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professor religious studies
Date of appointment 01.09.2011
Inaugural lecture date 19.10.2012
Profile

Trained as a cultural anthropologist and working on lived religion in Ghana for more than 20 years, Birgit Meyer studies religion from a global and post-secular perspective. Her research is driven by an urge to make sense of the shifting place and role of religion in our time, and to show that scholarly work in the field of religion is of eminent concern to understanding the shape of our world in the early 21st century. In so doing, she seeks to synthesize grounded fieldwork and theoretical reflection in a broad multidisciplinary setting.Her main research foci are the rise and popularity of global Pentecostalism; religion, popular culture and heritage; religion and media; religion and the public sphere; religious visual culture, the senses and aesthetics.

Involved in the following study programme(s)
Scientific expertise
christian missions in West Africa
pentecostalism
globalisation and popular culture
material religion
religion and post-secular society
the senses
aesthetics
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Birgit Meyer studied religious studies and pedagogy (for disabled children) at Bremen University and cultural anthropology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). After her PhD defense in 1995 she was affiliated with the Research Center Religion and Society (UvA). Between 2004 and 2011 she was professor of cultural anthropology at VU University Amsterdam; since September 2011 she is professor of religious studies at Utrecht University. Between 2000 and 2006 she directed the NWO Pionier programma Modern Mass Media, Religion and the Imagination of Communities. She has conducted research on and published about colonial missions and local appropriations of Christianity, modernity and conversion, the rise of Pentecostalism in the context of neo-liberal capitalism, popular culture and video-films in Ghana, the relation between religion, media and identity, as well as on material religion and the place and role of religion in the 21st century. Her book 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, 2006), Aesthetic Formations. Media, Religion and the Senses (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), Things. Religion and the Question of Materiality (edited with Dick Houtman, Fordham 2012) and Sensational Movies. Video, Vision and Christianity in Ghana. (Berkeley: The University of California Press). She is vice-chair of the International African Institute (London), a member of the Royal Netherlands  Academy of Arts and Sciences, and one of the editors of Material Religion. In 2010-2011 she was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg), Berlin. In 2011 she was awarded the Anneliese Maier Forschungspreis (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation). In 2015 she received the Academy professor prize of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the NWO Spinoza award from the Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research.

 

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The publications listed refer to my publications since 2011. For a full list of publications see CV.

Key publications

Meyer, B. (2016). How to Capture the Wow - R.R. Marett’s Notion of Awe and the Study of Religion. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 22 (1), (pp. 7-26).

Meyer, B., Knott, Kim & Krech, Volkhard (2016). Iconic Religion in Urban Space. Material Religion, 12 (2), (pp. 123-136).

Meyer, B. & Janson, Marloes (2016). Introduction: Towards a Framework for the Study of Christian-Muslim Encounters in Africa. Africa: The Journal of the International African Institute, 86 (4), (pp. 615-619).

Meyer, B. (2015). Sensational Movies - Video, Vision and Christianity in Ghana. (408 p.). Berkeley: University of California Press.

Meyer, B. (2015). Picturing the Invisible. Visual Culture and the Study of Religion. Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, 27 (4-5), (pp. 333-360).

Meyer, Birgit (2014). Mediation and the Genesis of Presence (reprint of inaugural lecture), with a response on comments by Hans Belting, Pamela Klassen, Chris Pinney, Monique Scheer. Religion and Society: Advances in Research, 5, (pp. 205-254) (50 p.).

Meyer, B. (2013). Material Mediations and Religious Practices of World-making. In K. Lundby (Eds.), Religion Across Media: From Early Antiquity to Late Modernity (pp. 1-19) (19 p.). New York: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers.

Meyer, B. & de Witte, M. (2013). Heritage and the Sacred, Special Issue of Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief. London: Bloomsbury Journals.

