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Dr Victor Igreja

Dr Victor Igreja
Name Victor Igreja
Position Senior Lecturer (International Relations)
Section School of Humanities and Communication
Office Q235A
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1893
Extension 1893
Qualifications MMedAnth Amsterdam , PhD Leiden
Languages English (accredited translator)
French (accredited translator)
Portuguese (accredited translator)

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Anthropology ( 160100 )
  • Sociology ( 160800 )
  • International Relations ( 160607 )
  • Anthropology ( 440100 )
  • Sociology ( 441000 )
  • Political Science ( 440800 )
  • Peace Studies ( 440810 )

Research interests
Anthropology, international studies of war and peace, justice and reconciliation

Professional memberships
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Currently teaching courses/programs
INR 2000 Issues in a Globalizing World
INR 1001 Global Transitions and Human Security
INR 4010 International Relations: Guided Topics
INR 8010 International Relations: Guided Topics (Masters)
ANT 1001 Introductory Anthropology
ANT 2004 Anthropology of Power and Conflict

Research most recent
Victor Igreja. 2015. Amnesty Law, Political Struggles for Legitimacy and Violence in Mozambique. International Journal of Transitional Justice 9 (2): 239-258

Victor Igreja. 2015. Media and Legacies of War: Responses to Global Film Violence in Conflict Zones. Current Anthropology 56(5): 678-700

Victor Igreja. 2015. Intersections of Sensorial Perception and Imagination in Divination Practices in Postwar Mozambique. Anthropological Quarterly 88(3): 693–723

Victor Igreja. 2014. Memories of Violence, Cultural Transformations of Cannibals and Indigenous Statebuilding in Postconflict Mozambique. Comparative Studies in Society and History 56(3): 774-802

Victor Igreja. 2013. The Implications of Accumulated Grievances and Memories of Political Violence to the Process of Administrative Decentralization in Mozambique. Review of Political Studies 6: 181-199

Victor Igreja. 2013. ‘A Conflict Does Not Rot’: State and Civil Society Responses to Civil War Offences in Mozambique. Nordic Journal of Human Rights 31: 149–175

Victor Igreja. 2013. Politics of Memory, Decentralization and Recentralization in Mozambique. Journal of Southern African Studies 39: 313–335

Agger, I., Victor Igreja, R. Kiehle, P. Polatin. 2012. Testimony Ceremonies in Asia: Integrating Spirituality in Testimonial Therapy for Torture Survivors in India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and the Philippines. Transcultural Psychiatry 49: 568–589

Victor Igreja. 2012. Multiple Temporalities in Indigenous Justice and Healing Practices in Mozambique. International Journal of Transitional Justice 6: 404-422

Victor Igreja. 2010. The Epidemiology of Spirit Possession in the Aftermath of Mass Political Violence in Mozambique. Social Science & Medicine 71: 592-99

Victor Igreja. 2010. Traditional Courts and the Struggle against State Impunity for Civil Wartime Offences in Mozambique. Journal of African Law 54: 51-73

Victor Igreja. 2010. Frelimo’s Political Ruling through Violence and Memory in Postcolonial Mozambique. Journal of Southern African Studies 36: 781-99
Victor Igreja. 2009. Agricultural Cycle and the Prevalence of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Longitudinal Community Study in Postwar Mozambique. Journal of Traumatic Stress 22: 172-79

Victor Igreja. 2009. Christian Religious Transformation and Gender Relations in Postwar Mozambique. Journal of Religion in Africa 39: 262-94

Victor Igreja. 2008. Memories as Weapons: The Politics of Peace and Silence in Post-Civil War Mozambique. Journal of Southern African Studies 34: 539-56

Victor Igreja. 2008. Gamba Spirits, Gender Relations, and Healing in Post-Civil War Gorongosa, Mozambique. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 14: 350-367

Victor Igreja. 2006. When the War Was Over, Little Changed. Women’s Posttraumatic Suffering after the War in Mozambique. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 194: 502–509

Victor Igreja. 2006. The Social World of Dreams and Nightmares in a Post-conflict Setting: The Case of Gorongosa in Central Mozambique. Intervention 4: 145-157

Victor Igreja. 2004. Testimony Method to Ameliorate Post-traumatic Stress Symptoms: Community-based Intervention Study with Mozambican Civil War Survivors. British Journal of Psychiatry 184: 251-257

Victor Igreja. 2003. The Effects of Traumatic Experiences on the Infant-Mother Relationship in the Former War-Zones of Central Mozambique. Infant Mental Health Journal 24: 469-494

Victor Igreja. 2003. Why Are There So Many Drums Playing Until Dawn? Exploring the Role of Gamba Spirits and Healers in the Postwar Recovery Period in Central Mozambique. Transcultural Psychiatry 40: 459-87

Victor Igreja. 2002. Children and Adolescents' Traumatic Loss of Parents and their Treatment by Traditional Healers in Mozambique. Kinderanalyse 10: 253-62

