C.L.A. (Karin) Willemse

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Karin Willemse obtained her Ph.D. from Leiden University (Social Sciences, Cultural Anthropology) based on her dissertation entitled ‘One foot in heaven. Narratives on gender and Islam in Darfur, West-Sudan, which has been published by Brill (2007).

Currently she is Assistant Professor of History of Africa, and of Gender and Islam at the History department of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, specializing in an analytical methodology of narrative analysis, which she calls ‘con/text analysis against the grain’.

She was chair of the Netherlands Association for Gender and Feminist Anthropology (1997-2003) and fellow-in-residence at NIAS (2005/6 & 2007/8) and currently she is member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Islam Research Project, a research-cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Leiden University.

As co-applicant of the NWO project "Moving Frontiers: Islam and globalization in Africa", she worked with scholars from South Africa, Senegal and the Netherlands. Based on this and earlier research, she writes on transformations in the relations between religion, ethnicity, gender, youth and citizenship, with respect to the war in Darfur, the revival of sufism in Khartoum, Sudan, and the construction of Muslim identities in South Africa.

  • C.L.A. Willemse (2007). One foot in heaven. Narratives on gender and Islam in Darfur, West-Sudan. Leiden: Brill
  • C.L.A. Willemse, A. van der Kwaak & R. Spronk (Ed.). (2005). From Modern Myths to Global Encounters. Belonging and the Dynamics of Change in Postcolonial Africa (CNWS Publications). Leiden: CNWS Publications
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2001). One foot in heaven. Narratives on gender and Islam in Darfur, West-Sudan. Leiden: -
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2016). Darfur Tribal Courts, Reconciliation Conferences and “Judea”: Local Justice Mechanisms and the Construction of Citizenship in Sudan. In K.M. Clarke, A.S. Knottnerus & E. de Volder (Eds.), Africa and the ICC. Perceptions of Justice (pp. 325-352). Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press
  • C.L.A. Willemse & G. Vahed (2013). Between the heavens above and the havens below. The growing power of Pentecostalism. In A. Desai & G. Vahed (Eds.), Chatsworth: The making of the South African Township (pp. 415-433). Scottsville: University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal Press
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2013). Zawiya, zikr and the authority of sheikh 'Al-Pepsi' :The social in sacred place making in Omdurman, Sudan. In P.A. Desplat & D.E. Schulz (Eds.), Prayer in the City. The Making of Muslim Sacred Places and Urban Life (pp. 77-103). Bielefeld: Transcript-Verlag für Kommunikation, Kultur und soziale Praxis
  • C.L.A. Willemse & G. Vahed (2013). Mad about Drugs, Mad Against Drugs. In A. Desai & G. Vahed (Eds.), Chatsworth: The making of the South African Township (pp. 292-305). Scottsvile: University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal Press
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2009). The Darfur War: Masculinity and the construction of a Sudanese national identity. In S. Hassan & C. Ray (Eds.), Darfur and the crisis of governance in Sudan (pp. 213-233). London: Cornell University Press
  • C.L.A. Willemse & A. van der Kwaak (2005). Karama and Du'ayn: Foreigners, Food and Gender in Sudan and Somalia. In From Modern Myths to Global Encounters. Belonging and the Dynamics of Change in Postcolonial Africa (pp. 182-200). Leiden: CNWS Publications
  • C.L.A. Willemse & P. Geschiere (2005). From Modern Myths to Global Encounters: Ph. D. Students Journeying. In A. van der Kwaak, R. Spronk & C.L.A. Willemse (Eds.), From Modern Myths to Global Encounters. Belonging and the Dynamics of Change in Postcolonial Africa (pp. 31-37). Leiden: CNWS Publications
