Thera Rasing

Dr Thera Rasing is an Anthropologist, specialised in Anthropology of Religion and in Gender Studies (PhD in 2001, Erasmus University Rotterdam).

Since 1992 she has conducted research in Zambia. The main topics of her studies are female initiation rites, sexuality, gender relations, traditional and modern wedding ceremonies, kitchen parties, traditional religion, Christianity, HIV and AIDS, Health Care/Home Based Care, orphans, mourning, and education in Zambia.

She has been affiliated as a junior researcher to the African Studies Centre Leiden from 1995 to 2001, and thereafter as a researcher to the Leiden University Medical Centre Department of Culture, Health and Illness, and to CODESRIA (Senegal). She worked as a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. Thereafter she was a senior lecturer at the University of Zambia (UNZA) for six years, at the Gender Studies Department, of which she was Head of Department for two years. Furthermore, she was a senior lecturer at the Catholic University Malawi (Cunima) at the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology. In addition, she did several consultancies.

Recent publications:

Rasing, Thera (2021). "Female Initiation Rites as part of Gendered Bemba Religion and Culture: Transformations in Women’s Empowerment," Zambia Social Science Journal: Vol. 7 : No. 2 , Article 5.

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