Staff members with discipline Humanities, Multidisciplinary
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.
• Digital Media/Humanities
• Political/Continental Philosophy
• Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning
Philosophy of History
Theory and methodology
Film and Phenomenology
Shakespeare, Presentism & Performance
Ethnic and Racial Studies
Esther was previously Junior Curator of Decorative Arts at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, where she researched and published on drawn designs for objects from c. 1500-1900 acquired through the museum’s Decorative Art Fund. She holds an MA (Distinction) in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, where she served as Research Associate to the Courtauld Gallery and was awarded the Director’s Dissertation Prize for her thesis on drawings by Arent van Bolten in the British Museum. She has been the recipient of grants from the VSB fund and the Courtauld Institute of Art.
Interview for the Materialized Identies Project: https://www.materializedidentities.com/single-post/2017/08/02/Interview-with-Ann-Sophie-Lehmann
English for Academic Purposes
Publics and Counterpublics
Human Rights Law
Morality & Values
Law & Religion: Anthropological Approaches
Religion and the Politics of Human Rights
Religion in the Public Domain
Cultural Impact of Religion: Working with Sources
Cultural Impact of Religion: BA Thesis Seminar
Religion and Politics
Religion, Conflict and Globalisation: Critical Issues
Forthcoming with Princeton University Press. Representing God: Christian Legal Activism in Contemporary England. (First monograph; working title.)
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 ).
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/ ).
1) Disaster chaplaincy. (Spiritual care in the earthquake region Groningen/ Spiritual care and Covid-19)
2) Meaningful work
- Mourning and (religious) meaning in Mental health care
- The spiritual caregiver's professional body of knowledge
- Existential-experiential psychotherapy
- Attachment, loss & trauma
- Patient-therapist relationship
- Psychotherapeutic Patient-care
- Education and Supervision for PhD's, Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists, and Doctors in training
see also http://www.rug.nl/news-and-events/people-perspectives/inbeeld/mpopovic
- Project researcher in the INTERREG 5B project CORA
Pre-Roman Mediterranean Archaeology
Windows System Engineer
The American Revolution
The Early American Republic
The US South
The early modern Atlantic World
Ethnicity, national identity, and race
Current PhD Supervision
PhD Candidate Rosmery-Ann Boegeholz, ‘The ‘Mirror Syndrome’ as a response to the Beauty Influencers on Instagram: Problems and Effects of the excessive use of images by young university women’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor, Dr Marc Esteve del Valle co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Eduardo Gallegos, ‘Border Narratives: From Travel Chronicles to the Journalistic Press. Continuities and Discontinuities Around the Constitution of the Pre-Modernist Chronicle’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor, Dr Margriet van der Waal, Dr Camilla Sutherland and Dr Hugh McDonnell co-supervisors. // PhD Candidate Gonzalo Albornoz, ‘Fictional Representations of Law, Legality and Justice in Popular Mass Media and the Construction of Legal Knowledge by Key Communities in the Prison Environment’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor and Dr Konstantin Mierau co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Elizabeth Duarte, ‘Twittering for Peace? The Construction of Meaning and Otherness in Digital Media representations of the Colombian Peace Process’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor and Dr Konstantin Mierau co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Ruby de Vos, ‘Living with Toxicity: Mapping the Toxic in Contemporary Culture’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor and Dr Vera Alexander co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Judith Jansma, ‘From Submission to Soumission: Populists’ perspectives on culture’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor, Professor Dr Lars Rensmann and Dr Alberto Godioli co-supervisors. // PhD Candidate Juan del Valle, ‘Imagining the Unpredictable: Communication, Power and Technology in José Ricardo Morales’ Transnational Theatre’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor and Dr Konstantin Mierau co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Rose Smith, ‘Identifying the Role of Museums in Central European Post-Communist Nations in the Construction of the Global Memory of Communism’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor and Dr Ksenia Robbe co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Klára Žaloudková, ‘The Role of Economic Elites in the Foreign Policy-Making Process: The Case of Bulgaria’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor and Dr Ksenia Robbe co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Anežka Brožová, ‘The Hlučín Region between 1945 and 1968: back again in the ‘own’ state?’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor and Dr Ksenia Robbe co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Francisca Silva, ‘News frames and effects on the affective assessment of immigrants: An analysis of Chilean digital media’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor, Dr Marc Esteve del Valle, Dr Florian Lippert, Dr Konstantin Mierau and Dr Hugh McDonnell co-supervisors. // PhD Candidate Paola González, ‘Visual Memories of Anibal Pinto square and train station of Temuco between 1930-1950, a re-construction in a virtual world based on personal stories and cultural heritage’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor, Dr Florian Lippert, Dr Konstantin Mierau and Dr Hugh McDonnell co-supervisors. // PhD Candidate Camila Rojas, ‘Framing analysis of Chilean corruption scandals by traditional and emergent media ecosystem present on Twitter, according to ideological composition of their editorial discourse’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor, Dr Marc Esteve del Valle and Dr Konstantin Mierau co-supervisors. // PhD Candidate Leonardo Arriagada, ‘CG-Art. An aesthetic discussion of the relationship between artistic creativity and computation’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor, Dr Florian Lippert and Dr Alberto Godioli co-supervisors.
Past PhD Supervision
PhD Cristian Crusat, ‘La construction de la biographie imaginaire’. Professor Ieme van der Poel (University of Amsterdam) and Dr Pablo Valdivia (University of Amsterdam) co-supervisors. // PhD candidate David Martínez Antón, ‘La teoría de la transducción literaria. Hacia una teoría dialógica de la obra literaria’. Professor Tomás Albaladejo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Dr Pablo Valdivia (University of Amsterdam) co-supervisors.
Her research is focused on cognitive approaches to children's literature. Her PhD was on empathy, ethics and justice construction children's war literature. Her current project is on the impact and complexity of contrasting truth narratives in children's literature. She has presented her research at many international conferences and through several peer reviewed publications.
His main research interests lie in contemporary (music) theatre, socio-political, activist forms of performance, exile and post-migration. He also works as a freelance theatre critic. Between 2012 and 2014, he received three consecutive fellowships in Turkey to conduct his postdoc research, “Post-Migration in Performance”, mainly focusing on the Turkish and Kurdish diaspora in Europe. He is currently preparing a new research project, under the heading, "European Networks for Performing Artists in Exile and Activism".
In his current research, he looks at the work of Turkish and Kurdish artists who collaborate with European ensembles or who work against censorship practices in Turkey to address socio-cultural issues like exilic life, political resistance, identity and commoration through theatre performances. He also has widely published on intermedial aesthetic strategies of sound, voice and aurality in theatre and interactive installation art.