dr. C.T. (Tineke) Rooijakkers



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Postdoctoral fellow

Areas of interest

  • Archaeological textiles
  • Dress theory
  • Minorities
  • Middle East
  • Migration studies
  • Religion
  • Social identity

Research

Tineke Rooijakkers specializes in the dynamics of dress and identity. She studied Near Eastern Archaeology in Leiden and participated in several excavations in Syria, which resulted in her research on spindle whorls from Tell Sabi Abyad. She proceeded with an ResMA in the Mediterranean Archaeology, focussing on archaeological textiles from Egypt, a topic which has kept her occupied ever since. During her studies she also volunteered at the Textile Research Centre in Leiden, where she acted as general assistent and managed the contemporary Palestinian collection. 
  
She started out her PhD (aio) project Dress Norms and Markers: A comparative study of Coptic identity and dress in the past and present at the Leiden University Institute for Religious Studies under the supervision of Prof. Bas ter Haar Romeny. This project entailed both an archaeological/historical section for which she studied textiles housed in museums in Europe, the US, and Egypt, as well as a contemporary section based on anthropological fieldwork in Fayoum, Egypt. In March 2016 she successfully defended her dissertation at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and was awarded the distinction cum laude
  
Since 2014 she has continued her research with a postdoctoral fellowship on dress and identity among both Christians and Muslims in contemporary Egypt and among Egyptian migrants in the Netherlands and the US for the NWO-funded project called Fitting in/Standing out: Comparing Majority and Minority Dress Codes among Egyptian Muslims and Christians

Publications

  • Rooijakkers, C. T., forthcoming, ‘Fitting in or standing out? Living with ghiyar in pre‐Mamluk Egypt’ in the proceedings of Ordinary Lives, Changing Time: The Third International Symposium on Coptic Culture.
  • Rooijakkers, C. T., forthcoming, ‘A cross or the cross: Crosses on Egyptian garments from the late Roman and Byzantine period’ in the proceedings of Ornamentik in Spätantike und Byzanz.
  • Rooijakkers, C. T., forthcoming, ‘New Styles, New Fashions: Dress in Early Byzantine and Islamic Egypt (5th‐8th century)’, in H. Amirav and A. Cameron (eds.), New Themes, New Styles in the Eastern Mediterranean (5th–8th Centuries): Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Encounters, Late Antique History and Religion, Leuven: Peeters.
  • Rooijakkers, C. T., 2015. ‘Een stoffige geschiedenis: Egyptische kleding in het eerste millenium n.Chr. [Egyptian dress in the first millennium CE]’ in Phoenix 60(1):23‐37.
  • Huigens, H.O., V. van Exel, P. Flohr, J.M. Kelder, E. Koek, and T. Rooijakkers, 2014. ‘The Ground‐Stone Industry’ in P.M.M.G. Akkermans, M.L. Brüning, H.O. Huigens, and O.R. Nieuwenhuyse (eds.), Excavations at Late Neolithic Tell Sabi, Abyad, Syria: The 1994‐1999 Field Seasons, 135‐163, Turnhout: Brepols. 
  • Rooijakkers, T., and V. van Exel, 2014. ‘Spindle whorls’ in P.M.M.G. Akkermans, M.L. Brüning, H.O. Huigens, and O.R. Nieuwenhuyse (eds.), Excavations at Late Neolithic Tell Sabi, Abyad, Syria: The 1994‐1999 Field Seasons, 165‐166, Turnhout: Brepols.
  • Rooijakkers, C. T., 2012. ‘Spinning Animal Fibres at Late Neolithic Tell Sabi Abyad, Syria’ in Paléorient 38 (1‐2):93‐109.  
  • Rooijakkers, C. T., 2011. ‘Reconfiguration Theory: An Archaeological Perspective on Changes in Dress’ in A. de Wit‐Paul and M. Crouch (eds.), Fashion Forward, 71‐83. Oxford: Inter‐Disciplinary Press.
  • Vogelsang‐Eastwood, G., and T. Rooijakkers, 2010. ‘Egypt: Historical Dress’ in J.B. Eicher and D.H. Ross (eds.), Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, Volume 1: Africa, 172‐179. Oxford and New York: Berg.
  • Rooijakkers, T., 2010. ‘Sources of Information about Dress in Southwest Asia’ in G. Vogelsang‐Eastwood (ed.), Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, Volume 5: Central and Southwest Asia, 71‐78. Oxford and New York: Berg.
  • Rooijakkers, T., 2010. ‘Palestinian Scarves and Flag Dresses’ in G. Vogelsang‐Eastwood (ed.), Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, Volume 5: Central and Southwest Asia, 183‐186. Oxford and New York: Berg.
  • Rooijakkers, T., 2010. ‘Introduction to the History of Dress in the Arabian Desert and Peninsula’ in G. Vogelsang‐Eastwood (ed.), Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, Volume 5: Central and Southwest Asia, 215‐217. Oxford and New York: Berg.
  • Rooijakkers, T., 2010. ‘Indigo’ in G. Vogelsang‐Eastwood (ed.), Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, Volume 5: Central and Southwest Asia, 412‐414. Oxford and New York: Berg.
  • Rooijakkers, C. T., 2005. ‘Unravelling Beni Hasan’ in Archaeological Textiles Newsletter 41:2‐13.
     

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