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About me

I am Associate Professor of Anthropology at University College Roosevelt. I did extensive fieldwork on localism and primary religion in Italy, and – not unexpectedly – am an honorary citizen of Italian town Calvello (PZ). I also did field research into socio-economic transformation in Wroclaw, Poland. My main interests are historical anthropology, political and socio-cultural transformations in Eurasia, and their outcomes in local and regional contexts. Recently, I have taught summer courses on ‘China and the Dynamics of Globalization’ at the Fudan University in Shanghai.

Herman Tak is an honorary citizen of Italian town Calvello (PZ). 


Academic career

  • 2008- Associate professor of European Anthropology
  • 2010-2012 Head of Department Social Sciences, University College Roosevelt
  • 2005-2008 Lecturer University College Roosevelt
  • 1997-2006 Lecturer University of Utrecht, Department of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
  • 2003-2005 Lecturer University College Utrecht
  • 1991-2005 Managing Editor of Focaal. European Journal for Anthropology. New York /Oxford: Berghahn Books.
  • 1994-1997 Lecturer /researcher, Utrecht University, Department of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.
  • 1989-1993 External member of the Amsterdam School of Social Science Research
  • 1989-1993 Researcher affiliated with the Anthropological-Sociological Centre of the University of Amsterdam.

Research projects

  • 2009- local and regional identities in Europe
  • 1997-2003 Socio-economic transformation, class formation and citizenship in Poland (IWM Vienna)
  • 1994 -1995 Antillean migrant carnival in the Netherlands (NWO)
  • 1990-1991 Ritual and socio-economic transformations Southern Italy (NWO)
  • 1989 Popular religion and rituals Central Italy (Erasmus)
  • 1984-1985 Local cultures, collective nicknames and violence in Tuscany/Italy.



  • 2012 De disciplines voorbij. De colleges van Hans Adriaansens. Middelburg: Drukkery (with Barbara Oomen eds.)
  • 2005 Critical Junctions: Anthropology and History Beyond the Cultural Turn. Oxford: Berghahn pp. 185 (with D. Kalb eds.)
  • 2000 South Italian Festivals. A Local Study of Ritual and Change. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press: pp.272
  • 2000 Feste in Italia meridionale. Rituali e trasformazioni in una storia locale. Potenza: Edizioni Ermes; pp. 338

Special issues of academic journals

  • 1999 Ten Years After: Hidden Histories and New Mythologies in East-Central Europe. In:  Focaal. European Journal of Anthropology 33: pp. 134 (with Maruska Svašek and Don Kalb)
  • 1997 Globalization / Localization: Paradoxes of Cultural Identity, Focaal. European Journal of Anthropology 30/31: pp.198 (with R.Staring and M. v.d. Land)
  • 1996 Historical Anthropology: The Unwaged Debate, Focaal. European Journal of Anthropology 26/27: pp.198 (with D. Kalb and H. Marks)
  • 1995 Oorlog en vrede. Focaal. European Journal of Anthropology 25 pp.157 (with A. Gevers)

Selected chapters

  • 2012 (with Barbara Oomen) De disciplines voorbij. De colleges van Hans Adriaansens. In: ibid. (eds) De disciplines voorbij. De colleges van Hans Adriaansens. Middelburg: Drukkery: pp.9-16.
  • 2006 Dynamics of Trust and Mistrust in Poland. In: Maruska Svašek (ed.) Postsocialism. Politics and Emotions in Central and Eastern Europe. Oxford: Berghahn.
  • 2005 (with Don Kalb) Critical Junctions: Recapturing anthropology and history. In: ibid (eds.) Critical junctions: anthropology and history beyond the cultural turn. Oxford: Berghahn: pp.1-27.
  • 2001 Zomercarnaval in Rotterdam. In: Engbersen, Godfried & Jack Burgers (eds.) De verborgen stad. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press (pp. 175-103).
  • 1997 Feest en ritueel; enkele theoretische kanttekeningen. In: Feest vieren in verleden en heden; visies vanuit vijf wereldgodsdiensten. Zoetermeer: Boekencentrum: pp. 11-17.

Selected articles

  • 2010 ‘Dances with Spiders: Ritual and Change in a Southern Italian Cult.’ In: The Catholic Historical Review (October 10 issue:  pp.756-7).
  • 2009 Representativiteit als misvatting. In: Sociologie Magazine nr.3: p.21
  • 2009 Nationaal Historisch Museum stimuleert de verkeerde historische verbeelding. In: NRC Handelsblad – 14 januari 2009
  • 2002 (with Ewa Ignaczak) On the Periphery of Worker’s Protest. Focaal. European Journal of Anthropology 39  (2002) pp.182-186.
  • 1999 Fuochi di legna e di ginestra. Mutamenti del rituale in Italia Meridionale. In: Archivio di Etnografia 1-1: pp. 9-30.
  • 2001 (with D. Kalb) Floods: Clues for Civil Society and the State in Poland, Ethnologia Europeaea (Spring 2001)
  • 1999 (with D. Kalb) ‘Out of control’. The power of water and hidden histories in a Polish city, Focaal. Tijdschrift voor Antropologie 33: pp.87-96
  • 1999 (with D. Kalb and M. Svasek) Approaching the ‘New’ Past in East-Central Europe, Focaal. Tijdschrift voor Antropologie 33: pp. 9-23
  • 1998 Historische en transnationale contexten van migranten van basalteilanden. In: Focaal. European Journal of Anthropology 32:pp. 141-150.
  • 1998 Rytuał a paradoks ciągłości. Między teraźniejszością a przeszłością – wstępne zagadnienia teoretyczne. In: Kwartalnik Myśli Społeczno-Pedagogicznej: pp. 47-54.
  • 1997 (with Staring, van der Land) Localizing Cultural Identity, Focaal. Tijdschrift voor Antropologie 30/31: pp. 7-21
  • 1997 Antilliaans carnaval: moderniteit en ritueel, Amsterdams Sociologisch Tijdschrift, jrg. 24, nr.1: pp. 72-100.
  • 1996 Antilliaans zomercarnaval in Nederland, Migranten Studies jrg.12 nr.4: pp. 222-238
  • 1996 (with D. Kalb and H. Marks) Historical Anthropology and Anthropological History. Two Distinct Programs, Focaal. Tijdschrift voor Antropologie 26/27 (1996) pp. 5-13.
  • 1996 (with Jack Burgers, Peter Reinsch and Erik Snel) Burgers als ieder ander. Een advies inzake lokaal beleid en minderheden (1996) Utrecht: Universiteit Utrecht.
  • 1995 (with Anne Gevers) Herinnering en oorlog, Focaal. Tijdschrift voor Antropologie 25: pp. 5-14.
  • 1992 Wood and Broom Fires. Ritual Change in Southern Italy. In: Ethnologia Europeaea 22 pp. 33-50.
  • 1990 De heilige, de droom en de twee maaltijden. De rituele aspecten van een Italiaans festival, Amsterdams Sociologisch Tijdschrift jrg.17, nr.3  pp. 46-68.
  • 1990 Longing for Local Identity: Intervillage Relations in an Italian Mountain Area. In: Anthropological Quarterly vol. 63,2  pp. 90-100.
  • 1988 Changing Campanilismo. Localism and the Use of Nicknames in a Tuscan Mountain Village. In: Ethnologia Europaea XVIII  pp. 149-160.