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.
Besides the PhD project, I am involved in a researchproject about transgender and Christianity at the PThU in Amsterdam and communications officer at the International Association for the Study of Religion and Gender (IARG).
Although some publications and previous blogposts were written in Dutch, most publications and posts will be in English.