Between 2005 and 2008, my research was focused on the interplay between Catholicism and violence in Papua New Guinea, with special emphasis on the role of Mary in the context of domestic violence in Port Moresby and Madang, and her role during and after the Bougainville crisis.

Since 2008, I have been doing research on the ideological underpinnings of violent conflicts in Solomon Islands, Bougainville and North Moluccas (Indonesia) in terms of religion and gender. This has provided insight into the gendered nature of religious beliefs and symbols, the enigma of religious movements, and the interplay between religion, nationalism, violence and gender.

Prior to my post-doctoral researches, I conducted PhD-research (1999-2005) on material culture –barkcloth- and gender relations among the Maisin in Papua New Guinea. Insights regarding the intimate relationship between people, (gender) identity, religion and things obtained through this study have been integrated in my postdoctoral studies.
  1. Bark cloth (tapa) in Lake Sentani (West Papua)
    Bark cloth (tapa) in Lake Sentani (West Papua)
  2. Maisin (Papua New Guinea) bark cloth (tapa)
    Maisin (Papua New Guinea) bark cloth (tapa)