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Staff members with discipline Anthropology

Academia develops at the interface of different fields. This is one reason why the University of Groningen is home to a wide range of fields, each with a great number of subject specialists. The overview below, which is based on a standard categorization of fields, will help you find the right expert for each field. If you cannot find the expert you are looking for in this list, try searching via a related field or faculty; you may find him or her there.

Overview of all disciplines

Pilgrimage studies, Religious Tourism, Local Policy
A. Anwar Masduki, MA
Contact
a.anwar.masduki rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Religious diversity, Christianity/ Pentecostalism, secularity, health, gender, sexuality, NGOs, international development, knowledge valorisation, Netherlands, Western Europe, Uganda, Eastern and Southern Africa
dr. B.E. (Brenda) Bartelink
Contact
b.e.bartelink rug.nl
Function
Senior researcher (postdoc)
Field / Discipline
socio-cultural anthropology, India (esp. Odisha)
theory and history of anthropology; anthropology of religion; indigenous religions; in relation to the aforementioned areas mainly the following topics: values, cosmology, ritual, food, death, cultural and religious change, Indian tribal (Adivasi) cultures, anthropology of India
dr. P. (Peter) Berger
Contact
p.berger rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor of Indian Religions and the Anthropology of Religion
Field / Discipline
Everyday religion, pilgrimage studies, Anthropology of Islam, Migration & Identity, Muslims in diaspora, Dialogical Self Theory, Biographical Research
prof. dr. M.W. (Marjo) Buitelaar
Contact
m.w.buitelaar rug.nl
+31 50 36 35570
Function
Professor of Contemporary Islam
Field / Discipline
Zooarchaeology; archaeology of Turkey; domestication; Anthropocene; marine ecological history; camel; groupers; sea turtles; archaeology of dairying; stable isotope analysis of archaeological organic remains; malacology; Bronze Age; Neolithic; Open Science
C. (Canan) Çakirlar, PhD
Contact
c.cakirlar rug.nl
Function
Senior lecturer
Field / Discipline
voice technology (speech analysis, speaker-state detection, prosodic and paralinguistic phenomena)

linguistics (agglutinative morphology, subtractive disfixation, Amazonian/Andean languages, minoritized languages)

cognition (sensory perception, semiotics, phenomenology, soundscapes)
M.L. (Matt) Coler, PhD
Contact
m.coler rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor and Research Program Manager
Digital anthropology; digital ethnography; digital culture; forced migration; media anthropology; Middle-East; mobility and digital media; politics; Turkey; social media;
E.I.G. (Elisabetta) Costa, PhD
Contact
e.i.g.costa rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
Environmental archaeology; ethnoarchaeology; zooarchaeology; human ecology; Indigenous food security and food safety; climate change; Arctic North American prehistory; Tuniit (Paleo-Inuit) and Neo-Inuit culture; Inuit qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit traditional knowledge)
S.P.A. (Sean) Desjardins, PhD
Contact
s.p.a.desjardins rug.nl
Function
Postdoctoral Researcher
Field / Discipline
African studies, international relations and development studies, cultural heritage, non-western history, history of European expansion, history of Dutch foreign policy (colonial policy)
dr. M.R. (Michel) Doortmont
Contact
m.r.doortmont rug.nl
+31 50 36 36002
Function
Reader in International Relations and African Studies
F.H. (Flávio) Eiró de Oliveira
Contact
f.eiro rug.nl
Function
Lecturer
Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, Multilingualism
prof. dr. J.M. (Janet) Fuller
Contact
j.m.fuller rug.nl
Function
Ethnography, African studies, Children and youth, Migration, Diversity&inclusion, Applied anthropology
drs. I. (Imke) Gooskens
Contact
i.gooskens rug.nl
Function
Lecturer Qualitative Research Methods
Media Studies, Visual and Material Culture, Anthropology, Ethnography, Digital Humanities, Historical Sciences
G.G.A. (Geoffrey) Hobbis, PhD
Contact
g.g.a.hobbis rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
Field / Discipline
Documentary cinema; experimental film; visual anthropology; sensory ethnography; phenomenology; skateboarding
dr. S.R.J.J. (Sander) Hölsgens
Contact
s.r.j.j.holsgens rug.nl
Function
Postdoctoral Researcher / Lecturer
Greek Archaeology
Aegean Bronze Age
Bioarchaeology: Human Osteology
Mortuary Theory
Integration of Science and Archaeology
Analysis and Interpretation of Secondary Burial
O.A. (Olivia A.) Jones, MA
Contact
o.a.jones rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Archaeology and Anthropology of Circumpolar Peoples and Cultures
prof. dr. P.D. (Peter) Jordan
Contact
p.d.jordan rug.nl
Function
I do qualitative research on religion and secularism in the Netherlands, in recent years especially focusing on the themes of gender and sexuality. I am currently directing the project "Sexuality, Religion and Secularism" (funded by the Netherlands Foundation for Research, NWO). Previous research focused on Catholicism and spirituality in the Netherlands and on Nigerian Pentecostalism in Europe and the Netherlands. I have also published a series of theoretical and methodological reflections on the dilemma's of participant observation in studying religion.

