Birgit Meyer

Birgit Meyer (PhD anthropology, 1995) is professor of Religious Studies at Utrecht University. She has conducted anthropological and historical research on missions and local appropriations of Christianity, Pentecostalism, popular culture and video-films in Ghana. Her publications include Translating the Devil. Religion and Modernity Among the Ewe in Ghana (Edinburgh University Press, 1999), Globalization and Identity. Dialectics of Flow and Closure (edited with Peter Geschiere, Oxford: Blackwell, 1999), Magic and Modernity. Interfaces of Revelation and Concealment (edited with Peter Pels, Stanford University Press, 2003), Religion, Media and the Public Sphere (edited with Annelies Moors, Indiana University Press), Aesthetic Formations. Media, Religion and the Senses (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), Things. Religion and the Question of Materiality (co-edited with Dick Houtman, Fordham UP, 2013) and Sensational Movies. Video, Vision and Christianity in Ghana (California University Press, 2015). She is vice-chair of the International African Institute, a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, and one of the editors of Material Religion. In 2015 she received the Academy professor award from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Spinoza Award from the Netherlands Foundation for Scientific Research.

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