Industrial and Cultural Heritage
Religion and Ritual
Brazil, Mozambique, the Netherlands
In my current project, titled ‘Yoga, Bingo and Prayer in Urban Regeneration Areas’, I do ethnographic research in the regenerating areas of Amsterdam-north. I focus on the dynamics between old and new inhabitants, entrepreneurs, artists, welfare workers, religious groups, housing corporations and authorities in dealing industrial and cultural heritage, public rituals, and media and communication technology. My aim is to rethink the role of culture in our cities beyond the dominant one-sided approaches of culture as creative expression or ethnic background, by taking into account the importance of life histories, social class, local-global connections, worldviews and the relationship with urban sites.
See the weblog ‘Opening-up neighborhoods’: the art of urban regeneration
I joined the Department of Sociology in February 2015. I previously worked at the Department of Culture Studies of Tilburg University. I obtained my PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam with the African Studies Centre, Leiden, in 2011 (cum laude).
My research interests are urban space, transnationalism, religion, ritual, gender, industrial and cultural heritage, and media. I conducted research in Mozambique, Brazil and The Netherlands. My current project, titled ‘Yoga, Bingo and Prayer in Urban Regeneration Areas’, was awarded a VENI grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research NWO. Through ethnographic research in gentrifying Amsterdam-north, I aim to analyze the dynamics between old and new inhabitants, entrepreneurs, artists, well fare workers, religious groups, housing corporations and authorities in dealing industrial heritage, public rituals, and media and communication technology. My aim is to rethink the role of culture in our cities beyond the dominant one-sided approaches of culture as creative expression or ethnic background, by taking into account the importance of life histories, social class, local-global connections, worldviews and the relationship with urban sites.
During my doctoral research I studied the growth of transnational religious movements in a city in transition, looking at the case of Brazilian Pentecostalism in Mozambique. I conducted two years of ethnographic fieldwork in various areas of the capital Maputo, using a mix of qualitative methods. Embedded in theories of cultural and religious anthropology, urban studies, and globalization, my dissertation argued that transnational religious engagement should not only be approached as a coping mechanism in times of rapid social change. It also implies investing in socio-cultural innovation by its followers, such as entrepreneurial initiatives and alternative family forms.
My postdoctoral research on the transnational circulation of religious rituals and materials between Europe, Africa and Brazil, strongly revealed the issue of spatiality and new cultural complexities in cities. After a research trip to Rio de Janeiro and fieldwork in Amsterdam, it became increasingly clear that the particularities of diversity in urban spaces, including local-global scale levels, have widespread effects on religious performance and the impact of religion in cities. It was during this research that I witnessed how religious groups are interacting with other socio-cultural groups in novel ways, for example by sharing the same post-industrial buildings, urging me to start my current research project. This project is also inspired by my own experiences as a volunteer in a neighborhood-related community center in Amsterdam-North.
See also my Personal page on academia.edu
Qualitative Research Methods (MA Sociology)
I supervise Sociology students who write their MA-thesis about the following themes:
urban regeneration and gentrification, urban neighborhoods, industrial heritage, religion in relation to migration, globalization, gender and media
Van de Kamp, Linda (2018). 'Success, Risk and Failure: The Brazilian Prosperity Gospel in Mozambique'. In Daan Beekers and David Kloos (eds.) Straying from the Straight Path: How Senses of Failure Invigorate Lived Religion. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, pp. 54-71.
Van de Kamp, Linda van de Kamp (2016). Violent Conversion: Brazilian Pentecostalism and Urban Women in Mozambique. Suffolk, UK: James Currey, Religion in Transforming Africa Series. See also the interview about the book
Door middel van antropologisch veldwerk in Amsterdam-Noord onderzoek ik hoe de interactie tussen verschillende groepen mensen stadsvernieuwing beïnvloedt. Ik analyseer de dynamiek tussen oude en nieuwe bewoners, ondernemers, kunstenaars, welzijnswerkers, religieuze groeperingen, woningcorporaties en de overheid in hun omgang met industrieel erfgoed. En in de voormalige arbeiderswijken onderzoek ik hoe verschillende groepen mensen omgaan met de veranderingen in de buurten. Hoe kijken mensen naar de buurt waar ze wonen en werken? Waar ontmoeten zij elkaar? Welke verhalen en rituelen delen zij? Ontstaan er nieuwe verbindingen tussen oude en nieuwe bewoners?
Voor mijn onderzoek heb ik samen gewerkt met fotograaf Rufus de Vries die de foto-serie 'Buurtbanden Amsterdam-Noord' heeft gemaakt. Zie www.buurtbanden.nl en wemakethe.city. Naar aanleiding van de serie en het onderzoek verschenen artikelen in Het Parool en in Folia
Binnenkort - zomer 2018 - verschijnt mijn artikel 'Stedelijke regeneratie in Amsterdam-Noord: over de politiek van erfgoed en creativiteit' in het tijdschrift Sociologos
Zie ook de blog 'Opening up neighborhoods': the art of urban regeneration