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Prof. dr. N. (Niko) Besnier

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Globalising Culture and the Quest for Belonging

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15509
    1001 NA Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Niko Besnier is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam.

    Please consult my personal website
  • Publications

    2021

    2019

    • Besnier, N. (2019). Gossip in Ethnographic Perspective. In F. Giardini, & R. Wittek (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Gossip and Reputation (pp. 100–116). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190494087.013.6 [details]
    • Besnier, N. (2019). Pacific Island and Pacific Island Diaspora Identities; Ritualized Same-Sex Practices in Melanesia. In H. Chiang (Ed.), Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History (pp. 1187–94). Charles Scribner’s Sons.
    • Besnier, N., & Brownell, S. (2019). Sport. In The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology Cambridge: University of Cambridge. https://doi.org/10.29164/19sport [details]
    • Besnier, N., & Narotzky, S. (2019). Epilogue. Indeterminacy Between Worth and Worthlessness. In C. Alexander, & A. Sanchez (Eds.), Indeterminacy: Waste, Value, and the Imagination (pp. 181–194). (WYSE Series in Social Anthropology; Vol. 7). Berghahn. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctvw04gbz.12 [details]
    • Brownell, S., & Besnier, N. (2019). Value and Values in Global Sport. In M. Aldenderfer (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology [e-19] (Oxford Research Encyclopedias). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190854584.013.19 [details]

    2018

    2017

    • Besnier, N. (2017). Representing Trans: An Epilogue. In E. Hazenberg, & M. Meyerhoff (Eds.), Representing Trans: Linguistic, Legal and Everyday Perspectives (pp. 251-260). Victoria University Press. [details]
    • Besnier, N., Brownell, S., & Carter, T. F. (2017). The Anthropology of Sport: Bodies, Borders, Biopolitics. Oakland, CA: University of California Press. [details]

    2016

    2019

    2016

    2018

    Membership

    • Besnier, N. (2018-2020). Scientific Advisory Board, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research .

    Media appearance

    Journal editor

    • Besnier, N. (editor) (2019). American Ethnologist (Journal).

