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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 also have worked on Cyprus. My new research focuses on the Venezuelan crisis and refugees in the 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 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

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Ancillary activities are updated daily


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

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Venezuela Social Sciences
morality Social Sciences
hunger Social Sciences
Cyprus Social Sciences
anthropology Social Sciences
research focus Social Sciences
human rights Social Sciences
friendship Social Sciences

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Research Output 2009 2020

Hunger in the land of plenty: The complex humanitarian crisis in Venezuela

van Roekel, E. & de Theije, M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Anthropology Today. 36, 1

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

basic supply
alternative economy

Phenomenal Justice: Violence and Morality in Argentina

van Roekel, E., 2020, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. (Series of Human Rights)

Research output: Book / ReportBookAcademicpeer-review

Argentina's Missing Bones: Revisiting the History of the Dirty War by James P. Brennan

van Roekel, E., 2019, In : Journal of Interdisciplinary History. 50, 1, p. 150-151 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalBook/Film/Article reviewAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

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

Interpretation of dreams and humor in affective fieldwork on state violence in Argentina

van Roekel, E., Apr 2019, Ethnography as Risky Business: Field Research in Violent and Sensitive Contexts. Koonings, K., Kruijt, D. & Rodgers, D. (eds.). Lexington Books, p. 139-149 11 p.

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

Activities 2013 2019

Global Human Rights at Risk? Challenges, Prospects, and Reforms. Leiden University, 6-7 June

Eva van Roekel (Participant)
7 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

NGIZ Public lecture: ‘Venezuela: Hoe nu verder?’

Eva van Roekel (Speaker)
19 May 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Venezuela in crisis

Eva van Roekel (Speaker)
13 Sep 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular


Eva van Roekel (Participant)
12 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceSocietal

ERGOMAS Biennial Conference

Eva van Roekel (Participant)
19 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic


Camera Interactiva, Centre of Humanities

Eva van Roekel (Recipient), 2015



Distinguished Women Scientists Fund 2018

Eva van Roekel (Recipient), 13 Dec 2018



Press / Media

e ‘Obama van Venezuela’ Juan Guaidó is het momentum kwijt

Eva van Roekel


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

De wetteloze grens van Venezuela.

Marjo de Theije & Eva van Roekel


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Het Papierparadijs

Eva van Roekel & Floor de Bie


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other


Eva van Roekel & Sanne Rovers


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other