume set.
  • 2009 Edupunk/Anthropunk: What? Anthropology Now.
  • 2009 If You Cannot Whisper: The Performative Language of Magical Spells. NEAA Newsletter, Fall.
  • 2008 Zaduszki, Dziady: The Day of the Dead: The Pagan Roots Behind the Ancient Tradition to Honor the Deceased. Polish-American Journal 97(11):1, 4.


  • American Anthropological Association
  • Northeastern Anthropological Association
  • Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association
  • Association for Women in Science
  • Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages - database volunteer
  • Linguistic Society of America
  • Society for Applied Anthropology