(BSocSci Social Anthropology and French Language and Literature, 2008 University of Cape Town; MA Social Anthropology 2009 University of Cape Town; PhD Anthropology, 2019 University of Colorado). Ben has conducted fieldwork around issues of belief and ritual practice in contemporary occultism, magic(k) and Neo-Paganism in South Africa. Working with the very few Tibetans living in South Africa, his MA dissertation explored questions surrounding Tibetan identities in exile. Currently, his doctoral research focuses on the dynamics of grassroots spirit mediumship and possession in the South Asian Tibetan diaspora context. His advisor was Carole McGranahan.