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2005). On Globalization, Gender and the Nation-state: Muslim Masculinity and the Urban Middle-class Family in Islamist Sudan. In T. Davids & F.T.M. van Driel (Eds.), The Gender Question in Globalization (pp. 159-179). Aldershot: Ashgate
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2002). Joke Schrijvers - Kritisch en Kwetsbaar: een reflectie op de biografische narratief van Joke Schrijvers. In Ellen Lammers (Ed.), Making Waves. Inspiring critical and feminist research. A tribute to Joke Schrijvers (LOVA) (pp. 21-25). Amsterdam: Aksant
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2002). Joke Schrijvers - Pionier en professor: een biografische narratief. In Ellen Lammers (Ed.), Making Waves. Inspiring critical and feminist research. A tribute to Joke Schrijvers (LOVA) (pp. 1-20). Amsterdam: Aksant
  • C.L.A. Willemse (1998). One from the heart: between family and friends in Al-Halla, West Sudan. In C. Risseeuw & K. Ganesh (Eds.), Negotiation and social space: a gendered analysis of changing kin and security networks in South Asia and Sub-Saharan African (pp. 295-324). New Delhi: Sage
  • C.L.A. Willemse (1997). De achterkant van de spiegel: reflecties van een wit konijn. In H.J.M. Claessen & H.F. Vermeulen (Eds.), Veertig Jaren Onderweg: Lezingen gehouden op de eerste alumnidag van de vakgroep Culturele Antropologie en Sociologie der Niet-Westerse Samenlevingen te Leiden (pp. 301-316). Leiden: DSWO Press
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2015). Sociale gelijkheid, diversiteit en immigratie. Nationale Wetenschaps Agenda Conferentie: Wetenschap en maatschappij in gesprek: Den Haag (2015, juni 18 - 2015, juni 18).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2015). Abri youth expressing Nubian cultural heritage. Abri youth expressing Nubian cultural heritage: Abri, Sudan (2015, oktober 25 - 2015, oktober 29).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2010). Een speldenprik: Lova erelid Joke Schrijvers. Tijdschrift voor het Landelijk Overleg Vrouwenstudies in de Antropologie, 1, 8-12.
  • C.L.A. Willemse & A. van der Kwaak (2010). Texts in Translation. Conference: Strengthening knowledge of and dialogue with the Islamic/Arab world: Cairo (2010, november 3 - 2010, november 5).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2010, juni 28). Young Men and Authority. Amsterdam, Invited Lecture at AISSR: Multiple Forms of Authority in Africa.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2003). Landschappen van Herinneringen: Eenheid van plaats en tijd in de biografie. Tijdschrift voor het Landelijk Overleg Vrouwenstudies in de Antropologie, 24 (2), 28-36.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2002). Afscheid van Joke Schrijvers - Antropologe, feministe, activiste. Facta, 10 (5), 26-27.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (1999). Fundamentalismen: discourses over mannelijkheid en vrouwelijkheid. Tijdschrift voor het Landelijk Overleg Vrouwenstudies in de Antropologie, 20 (1), 8-13.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (Neger-tentoonstelling (in 1928) in Rotterdam’ - Over Menselijke Dierentuinen en SBS-6 programma ‘Groeten uit de Rimboe’) (2015, jun 08). Middag aan de Maas / Vergeten Verhalen. [radio-uitzending]. In Middag aan de Maas / Vergeten Verhalen. Rotterdam: Radio Rijnmond.
  • C.L.A. Willemse & A.K.H. Al-Rawi (2012, september 20). Innocence of Muslims. Rotterdam, Invited speaker for Studium Generale.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2009). Bemiddelende vrouwen. Vice versa, 19-19.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2009). The zar spirit possession cult as a female enactment of modernity. Seminar: Festival the Other Sudan, University of Amsterdam: Amsterdam (2009, oktober 16 - 2009, oktober 16).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2007). Structures of violence in Darfur. ISIM Review, spring, 58-59.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2004). De crisis van de Islam. Jihad en de wortels van de woede [Bespreking van het boek De crisis van de Islam. Jihad en de wortels van de woede]. .
