Barry Stephenson holds a PhD in Religious Studies from the University Calgary (2005). He is the author of two books, Veneration and Revolt: Hermann Hesse and Swabian Pietism, and Performing the Reformation: Public Ritual in the City of Luther. In his research, Stephenson uses ethnographic and visual methods to study lived-religion. Performing the Reformation includes a DVD of edited material of Luther-themed festivals and pilgrimage, shot in the field in Wittenberg, Germany. Recent film work includes "Highgate United," a contribution to a field research project titled "Abandoned Sacred," in collaboration with Ronald Grimes.