Nina ter Laan MA
- Anthropology of Islam, Art & Popular culture, Morocco, Ethnomusicology, Cultural Politics, Ethnicity, Power, Migration
Nina ter Laan is a cultural anthropologist, with a special interest and expertise in Morocco, art, music and popular culture. Since August 2013, she joined the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology as a lecturer where she teaches the BA courses Political Anthropology, Media Worlds, and the tutorial on Ethnographic Fieldwork. She also supervises BA and MA thesis’s.
Nina studied cultural anthropology at Radboud University Nijmegen, where she graduated in 2004 on a MA thesis on representations of Amazigh (Berber) identity in contemporary Moroccan painting within both the avant-garde art scene, and the Berber activist movement. During her studies she also conducted a short study on the expression of gender-relations within domestic decoration in Iran. After her MA, she worked on a research project on transnational migration in Morocco and Berber language films, and contributed to a project on identity formations and digital media use among Dutch-Moroccan youth.
Next to her teaching activities, Nina is currently finalizing her PhD thesis on the formation and expression of religious sentiments through Islam-inspired music in Morocco and its political employment within the contexts of state supported musical activities and, by contrast, Islamist movements. Her thesis focuses on male and female vocalists and how they combine piety, commercial motives and political discourses in their musical practices. She specifically analyzes how these artists, through specific musical practices and narratives about music and Islamic ethics, not only resonate but actively try to influence political discourses and public debates about modern religious life in Morocco.