All publications
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Meyer, B. (29.05.2017) Participant ‘Blasphemies’: Media, History, Affect Paris (29.05.2017 - 30.05.2017)
Meyer, B. (2017). Afterword. Towards Religious Studies “New Style”. NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion, 71 (1), (pp. 96-105).
Meyer, B. (13.09.2017) Participant Annual Meeting of Deutsche Vereinigung für Religionswissenschaft Marburg (13.09.2017 - 16.09.2017)
Meyer, B. (06.03.2017) Participant Beeldenstormen. Religiewetenschap en de relatie tussen mensen en beelden Alkmaar (06.03.2017)
Meyer, B. (06.03.2017) Invited speaker Koninklijk Genootschap Physica Beeldenstormen. Religiewetenschap en de relatie tussen mensen en beelden
Meyer, B. (2017). Catholicism and the Study of Religion. In Kristin Norget, Valentina Napolitano & Maya Mayblin (Eds.), The Anthropology of Catholicism - A reader (pp. 305-315). Berkely: University of California Press.
Meyer, B. (2017). Catholicism and the Study of Religion. The Anthropology of Catholicism. A Reader (pp. 305-315). University of California Press.
Meyer, B. (2017). Comparison as Critique - Contribution to the Book Symposium Around Peter van der Veer’s The Value of Comparison. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 7 (1), (pp. 509-515) (7 p.).
Meyer, B. (16.02.2017) Invited speaker Workshop Vernacular Theologies Berkeley (16.02.2017 - 17.02.2017) Film as Revelation: Audio-Visual Imaginations of the Unseen and Popular Christianity in Ghana
Meyer, B. (16.02.2017) Invited speaker Workshop Vernacular Theologies (16.02.2017 - 17.02.2017) Film as Revelation: Audio-Visual Imaginations of the Unseen and Popular Christianity in Ghana
Meyer, B. (16.02.2017) Invited speaker Workshop Vernacular Theologies Berkeley (16.02.2017 - 17.02.2017) Film as Revelation: Audio-Visual Imaginations of the Unseen and Popular Christianity in Ghana
Meyer, B. (19.01.2017) Invited speaker Workshop Iconic Presence, Real Presence and Sacred Art Berlin (19.01.2017 - 20.01.2017) Iconic Religion
Meyer, B. (19.01.2017) Invited speaker Workshop Iconic Presence, Real Presence and Sacred Art Berlin (19.01.2017 - 20.01.2017) Iconic Religion
Meyer, B. (19.01.2017) Invited speaker Iconic Presence, Real Presence and Sacred Art Berlin (19.01.2017 - 20.01.2017) Iconic Religion
Meyer, B. (20.02.2017) Invited speaker Image Wars in Past and Present – Religious Studies and the Figuration of the Unseen Leuven (20.02.2017)
Meyer, B. (30.10.2017) Organiser Inter-and Intra-Religious Encounters and Entanglements of Christians, Muslims and Traditionalists in Urban Africa Utrecht (30.10.2017)
Meyer, B. (11.10.2017) Participant Interdisciplinary Research Conference Religious Minorities’ Self-representations. Claims of Difference and Sameness in the Politics of Belonging Utrecht (11.10.2017 - 13.10.2017)
Meyer, B. & Sounaye, Abdoulaye (2017). Introduction: Sermon in the City: Christian and Islamic Preaching in West Africa. Journal of Religion in Africa, 47 (1), (pp. 1-8).
Meyer, B. (10.05.2017) Organiser Islam as Ethical and Material Practice Utrecht (10.05.2017)
Meyer, B. (01.12.2017) Invited speaker Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Sozialwissenschaftliche Klasse Materialität und Transzendenz. Religiöse Vielfalt und gesellschaftliche Dynamik aus religionswissenschaftlicher Perspektive
Meyer, B. (22.03.2017) Organiser Modalities of Co-existence Across Religious Difference Berlin (22.03.2017 - 24.03.2017) Convened by Kai Kresse, Abdoulaye Sounaye and Birgit Meyer
Meyer, B. (22.03.2017) Organiser Modalities of Co-existence Across Religious Difference. Critical Terms for the Study of Indigenous Religion, Christianity and Islam in Plural Settings in Africa and Beyond Berlin (22.03.2017 - 24.03.2017)
Meyer, B. (03.04.2017) Organiser Modalities of Co-Existence: Conviviality, Collaboration and Conflict Among Muslims and Christians in Diverse Urban Settings Accra (03.04.2017 - 05.04.2017)
Meyer, B. (03.04.2017) Organiser Modalities of Co-Existence: Conviviality, Collaboration and Conflict Among Muslims and Christians in Diverse Urban Settings Accra (03.04.2017 - 05.04.2017) Conference convened by Rabiatu Ammah, Martha Frederiks, Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Samuel Ntewusu and Kodjo Senah, and Birgit Meyer
Meyer, B. (03.04.2017) Organiser Modalities of Co-Existence: Conviviality, Collaboration and Conflict Among Muslims and Christians in Diverse Urban Settings (03.04.2017 - 05.04.2017)
Meyer, B. (19.10.2017) Organiser NGG Conference: Dynamics of Religious Diversity Utrecht (19.10.2017 - 20.10.2017)
Meyer, B. (10.04.2017) Participant NOSTER: Does the secular matter? Utrecht (10.04.2017)
Meyer, B. & Molendijk, A. (2017). Preface in special issue The Study of Religion Today. NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion, 71 (1), (pp. 2-4).
Meyer, B. & Molendijk, A. (2017). Preface. The Study of Religion Today. NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion, (pp. 2-4).
Meyer, B. (14.12.2017) Organiser Refugees and Religion (14.12.2017)
Meyer, B. (17.11.2017) Participant Religion and Urban Risks Amsterdam (17.11.2017)
