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Mathijs Pelkmans

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Relevant research

Pelkmans, Mathijs (ed.) (2009) Conversion after Socialism: Disruptions, modernisms, and technologies of faith in the former Soviet Union. Berghahn Books. Available from LSE.

Pelkmans, Mathijs (2010) ‘Religious crossings and conversions on the Muslim – Christian frontier in Georgia and Kyrgyzstan’, Anthropological Journal of European Cultures 19 (2): 109-28.

Pelkmans, Mathijs (2012) ‘Chaos and Order along the (Former) Iron Curtain’, in H. Donnan and T. Wilson. The Blackwell Companion to Border Studies, pp. 269-82. Wiley Blackwell. Available from LSE.

Pelkmans, Mathijs (2009) ‘The transparency of Christian proselytizing in Kyrgyzstan’, Anthropological Quarterly 82 (2): 423-46.

McBrien, Julie and Mathijs Pelkmans (2008) ‘Turning Marx on his Head: Missionaries, ‘extremists,’ and archaic secularists in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan’, Critique of Anthropology 28 (1):87-103.

Hann, Chris, and Mathijs Pelkmans. (2009) ‘Realigning Religion and Power in Central Asia: Islam, nation-state and (post)socialism’, Europe-Asia Studies 61 (9): 1517-41.

Pelkmans, Mathijs (ed.) (2013). Ethnographies of Doubt: Uncertainty and Faith in Contemporary Societies. I.B. Tauris.

Evidence of impact

Training and mentoring anthropologists

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Transnational Social Review article:

Improving capacity-building programmes

Document ‘External Review 2012’ of the Academic Fellowship Program by Mathijs Pelkmans and Kenneth Yalowitz, 25 June 2012.

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LSE event on REF 2014 impact case studies (June 2014):

Mathijs gives an overview of his research and impact: in collecting evidence: Top-down versus grassroots impact:


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