Dr Annelou YpeijDr Marjo de Theije

Research Fellow & Associate Professor
Cultural Anthropology , VU University Amsterdam and part-time member of the CEDLA research staff
Office hours: by appointment

Marjo de Theije is associate professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of VU University Amsterdam and part-time member of the CEDLA research staff. She received her Ph.D. in Social Sciences at Utrecht University in 1999. Currently she is also the academic director of VU Brasil Academic Program at VU University and coordinates several international research projects.

Research interests

In her current research she focuses on the cultural, social, economic, and environmental aspects of small scale gold mining in the Amazon region (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Suriname). Uncontrolled polluting activities of small-scale gold mining often threaten the livelihoods of indigenous peoples. Cross-border tensions arise when miners from one country invade another, or smuggle gold between countries. With the recent instability in the world economy driving up the price of gold, and with mining techniques becoming more mechanized, the scale of the impact is increasing. Few national governments know how to respond to these developments and evidence-based policy responses are urgently required. These are what this project aims to provide. For more information, see www.gomiam.org Marjo de Theije also works on transnational religion, the role of national borders and, more general, migration in the Guyanas.

Selected publications of Dr Marjo de Theije

2014 Global Gold Connections. Ethical Consumption and the Beauty of Bonding Artisans. In: Bart Barendrecht and Rivke Jaffe (eds.). Green Consumption. The Global Rise of Eco-Chic. London New Dehli New York Sydney: Bloomsbury Academic. Pp. 56-70. (With Sabine Luning)

2014 Engaging legal systems in small scale gold mining conflicts in three South American countries. Edited volume by M. Bavinck, L. Pellegrini and E. Mostert (eds.) forthcoming 2013. Conflict over natural resources in the global south – conceptual approaches. CRC Press/Taylor & Francis. Pp. 129-146. (with Judith Kolen, Marieke Heemskerk, Celine Duijves, Mariana Sarmiento, Alexandra Urán, Ingrid Lozada, Helcías Ayala, Jorge Perea, and Armin Mathis)

2013 Introduction. In Leontien Cremers, Judith Kolen and Marjo de Theije (eds.), Small-scale Gold Mining in the Amazon. The cases of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Suriname. Cuadernos. (with Leontien Cremers)

2013 Formalized small-scale gold mining in the Brazilian Amazon: an activity surrounded by informality. In Leontien Cremers, Judith Kolen and Marjo de Theije (eds.), Small-scale Gold Mining in the Amazon. The cases of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Suriname. Cuadernos. (with Judith Kolen and Armin Mathis)

2013 Small-scale Gold Mining in the Amazon. The cases of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Suriname. Cuadernos. Edited with Leontien Cremers and Judith Kolen. 9789070280185

2012 Viver nas currutelas pan-amazônicas: consumo conspícuo e religião em garimpos transnacionais. In A.P. Oro, C.A. Steil & J. Rickli (Eds.), Transnacionalização religiosa. Fluxos e redes (Antropologia Hoje) (pp. 37-58). São Paulo: Terceiro nome. (with Eline de Smet and Leticia Luz Tedesco).

2011 Groot en klein goud in Suriname. De informalisering en ordening van de goudwinning. Justitiële verkenningen 37(3):45-58. (with Marieke Heemskerk)2011 Local Battles, Global Stakes. The Globalization of Local Conflicts and the Localization of Global Interests. Amsterdam: VU Uitgeverij. (edited with Ton Salman)

2010 Flexible migrants. Brazilian gold miners and their quest for human security in Surinam. In A world of insecurity: Anthropological perspectives on human security, ed. Ellen Bal et al. London/Sterling Virginia: Pluto Press. (with Ellen Bal)

2010 Transforming Land Tenure Systems in the Quest for Gold: Aluku, Wayana, and the State in the Suriname - French Guiana Border Region. In: Visigalli EB, and Roosevelt A, editors. L'acte de colloque Amaz'hommes. Cayenne: Ibis Rouge. p 353-365. (with Marieke Heemskerk)

2009 Moving frontiers in the Amazon. Brazilian small-scale gold miners in Suriname. European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 87: 5-25 (with Marieke Heemskerk)

2009 Reading the city religious: Urban transformations and social reconstruction in Recife, Brazil. In: When God comes to town. Religious Traditions in Urban Contexts. Rik Pinxten and Lisa Dikomitis (ed.) Culture and Politics/Politics and Culture, Volume 4. Oxford: Berghahn. Pp. 97-113.

2009 Goudwinning als motor van de hedendaagse Marronsamenleving. In: Stipriaan A, and Polimé T, editors. Kunst van overleven Marroncultuur uit Suriname. Amsterdam: KIT Publishers. p 128-135. (with Marieke Heemskerk)

2008 Localizing and globalizing processes in Brazilian Catholicism: comparing inculturation in Liberationist and Charismatic Catholic cultures. Latin American Research Review 43(1):33-54. (With Cecília Loreto Mariz)

2008 Ouro e Deus: sobre a relação entre prosperidade, moralidade e religião no garimpo de Suriname. Religião e Sociedade, 28 (1): 69-83.

2008 Migration and Religious Transnationalism: Recent Research and the Case of the Brazilians in Suriname. In: Brazil and the Americas. Convergence and Perspectives. Peter Birle, et al. (ed.) Madrid / Frankfurt am Main: Iberoamericana / Vervuert Verlag. Pp. 151-170.

2006 Local protest and transnational Catholicism in Brazil. Focaal. European Journal of Anthropology 47:77-89.

2006 Transnationalism in Surinam: Brazilian Migrants in Paramaribo. In Caribbean Transnationalism. Migration, Socialization, and Social Cohesion, edited by R. Gowricharn. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. Pp. 117-135.

2004 “A Caminhada do Louvor”: como carismáticos e grupos católicos da base vem se relacionando na prática. Religião e Sociedade 24(2):37-45.

2002. Tudo o que é de Deus é bom. Uma antropologia do catolicismo liberacionista em Garanhuns, Brasil. Série estudos e pesquisas 118. Recife: Fundação Joaquim Nabuco, Editora Massangana.

1999 Cebs and Catholic Charismatics in Brazil. In: Smith C, and Prokopy J, editors. Latin American Religion in Motion. New York