Utrecht Forum for Memory Studies

Ton Robben

Professor of Cultural Anthropology, department of Social Sciences Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Utrecht University

Antonius Robben is Professor Emeritus of Cultural Anthropology. His research focuses on political violence, state terrorism, counterinsurgency, the Second World War, sociocultural trauma, and post-war reconstruction. He has conducted years of fieldwork in northeast Brazil on pluriform fishing economies and in Argentina on political violence and sociocultural trauma.

His books include Political Violence and Trauma in Argentina (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005), and Argentina Betrayed: Memory, Mourning, and Accountability (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018). His edited books most related to memory studies are Necropolitics: Mass Graves and Exhumations in the Age of Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015; co-edited with Francisco Ferrándiz), and Cultures under Siege: Collective Violence and Trauma (Cambridge UP, 2000; co-edited with Marcelo Suárez-Orozco). At present, he is conducting research on the memory of the wartime destruction and postwar reconstruction of Rotterdam.