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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.

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Pilgrimage studies, Religious Tourism, Local Policy
A. Anwar Masduki, MA
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PhD student
dr. A. (Ajay) Bailey
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Assistant Professor
Religion, secularity, international development, health, gender, sexuality, civil society, NGOs, knowledge valorisation, Netherlands, Uganda, Eastern and Southern Africa
dr. B.E. (Brenda) Bartelink
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Senior Researcher (postdoc)
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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
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Associate Professor of Indian Religions and the Anthropology of Religion
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Everyday religion, pilgrimage studies, Anthropology of Islam, Migration & Identity, Muslims in diaspora, Dialogical Self Theory, Biographical Research
prof. dr. M.W. (Marjo) Buitelaar
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Professor of Contemporary Islam
Voice analysis (speaker-state detection, recognition, phonetic/prosodic analysis)

Anthropological linguistics (Andean languages, Aymara, fieldwork)

Linguistics (morphology, morphophonology, prosody, language variation)

Cognition (semiotics, Umwelt, sensation, sensory experiences, perception)
M.L. (Matt) Coler, PhD
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Research Programme Manager & Asst. Professor
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
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Assistant Professor
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Environmental archaeology; zooarchaeology; ethnoarchaeology; human ecology; Arctic North American prehistory; Neo-Inuit culture; traditional ecological knowledge and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit
S.P.A. (Sean) Desjardins, PhD
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Postdoctoral Researcher
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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
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Reader in International Relations and African Studies
Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, Multilingualism
Ethnography, African studies, Children and youth, Migration, Diversity&inclusion, Applied anthropology
drs. I. (Imke) Gooskens
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Lecturer Qualitative Research Methods
Media Studies, Visual and Material Culture, Anthropology, Ethnography, Digital Humanities, Historical Sciences
G.G.A. (Geoffrey) Hobbis, PhD
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Assistant Professor
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Postdoctoral Researcher
Social Impact Assessment, Community Resilience, Rural Development, Sustainable Mountain Development policies, programs and projects, participatory natural and cultural heritage management, post-disaster interventions.
A.J. (Angelo Jonas) Imperiale
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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
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PhD student
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Archaeology and Anthropology of Circumpolar Peoples and Cultures
prof. dr. P.D. (Peter) Jordan
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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
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Associate Professor Sociology and Anthropology of Religion
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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
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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
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Death Studies, Ritual Studies, Psychology of Religion, Religious Diversity, Anthropology of Religion
dr. B.M.H.P. (Brenda) Mathijssen
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Assistant Professor of Psychology, Culture and Religion
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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

Under Contract: 

Princeton University Press. The Law and the Prophets: Public Christianity and Legal Theology in Contemporary England. (First monograph; working title.)

Recent Publications:       

2018. Human Rights and Broken Cisterns: Counterpublic Christianity and Rights-Based Discourse in Contemporary England. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2017.1420671). 

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:       

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/ ).
M.B. (Méadhbh) McIvor, PhD
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Assistant Professor of Religion, Law & Human Rights
Z.E. Pardoel
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Researcher and PhD-student
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Anthropology of Religion, Religion and Society of modern India, Hinduism, Material Culture, Jagannath Tradition, Ritual Studies, Anthropology of Economy
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PhD student
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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
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International Cooperation Adviser; Associate Professor in Integrated Rural-Urban Development and Governance
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