Mariam Goshadze is a PhD Candidate in the Committee on the Study of religion. She specializes in indigenous religions in Ghana, specifically in the beliefs of the Ga ethnic group in the capital, Accra. Mariam’s research is at the crossroads of history, anthropology and sonic studies. Her dissertation project explores the “ban on drumming and noise making” introduced prior to the annual harvest festiva, Homowo. Mariam is interested in the sonic theologies of the Ga indigenous community and Pentecostal/Charismatic Christianity, state intervention in the negotiation of religious conflicts, and questions of legal secularism in Ghana and West Africa at large. Mariam graduated with an honors degree in history from the University in Bulgaria and has two MA degrees in Nationalism and Religious Studies from Central European University and University of Missouri respectively.