Dr Mayke Kaag
Home Institution: Leiden University
European Fellow, September - November 2019
Project: Political aspects of Africa’s global connections, and the role of trust/mistrust in the evolving of these global connections on the ground
Mayke Kaag is a social anthropologist and a senior researcher/associate professor at the African Studies Centre, Leiden University, the Netherlands. Over the past years, her research has mainly focused on African transnational relations, including land issues, transnational Islamic charities, and engagements with the diaspora. At the African Studies Centre, she is the convenor of a collaborative research group on ‘Africa in the World – Rethinking Africa’s global Connections’. She is also the chair of a collaborative research group on the same theme at the level of AEGIS (The European Association of African Studies). She acts as the Director of Studies of the African Studies Centre and chairs the Research Masters in African Studies of Leiden University.
During her IASH visiting fellowship, she will work on political aspects of Africa’s global connections, in the religious, educational, economic, and/or development domain, and on the role of trust/mistrust in the evolving of these global connections on the ground. A particular aim is to develop further collaboration with colleagues in Edinburgh, especially from CAS, on these research interests and in the field of education.