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Birgit Meyer

studied religious studies and pedagogy (for disabled children) at Bremen University and cultural anthropology (PhD in 1995) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Since September 2011 she is professor of religious studies at Utrecht University. 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. She is vice-chair of the International African Institute (London), a member of the Royal Dutch 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 with an Anneliese Maier Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation, which allows her to develop a project, in collaboration with the ZMO, on Habitats and Habitus. Politics and Aesthetics of Religious World-Making. For more information see http://www.uu.nl/hum/staff/bmeyer.