Meyer, B. (08.09.2017) Invited speaker CCHR: conference ‘Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead, Utrecht (08.09.2017) Religious Matters in an Entangled World
Meyer, B. (06.10.2017) Invited speaker Moral Cities: Religious Belonging and Cohabitation in Urban Spaces Berlin (06.10.2017) Religious Matters in Urban Spaces
Meyer, B. (22.03.2017) Invited speaker Symposium Modalities of Co-existence Across Religious Difference Berlin (22.03.2017 - 24.03.2017) Studying Modalities of Co-Existence in Plural Settings. Looking Back and Ahead.
Meyer, B. (22.03.2017) Invited speaker Modalities of Co-existence Across Religious Difference Berlin (22.03.2017 - 24.03.2017) Studying Modalities of Co-Existence in Plural Settings. Looking Back and Ahead.
Meyer, B. (22.03.2017) Organiser Symposium Modalities of Co-existence Across Religious Difference Berlin (22.03.2017 - 24.03.2017)
Meyer, B. (20.04.2017) Organiser Symposium: Expanding the Secular - From Diffusion to Multiplicity? Utrecht (19.04.2017)
Meyer, B. (22.03.2017) Invited speaker Symposium Modalities of Co-existence Across Religious Difference Berlin (22.03.2017 - 24.03.2017) tudying Modalities of Co-Existence in Plural Settings. Looking Back and Ahead
Meyer, B. (06.11.2017) Participant William James Guest-professorship Bayreuth (06.11.2017)
Meyer, B. (24.04.2017) Participant Workshop Contesting Religion: The media Dynamics of Cultural Conflicts in Scandinavia Schaeffergaarden (24.04.2017)
Meyer, B. (29.11.2017) Participant Workshop Heritage, Religion, Authenticity and Difference Berlin (29.11.2017)
  2017 - Popularising publications
Meyer, B. (29.09.2017) Invited speaker Betweter Festival Utrecht (29.09.2017) "Feiten Maken": interview with Klaas van Egmond
Meyer, B. (06.03.2017) Invited speaker Koninklijk Genootschap Physica, lezingenreeks (Alkmaar) (07.01.2011) Beeldenstormen. Religiewetenschap en de relatie tussen mensen en beelden
Meyer, B. (27.06.2017) Participant De Staat van God Amsterdam (27.06.2017)
Meyer, B. (16.06.2017) Chair Gods huis: religieuze gebouwen in ontwikkeling Amsterdam (16.06.2017)
Meyer, B. (17.09.2017) Invited speaker Vodoo To Go Festival Utrecht (17.09.2017) Presentation on negative perceptions of voodoo
Meyer, B. (09.03.2017). Watching Movies in Ghana. Anthropology News. Dream factories. Anthropology News, 58 (2), (pp. e44–e50).
  2017 - Other output
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Meyer, B. (2016). Afterword. Creativity in Transition. In Maruška Svašek & Birgit Meyer (Eds.), Creativity in Transition. Politics and Aesthetics of Cultural Production Across the Globe (pp. 312-318). New York/Oxford: Berghahn.
Meyer, B. (14.10.2016) Invited speaker Annual Conference Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" Heidelberg (12.10.2016 - 14.11.2016)
Meyer, B. (14.03.2016) Keynote speaker Contested Desires. Figuration and Sensation in Abrahamic Traditions Berlin (14.03.2016 - 16.04.2016) Beyond the Second Commandment: Images in Christian World-Making
Meyer, B. (14.07.2016) Organiser Christians and Muslims in Africa. Towards a Framework for the Study of Multi-Religious Settings Berlin (14.07.2016 - 20.09.2016) Convened with Abdoulaye Sounaye (ZMO), Marloes Janson (SOAS) & Kai Kresse (Columbia University/visiting fellow BGSMCS).
Meyer, B. (30.11.2016) Invited speaker GenPent Workshop Paris (30.11.2016 - 02.12.2016) Comments
Meyer, B. (14.03.2016) Organiser Contested Desires. Figuration and Sensation in Abrahamic Traditions Berlin (14.03.2016 - 16.04.2016)
Meyer, B. & Svasek, M. (2016). Creativity in Transition. Politics and Aesthetics of Cultural Production Across the Globe. (366 p.). New York/Oxford: Berghahn.
Meyer, B. (12.10.2016) Invited speaker Annual Conference Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" Heidelberg (12.10.2016 - 14.11.2016) Heritage Dynamics. Politics of Authentication and Aesthetics of Persuasion
Meyer, B. (2016). How to Capture the Wow - R.R. Marett’s Notion of Awe and the Study of Religion. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 22 (1), (pp. 7-26).
Meyer, B. (08.04.2016) Invited speaker Seminar Montreal (08.04.2016) How to Capture the Wow
Meyer, B. (06.04.2016) Invited speaker Seminar New Haven (06.04.2016) How to Capture the Wow
Meyer, B., Knott, Kim & Krech, Volkhard (2016). Iconic Religion in Urban Space. Material Religion, 12 (2), (pp. 123-136).
Meyer, B., Knotte, Kim & Krech, Volkhard (2016). Iconic Religion in Urban Space. Taylor & Francis.
Meyer, B. & Janson, Marloes (2016). Introduction: Towards a Framework for the Study of Christian-Muslim Encounters in Africa. Africa: The Journal of the International African Institute, 86 (4), (pp. 615-619).
Meyer, B. (07.09.2016) Invited speaker Panel in Honour of J.D.Y. Peel. The Three Circles: Christianity, Islam, and Traditional Religion in Comparison and Interaction Cambridge (07.09.2016 - 09.09.2016) J.D.Y Peel and the Comparison of Islam and Christianity in Africa
Meyer, B. (18.11.2016) Invited speaker Symposium Aesthetics and the Analyitical Study of Religion (AAR) San Antonio (18.11.2016 - 22.11.2016) Religious Diversity and the Question of Aesthetics
