Prof.dr. M. van de Port

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faculteit der sociale wetenschappen ( afd. sociale en culturele antropologie )
Full professor (0,5 fte) VISOR Chair ‘Popular Religiosity’


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 Promo Master Anthropology



His research on popular religiosity focuses on what he calls ‘the cultural production of the real’: the processes of ‘authentication’ and/or ‘sacralization’ through which (religious) worldviews are endowed with a sense of the really real. This focus requires a constant attention to the subjective, ‘experiential’ underpinnings of cultural forms that shape (religious) music, art and ritual. In addition, the focus on experience – which brings in non-discursive dimensions of being -- requires the devlopment of new methods and forms of report, including cross-overs to art and literature. 

Regional specialization: Balkan, Brasil



Culture and New Media (BSc CAO 2nd year)  


His Ph.d. research was carried out in Serbia (Vranje, Novi Sad), and showed how Serbian imaginations around the figure of the Gypsy allowed Serbs to address the silenced and/or inexpressible dimensions of their war-ridden past. For the Department of Justice, he conducted a research on contract killings in the Netherlands. Sinds 2001, van de Port has been doing research in Salvador, Bahia (Brazilie).


Publications (Source: METIS VU)

  • 1994   Het Einde van de Wereld. Beschaving, Redeloosheid en Zigeunercafés in Servië. Amsterdam: Babylon/De Geus.
  • 1996   "Coping with the boom-boom dimension of war. Wartime experiences and the gypsy in Serbian popular c ulture'. In: Kokot, Waltraud & Dorle Dracklé (ed.), Ethnologie Europas. Grenze, Konflikte, Identitäten. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verlag.
  • 1998   Gypsies, Wars and other Instances of the Wild. Civilization and its Discontents in a Serbian Town. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  • 1999 The Articulation of Soul. Serb Perceptions of Gypsy Music. Popular Music, 18/3: 397-413.
  • 1999 `It Takes a Serb to Know a Serb', Uncovering the Roots of `Obstinate Otherness' in Serbia. Critique of Anthropology, vol. 19, nr.1: 7-30. 1999 Amália. Some Reflections on the Death of a Portuguese Star. Etnofoor XII(2): 7-25
  • 2001   Geliquideerd. Afrekeningen in het Criminele Milieu. Amsterdam: Meulenhoff.
  • 2001 Tsigani, viyny ta inshi priklady nepriborkanosti. Tsivilizatsija ta ii priktosti u serbs'komu misti. Kiev: Serdar. 2004 Registers of Incontestability. The Quest for Authenticity in Academia and Beyond. Etnofoor 17 (1/2): 1-24.
  • 2005 Candomblé in Pink, Green and Black. Re-scripting the Afro-Brazilian Heritage in the Public Sphere of Salvador, Bahia. Social Anthroplogy, vol. 13 (1): 3-26.
  • 2005 Circling around the Really Real. Possession Ceremonies and the Search for Authenticity in Bahian Candomblé. Ethos 33(2):147-179.
  • 2005 Sacerdotes midiáticos. O candomblé, discursos de celebridade e a legitimacão da autoridade religiosa na esfera pública baiana. Religião e Sociedade,vol. 25 (2): 32-61.
  • 2005 Echt waar. Of: hoe Antonio A, Franky Z. en Mohammed B. hun geloofsovertuigingen heiligden. De Gids, september 2005.
  • 2005 Priests and Stars. Candomblé, Celebrity Discourses and the Authentication of Authority in Bahia's Public Sphere. Postscripts 1.2/1.3.
  • 2005 (with Vincent de Rooij). Johannes Fabian's time in the Netherlands. Etnofoor 18 (2): 125-138.
  • 2006  Visualizing the Sacred. Televisual Styles and the Religious Imagination in Bahian Candomblé.  American Ethnologist 33 (3): 444-461.
  • 2006 'Kicken, man!' Enkele aantekeningen over grensoverschrijding en hedendaagse mystiek. Justitiële Verkenningen jrg. 32, nr. 5: 9-17.
  • 2007 Re-encoding the Primitive: Some Apocryphal Thoughts on Public Representations of Candomblé. In: Rob van Ginkel & Alex Strating (eds.), Wildness & Sensation. Anthropology of Sinister and Sensuous Realms. Apeldoorn/Antwerpen: Het Spinhuis. Pp. 177-197 
  • 2007 De Islam bestaat niet. In: Francio Guadeloupe & Vincent de Rooij (eds.), Zo zijn onze manieren... Visies op multiculturaliteit in Nederland. Amsterdam: Rozenberg Publishers. Pp. 109-115.
  • 2007 Bahian White: The Dispersion of Candomblé Imagery in the Public Sphere of Bahia. Material Religion Vol.3 (2): 242-273.
  • 2007 Crossing the Sertão. Going Places to Make Things Come Your Way. Etnofoor 20(2).
  • 2008 Candomblé in Pink, Green and Black. Re-scripting the Afro-Brazilian Heritage in the Public Sphere of Salvador, Bahia. In: Michael Lambek (ed.) A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion, 2nd Edition. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
  • 2008   Over de noodzaak van dagdromen. Oorlogsbewustzijn en vredesfantasieën.
    In de Marge 17 (1): 4-16.
  • 2008   De echte wereld, daarbuiten. De Gids, no. 10 (oktober)
  • 2009 ‘Don’t ask questions, just observe!’ Boundary Politics in Bahian Candomblé. In: Birgit Meyer (ed.), Religion, Media and the Question of Community. Palgrave (forthcoming)
  • 2009 Body Trouble. Material Religion 5(2):232-233
  • 2009 ‘Wat me nu toch is overkomen … dat verzin je niet!’ Gemaaktheid, geloof en spontaniteit in populaire religiositeit. In: Marcel van den Haak e.a. (eds.), Popularisering van Cultuur en Religie. Amsterdam: Aksant (forthcoming)

Ancillary activities

UVA - Unknown Amsterdam, 02 december 2013
Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017