Karin van Bemmel

Karin van Bemmel graduated in Anthropology (BSc and MSc) and Psychology (BSc) at Utrecht University. During her studies she focused -among other things- on local needs and emergency aid in Guatemala after severe destructions by Hurricane Stan (2006). Her master thesis (2009) explored the implications of Barack Obama’s presidency for a community in western Kenya and was awarded with the ‘Nieboerprijs’ (thesis award). Thereafter, she conducted a study on medical health for children with mobility handicaps in northern Tanzania on behalf of Njokuti Foundation (2010). In her PhD research (Ghent University/African Studies Centre, 2011-2017) she explored various discourses on nodding syndrome, a poorly understood affliction that affects thousands of children in northern Uganda. Based on this study, she made the film documentary ‘Nodding syndrome: an illness in the making’.

Currently, Karin is junior researcher at the African Studies Centre and part of the CRG “Pioneering futures of health and well-being: actors, technologies and social engineering”. Her interests include the intersection of culture, art and health and the intertwinement of narratives on illness, politics and conflict. Furthermore, she is co-founder of ‘Wandering Songs’, a project that creates a platform for artists in (post-)conflict areas.

Keywords: East Africa, conceptualizations, illness, politics, conflict, arts and medicine, film, music

Dr. K. (Karin) van Bemmel
Former research staff
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Nodding syndrome : an illness in the making
K.L. van Bemmel; E. Aalten
Type of Publication: Audiovisual

The quest for treatment : the violated body of nodding syndrome in northern Ugenda.
K.L. van Bemmel
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Nodding syndrome or disease? : on the conceptualization of an illness-in-the-making
K.L. van Bemmel; I. Derluyn; K. Stroeken
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Obama made in Kenya : appropriating the American dream in Kogelo
K.L. van Bemmel
Type of Publication: Journal Article
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