Meyer, B. (10.11.2016) Invited speaker The secular sacred. Emotions of Belonging and the Perils of Nation and Religion in Western Europe Amsterdam (10.11.2016 - 11.11.2016) Response
Meyer, B. (31.05.2016) Invited speaker Sacred Ambiguity in Nigeria (31.05.2016) Response to Public Lecture by Jacon Olupona
Meyer, B. (22.01.2016) Organiser Sociaal Wetenschappelijke Raad-conferentie (22.01.2016 - 23.01.2016) Divers Geloven in Nederland. (co-organized with Christoph Baumgartner)
Meyer, B. & Janson, Marloes (2016). Studying Islam and Christianity in Africa: Moving beyond a bifurcated field. Africa: The Journal of the International African Institute, 86 (4) (615 p.).
Meyer, B. (14.07.2016) Organiser Summer School Berlin (14.07.2016 - 20.07.2016)
Meyer, B. (09.12.2016) Invited speaker Symposium Iconoclasm: Beeldenstorm and Beyond Amsterdam (09.12.2016 - 10.12.2016)
Meyer, B. (2016). Tastbare Transzendenz – die Anwesendheit von Religion im Raum der Stadt / Tangible Transcendence and the Presence of Religion in Urban Space. In Susanne Lanwerd (Eds.), The Urban Sacred - Städtisch-religiöse Arrangements in Amsterdam, Berlin und London / How religion Makes and Takes Place in Amsterdam, Berlin and London (pp. 144-151). Berlin: Metropolis Verlag.
Meyer, B. (2016). The Icon in Orthodox Christianity, Art History and Semiotics. Material Religion, 12 (2), (pp. 233-234).
Meyer, B. (04.06.2016 04.07.2016) Organiser The urban sacred: het belang van kerkgebouwen in multireligieus Amsterdam, Spui25 Amsterdam (04.06.2016) co-organized with Daan Beekers Symposium at the occasion of the opening of the exhibition the Urban Sacred, Ignatiushuis, Amsterdam
Meyer, B. (04.06.2016) Keynote speaker The urban sacred: het belang van kerkgebouwen in multireligieus Amsterdam, Spui25 Amsterdam (04.06.2016) The urban sacred: het belang van kerkgebouwen in multireligieus Amsterdam, Spui25
Meyer, B. (2016). Three points About Current German Anthropology. American Anthropologist, 118 (2), (pp. 379-380).
Meyer, B. (2016). Towards a joint framework for the study of Christians and Muslims in Africa. Response to J.D.Y. Peel. Africa: The Journal of the International African Institute, 86 (4), (pp. 628-632).
  2016 - Professional publications
Meyer, B. (2016). Visualizing the Spiritual. Video-Movies in Ghana. In Mandy Elsas (Eds.), Bloodywood. Ghanaian Film Posters from the Collection of Mandy Elsas (pp. 22-27). Amsterdam: Vintage Voodoo.
  2016 - Popularising publications
Meyer, B. (03.04.2016) Invited speaker Culturele Zondag Utrecht (03.04.2016) Beeldenstormen – toen en nu, hier en elders
Meyer, B. (07.04.2016) Invited speaker Concordia University Beyond the Second Commandment. Images, Image Wars and the Study of Religion
Meyer, B. (06.04.2016) Invited speaker Yale University Beyond the Second Commandment. Images, Image Wars and the Study of Religion
Meyer, B. (09.11.2016) Invited speaker Utrecht University Hoe geloven wij?
Meyer, B. (06.04.2016) Invited speaker seminar presentation (06.04.2016 - 07.04.2016) How to Capture the Wow
Meyer, B. (08.04.2016) Invited speaker seminar presentation Montreal (08.04.2016) How to Capture the Wow
Meyer, B. (15.09.2016) Invited speaker KNAW-college Amsterdam (15.09.2016) Iconoclasme. Religie en de kracht van en macht over beelden
Meyer, B. (07.05.2016). Religie is vooral iets wat mensen doen. NRC
Meyer, B. (16.11.2016) Invited speaker Yale University Sensational Movies. Ghanaian Films as Oneiric Spaces of and for the Imagination
  2016 - Other output
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Meyer, B. (2015). Art, Anthropology and Religion. Contribution to In Conversation “Secrets Under the Skin” (by Jill Flanders Crosby). Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief, 11 (1), (pp. 113-115).
Meyer, B. (23.11.2015) Invited speaker Round Table Discussion Atlanta (23.11.2015) Authors Meets Critics. Session around my book Sensational Movies, Video, Vision and Christianity in Ghana
Meyer, B. (27.11.2015) Invited speaker The Problem of God Düsseldorf (27.11.2015 - 28.11.2015) Beyond the Second Commandment. Images, Image Wars and the Study of Religion
Meyer, B. (19.11.2015) Invited speaker Conference organized by Center for Middle Eastern Studies Berkeley (19.11.2015) Beyond the Second Commandment. Images, Image Wars and the Study of Religion
Meyer, B. (22.09.2015) Organiser Black Citizenship”: The Politics of Cultural Heritage Formation in South Africa and the Netherlands Utrecht (22.09.2015) Symposium co-organized with Markus Balkenhol and Duane Jethro
Meyer, B. (23.04.2015) Invited speaker Contested Desires: Figuration and Sensation in Abrahamic Traditions Oslo (23.04.2015 - 24.04.2015)
Meyer, B. (24.01.2015) Invited speaker DORISEA Conference Kaleidoscopes of Religion: Southeast Asia and Beyond Berlin (23.01.2015 - 24.01.2015)
Meyer, B. (07.05.2015) Invited speaker Objects and Imagination. Perspectives on Materialization and Meaning Oslo (07.05.2015) How Pictures Matter. Presentation at the occasion of the book launch of Objects and the Imagination (ed Øivind Fuglerud and Leon Wainwright)