Schreuder, B., V. Igreja, J. van Dijk, W. Kleijn. 2001. Intrusive Re-experiencing of Chronic Strife or War. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment 7: 102-108

Research most notable
2013. Mozambique. In L. Stan and N. Nedelsky, eds. Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice. Vol. II (pp. 305-311). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

2015. Os Recursos da Violência e as Lutas pelo Poder Politico Moçambique [Resources of Violence and the Struggles for Political Power in Mozambique]. In L. de Brito, C. Castel-Branco, S. Chichava, S. Forquilha, A. Francisco, eds. Desafios para Moçambique 2015 (pp. 29-50). Maputo, Mozambique: Instituto de Estudos Sociais Económicos

2014. Legacies of War, Healing, Justice and Social Transformation in Mozambique. In Brandon Hamber, Elizabeth Gallagher, eds. Peacebuilding from a Psychosocial Perspective (223-54). Springer: New York

2013. The Politics of Spirits, Justice, and Social Transformation in Mozambique. In B. Meier, A. Steinforth, eds. Spirits in Politics: Uncertainties of Power and Healing in African Societies (181-204). Frankfurt: Campus Verlag

Meier, B., V. Igreja, A. Steinforth. 2013. Power and Healing in African Politics: An Introduction. In B. Meier, A. Steinforth, eds. Spirits in Politics: Uncertainties of Power and Healing in African Societies (15-36). Frankfurt: Campus Verlag

2012. Negotiating Order in Postwar Mozambique. In H. Kyed, J. Coelho, A. Souto, S. Araújo, eds. The Dynamics of Legal Pluralism in Mozambique (148-166). Maputo: Kapicua

2010. Testimonies of Suffering and Recasting the Meanings of Memories of Violence in Postwar Mozambique. In L. Kapteijns, A. Richters, eds. Mediations of Violence in Africa (141-72). Leiden: Brill

2009. Justice and Reconciliation in the Aftermath of the Civil War in Gorongosa, Mozambique Central. In K. Ambos, J. Large, M. Wierda, eds. Building a Future on Peace and Justice: Studies on Transitional Justice, Peace and Development (423-437). Berlin: Springer

2009. The Politics of Peace, Justice and Healing in Post-war Mozambique. In C. Sriram, S. Pillay, eds. Peace versus Justice? The Dilemma of Transitional Justice in Africa (277-300). KwaZulu-Natal: University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Press

2008. Restorative Justice and the Role of Magamba Spirits in Post-Civil War in Mozambique. In L. Huyse, M. Salter, eds. Traditional Justice and Reconciliation after Violent Conflict: Learning from African Experiences (61-82). Stockholm: International IDEA

2005. Cultural Disruption and the Care of Infants in Postwar Mozambique. In J. Boyden, J. de Berry, eds. Children and Youth on the Frontline: Ethnography, Armed Conflict and Displacement (23-41). Oxford & New York: Berghahn Books

2004. Mental Health in a Postwar Society: A History of Neglect and Denial of Medical Pluralism in Mozambique. In P. Morrall, M. Hazelton, eds. Mental Health: Global Policies and Human Rights (166-82). London and Philadelphia: WHURR Publishers

2002. Trance-Phenomenon among Child-Soldiers in Mozambique: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Aspects. In G. Klosinski, ed. Grenz-und Extrem-Erfahrungen im Interdisziplinaren Dialog [Marginal and Extreme Experiences in Interdisciplinary Dialogue] (35-41). Tubingen: Attempto Verlag

Publications in ePrints

Igreja, Victor ORCID: (2022) Mozambique: religious practices and post-conflict processes. In: The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Mass Atrocity, and Genocide. Routledge Handbooks in Religion. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Abingdon, United Kingdom, pp. 331-342.

Igreja, Victor ORCID: (2022) Relationships in Transition: Negotiating Accountability and Productive Guilt in Timor Leste. In: Guilt: A Force of Cultural Transformation. Oxford University Press, New York, United States, pp. 285-304. ISBN 9780197557433

Igreja, Victor ORCID: (2021) Negotiating the legacies of intragroup violence in Timor Leste. International Journal of Transitional Justice, 15. ISSN 1752-7716

Igreja, Victor ORCID: and Colaizzi, Janna and Brekelmans, Alana (2020) Legacies of civil wars: a 14‐year study of social conflicts and well‐being outcomes in farming economies. British Journal of Sociology, 72. ISSN 0007-1315

Igreja, Victor ORCID: (2019) Negotiating relationships in transition: war, famine, and embodied accountability in Mozambique. Comparative Studies in Society and History, 61 (4). pp. 774-804. ISSN 0010-4175

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Research supervisor in the area of:

  • International Relations ( 160607 )
  • Anthropology ( 440100 )
  • Sociology ( 441000 )
  • Political Science ( 440800 )
  • Peace Studies ( 440810 )