Harrie M. Leyten

My first degree was theology. I worked in Ghana for ten years as a missionary. I then read social anthropology at the university of Oxford and was the Africa curator at the Amsterdam Tropenmuseum for twenty years. I was a part time lecturer of museology at the University of Amsterdam for fourteen years and for another five years at the Reinwardt Academy (Amsterdam). My interests are in indigenous African religions, African art and Museums of Ethnography (the Africa departments).

On 15 April 2015 Harrie Leyten defended his PhD thesis From idol to art : African 'objects with power' : a challenge for missionaries, anthropologists and museum curators at Tilburg University.
His dissertation can be ordered from the ASC Bookshop.

In 2022 Harrie Leyten launched a website on his memories and experiences in Africa (in Dutch).

Honorary fellow
African Studies Centre
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