Meyer, B. (2015). How Pictures Matter. Religious Objects and the Imagination in Ghana. In Øivind Fuglerud & Leon Wainwright (Eds.), Material Mediations: People and Things in a World of Movement (pp. 160-182). Berghahn.
Meyer, B. (22.04.2015) Organiser Images and Imagination Across Local and Global Discourse Oslo (22.04.2015 - 24.04.2015)
Meyer, B. (28.08.2015) Invited speaker XXI. World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions Erfurt (23.08.2015 - 29.08.2015) Integrating the Material, Bodily, and Sensual into the Study of Religion: a Round-table Discussion of Strategies and Approaches. Roundtable with Alexandra Grieser, Anne Koch, Ann Taves, Robert Yelle
Meyer, B. (2015). Picturing the Invisible. Visual Culture and the Study of Religion. Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, 27 (4-5), (pp. 333-360).
Meyer, B. (17.06.2015) Invited speaker Instituttseminaret Sosialantropologisk institutt Oslo (17.06.2015) Picturing the Invisible. Visual Culture and the Study of Religion
Meyer, B. (05.03.2015) Organiser Seminar on Studying World Christianity: approaches, methods, case ‐ studies Utrecht (05.03.2015 - 06.03.2015)
Meyer, B. (06.03.2015) Invited speaker Seminar on Studying World Christianity: approaches, methods, case ‐ studies Utrecht (05.03.2015 - 06.03.2015)
Meyer, B. (2015). Sensational Movies - Video, Vision and Christianity in Ghana. (408 p.). Berkeley: University of California Press.
Meyer, B. (30.01.2015) Organiser Workshop religion and material culture Utrecht (30.01.2015) co-organized with Jo Spaans
  2015 - Popularising publications
Meyer, B. (19.11.2015) Invited speaker University of California at Berkeley Beyond the Second Commandment. Images, Image Wars and the Study of Religion
Beekers, D.T. & Meyer, B. (28.10.2015). Nieuwe vormen van het heilige. Nederlands Dagblad
  2015 - Other output
Meyer, B. 25.06.2015 Recipient Academy Professor Prize Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Meyer, B. (17.10.2014) Invited speaker Africa Works! Conference Leiden (17.10.2014) Behind the Screen: Ghanaian Video-film Producers as New Cultural Entrepreneurs. Presentation in the panel ‘Cultural entrepreneurship: Hypes, Identity and New Markets in Africa’
Meyer, B. (14.05.2014) Participant Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) ‘Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge’ Groningen (12.05.2014) Frontier Zones and Pluralities of Knowledge, Roundtable (featuring David Chidester, Ulrike Brunotte, Matthew Engelke, Axel Michaels), Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) ‘Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge’
Meyer, B. (27.11.2014) Organiser HERA Project Iconic Religion Utrecht (27.11.2014) Building Icons – Iconic Buildings. Workshop co-organized with Daan Beekers
Meyer, B. (11.11.2014) Invited speaker International Conference ‘The Social in the Past. Things, Networks and Texts: A Material Approach to the Pre-Modern’ Oslo, oslo (11.11.2014 - 14.11.2014)
Meyer, B. (2014). Lessons From “Global Prayers”: How Religion Takes Place in the City. In J. Becker, K. Klingan, S. Lanz & K. Wildner (Eds.), Global Prayers. Contemporary Manifestations of the Religious in the City (pp. 590-599) (10 p.). Zurich: Lars Mueller Publishers.
Meyer, B. (16.04.2014) Invited speaker External unknown Material Mediations. Bodies and Things in the Study of Religion, Department of Literature and Art, Maastricht University, 16 April 2014.
Meyer, Birgit (2014). Mediation and the Genesis of Presence (reprint of inaugural lecture), with a response on comments by Hans Belting, Pamela Klassen, Chris Pinney, Monique Scheer. Religion and Society: Advances in Research, 5, (pp. 205-254) (50 p.).
Meyer, B. (12.06.2014) Organiser Offensive Pictures. Religion and Art in Global Cultures. Conference co-organized with Christiane Kruse and Anne Marie Korte, Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel, 12-14 June 2014. Kiel (12.06.2014 - 14.06.2014) Offensive Pictures. Religion and Art in Global Cultures. Conference co-organized with Christiane Kruse and Anne Marie Korte
Meyer, B. (10.10.2014) Participant Religious Evidences. Audiovisual Media, Narrativity and the Production of the Religious Real. Workshop co-organized with Annalisa Butticci and Adrian Hermann (Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies UU & NGG) Utrecht (10.10.2014) Religious Evidences. Audiovisual Media, Narrativity and the Production of the Religious Real. Workshop co-organized with Annalisa Butticci and Adrian Hermann (Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies UU & NGG)
Meyer, B. (30.10.2014) Organiser Sermon in the City. Workshop co-organized with Abdoulaye Sounaye, ZMO, Berlin, 30/31 October 2014. Berlin (30.10.2014 - 31.10.2014) Sermon in the City. Workshop co-organized with Abdoulaye Sounaye
Meyer, B. (02.04.2014) Invited speaker Harvard University Symposium ‘Religion, Media, and Mediation in Africa and Beyond’
Meyer, B. (17.02.2014) Invited speaker Presentation at the Conference ‘Iconic Religion. How Imaginaries of Religious Encounter Structure Urban Space,’ CERES, Bochum, 17-19 February 2014 Bochum (17.02.2015 - 19.02.2015) Urban Imaginaries and Religious Icons. How Religion Takes Place in the City.
