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Yannik van den Berg

Yannick van den Berg - Studies in Human Geography, Ethnology and Sociology as well as a Diploma Supplement in Science Research at the University of Basel with stays at the Universities of Bern, Lucerne and University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg). Ethnographic research stays in Cameroon, South Africa, Namibia and Switzerland. From 2023: Additional training in Somatic Experiencing.




  • 2017-2022: PhD student and research associate in SFB 1015 Leisure. Boundaries, Spatiotemporality, Practices. For my dissertation, entitled Religiosity in Everyday Life and the Experience of Church Services in North-central Namibia: A Comparative Ethnography of Anglican and Charismatic-Pentecostal Churches in Oukwanyama, I am investigating worship practices. To do this, I lived an everyday life in northern Namibia and participated in the worship of several churches: an Anglican congregation near the border with Angola (Odibo), and an Anglican congregation in Katutura, Windhoek. I contrast these experiences with descriptions of worship as it is practiced in a newer, charismatic congregation in Oshikango.


Regional Research Focus

  • Southern Africa
  • Namibia (especially Oukwanyama)
  • Swiss alpine region


Thematic Research Focus

  • Ethnography and ethnomethodology
  • Anthropology of religion and ritual theory
  • Embodiment and bodily experience
  • Sound and listening
  • Emotions and personal development