Mepschen, P. (Paul) MSc.
Paul Mepschen is a lecturer in Social Anthropology at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University and the department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University. He teaches courses on religion, gender, politics and ethnographic methodology. In January 2016, he will defend his dissertation Everyday autochthony. Difference, discontent, and the politics of home in Amsterdam.
His work deals with the politics of belonging, nationalism, and citizenship in Western Europe. His interests include cultural and sexual politics in Europe, migration, racism and antiracism, sexuality and queer theory; and religion and secularism. He is also interested in populism, marxism, and the future of the European Left. He is currently working on a research proposal concerning the materiality of atheism and secularism; on masculinity; and on queer issues in the Netherlands and Europe.