Meyer, B. (12.05.2014) Keynote speaker NGG/EASR/IAHR conference “Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge”, Groningen (11.05.2014 - 15.01.2015) Visual Culture and the Study of Religion. Keynote at the Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) ‘Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge,’ Groningen 12 May 2014.
Meyer, B. (07.11.2014) Invited speaker International Workshop ‘The Future of Witchcraft in Africa’ Leiden (07.11.2014) Witchcraft in Ghanaian Movies. Presentation at the International Workshop ‘The Future of Witchcraft in Africa,’ Leiden University, 7 November 2014
  2014 - Popularising publications
Meyer, B. (06.09.2014) Invited speaker University of London GLOPENT-Conference Pentecostalism and Development
Meyer, B. (02.05.2014) Invited speaker Marett Lecture How to Capture the Wow. Awe and the Study of Religion.
  2014 - Other output
Meyer, Birgit (27.11.2014). Symposium Iconic buildings, building iconicity: Religious diversity, materiality and the transformation of urban space. co-organized with Birgit Meyer.
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Meyer, B. (26.09.2013) Invited speaker workshop Economy, Morality, Materiality Pardubice University, Czech Republic (26.01.2013) Capitalism, Religion and the Value of Things
Meyer, B. (27.06.2013) Organiser European Conference on African Studies (27.01.2013) Title: IAI-Panel: Studying Christianity and Islam in Africa. Co-Convened with John Peel
Meyer, B. (23.01.2013) Organiser Event co-organized with Ala Alhourani (UWC), Heike Becker (UWC), David Chidester (UCT), Tigist Hussen (UWC), Duane Jethro (VU University Amsterdam) (23.01.2013) Title: Heritage, Performance and the Every Day
Meyer, B. (11.01.2013) Invited speaker exploratory workshop Habitats and Habitus: Politics and Aesthetics of Religious World-Making ZMO, Berlin (11.01.2013)
Meyer, B. (15.05.2013) Organiser Film screening and discussion. Co-convened with Martha Frederiks and Mechteld Jansen (15.01.2013) Title: ‘The Prosperity Gospel’ in the spotlight: The appeal of Pentecostalism in West-Africa and the Netherlands.
Meyer, B. (18.03.2013) Invited speaker workshop of the Research Project Local Dynamics of Globalization Centre for Advanced Studies, Oslo University (18.01.2013) Habitats and Habitus – Politics and Aesthetics of Religious World Making
Meyer, B. (11.01.2013) Organiser Habitats and Habitus. Politics and Aesthetics of Religious World-Making. Workshop co-organized with Kai Kress (11.01.2013) Title: Habitats and Habitus. Politics and Aesthetics of Religious World-Making. Workshop co-organized with Kai Kress
Meyer, B. & de Witte, M. (2013). Heritage and the Sacred, Special Issue of Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief. London: Bloomsbury Journals.
Meyer, B. & de Witte, M. (2013). Heritage and the Sacred: Introduction. Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief, 9 (3), (pp. 274-280) (7 p.).
Meyer, B. (18.04.2013) Invited speaker seminar University Regensburg (23.01.2013) How Pictures Matter
Meyer, B. (23.04.2013) Invited speaker seminar University Regensburg (23.01.2013) How Pictures Matter
Meyer, B. (2013). Material Mediations and Religious Practices of World-making. In K. Lundby (Eds.), Religion Across Media: From Early Antiquity to Late Modernity (pp. 1-19) (19 p.). New York: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers.
Meyer, B. (2013). Mediation and Immediacy. Sensational Forms, Semiotic Ideologies and the Question of the Medium. In J. Boddy & M. Lambek (Eds.), A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion (pp. 309-326) (18 p.). Wiley-Blackwell.
Meyer, B. (18.09.2013) Organiser Symposium co-organized with Christoph Baumgartner and Christian Lange (18.01.2013) Title: Past Trajectories – New Directions: The Study of Religion Today
Meyer, B. (04.11.2013) Organiser Workshop co-organized with Charles Hirschkind (04.01.2013) Prayer, Architecture, History
  2013 - Popularising publications
Meyer, B. (14.05.2013) Invited speaker international colloquium Le rire, l’horreur et la mort. Affiches peintes des vidéoclubs du Ghana. Journée d’étude consacrée au cinéma populaire Ghanéen/Nigérian/Nollywood (Musée du Quai Branly, Paris) (14.01.2013) Picturing the occult. How Ghanaian video-movies transfigure the popular Christian imaginary
Meyer, B. (23.01.2013) Invited speaker Heritage, Performance and the Every Day (UWC/Cape Town University) (23.01.2013) Politics of Authentication and Aesthetics of Persuasion
Meyer, B. (12.12.2013) Invited speaker Jour Fixe of Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context (Heidelberg) (12.01.2013) Sensational Pictures. Visual Culture, Objects and the Study of Religion
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Meyer, B. (2012). Christianity in Africa: From African Independent to Pentecostal-Charismatic Churches. (shortened reprint of article in Annual Review of Anthropology, with a new epilogue). The Wiley Blackwell Compagnion to African Religions. (pp. 153-170) (18 p.). Oxford and Malden: Blackwell.