For students: I only accept supervision of projects that employ qualitative research methods.
dr. K.E. (Kim) Knibbe
Contact
k.e.knibbe rug.nl
+31 50 36 34585
Function
Associate Professor Sociology and Anthropology of Religion
Field / Discipline
Comparative history of country houses and estates in the Netherlands and Europe; Anthropology of Religion; Historical Anthropology; History and Anthropology of Elites.
prof. dr. Y.B. (Yme) Kuiper
Contact
y.b.kuiper rug.nl
Function
Emeritus Professor Faculty of Arts; endowed chair (Stichting Van der Wyck-de Kempenaer) Historic Country Houses and Estates; Emeritus Professor (endowed chair: Stichting Groninger Universiteitsfonds) Anthropology of Religion and Historical Anthropology
Field / Discipline
Death Studies, Ritual Studies, Psychology of Religion, Religious Diversity, Anthropology of Religion
dr. B.M.H.P. (Brenda) Mathijssen
Contact
brenda.mathijssen rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Culture and Religion
Field / Discipline
Research Interests:

Legal Anthropology    
Christianity/ies    
Publics and Counterpublics    
Religious Publicity    
Human Rights Law    
Evangelicalism(s)    
Morality & Values    

Teaching:

Law & Religion: Anthropological Approaches    
Religion and the Politics of Human Rights    
Religion in the Public Domain    
Contested Humanity    
Cultural Impact of Religion: Working with Sources
Cultural Impact of Religion: BA Thesis Seminar
Religion and Politics
Religion, Conflict and Globalisation: Critical Issues

Under Contract: 

Forthcoming with Princeton University Press. Representing God: Christian Legal Activism in Contemporary England. (First monograph; working title.)

Recent Publications:       

2019. Rights and Relationships: Rhetorics of Religious Freedom among English Evangelicals. Journal of the American Academy of Religion 87(3): 860-888 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/jaarel/lfz029 ).

2019. Human Rights and Broken Cisterns: Counterpublic Christianity and Rights-Based Discourse in Contemporary England. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology 84(2): 323-343. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2017.1420671). 

2019. Social Anthropology. In Handbook of the Interdisciplinary Study of Law and Religion. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Press, pgs. 243-259.

2018. Religious Freedom and the Politics of Empire. Religious Studies Review 44(1): 57-63 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rsr.13410). 

2018. The Impossibility of Religious Freedom: ‘Legal Religion’ and its Discontents. In Law and Religion – Leading Works. Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge, pgs. 97-113. 

2017. Emoji Dei: Religious Iconography in the Digital Age. Bulletin for the Study of Religion 46(3-4): 56-61 (first author; co-written with Richard Amesbury). (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/1558/bsor.32715.) 

2017. Nothing Outside the Text? Religion and its Others in Emoji Discourse. Bulletin for the Study of Religion 46(3-4): 64-65 (first author; co-written with Richard Amesbury). (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/1558/bsor.34261.) 

2015. Carnal Exhibitions: Material Religion and the European Court of Human Rights. Ecclesiastical Law Journal 17(1): 3-14 (DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0956618X14000866 ).

Public Scholarship:       

2019. Witch Talk in Brexit Britain. Religion and its Publics (URL: http://relpubs.as.virginia.edu/witch-talk-in-brexit-britain-by-meadhbh-mcivor/).

2019. Religion, Sexuality and Value Conflicts. Teaching Law and Religion (URL: https://sites.northwestern.edu/lawreligion/project/religion-sexuality-value/.)

2018. Something There Is That Doesn’t Love a Wall. Public Books (URL: https://www.publicbooks.org/something-there-is-that-doesnt-love-a-wall/ ).  

2018. Good Publicity? Public Theology in an Age of Public Shame. Political Theology Network (URL: https://politicaltheology.com/good-publicity-public-theology-in-an-age-of-public-shame/?fbclid=IwAR3u4Z0DfI02936RsaAcnIVROsXSun2eMeleVrsR3gnXCKD6DrRVzm2lub4 ).

2018. Circumscribing the Body Politic: Circumcision, Religious Freedom, and Identity in Europe.   The Religion Factor ( URL https://www.rug.nl/research/centre-for-religious-studies/religion-conflict-globalization/blog/circumscribing-the-body-politic-circumcision-religious-freedom-and-identity-in-europe-29-03-2018 ). 

2017. Boredom in the Court. Religion: Going Public (URL: http://religiongoingpublic.com/archive/2017/boredom-in-the-court/ ).  

2016. The Rise of Religious Litigation: Courts and the Generation of Religious Publicity. LSE Religion and the Public Sphere Blog. (URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/religionpublicsphere/2016/08/01/the-rise-of-litigious-religion-courts-and-the-generation-of-religious-publicity/ ).
dr. M.B. (Méadhbh) McIvor
Contact
m.mcivor rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor of Religion, Law & Human Rights
Z.E. Pardoel
Contact
z.e.pardoel umcg.nl
Function
Researcher and PhD-student
Field / Discipline
Visual Anthropology, Documentary Filmmaking
A.S. (Andrew Simon) Tucker, MA
Contact
a.s.tucker rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Social, political and institutional analysis, land tenure, land use planning, land governance, agricultural policy, public participation, civic engagement, public-private-partnership, integrated rural-urban development and planning, China-Africa development cooperation, aid effectiveness, South-South development cooperation, China-EU cooperation in agriculture and environmental governance
dr. Y. (Yongjun) Zhao
Contact
yongjun.zhao rug.nl
Function
International Cooperation Adviser; Associate Professor in Integrated Rural-Urban Development and Governance
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