Van Der Veer, Peter 1953-

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van der VEER, Peter 1953-

PERSONAL: Born May 22, 1953, in Groningen, Netherlands. Education: University of Groningen, Kandidaats, 1976, Doctoraal, 1979; University of Utrecht, Ph.D. (cum laude), 1986.

ADDRESSES: Offıce—Research Center for Religion and Society, University of Amsterdam, Oudezijds Achterburgwal 185, 1012 DK Amsterdam, Netherlands; fax: 31-20-5253615; and International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World, Rapenburg 71, 2311 GJ Leiden, Netherlands; fax: 31-71-5277906. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER: Free University, Amsterdam, Netherlands, lecturer in cultural anthropology, 1980-84; University of Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands, lecturer in cultural anthropology, 1984-90; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, associate professor of anthropology, 1990-92; University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, professor of comparative religion and director of Research Center for Religion and Society, 1992—, member of governing board of Center for Asian Studies, 1992-2000, dean of faculty of political and social sciences, 1996-98, dean of Amsterdam School for Social Science Research, 1998-2001. Netherlands Foundation for the Advancement of Tropical Research, member of Committee on South Asia, 1984-86; Vedic Academy, member, 1984-86; Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, board member, 1993-96; International Institute for Asian Studies, research professor, 1994, board chair, 2001—; Indo-Dutch Program in Alternatives in Development, cochair, 1999—; Netherlands Foundation for Scientific Research, member of publications committee, 2000—; International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World, codirector, 2001-03. University of London, academic visitor at London School of Economics and Political Science, 1986; University of Chicago, Vivekananda Memorial Lecturer, 1987, visitor at Wilder House, 1989, scholar in residence at Chicago Humanities Institute, 1992; University of Pennsylvania, visiting associate professor, 1988; École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France, director of studies at Centre de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud, 1993; University of Iowa, distinguished lecturer, 1995; Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, member of School of Social Sciences, 1995-96; University of Lucknow, Golden Jubilee Lecturer, 1997; Clark University, Henry Luce Lecturer, 1997; guest lecturer at many other institutions, including Balliol College, Oxford, London School of Oriental and African Studies, London, Dartmouth College, and Arizona State University; Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, Honolulu, HI, member of international advisory council. Conducted extensive field work in India and South Asia, beginning 1977.

MEMBER: Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences.

AWARDS, HONORS: Scholar of the Indian government, 1977-78; grants for India, Netherlands Foundation for the Advancement of Tropical Research, 1981, 1983, 1984; Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences, travel grant, 1987, Dr. Hendrik Muller Prize for the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2001; grants from American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1990-91, and American Institute for Indian Studies, 1992; Mellon Foundation fellow, 1995; Sawyer fellow, International Institute, University of Michigan, 1996.


Gods on Earth: The Management of Religious Experience and Identity in a North Indian Pilgrimage Centre (monograph), Athlone Press (London, England), 1988.

Religious Nationalism: Hindus and Muslims in SouthAsia, University of California Press (Berkeley, CA), 1994.

Modern Orientalisme, Meulenhoff (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 1995.

Imperial Encounters: Religion, Nation, and Empire, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 2001.

Islam en het "beschaafde" Westen, Meulenhoff (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 2002.


(With P. van Gelder and W. van Wetering) Bonoeman,Rasta's en andere Surinamers (title means "Bonoeman, Rastas, and Other Surinamese"), AWIC (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 1984.

(With D. Kooiman and O. van den Muijzenberg) Competition and Conflict in Asia: Essays on the Role of Religion, Free University Press (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 1984.

(With Carol Breckenridge, and contributor) Orientalism and the Post-Colonial Predicament: Perspectives on Orientalism and South Asia, University of Pennsylvania Press (Philadelphia, PA), 1993.

(And contributor) Nation and Migration, University of Pennsylvania Press (Philadelphia, PA), 1995.

(And contributor) Conversion to Modernities: The Globalization of Christianity, Routledge (New York, NY), 1996.

(With Hartmut Lehmann, and contributor) Nation andReligion: Perspectives on Europe and Asia, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 2001.

Contributor to books, including Violence, Identity, and Self-Determination, edited by Hent de Vries and Samuel Weber, Stanford University Press (Stanford, CA), 1997; Invoking the Past, edited by Daud Ali, Oxford University Press (Delhi, India), 1999; Globalization of Social Movements, edited by John Guidry, Michael Kennedy, and Mayer Zald, University of Michigan Press (Ann Arbor, MI), 2000; Identity, Locality, and Globalization: Experiences of India and Indonesia, edited by A. K. Bagchi, Indian Council of Social Science Research (Delhi, India), 2001; and Conceiving Cosmopolitanism, edited by Robin Cohen and Steve Vertovec, Oxford University Press (Oxford, England), 2002. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals in the Netherlands and abroad, including Social History, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, American Ethnologist, Modern Asian Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of International Affairs, Nations and Nationalism, Public Culture, Journal of Asian Studies, and Annual Review of Anthropology.

Editor of the series "Zones of Religion," Routledge (New York, NY). Member of editorial board, Eastern Anthropologist; member of editorial collective, Collective Public Culture; member of editorial advisory board, Cultural Dynamics, Ethnos, and MERA-Journal.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Editing Media, War, and Terrorism: Responses from the Middle East and Asia, with Shoma Munshi, for Routledge (New York, NY).



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