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My research interests vary from visual anthropology, military culture, morality, human rights, conflict, Latin America and phenomonolgy. I have done long-term fieldwork in Venezuela and Argentina, and I am working also in Cyprus. My new research focuses on Venezuelan refugees in neigboring countries.

Personal information

The professional is personal. That's what represents me best as an academic. The combination of fieldwork, writing, and filming are my personal blend of doing anthropology. My regional interests and experiences are definitely Latin America, with a focus on large urban cities. In total I lived for more than 10 years in Venezuela and Argentina. I am co-founder of the cultural platform DoKumento and editor of the Dutch anthropological journal Etnofoor.


My teaching experiences range from ethnographic methods, violence and trauma, multimedia and film, and introductory courses in Cultural Anthropology and Latin America and the Caribbean. 


In 2006, I received a Bachelor degree in Language and Culture Studies, with a specialization in Latin American Culture at Utrecht University. My Master degree (2007) in Latin American and Caribbean Studies is also from Utrecht University . In 2016, I  received my Doctoral degree in Cultural Anthropoly at Utrecht University for ethnographic research on trials for crimes against humanity in Argentina.

Prizes and Awards

Camera Interactiva, Centre of Humanities, Utrecht University

Paper paradise was awared second best storytelling media project, Utrecht, 2015

Nominee for Servicio2 best short documentary

Selected by International Film Festival ‘Mujeres en Foco’, Buenos Aires, 2010

Nieboer Masterthesis Award 2007

Issued by the Department of Cultural Anthropology, Utrecht University, 2008


National Network for Female Professors (lnvh)

Travel grant 'Distinguished Women Scientist Fund', December 2018

Institute for Societal Resilience

Seed money for new research, December 2018

Culture, Citizenship, and Human Rights

Seed money for grant writing, October 2017

J.E. Jurriaanse Stichting

Funding for the printing costs of the dissertation, February 2016

Camera Interactiva, Centre of Humanities, Utrecht University

Funding post-production costs documentary Het Papierparadijs, 2015

AMIDILA, Erasmus Mundus Programme

Doctorate exchange to Universidad Nacional de Misones, Argentina, issued by University of Bologna, 2015 

Dutch Embassy in Venezuela

Funding post-production costs documentary Servico2, 2009

Cultuurfonds Gemeente Utrecht

Funding production costs documentary Servico2, 2008


Funding production costs documentary Servico2, 2008


Ancillary activities

No ancillary activities

Ancillary activities are updated daily


  • anthropology
  • emotion
  • military culture
  • visual anthropology
  • Latin America
  • documentary

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morality Social Sciences
Venezuela Social Sciences
Cyprus Social Sciences
research focus Social Sciences
Argentina Social Sciences
refugee Social Sciences
grant Social Sciences
trauma Social Sciences

Research Output 2009 2019

Getting Close: On Ethnography and Emotional Engagement with Indicted Military Officers in Argentina

van Roekel, E., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Approaching Perpetrators. Anderson, K. & Jessee, E. (eds.). University of Wisconsin Press

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Anthropological reflections on violence and time in Argentina

van Roekel, E., 19 Mar 2018, Time and Temporality in the Study of Transitional and Post-Conflict Societies. Mueller-Hirth, N. & Rios Oyola, S. (eds.). New York: Routlegde, p. 65-83 19 p. (Advances in Sociology).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Phenomenal Justice: Violence and Morality in Argentina

van Roekel, E., 2018, (Accepted/In press) New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. (Series of Human Rights)

Research output: Book / ReportBookAcademicpeer-review

Traumatic home: Argentinian victimhood and the everyday moral comfort of trauma

van Roekel, E., Dec 2018, In : Ethos. 46, 4, p. 537-556 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
military dictatorship

The Catholic Church and Argentina's Dirty War. Book review

van Roekel, E., 2017, In : Journal of Church and State. 69, 4, p. 700-702 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademic

Activities 2014 2018

  • 5 Conference
  • 4 Lecture / Presentation
  • 1 Editorial work
  • 1 Membership

Crisis, conflict and democracy in Venezuela. An anthropological note.

Eva van Roekel (Speaker)
14 May 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Etnofoor (Journal)

Eva van Roekel (Reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Pictures of War

Eva van Roekel (Participant)
23 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

15th EASA Biennial Conference

Eva van Roekel (Participant)
14 Aug 201817 Aug 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Uncomfortable laughter. On violence, humor and immorality in Argentina.

Eva van Roekel (Speaker)
11 May 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


Distinguished Women Scientists Fund 2018

E. van Roekel (Recipient), 13 Dec 2018



Press / Media

Het Papierparadijs

E. van Roekel & Floor de Bie


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other


E. van Roekel & Sanne Rovers


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other