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Research interests

My academic expertise is constituted by four domains: (1) geographical, i.e., South Asia, esp. Indian languages, cultures and religions; (2) the interface of nature, culture and religion, esp. rituals around sacred trees/sacred groves/sacred forests in India; ritual and conceptual dimensions of the 'green burial movement'; and critical discourses on the concept of 'nature'; (3) ritual dynamics among Hindustanis in the Netherlands, and acculturation processes in diaspora communities in general; (4) theoretical-conceptual reflections on diversity and complexity, esp. in religious and ritual studies, and 'is-ought' fallacies in culture-specific views of 'nature'.


 - associate professor and senior lecturer Tilburg University, Faculty of Humanities and Digital Science, Department of Culture Studies (since 1981, resp. 2006)





My current educational activities are in three major domains:

(1) general: introduction to the phenomenon of diversification of diversity in a cultural-religious perspective; the ways in which various forms of local, trans-local and global diversity are approached academically; and online-offline dynamics

(2) specific: introduction to the lifeworld of Hinduism and Buddhism, both in their historical and contemporary aspects and appearances, in the Asian origins as well as their diasporic and westernised versions

(3) specific: the study of culturally determined behaviour, particularly in the form of ritual (rites and rituals, festivities, celebrations, the symbolic order, techniques of interiorisation, the experience of nature, visual culture) and in the form of ethical choices (with special attention to body, physicality, and the domain of the senses)

Current courses

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PhD supervision

- Deborah de Koning (NWO-project 'Ravanisation'/Sri Lanka)

- Bowo Sugiarto (Muslim migrants in Bali/ritual studies)

- Farah Izza (Qur'an recitation/Muslim women's organizations Indonesia)

External positions

senior lecturer/asst.professor, Radboud University Nijmegen

1 Jan 19921 Jul 1995

researcher, Utrecht University

1 Sep 19791 Jan 1981


  • Ritual Studies
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Sacred Trees In India
  • Religious Diversity
  • Nature And Religion
  • Ethnographic Research
  • Diaspora
  • Asia
  • Ritual Dynamics
  • Funerary Studies
  • Material Culture

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India Arts & Humanities
religious behavior Social Sciences
Netherlands Social Sciences
Devotion Arts & Humanities
Reverence Arts & Humanities
Nexus Arts & Humanities
Rite Arts & Humanities
Nature Arts & Humanities

Research Output 1999 2019

Introduction to the Special Issue 'Religion, Ritual, and Ritualistic Objects

Nugteren, T., 6 Mar 2019, In : Religions. 10, 3, 163, p. 1-13 13 p., 1.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Religion, Ritual and Ritualistic Objects

Nugteren, T. (ed.), 25 Apr 2019, Basel: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). 228 p. (Religions)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientific

Open Access
22 Downloads (Pure)

Bare Feet and Sacred Ground: "Visnu was here"

Nugteren, T., 23 Jul 2018, In : Religions. 2018.9 (7) 224, p. 1-21 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
Key Words
Object Lesson

Consolation and the 'poetics' of the soil in natural burial sites

Nugteren, T., 15 Nov 2018, Consolationscapes in the face of loss: Grief and consolation in space and time. Jedan, C., Maddrell, A. & Venbrux, E. (eds.). London and New York: Routledge, p. 63-78 16 p. (Routledge Studies in Human Geography).

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

Activities 2009 2017

  • 2 Editorial activity

Religions (Journal)

Tineke Nugteren (Guest editor)
1 Oct 20171 May 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Journal of Religion in Europe (Journal)

A. Nugteren (Guest editor)
1 Jan 200931 Dec 2009

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Press / Media

Buddhists use bullets too

Tineke Nugteren & D.D.C. de Koning


1 Media contribution

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Bhoemi Dharma

A. Nugteren


1 Media contribution

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De bomen van Boeddha

A. Nugteren


1 Media contribution

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Hindoestanen in Nederland

A. Nugteren


1 Media contribution

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