Chia Longman


Associate Professor in Gender Studies

Director Centre for Research on Culture and Gender

Director Inter University Master Programme in Gender and Diversity

Info on research supervision and courses: click here

Office: Campus Boekentoren, Blandijn, 4th floor, room 015.

Ghent University, Blandijnberg 2, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium

Tel.: +32 (0)9 264 38 18
Fax: +32 (0)9 264 41 80                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                                                                                photo by Jens Mollenvanger

MA Comparative Science of Culture 1996                                                                                                                                                                               
PhD Comparative Science of Culture 2002, Ghent University, Belgium

Coordinator ella Expertise Centre Gender & Ethnicity, Brussels, 2012-2013

Visiting scholar:
Women's Studies in Religion Programme, Harvard University (2002); Gender & Religions Research Centre, School for Oriental & African Studies, University of London (2006); Institute for Jewish Studies, University of Antwerp (2009)

Visiting professor:
University of Hull (2015); Zentrum für Transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2016); Institut für Diversitätsforschung, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (2017)

Research Areas

anthropology of gender & ethnicity; comparative religion; gender and religion; feminist theory; intersectional theory and methodology; women and fundamentalism; social scientific study of Orthodox Jewry and Islam; multiculturalism and citizenship in Europe; theory and methodology in religious studies; kinship & mothering; harmful cultural practices; modesty practices, veiling & hijab; holistic and secular spiritualities and mental well-being.

Current Research Projects

Postsecular Femininities: Women’s Spirituality in Contemporary Well-Being Culture (2014-)

My current research involves an ethnographic analysis of women's agency (in Dutch 'vrouwenkracht') in a broad arena of spirituality practices through to coaching and personal growth, in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, UK in a transnational context. Engaging in in-depth interviews, document analysis, netnography and ethnographic research at women's circles, rituals, ceremononies and festivals, I explore how in this growing area of subjective well-being culture, women are redefining the 'feminine'.   

Project supervision

I currently supervise and co-supervise various research projects involving PhD and Postdoctoral research. 

These include projects funded by the FWO, VLIR-IUOS, BOF, KASK and some self-funded PhD research. 

Promoter PhD students

Maria Judite Chipenembe

Golnesa Rezanezhad Pishkani

Amal Miri

Dr. Ladan Rahbari

Susan Dierickx

Lieke Schrijvers

Former PhD students:

Dr. An van Raemdonck (thesis defended in 2016)

Dr. Lydia Namatende (thesis defended in 2016)

Dr. Elif Simsek (thesis defended in 2016)

Dr. Nella Van Den Brandt (thesis defended in 2014)

Dr. Tine Brouckaert (thesis defended in 2013)

Dr. Katrien De Graeve (thesis defended in 2012)



Introduction to Gender Studies; History of Anthropological Theories; Gender and Religion (MA Women's Studies, University of Antwerp)


Gender and Diversity (minor Globalisation and Diversity; Culture & Diversity, UGent); Gender Research Seminar (PhD seminar UGent) 

Gender and Intersectionality; Internship; Research Methodology: MA programme in Gender and Diversity:



Advisory Board Religion and Gender: see

International Advisory Board Tijdschrift voor genderstudies (Dutch journal for gender studies)

International Advisory Board of the The Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religion 



2010: Laureate of the Dr. Schamelhout Prize for Anthropology, 2005-2009, Royal Academy for Medicine of Belgium

The 2005 Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research Award for the project ' Life Stories of Orthodox Jewish Women in Antwerp : Negotiating Identity, Autonomy and Belonging' (Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, U.S.A.)

Publications: for full list, see UGent Bibliography


Chia Longman & Tamsin Bradley (eds.), Interrogating Harmful Cultural Practices: Gender, Culture and Coercion, Routledge, 2015. 

'Mothering as a citizenship practice. An intersectional analysis of “carework” and “culturework” in non-normative mother-child identities'. Citizenship Studies, vol. 17, nr. 3, June 2013, (Chia Longman, Katrien De Graeve & Tine Brouckaert)

'Ceci n'est pas un voile ? Le débat sur le hijab en Belgique', in: Malek Bouyahia and Maria Eleonora Sanna (eds.), La polysémie du voile : politiques et mobilisations postcoloniales. Paris: éditions des archives contemporaines, 2013, pp.33-48, (with G. Coene)

'Kinship, Sex and the Tribe' revisted, in: (2012) I. Pisters, A. van Dienderen & C. Longman (eds.), Guess who's coming to dinner : Liber amicorum voor Rik Pinxten. Ghent: Academia Press, p.22-32. 

Féminisme et multiculturalisme. Les paradoxes du debat, Series Europe des cultures/Europe of cultures vol. 2, Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang, 2010 (Ed. with G. Coene)

'Les paradoxes du débat sur le féminisme et le multiculturalisme', in: G. Coene & C. Longman (Eds.),  Féminisme et multiculturalisme. Les paradoxes du debat, Series Europe des cultures/Europe of cultures vol. 2, Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang, 2010, pp. 11-32. (Ed. with G. Coene) book chapter in PDF.

‘Gendering the Diversification of Diversity? The Belgian Hijab (in) Question', Ethnicities, special issue ‘The rights of women and the crisis of multiculturalism', 8(3), 2008, pp. 302-321 (with G. Coene). article in PDF

‘Sacrificing the Career or the Family? Orthodox Jewish Women in between Secular Work and the Sacred Home', European Journal of Women's Studies, special issue ‘Questioning the Secular', 15(3), 2008, pp. 223-239. article in PDF

'Not Us but You have Changed' Discourses of Difference and Belonging among Haredi Women', Social Compass . Revue Internationale de Sociologie de la Religion/International Review of Sociology of Religion, vol. 54, nr. 1, 2007, pp.77-95. article in Pdf

'Life stories of the personal, professional and political: Orthodox Jewish women negotiating work and home', in: Judit Gazsi, Andrea Peto & Zsuzsanna Toronyi, (eds.), Gender, Memory, and Juadism, Budapest: Balassi Kiado & Herne: Gabriele Schäfer Verlag, 2007, pp. 75-85.

'"A woman of valour, who can find her? Far beyond pearls is her value..." Fundaments and feminisms in contemporary Orthodox Judaism', In: I. Dubbel & K. Vintges (eds.), Women, Feminism and Fundamentalism, Amsterdam: Humanistics University Press, 2007, pp. 40-52.

'The Global Shtetl: Strictly Orthodox Jewry in the Context of Urban (Post)modernity', A Prior Magazine, Extra issue 'Making Sense in the City' , 2006, pp.125-131 (with K. Coleman).

Culture and Politics: Identity and Conflict in a Multicultural World, Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books (Series Culture and Politics / Politics and Culture, vol. 2), 2004. (with R. Pinxten, G. Verstraete, eds.)

'Over our Heads? Muslim Women as Symbols and Agents in the Headscarf Debate in Flanders, Belgium', Social Justice. Anthropology, Peace and Human Rights , vol. 4, nrs. 3-4, 2003, 300-332. article in Pdf

'Empowering and Engendering "Religion": A Critical Perspective on Ethnographic Holism', Social Anthropology, The Journal of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, vol. 10, nr. 2, 2002, pp. 239-248. Cambridge University Press. article in Pdf