Karin Willemse

Dr. Karin Willemse is an anthropologist working at the Department of History at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Currently she conducts research into rapid transformations in Nubia, North-Sudan, as Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and at the British Museum in London (2014-2016). Her main research interests are religion, youth, gender, (state-) violence, and migration in the context of rapid transformations of societies, mainly in Sudan (Darfur, Khartoum, Nubia) and South Africa (Durban).

She received a PhD in the social sciences from Leiden University (anthropology, cum laude) in 2001. Her thesis ‘One foot in heaven’. Narratives on gender and Islam in Darfur, West-Sudan was published by Brill (2007). She was awarded several research grants, such as the NWO project ‘Islam in Africa: Globalization and moving frontiers’ (Future of the Religious Past programme 2006-2009); two NIAS grants for her research in Darfur (2006 and 2008); and participated in several SANPAD research projects (South Africa). Most recently (2014) she received a research grant from the Urgent Anthropology fund in cooperation with the RAI and the British Museum to conduct research in Nubia, Sudan. From 2008-2013 she was a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Islam Research programme (IRP) ‘Strengthening knowledge of and dialogue with the Islamic/Arab world’, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, (Leiden University).

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Erasmus University Rotterdam
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