Writing in accessible language without giving in on the complexities of violence and crime for the people who are (in)directly involved in these practices is Eva’s ultimate goal. The aim of writing fiction is also part of her wish to engage with wider audiences. You can find a full list of publications on Research Gate

Phenomenal Justice
Violence and Morality in Argentina


How do victims and perpetrators of political violence caught up in a complicated legal battle experience justice on their own terms? Phenomenal Justice is a compelling ethnography about the reopened trials for crimes against humanity committed during the brutal military dictatorship that ruled Argentina between 1976 and 1983. 


The monograph Phenomenal Justice. Violence and Morality in Argentina received the international award Outstanding Academic Title 2020 and shortlisted for the Juan E. Mendez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America.


“Insightful and engaging, Phenomenal Justice makes an important contribution to the anthropology of emotion and to understanding the ways that feelings and structural factors shape the lived experience of justice. This is an impressive piece of work.”


– Karen Faulk, co-editor of ‘A Sense of Justice: Legal Knowledge and Lived Experience in Latin America’


On the dangers of empathy with the military in Argentina
van Roekel, E., 2021, In: Ethnos. 86, 4, p. 616-631 16 p.

Hunger in the land of plenty: The complex humanitarian crisis in Venezuela
Van Roekel, E. & De Theije, M., 3 Apr 2020, In: Anthropology Today. 36, 2, p. 8-12 5 p.


Fiction is a imaginative practice in which Eva explores alternative ways of conveying the affective and the magical that arise from the ethnographic encounter and personal memories from living in Latin America. The Watermelon is one of her short stories about the different ways of mourning in Venezuela and Argentina. Her current story Blue Morpho is about a Venezuelan woman who is trapped in the South of Venezuela where grief, gold and blue butterflies rule.