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Hoek, Albertus Wilhelmus (“Bert”) van den (1951-2001)

Albertus Wilhelmus (“Bert”) van den Hoek was a Dutch anthropologist and Indologist who researched India and Nepal for some thirty years. From 1969 onwards, he studied cultural anthropology at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in 1976. Bert van den Hoek studied linguistics and anthropology of Indonesia under Professor P.E. de Josselin de Jong, and anthropology and sociology of South Asia under Professor J.C. Heesterman. He has studied Tamil, Newari (Nepalbhasa), Sanskrit and philosophy. A tireless traveller, he has carried out fieldwork in the Middle East, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal and Sudan, notably with the anthropologist Sjoerd Zanen. In 1977, he studied under Professor Louis Dumont at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). From the 1980s onwards, he also regularly took part in seminars organised by the CASA (Cognitive Anthropology and Structural Anthropology) research group in Leiden and the ERASME research group in Paris. Bert van den Hoek died in India at the age of 50 on his way to a conference following a car accident. One of his books entitled Caturmāsa. Celebrations of Death in Kathmandu, Nepal, was published posthumously in 2014.

Keywords: Cultural anthropology | Structuralism | Leiden School | 20th century | The Netherlands | India | Indonesia | Family and kinship | Kinship systems | Marriage | Patrick Josselin de Jong | Louis Dumont

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