Rijk van Dijk is an anthropologist working at the African Studies Centre, Leiden. He has done extensive research and published on the rise of Pentecostal movements in urban areas of Malawi, Ghana and Botswana. His current research deals with the religious, in particular Pentecostal, engagements with the domains of sexuality and HIV/AIDS in Botswana. A recently published article entitled ‘Gloves in times of AIDS: Pentecostalism, hair and social distancing in Botswana , (In: F. Becker ; P.W. Geissler, (eds.) (2009), Aids and religious practice in Africa, Leiden / Boston: Brill, Studies on Religion in Africa,) deals with insights gained from this ongoing research. Together with Hansjoerg Dilger and Marian Burchardt he also published the Special Issue on: “The Redemptive Moment: HIV treatments and the Production of New Religious Spaces” (African Journal of Aids Research 9 (4) 2010. In addition, he is the editor-in-chief of the newly established journal ‘African Diaspora. A Journal of Transnational Africa in a Global World’ which is published by Brill, Leiden, as of 2008.
He is currently Chair of IRNARA.