Mariam Goshadze is a doctoral student in the Committee on the Study of Religion who works on indigenous religion in Ghana’s capital, Accra. Her research is at the crossroads of sensory anthropology, historical analysis, urban anthropology and sonic studies. Her current project explores the annual harvest festival of the Ga ethnic group in Accra and a ban on drumming and noise making introduced prior to the celebration of the festival. Mariam is interested in underlying factors behind the noise restrictions imposed by traditional leaders, including the growing influence of Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches, and the repercussions of indigenous sonic authority on the socio-religious scene of Accra. Mariam graduated with an honors degree in history from the University of Bulgaria and has two MA degrees in Nationalism and Religious Studies from Central European University and University of Missouri respectively. Outside of her academic pursuits she is interested in child welfare and has worked at a Child Protection Center in her home country, Georgia. She is also actively involved in community work and serves as the Harvard GSAS Public Service Fellow at Dudley House.