Meyer, B. (2012). Comment on T. Luhrman, A Hyperreal God and Modern Belief. Toward and Anthropological Theory of Mind. Current Anthropology, 53 (4), (pp. 388-389) (2 p.).
de Witte, M. & Meyer, B. (2012). Entertainment Media and Visual Aesthetics in Ghana. Civilisations, 61 (1), (pp. 43-64) (22 p.).
Meyer, B. (2012). Introduction. Material Religion – How Things Matter. Things: Religion and the Question of Materiality. (pp. 1-23) (23 p.). New York: Fordham University Press.
Meyer, B. (05.06.2012) Organiser Masterclass Utrecht (05.01.2012) Title: Cultural politics and the perils of belonging (with Irene Stengs and Heike Becker).
Meyer, B. (2012) Invited speaker Round Table on ‘Religion Across Media' with Stig Hjarvard, Mia Lövheim, Peter Horsfield (15.01.2012) Mediation and Mediatization – Concepts of Time and Space
Meyer, B. (04.05.2012) Invited speaker Conference of the Swedish and Norwegian Anthropological Associations Stockholm University (04.01.2012) Mediation: Forms and Formats of World-Making Keynote, Sant Naf Konferens on Mediation
Meyer, B. (2012). Religious and Secular, ‘Spiritual’ and ‘Physical’ in Ghana. What Matters? Ethnographies of Value in a (Not So) Secular Age. (pp. 86-118) (33 p.). Columbia University Press.
Meyer, B. (2012). Religious Sensations: Media, Aesthetics, and the Study of Contemporary Religion. (shortened version of Religious Sensations, 2008). Religion, Media and Culture: A Reader. (pp. 159-170) (12 p.). Routledge.
Meyer, B. (18.10.2012) Organiser symposium Kaiserlautern University (18.01.2012) Title: Mediation, Materiality and the Study of Religion
Meyer, B. (31.05.2012) Organiser symposium Kaiserlautern University (31.01.2012) Creativity in Transition. Politics and Aesthetics of Circulating Images (with Maruska Svasek & Rhoda Woets),
Meyer, B. (23.05.2012) Organiser symposium Kaiserlautern University (23.01.2012) New Directions in the Study of Pentecostalism (with Martha Frederiks & Henri Gooren)
Meyer, B. & Houtman, D. (2012). Things. Religion and the Question of Materiality. New York: Fordham.
Meyer, B. (2012). Unexpected Synergies. Contribution to In Conversation “Locating the Textual Gaze. Then and Now”. Material Religion, 8 (4), (pp. 530-531) (2 p.).
  2012 - Popularising publications
Meyer, B. (27.10.2012) Invited speaker Department of Social Anthropology (Edinburgh University) (27.01.2012) • Moving Pictures. Videos, Spirits and the Popular Imagination in Ghana.
Meyer, B. (15.02.2012) Invited speaker Public Lecture (University of Oslo) (15.01.2012) Film as Revelation.
Meyer, B. (14.09.2012) Invited speaker Lecture held at the occasion of the Anneliese Maier Award Ceremony, Heidelberg University (Heidelberg) (14.01.2012) Habitus and Habitats, Politics and Aesthetics of Religious Worldmaking.
Meyer, B. (22.06.2012) Invited speaker LMU (München) (22.01.2012) Material Mediations. Politics and Aesthetics of Religious World Making
Meyer, B. (13.02.2012) Invited speaker Theoretical Perspectives and Case Studies (University of Oslo) (13.01.2012) Material Mediations: Religion in the World, Keynote, Conference Religion Across Media.
Meyer, B. (26.10.2012) Invited speaker Munro Lecture, Edinburgh University (Edinburgh) (26.01.2012) Mediation and the Genesis of Presence. Towards a Material Approach of Religion.
Meyer, B. (03.07.2012) Invited speaker Department of Anthropology (Georg August Universität Göttingen) (03.01.2012) Moving Pictures. Videos, Spirits and the Popular Imagination in Ghana.
Meyer, B. (31.03.2012) Invited speaker Lecture Universiteitsdag (Utrecht University) (31.01.2012) Religie als menselijke schepping.
  2012 - Other output
Meyer, B. (19.10.2012). Mediation and the genesis of presence. Towards a material approach to religion. (56 p.). Utrecht: Universiteit Utrecht.
  2011 - Scholarly publications
Meyer, B. (2011). Going and Making Public. Some Reflections on Pentecostalism as Public Religion in Ghana. Christianity and Public cluture in Africa Columbus: Ohia University Press.
Meyer, B., Morgan, D., Paine, C. & Plate, S.B. (2011). Introduction: Key Words in Material Religion. Material Religion, 7 (1), (pp. 4-9) (6 p.).
Meyer, B. (2011). Mediating Absence - Effecting Spiritual Presence. Pictures and the Christian Imagination. "Image as Action, Image in Action". Social Research, 78.
Meyer, B. (2011). Mediation and Immediacy. Sensational Forms, Semiotic Ideologies and the Question of the Medium. Social Anthropology, 19 (1), (pp. 23-39) (17 p.).
Meyer, B., Morgan, D., Paine, C. & Plate, S.B. (2011). Medium. Material Religion, 7 (1), (pp. 58-67) (10 p.).
  2011 - Professional publications
Meyer, B. (2011). Self-contained. Glamorous Houses and Modes of Personhood in Ghanaian Video-movies. Bodies of Belonging. Inhabiting Worlds in Rural West Africa.
  1999 - Scholarly publications
Meyer, B. (1999). Translating the Devil - religion and modernity among the Ewe in Ghana. (296 p.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  1800 - Scholarly publications
  0 - Other output
Meyer, B. 2015 Recipient Spinoza Prize Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter
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Research projects 