    Talk / presentation

    • Besnier, N. (keynote speaker) (2019). Keynote speech at Japan Society of Sport Anthropology 20th Annual Symposium, Waseda University, Tokio.
    • Besnier, N. (keynote speaker) (2019). “Que fait le sport pour l’intégration?”, Université d’Artois, Arras.
    • Besnier, N. (keynote speaker) (2-11-2017). Sport, Masculinity, and Neoliberalism: Cameroonian Footballers, Fijian Rugby Players, and Senegalese Wrestlers, Joel Kahn Annual Anthropology Lecture, Melbourne.
    • Besnier, N. (keynote speaker) (26-10-2017). Rethinking Masculinity through Sport: Cameroonian Footballers, Fijian Rugby Players, Senegalese Wrestlers, School of Social Sciences, Australian National University.
    • Besnier, N. (invited speaker) (25-10-2017). Transgender, Shifting Morality, and the Bifocality of Culture in Tonga, Department of Anthropology, Australian National University.
    • Besnier, N. (keynote speaker) (14-6-2017). From Global South to Global North: Sport, Gender, and Precarity, 14th European Association for the Sociology of Sport , Prague.
    • Besnier, N. (invited speaker) (12-6-2017). Rethinking Masculinity through Sport: Cameroonian Footballers, Fijian Rugby Boys, Senegalese Wrestlers, Institute of Ethnology, Charles University Prague.
    • Besnier, N. (invited speaker) (4-5-2017). Rethinking Masculinity in the Neoliberal Order: Cameroonian Footballers, Fijian Rugby Players, and Senegalese Wrestlers, Department of Anthropology, University of Bergen.
    • Besnier, N. (invited speaker) (16-3-2017). Rethinking Masculinity in the Neoliberal Order: Cameroonian Footballers, Fijian Rugby Players, and Senegalese Wrestlers, Department of Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences.
    • Besnier, N. (keynote speaker) (6-3-2017). Troisième genre: voyage à travers des identités à géométrie variables, Semaine de l’Égalité, Ville de Genève (Equality Week, Geneva), Geneva.
    • Besnier, N. (keynote speaker) (21-2-2017). Corps, sports et futurs: la lutte sénégalaise dans un contexte global, Des corps en Afrique de l’Ouest: États, pratiques et representations, Dakar.
    • Besnier, N. (invited speaker) (7-2-2017). Repenser la masculinité sous l’optique du sport: footballeurs camerounais, lutteurs sénégalais et rugbymen fidjiens, Laboratoire d’anthropologie culturelle et sociale, Université de Lausanne.
    • Besnier, N. (invited speaker) (1-2-2017). Rethinking Masculinity in the Neoliberal Order: Cameroonian Footballers, Fijian Rugby Players, and Senegalese Wrestlers, Department of Anthropology, University College London.
    • Besnier, N. (invited speaker) (7-11-2016). Rethinking Masculinity, Nation, and Sport, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester.
    • Besnier, N. (invited speaker) (14-10-2016). Rethinking Masculinity, Nation, and Sport, Department of Social Anthropology, University of St. Andrews.
    • Besnier, N. (invited speaker) (14-9-2016). Entre Nord et Sud: Industries sportives, masculinité et précarité globale, conférence de rentrée, École normale supérieure Paris, Paris.
    • Besnier, N. (invited speaker) (25-8-2016). Lograr publicar un artículo: La experiencia en American Ethnologist, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de Buenos Aires.
    • Besnier, N. (invited speaker) (16-6-2016). Les politiques identitaires entre le local et le global: la mobilisation transgenre aux îles Tonga (Pacifique sud)”, Universite Paul Sabatier Toulouse III.
    • Besnier, N. (speaker) & Guinness, D. R. (speaker) (27-5-2016). Global Sport Industries, Migrations, and Comparison of Scales, Comparing Culture(s) Conference: Reinvigorating Explicit Comparison as a Method in Anthropology, Hamburg.
    • Besnier, N. (speaker) (18-5-2016). Mobility, Immobility, and Masculinity: Imagining a Future in the Global Sports Industries”, “Fabricating Futures in economies of Finiteness: Aspirations/ Immobilities, Revivals/Revolutions”, Seminar Series, Leuven.
    • Besnier, N. (speaker) (11-4-2016). Tongan Rugby Players in World Rugby, Futa Helu Memorial Lectures Series, Nuku’alofa.
    • Besnier, N. (speaker) (18-3-2016). Sports Mobilities across Borders: Postcolonial Perspectives, University of the South Pacific.

    Others

    • Besnier, N. (organiser) & Geschiere, P. L. (organiser) (19-12-2018). KNAW Symposium "Global Sports, Masculinity and Exploitation: Views from Africa", Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Besnier, N. (organiser) (6-6-2017 - 9-6-2017). Globalization, Sport, and the Precarity of Masculinity, Prague. International end-of-project conference, GLOBALSPORT ERC project (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Besnier, N. (organiser) (19-11-2016). American Anthropological Association 115th Annual Meetings, Minneapolis. “Gambling With Uncertainty: Transnational Mobility and the Global Sport Industries”, Panel (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Aiello, L. (organiser) & Besnier, N. (organiser) (17-11-2016). American Anthropological Association 115th Annual Meetings, Minneapolis. Anthropology Journal Editors’ Discussion Meeting (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).

    2019

    • Leidereiter, C. (2019). “We have always been in crisis”: An ethnography of austere livelihoods in Northern Portugal. [details]

    2018

    • Hann, M. P. G. (2018). Sporting aspirations: Football, wrestling, and neoliberal subjectivity in urban Senegal. [details]
    • Kovac, U. (2018). The precarity of masculinity: Football, Pentecostalism, and transnational aspirations in Cameroon. [details]
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