João Ferreira Dias is natural of Lisbon, Portugal. Born in 1980 decade, is PhD in African Studies at ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon, with a thesis on nostalgia, authenticity and politics of memory, aesthetics's values and reafricanization on Bahia and Uberaba (MG) Candomblé.
MA in History and Culture of Religions by the Faculty of Letters of University of Lisbon with a pioneer thesis on Yorùbá religious patterns of thought. Working on African Religions and Afro-Brazilian ones, assumes a transdisciplinary attitude crossing History of Religions with Anthropology of Religions and Theology in African Contexts. Former Professor of Traditional Religions in Contemporary Africa at Lusophone University of Lisbon.
Mainly Research Lines: Yorùbá Religion [patterns of thought, history and rituals]; African Diaspora to Brazil [patterns of thought, history and rituals].
Other Research Areas: gender in Candomblé; sacred music in Kétus’ Candomblé Nation; Candomblé ritual aesthetics; Afro-Brazilian Culture; Inter-Religious Dialogue. Cultural Diplomacy; Migration movements and adaptation processes; Autochthone and Diasporic Identities.