José van Santen
José C.M. van Santen is Senior Lecturer and Researcher. She did her PhD research (1986-1988) on processes of Islamisation in West Africa in general and Cameroon in particular. She has followed the ongoing processes of fundamentalism and its implications for the construction of gender. Her research in the NWO project ‘Islam in Africa, moving frontiers’, examines the way Muslims, both leaders and followers, are engaged in the re-construction of their identities in the context of dissimilar forms of globalization and modernization.
José van Santen pays special attention to the process of re-construction of youth identities. Recent publications concern issues about the moral discourse and the construction of Islamic identities in local, national and transnational perspectives. Due to the link between Islam and the ethnic identity of the cattle-keeping Islamic Fulani (Fulbe) in Cameroon, she has been intrigued by the relationships and/or clashes (often related to access to resources) between agriculturalists and cattle-keepers/nomads in relation to religion and political processes.
José van Santen was previously joint director of CNWS (PhD school of Asian, African and Amerindian Studies) scientific Director at the Centre of Environment and Development of the University of Dschang, antenne de Maroua, in Cameroon and she remains involved in issues concerning ‘Developmentalism’ and the Environment.
With her NWO research on 'Islam in Africa, moving frontiers' (2006-2009) she was part of the NWO programme 'The future of the religious past'. She was a NIAS/KNAW-fellow (Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences) from 2011 till 2012.