Chika Watanabe is a lecturer in social anthropology at the University of Manchester. Her research and teaching interests revolve around issues of development, humanitarianism, NGOs, religion and secularity, ethics and morality, and disasters. She has published and forthcoming essays in journals such as Cultural Anthropology, American Anthropologist, and American Ethnologist. She is currently working on a book on one of the oldest NGOs in Japan and its projects in Myanmar, forthcoming from the University of Hawai’i Press.
The title of the interview intrigued me: beyond ‘faith-based organizations’. I have always considered Erica Bornstein to be one of the pioneers in the anthropology of faith-based organizations in the fields of development and humanitarianism.