2016-2024: Religious Matters in an Entangled World. Things, Food, Bodies and Texts as Entry Points to the Material Study of Religion in Plural Settings. Research program made possible thanks to the Spinoza-award (NWO) and the Academyprofessor prize (KNAW). 

2013-2016: Iconic religion. How Imaginaries of Religious Encounter Structure Urban Space (ICOREL), with Prof Volkhard Krech, Bochum (PL) and Prof Kim Knott (Lancaster); BM is the PI for the Dutch sub-project, 1 postdoc. 

2013-2016: Currents of faith, places of history: religious diasporas, connections, moral circumscriptions and world-making in the Atlantic space, (CURRENTS), with Dr Ramon Sarro, Lisbon/Bergen (PL), Dr David Berliner, Brussels, and Dr Ramon Sarro (Oxford); BM is the PI for the Dutch sub-project (2 part-time postdocs). 

2012-2017: Habitus and Habitat. Politics and Aesthetics of Religious World-Making. Project hosted by the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, in collaboration of the Department of Religious Studies and Theology, Utrecht University (2 PhD-students).

2010-2013: Cultural performance, belonging and citizenship in contemporary South Africa Sanpad project 10-13, I am the “Dutch partner,” in colaboration with Dr Heike Becker, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

2010-2013: Creativity and Innovation in a World of Movement (CIM),  with Maruska Svasek (Belfast, Project leader, BM is the PI for the NL-subproject), [2 part-time postdocs]. 

2008-2013 Research grant (principal investigator) by NWO for the research program ‘Heritage Dynamics: Politics of Authentication and Aesthetics of Persuasion in Brazil, Ghana, South Africa and the Netherlands’ [3 Phd students, 1 postdoc].

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Currently prof. dr. Birgit Meyer teaches the following course(s):
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Additional functions and activities

chair  Kamer Levensbeschouwing, NTR (sinds 2016)

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Room 101
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The Netherlands


Phone number (direct) +31 30 253 3838
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