Dr Jan-Jonathan Bock

Former Research Fellow


2010 BA (Hons) Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge
2011 MPhil Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge
2015 PhD Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

Jan was a Research Fellow at the Woolf Institute until May 2018. His research at the Institute explored the interplay of crisis experiences regarding state failure with new attitudes towards immigration and ethno-religious diversity. Jan's research investigated the impact of the so-called refugees crisis on civil society initiatives in Germany, the management of immigration in Rome, and emergent political forms, such as the Dresden-based Pegida group and the Five Star Movement in Italy.

He was subsequently co-PI on a further research project at the Woolf Institute, comparing new approaches to interfaith engagement in London, Doha, and Delhi. He taught Urban Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, has published across leading anthropology and social science journals, and has co-authored several policy reports.


2019 Emergent Religious Pluralisms. Palgrave (Co-edited with John Fahy and Samuel Everett)

2019 The Interfaith Movement: Mobilising Religious Diversity in the 21st Century. Routledge (Co-edited with John Fahy)

2018 'Migrants in the Mountains: Shifting Borders and Contested Crisis Experiences in Rural Germany'Sociology Vol 52(3): 569-586

2018 'State Failure, Polarisation, and Minority Engagement in Germany's Refugee Crisis'International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society

2018 Beyond Dialogue? Interfaith Engagement in London, Doha, and Delhi (with John Fahy), policy report

2017 Austerity, Community Action, and the Future of Citizenship in Europe, co-editor (with Shana Cohen, and Christina Fuhr), Bristol: Policy Press 

2017 Trust in Crisis. The Emergence of the Quiet Citizen (with Sami Everett), policy report

2017 'The Second Earthquake - How the Italian State Generated Hope and Uncertainty in post-Disaster L'Aquila'Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol 23(1): 61-80

2016 'Approaching Utopia Pragmatically: Artistic Spaces and Community-Making in Post-Earthquake L' Aquila'Cadernos de Arte e Antropologia, Vol 5 (1): 97-115

2016 'Rejecting or Remaking Democratic Practices? Experiences during Times of Crisis in Italy’, in J Cook, N Long, and H Moore (eds.) The State We're In: Reflections on Democracy's Troubles, Oxford: Berghahn

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