Selection of Peer Reviewed Articles and Essays


Mbembe’s Matrix and the Matri-Archive: ‘The Little Secret’ to Conjuring Away the Postcolonial Spell

Journal of Religion in Africa (Online Edition, 27 December 2021)

An advanced, online version of my article on Achille Mbembe’s work, and the relation of my research on Female Genital Power to it, was published by the Journal of Religion in Africa (27 Dec 2021).

Excavating the Matri-archive

Grillo, Laura S. "Excavating the Matri-archive: The Author's Response" Journal of Africana Religions, 7, no. 2 (2019), 316-22.

This article is an overview of the book’s central argument and aims and my response to the Roundtable Discussion of An Intimate Rebuke by top scholars in Religious Studies, Anthropology of Religion, and Gender and Religion, which was held at the American Academy of Religion. A link to the full discussion is included here.

The Disenchantment of Civil Society in the New Global Postcolony

Grillo, Laura S. “The Disenchantment of Civil Society in the New Global Postcolony.” Global-e 12, no. 10 (March 14, 2019).

Les Mères au rond-point: retrouver l’identité et son fondement dans la morale (Mothers at the round-about: Recollecting Identity on Moral Grounds)

Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Mande studies, August 2-6, 2017, Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire (2017).

Ironic Reversals: Gender, Power and Sacrality in Ile-Ife

Journal of Africana Religions 2, 4 (2014): 465-477.

Female Genital Power in Ritual & Politics: Violation & Deployment

Cultural Anthropology, Hot Spot Forum. May 14, 2012.

Catachresis in Côte d’Ivoire: Female Genital Power in Religious Ritual and Political Resistance

Religion And Gender 3, 2 (May 7, 2013): 188-206.

The Urgency of Widening the Discourse of Philosophy of Religion: A Discussion of A Primal Perspective on the Philosophy of Religion by Arvind Sharma

The Journal of the American Academy of Religion 79, 4 (2012): 803-813.

Divination: Epistemology, Agency and the Construction of Identity in Contemporary West Africa

Religion Compass, Blackwell Press 3, 6 (2009): 921–934.

City of 201 Gods: Ilé-Ifé in Time, Space, and the Imagination by Jacob K. Olúpònà

Nova Religio: the Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 17, 1 (August 2013): 109-111.

Along an African Border: Angolan Refugees and Their Divination Baskets by Sónia Silva

History of Religions The University of Chicago Press 52, 4 (May 2013): 414-417.