Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies

M. A. Naomi Ntakiyica

M. A. Naomi Ntakiyica
naomi.ntakiyica (at)

Function / Working Area
PhD candidate
Visiting address
Invalidenstraße 118 , Room 508
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin


Brussels born Naomi Ntakiyica holds a Master's degree in Slavic Studies and in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies (KULeuven). She has addressed issues of racism in Russia, and female pious agency among Muslim women in Kyrgyzstan. Her particular interest in Gender and Islam in Central Asia has led her to her current research project on female religious authorities in Kyrgyzstan, under the supervision of professor Stephan-Emmrich. She has worked in Brussels as a counsellor for newcomers at the Flemish Agency for Integration and as an event organiser and researcher in the Creative Europe project 'Dis-Othering: beyond Afropolitan and other labels' for the Centre for Fine Arts, BOZAR.



Lehr- und Forschungsgebiete:
  • Female Agency in the Global Islamic 'Revivalism'
  • Pious Agency in Secular Kyrgyz State
  • Female Religious Authorities
  • Islamic Knowledge
  • Transmission



"Transforming Souls in the City. Pious women spreading Islam in the Kyrgyz capital" (2016, KULeuven, Belgium)


Curriculum Vitae

  • Researcher // Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (BOZAR) // Oct 2018 - July 2019
    Research for the Creative Europe project "Diversity Mapping". This sub-project is part of the European project "Dis-Othering. Beyond Afropolitan and other labels" in collaboration with SAVVY Contemporary (Berlin) and Kulturen in Bewegung (VIDC, Vienna). Organization of the Symposium "Race, Power and Culture: a critical look at Belgian cultural institutions"
  • Counselor // Bon, Agentschap Integratie en Inburgering, Brussels // Oct 2016 – Oct 2018 Accessible counseling for migrants following an integration program at the Flemish Agency of Integration and Citizenship. Contact person for collaboration between the House of Dutch in Brussels and the colleagues of the Agency.