  • S.I. Bergh & C.L.A. Willemse (Eds.). (2016) Contemporary Islam, 10(3).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2010, december 19). Reading against the grain: a con/-text analysis of oral sources in order to understand sub-texts, silences and alternative positionings. Durban, Invited lecture and workshop University of KwaZuluNatal, Department of History.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2010, mei 21). Mapping Selves: Narrative analysis of agency in public spaces in South Africa and Sudan. Den Haag, Invited Lecture: ISS.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2010, november 25). Methodologies of (inter)textual analysis of films and documentaries. Leiden, Invited lecture: ASC Researchmaster.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2009, oktober 13). The war in Darfur: masculinity-in-crisis and the contingency of Sudanese national identity. Bergen, Invited Keynote speaker: Opening of the new office building of the Centre of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, and the opening of a new Sudan Library.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2008, maart 31). War in Dafur. Ede, Seminar: Ministry of Defence with Prof. dr. Jan Pronk.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2008, november 11). Darfur: Genocide, ethnic cleansing or civil war? Welleslye, Seminar: Welleslye College.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2008, maart 31). Africa Day. The Hague, Forum Discussion East-Africa with Prof. dr. Jan Pronk , Evert Vermeer Stichting/ PvdA.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2008, november 11). Darfur in War: Issues of masculinity, generation and citizenship. Welleslye, Lecture at Wellesley College.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2008, maart 18). White veil, Black skin. Citizenship and the public sphere in Sudan. Enschede, Edward said Lecture at The Dutch Art Institute.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2008, februari 13). Gender en Vrouwenrechten. Rotterdam, Africa Day, Ministery of Foreign Affairs.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2006, maart 13). Gendered Images of 'White' and 'Black' in Sudan: a Plea for Deconstruction, Embodied Knowledge, and Self-reflexivity. Utrecht, NOV course The linguistic turn and beyond.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2005). Islamist Modernity and the Contingency Religious and Ethnic Identities: the Case of the Sudan. Conference: Reasons of Faith: Johannesburg (2005, oktober 17 - 2005, oktober 20).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2005). White Lies and White Wedding Dresses. Conference: (Europe) with the Africa Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies: London (2005, juni 30 - 2005, juli 4).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2005). Mapping Selves: Biographic Narratives and Conversion - Negotiating the Sudanese Islamist Moral Discourse in Darfur, West-Sudan. Conference on Conversion, Modernity and the Individual: with Special Reference to Islam in Asia and Africa: Berlin (2005, november 26 - 2005, november 27).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2005). To Marry or not to Marry, that is the Question¿. Globalization, Marriage and the Quest for a Modern Muslim Identity. Globalization and Gender in the Horn of Africa: Washington (2005, november 23 - 2005, november 26).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2005). Deaf and Gay in Post Apartheid South Africa: the Construction of an Alternative Masculinity? Conference From Boys to Men: Masculinities and Risk: Cape Town (2005, januari 27 - 2005, januari 28).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2004). Discovering Alternative Histories: Learning from Narratives by Muslim Women in Darfur, West-Sudan. NINsee Conference: The Use of Oral History in Understanding Daily Life of Slaves on Dutch Surinam Plantains: Amsterdam (2004, mei 26).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2004). Muslim Masculinity in Sudan and the Contingency of a National Identity. International Symposium: Manhood and Masculinity, Struggles with Change: Johannesburg (2004, september 6).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2004). Islam and Public Life in Africa. International Conference: Leiden (2004, september 10).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2004, mei 17). Negotiating the Islamist Dicourse in Sudan: Constructions of a Muslim Self. Utrecht, gastcollege: Interpreting Intersectionality: Analyzing Gender and its Intersections in Feminst Research.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2004). Biographic Narratives by Darfur Women: Negotiations and Representations of Self and the Sudanese Islamist Moral Discourse. Fourt International ISITA Colloquium, Gender and Islam in Africa: (2004, mei 20).