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Mayke Kaag

Associate Professor Political Anthropology of Africa's Global Connections

Dr. M.M.A. Kaag
+31 71 527 3375

For an overview of Mayke Kaag's research and publications, visit her profile on the ASCL website.

Mayke Kaag is Associate Professor Political Anthropology of Africa's Global Connections. She is a social and political anthropologist interested in processes of change and continuity in West and West-Central Africa. She did her PhD on land use and social change in Senegal (Vrije Universiteit 2001). Her current research focuses primarily on African transnational relations, including land issues, transnational Islamic charities and engagements with the diaspora. She is the convenor of the collaborative research group ‘Africa in the World - Rethinking Africa’s Global Connections’. Key publications include: ‘The Global Land Grab. Beyond the Hype’ (co-edited with Annelies Zoomers, Zed Books 2014); ‘Islamic charities from the Arab world in Africa: intercultural encounters of humanitarianism and morality’(2016); ‘Linking-in through education?: exploring the educational question in Africa from the perspective of flows and (dis)connections’ (2018), ‘A plea for kaleidoscopic knowledge production’ (together with Miriam Ocadiz, 2019), and ‘Reflections on Trust and Trust Making in the Work of Islamic Charities from the Gulf region in Africa’ (together with Soumaya Sahla, 2020).

As of 1 September 2021 Mayke Kaag is professor by special appointment of the Anthropology of Islam in Africa and its Diaspora at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The chair has been established on behalf of the African Studies Centre Leiden.

Associate Professor Political Anthropology of Africa's Global Connections

  • Afrika-Studiecentrum
  • Wetenschappelijke staf

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3A09



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