In February 2015, I joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. 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. 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 main publications on Brazilian Pentecostalism in Maputo:
Van de Kamp, Linda (2013). ‘Public Counselling: Brazilian Pentecostal Intimate Performances among Urban Women in Mozambique’. Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care, 15 (S4): S523–S536
Van de Kamp, Linda (2013). ‘South-South Transnational Spaces of Conquest: Afro-Brazilian Pentecostalism, “Feitiçaria” and the Reproductive Domain in Urban Mozambique’. Exchange: A Journal of Missiological and Ecumenical Research 42 (4): 343-365.
Van de Kamp, Linda (2011). ‘Converting the Spirit Spouse: The Violent Transformation of the Pentecostal Female Body in Maputo, Mozambique’. Ethnos 76 (4):510-533.