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2004). Armed Robberies, Ethnic Clashes or Political Strife in North-Darfur? Perspectives from the 'West'. International Conference: Sudan's Lost Peace and the Crisis in Dar Fur: Amsterdam (2004, maart 27).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2004). Shari'a Courts, Tribal Courts and the Construction of a National Muslim Identity: the Case of Sudan. Seminar Islam in Africa: (2004, februari 20).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2004). Gender and Islam. Expert Meeting ISS: Religion, Human Rights and Development: Den Haag (2004, oktober 4).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2004, november 24). One Foot in Heaven: How to Study Views on and of Women in Islamic Societies: An Antropological Perspective. Utrecht, Gastcollege: NOV - Netherlands Research School Women's Studies.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2004). The Crisis in Dafur: Possibilities for Peace and Reconciliation? International Conference: Den Haag (2004, november 20).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2004). Darfur a Genocide? Implications for Action. Interdisciplinair Platform on the Situation in Darfur: Amsterdam (2004, november 15).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2003). Muslim Manhood: Globalization, Islamism and the construction of middle-class masculinity in the Sudan. Globalization and Gender: critical reflextions: Nijmegen (2003, oktober 24).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2003). Globalisering, gender en moslim fundamentalisme in Africa. Afrikadag, Globalisering met een menselijk gezicht: (2003, april 12).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2003). The role of the elite in the state: the case in Sudan. Two day Program on Sudan: (2003, februari 22).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2003, oktober 27). The biographic narrative: from research tool to representation. Boston, Lecture: African Studies Centre, Boston University, U.S.A.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2003, oktober 28). The biographical narrative: from research to representation. onbekend, Lecture: Anthropology Department, Wellesley College, U.S.A.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2003). Islam at the frontier. Dynamics of Muslim identities in relation to the changing role of the state in post-colonial Africa.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2003). The influence of gender, class and ethnic identity on the law speaking and keeping practices in the Sudan. Congres, The Africa Studies Association 46th Annual Meeting: Boston (2003, oktober 30).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2003). Audiovisual data analysis the expert meeting of the construction of masculinity and risk taking among young South African men. A qualitative intervention study: Utrecht (2003, september 17).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2003, november 3). Gaps and Silences: experiences of history of woman in Dafur, West -Sudan. onbekend, Lecture: Gender and History of the Middle-East, Wellesley College, U.S.A.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2002). Creolisation as Identity construction: the case of the Sudan. International seminar on Glabalization and Creolization: Rotterdam (2002, maart 21).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (2002). Analysis of biographic narratives: reading against the grain. Workshop on biographic narratives of deaf people in South Africa: Johannesburg (2002, november 20).
  • C.L.A. Willemse & J. van Santen (1999, oktober 15). The issue of 'Islamic fundamentalisms' and masculinities. Joint introduction. Leiden, Africa Study Centre, Leiden University, Conference on 'Transformation processes and Islam in Africa'.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (1999, september 1). Shari'a court cases and the construction of masculinities in Darfur. Gent, Paper presented at the EURAMES (European Association of Middle Eastern Studies) conference.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (1999, januari 4). The Zar as a globaizing/globalized process: a history of urbanization and islamization in the Sudan. Leiden, Africa Study Centre, Leiden University, Paper presented at the theme group on Globalization and Islam.
  • C.L.A. Willemse (1999). Lezersdebat: Het persoonlijke in genderstudies. Lezersdebat: Amsterdam, Oost-Indisch Huis (1999, april 23).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (1999). Gendered bodies and cultural identities in the changing politico-economic context of migration and globalization. Final Report of the WOTRO Programme 'Globalization and the Construction of Communal Identities 1995-2000: Den Haag (1999, december 1).
  • C.L.A. Willemse (1999, oktober 15). The burden of boundaries: the construction of masculinities in Darfur, West Sudan. Leiden, Africa Study Centre, Leiden University, Paper presented at the Conference on 'Transformation processes and Islam in Africa.


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