Welcome to this website. I am a Dutch scholar in the field of religious studies and gender studies. After completing the researchmaster in gender and etnicity (UU) and a bachelor in cultural anthropology, I am currently employed as a PhD candidate at the department of philosophy and religious studies at Utrecht University. Here I work on a project about women’s conversion narratives: “Beyond ‘Religion versus Emancipation‘: Gender and Sexuality in Women’s Conversions to Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Contemporary Western Europe. From 2016 until 2021, I will apply qualitative research methods to comparatively study women’s conversions to Judaism, Pentecostalism and Islam in the Netherlands. This project is connected to Ghent University in a joint doctorate.
Theoretically, I am particularly interested in comparative religious studies, jewish studies, cultural anthropology, gender studies, and the study of the secular. This is reflected in the topics of my reseach: I have written about women’s religiosity; sexuality and religious/secular discourses; Jewish women’s use of the tallit; LGBT and women’s rights and emancipation in the Netherlands; the position of LGBT minorities in Dutch Protestant communities; queer studies in/and religion; and transgender imagery in Christian traditions. In the past, I have collaborated with the NWO research project ‘Contested Privates. The Oppositional Pairing of Religion and Homosexuality in Contemporary Public Discourse in the Netherlands.’ Over all, intersections of religion and gender/sexuality shape my research in content as well as in theory. Being a trained cultural anthropologist, the focus is on personal narratives and experiences as connected to broader political and academic discourses. This interdisciplinary approach is reflected through out my research and publications.