Contact and CV


Tilburg University
Network and memberships
Religion and nature
Hindus in diaspora
Miscellaneous activities



Albertina Nugteren’s academic expertise covers the following major domains:

  1. Geographical, i.e., South Asia, especially Indian religions: Hinduism and Buddhism
  2. Theoretical reflection on the academic study of religion, especially Religious Studies and Ritual Studies
  3. Theoretical reflection on cultural-religious diversity in contemporary societies
  4. Religious identity formation among Hindus in diaspora
  5. The nexus religion and nature, especially rituals around sacred trees in India, as well as environmental issues threatening traditional cremation rituals


Key publications

  • Nugteren, A. (2012). ‘Vuur, as en water: Grenzen aan de hindoestaanse crematierituelen in Nederland.’ Religie & Samenleving, 7 (1). Themanummer Godsdienst onder druk? Vrijheid, angst en conflict, 40-55.
  • Nugteren, A. (2011). ‘Entitled to Understand: A Critical Look at Comparative Theology’, in  David Cheetham, Ulrich Winkler, Oddbjørn Leirvik & Judith Gruber (eds.), Interreligious Hermeneutics in Pluralistic Europe. Between Texts and People (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi), 149-160.
  • Nugteren, A. (2011), ‘A New Purpose-Built Hindu Temple in Wijchen’, in Paul Post, Arie L. Molendijk & Justin E.A. Kroesen (eds.), Sacred Places in Modern Western Culture), 163-168.
  • Nugteren, A. (2010). The reciprocal relationship of culture and environment in Asia: Two recent environmental histories of South and Southeast Asia. (Review article of the books Southeast Asia: An environmental history, P. Boomgaard, 2007, 1851094199; South Asia: An environmental history, C. van Hill, 2008, 1851099255). Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, 4/2, pp. 239-248.
  • Nugteren, A., (2010). ‘Weaving nature into myth: Continuing narratives of wood, trees, and forests in the ritual fabric around the god Jagannath in Puri’. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, 4/2, pp. 159-172.
  • Nugteren, A., ed. (2009). 'Hindu ritual dynamics: Case studies from contemporary Western Europe'. Special issue of Journal of Religion in Europe, 2 (2), 71-198.
  • Nugteren, A. (2009). ‘Home is Where the Mūrtis Are: A Hindustani Community and its Temple in Wijchen, the Netherlands’. Journal of Religion in Europe (2/2, 2009) in a special issue ‘Hindu Ritual Dynamics: Case Studies from Contemporary Western Europe’, guest-edited by Albertina Nugteren, pp. 115-148.
  • Nugteren, A. (2009). ‘From Cosmos to Commodity … and Back. A critique of Hindu environmental rhetoric in educational programs’. In Cathrien de Pater and Irene Dankelman (eds.), Religion and Sustainable Development. Opportunities and Challenges for Higher Education (LIT Verlag: Münster, 2009), pp. 159-168.
  • Nugteren, A. (2008). 'Trees in Buddha's Biography'. Proceedings of the 2nd SSEASR Conference, Bangkok 2007, volume II, pp. 1-19, New Delhi: SSEASR.
  • Nugteren, A. (2007). 'Darubrahma: The continuing Story of Wood, Trees, and Forests in the Ritual Fabric of Jagannath'. Indian Folklife, 26, 4-9.
  • Nugteren, A. (2005). Belief, Bounty, and Beauty. Rituals around Sacred Trees in India. Leiden/Boston: Brill. (NUMEN Book Series Studies in the History of Religions, 108).
  • Nugteren, A. (2005). Hindoeïsme. Heden en verleden. Tweede, herziene, uitgebreide, en geactualiseerde uitgave. Antwerpen/Apeldoorn: Garant.
  • Nugteren, A. (2004). 'Chandogya Upanishad'. In Douwe Tiemersma (Ed.) De elf grote Upanishaden. Tekst en toelichting (pp. 52-77), Leusden: Advaita Centrum.
  • Nugteren, A., Post, P.G.J., Grimes, R.L., Petterson, P., & Zondag, H.J. (2003). Disaster ritual. Explorations of an emerging ritual repertoire. Leuven: Peeters. (Liturgia condenda, 15).


For a more detailed survey of publications since 2002, as available through the Tilburg University Repository, click here.

For the same survey in pdf, click here.


Religious Diversity/Religion & Ritual

For her participation in the research programme Religious Diversity, click here.