Rijk van Dijk

Rijk van Dijk is an anthropologist working at the African Studies Centre, Leiden. He is an expert on Pentecostalism, globalization & transnationalism, migration, youth, and healing. He has done extensive research and published on the rise of Pentecostal movements in urban areas of Malawi, Ghana and Botswana. He is the author of Young Malawian Puritans (Utrecht, ISOR Press, 1993) and has co-edited seven books. His current research deals with the religious, in particular Pentecostal, engagements with the domains of sexuality and HIV/AIDS in Botswana. He is also the chair of the International Research Network on religion and Aids in Africa (IRNARA) and the Editor-in-chief of the newly established journal ‘African Diaspora. A Journal of Transnational Africa in a Global World’ which is published by Brill, Leiden, as of 2008.


Publications include:

(2010) Markets of Well-being. Navigating Health and Healing in Africa. Leiden: Brill (edited with Marleen Dekker).

(2009) Gloves in times of AIDS: Pentecostalism, Hair and Social Distancing in Botswana. In: F. Becker and P. W. Geissler (eds.): Aids and Religious Practice in Africa. Leiden/Boston: Brill.

(2004) Situating Globality. African Agency in the Appropriation of Global Culture. Leiden: Brill (edited with Wim van Binsbergen).

(2000) The Quest for Fruition through Ngoma. Oxford: James Currey (edited with Ria Reis and Marja Spierenburg).