PhD in sociology, University of Campinas, Brazil
Camila de Pieri Benedito has accomplished her BA degree in social sciences (2010) and her master’s (2013) and PhD (2019) in Sociology at the Brazilian UFSCar (Universidade Federal de São Carlos). Her PhD thesis “‘Maria que me ensina a ser mulher’: Gênero e Religião no Santo Daime” (“Mary who teaches me how to be a woman”: Gender and religion within Santo Daime”) revolves around fieldwork made in a southeasterner Santo Daime community in Brazil, and traces the impact of popular Catholicism, environmentalism and new age practices in the establishment of the sacred feminine within the community, and connects it with the wider national religious scene. During her doctorate, Camila became a member of NEIP (Núcleo de Estudos Interdisciplinares sobre Psicoativos) a collaborator for ICARO (the Interdisciplinary Cooperation for Ayahuasca Research and Outreach from Universidade de Campinas), and accomplished a Sandwich Research Program in the Department of Religion at the University of Florida (2017). In her participation in the Healing Encounters, specifically in the « Healing in the Laboratory » part of the project, Camila is going to do fieldwork in Brazilian laboratories that do biomedical research with ayahuasca, aiming to describe Brazil’s psychedelic science.