For information and questions on research supervision and courses, see my information page on gender and/or diversity studies at UGent
MA Comparative Science of Culture 1996
PhD Comparative Science of Culture 2002, Ghent University, Belgium
Lecturer Gender and Diversity Studies (20%)
Visiting scholar at:
Women's Studies in Religion Programme, Harvard University (2002)
Gender & Religions Research Centre, School for Oriental & African Studies, University of London (2006)
Institute for Jewish Studies, University of Antwerp (2009)
anthropology of gender & ethnicity; feminist theory; women and fundamentalism; social scientific study of Orthodox Jewry; diaspora & religion; multiculturalism and citizenship in Europe; theory and methodology in religious studies; interreligious communication; kinship & mothering; harmful cultural practices
Introduction to Gender Studies
History of Anthropological Theories
Gender and Diversity (minor Culture and Diversity, UGent)
Gender and Religion (MA Women's Studies, University of Antwerp)
Gender Research Seminar (PhD seminar UGent)
Current PhD students:
2010: Laureate of the Dr. Schamelhout Prize for Anthropology, 2005-2009, Royal Academy for Medicine of Belgium
The 2005 Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research Award for the project ' Life Stories of Orthodox Jewish Women in Antwerp : Negotiating Identity, Autonomy and Belonging' (Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, U.S.A.)
'Les paradoxes du débat sur le féminisme et le multiculturalisme', in: G. Coene & C. Longman (Eds.), Féminisme et multiculturalisme. Les paradoxes du debat, Series Europe des cultures/Europe of cultures vol. 2, Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang, 2010, pp. 11-32. (Ed. with G. Coene) book chapter in PDF.
‘Gendering the Diversification of Diversity? The Belgian Hijab (in) Question', Ethnicities, special issue ‘The rights of women and the crisis of multiculturalism', 8(3), 2008, pp. 302-321 (with G. Coene).
‘Sacrificing the Career or the Family? Orthodox Jewish Women in between Secular Work and the Sacred Home', European Journal of Women's Studies, special issue ‘Questioning the Secular', 15(3), 2008, pp. 223-239. article in PDF
'Not Us but You have Changed' Discourses of Difference and Belonging among Haredi Women', Social Compass . Revue Internationale de Sociologie de la Religion/International Review of Sociology of Religion, vol. 54, nr. 1, 2007, pp.77-95. article in Pdf
'Life stories of the personal, professional and political: Orthodox Jewish women negotiating work and home', in: Judit Gazsi, Andrea Peto & Zsuzsanna Toronyi, (eds.), Gender, Memory, and Juadism, Budapest: Balassi Kiado & Herne: Gabriele Schäfer Verlag, 2007, pp. 75-85.
'"A woman of valour, who can find her? Far beyond pearls is her value..." Fundaments and feminisms in contemporary Orthodox Judaism', In: I. Dubbel & K. Vintges (eds.), Women, Feminism and Fundamentalism, Amsterdam: Humanistics University Press, 2007, pp. 40-52.
'The Global Shtetl: Strictly Orthodox Jewry in the Context of Urban (Post)modernity', A Prior Magazine, Extra issue 'Making Sense in the City' , 2006, pp.125-131 (with K. Coleman).
Culture and Politics: Identity and Conflict in a Multicultural World, Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books (Series Culture and Politics / Politics and Culture, vol. 2), 2004. (with R. Pinxten, G. Verstraete, eds.)
'Over our Heads? Muslim Women as Symbols and Agents in the Headscarf Debate in Flanders, Belgium', Social Justice. Anthropology, Peace and Human Rights , vol. 4, nrs. 3-4, 2003, 300-332. article in Pdf
'Empowering and Engendering "Religion": A Critical Perspective on Ethnographic Holism', Social Anthropology, The Journal of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, vol. 10, nr. 2, 2002, pp. 239-248. Cambridge University Press. article in Pdf
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