Catrien Notermans

Catrien Notermans to the left

Phone: 00-31-6-12375932
Postal address: P.O. Box 9104, 6500 HE Nijmegen
Visiting address: Thomas van Aquinostraat 4: Maria Montessoribuilding room 02.039

Research interests and biographical note:

  • Thematic: Gender, Religion, Kinship, Mobility, Human-Nature relationships
  • Area: West Africa (Cameroon, Guinea), Europe (The Netherlands, France, African Diasporas in Europe), South Asia (India)

Catrien Notermans is an anthropologist and associate professor at the Department of Anthropology and Development Sociology at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She worked for both the Anthropology Department and the Institute for Gender Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen when doing her PhD research on Christian polygyny in Cameroon (1999) and her post-doctoral research on child fosterage and motherhood in that same country (2001). Her research activities have expanded to Francophone West Africa (Guinea) and to Europe (Netherlands and France) with a focus on migration, family dynamics and transnational kin networks of African migrants in Europe. Another field of specialisation is religious mobility: pilgrimage, religious practices of migrants, and the circulation of religious objects. Part of this research was embedded in two larger research programmes financed by NWO and NORFACE. The Marian metropolis of Lourdes in Southern France and some selected places where pilgrims come from (the province of Limburg in the Netherlands and the Parisian metropolitan area in France) were the main fieldwork locations during these projects. Notermans’ most recent research is on gender, nature and material religion in urban and rural India: pilgrimage, sacred landscapes and human-nonhuman entanglements. This research is linked to the supervision of BA students in India during ‘leerproject 3’.

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Selected bibliography:

  • Notermans, Catrien, Sophie Bolt, Annick van Brouwershaven, Janneke Maas and  Astrid Indekeu (2021). The ongoing work of kinship among donor half siblings in The Netherlands. BioSocieties,
  • Notermans, Catrien and Jean Kommers (2020). How Pilgrimage Souvenirs turn to Religious Remittances and Powerful Medicine. In: Exploring Materiality and Connectivity in Anthropology and Beyond, edited by Philipp Schorch, Martin Saxer and Marlen Elders. London: UCL Press, pp. 72-88. Doi:
  • Notermans, Catrien (2019). Prayers of cowdung: Women sculpturing fertile environments in rural Rajasthan (India). Religions 10(2), 71,
  • Notermans, Catrien and Sina Pfister (2016). Water and gender in recreating family life with Maa Ganga: The confluence of nature and culture in a North Indian river pilgrimage. In: AIMS Geosciences, 2(4): 286-301.
  • Notermans, Catrien, Albertina Nugteren, Suma Sunny (2016). The changing landscape of sacred groves in Kerala (India): A critical view on the role of religion in nature conservation, in: Religions 7 (38):1-14, special issue on 'Religion and Nature in a Globalizing World'.
  • Notermans, C., Turolla, M, and Jansen, W. (2013). Religious Routes and Routines: African Migrants Moving in and out of Paris. In: J. Garnett and A. Harris (eds), Rescripting Religion in the City: Migration and Religious Identity in the Modern Metropolis. Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 149-161.
  • Alber, E., Martin, J. and Notermans, C. (eds) (2013). Child Fostering in West Africa: New Perspectives on Theory and Practices. Leiden: Brill.
  • Jansen W. and Notermans, N. (eds.) (2012). Gender, Nation and Religion in European Pilgrimage. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Notermans, C. (2012) Interconnected and Gendered Mobilities: African Migrants on Pilgrimage to our Lady of Lourdes in France. In: W. Jansen en C. Notermans (eds.), Gender, Nation and Religion in European Pilgrimage. Farnham: Ashgate, pp 19-35.
  • Ratia, E. and Notermans, C. (2012). “I was just crying, I did not come back with anything”: Women’s Experiences of Deportation from Europe to Nigeria. African Diaspora 5 (2): 143-164.
  • Notermans, C. and Jansen, W. (2011). Ex-votos in Lourdes: Contested materiality of miraculous healings. Material Religion 7(2): 168-193.
  • Notermans, C. (2010). The Power of the Less Powerful: Making Memory on a Pilgrimage to Lourdes. In: M.B. ter Borg and J.W. van Henten (eds.), Powers: Religion as a Social and Spiritual Force. New York: Fordham University Press, pp. 181-193.
  • Notermans, C. (2010). Working for Krishna: Labour and Wealth at the Nathdwara Temple in North India. In: H. de Jonge and T. van Meijl (eds.), On the Subject of Labour: Essays in Memory of Frans Hüsken. Nijmegen: In de Walvis, pp. 37-41.
  • Sijpt, E. van der and Notermans, C. (2010). ‘Perils to Pregnancies: Social Sorrows and Strategies Surrounding Pregnancy Loss in Cameroon’. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 24 (3): 381- 398.
  • Hermkens, A., Jansen, W. and Notermans, C. (eds) (2009). Moved by Mary: The Power of Pilgrimage in the Modern World. Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Notermans, C. (2008). Local and Global Icons of Mary: An Ethnographic Study of a Powerful Symbol. Anthropos 103(2): 471-481.
  • Notermans, C. (2007). Loss and Healing: A Marian Pilgrimage in Secular Dutch Society. Ethnology 46(3): 217-233.

Publications: Radboud Repository
Function: Associate Professor
Department: Anthropology and Development Studies, Radboud University