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prof. dr. H.Y.M. (Yolande) Jansen

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Philosophy and Public Affairs
Photographer: Eduard Lampe

Visiting address
  • Oude Turfmarkt 141
  • Room number: 3.01
Postal address
  • Postbus 94201
    1090 GE Amsterdam
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  • Profile

    Yolande Jansen

    Yolande Jansen is Associate Professor of Social and Political Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and a board member of the Amsterdam Centre for Globalization Studies. She also is a Special Professor for the Socrates-foundation at VU University, where she holds the chair for 'humanism in relation to religion and secularity'. Jansen studied Philosophy and French Studies at the University of Amsterdam and at the University of Paris VII. See as well Jansen's website at Jansen is a member of the board of the Amsterdam Center for Globalisation Studies, and of the Programme Commission for Religion at NWO, The Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research.

    She published, together with Joost de Bloois and Robin Celikates, The Irregularization of Migration in Contemporary Europe; Detention, Deportation, Drowning, with Rowman & Littlefield.

    Working from an interdisciplinary perspective that draws on the social sciences, legal studies, and the humanities, this book investigates the causes and effects of the extremities experienced by migrants. Firstly, the volume analyses the development and political-cultural conditions of current practices and discourses of “bordering,” “illegality,” and “irregularization.” Secondly, it focuses on the varieties of irregularization and on the diversity of the fields, techniques and effects involved in this variegation. Thirdly, the book examines examples of resistance that migrants and migratory cultures have developed in order to deal with the predicaments they face. The book uses the European Union as its case study, exploring practices and discourses of bordering, border control, and migration regulation. But the significance of this field extends well beyond the European context as the monitoring of Europe’s borders increasingly takes place on a global scale and reflects an internationally increasing trend.

    In 2013 the book  Secularism, Assimilation and the Crisis of Multiculturalism: French Modernist Legacies appeared at Amsterdam University Press/IMISCOE (freely downloadable from OAPEN: ).

    Jansen's book critically traces the intertwined cultural and conceptual histories of the notions of secularism and assimilationin the humanities and social sciences, and in French discourses in particular. In this context, Jansen provides an in-depth reading of the way in which Marcel Proust's novel In Search of Lost Time narrates the ambivalences and oblique practical and discursive effects of 'assimilation' for the French Jews in nineteenth-century France, and reflects on how studying these paradoxes can contribute to understanding the contemporary position of European religious minorities, and Muslims in particular, in the context of debates about secularism, assimilation, integration and multiculturalism.

    Jansen has taught courses on Recent political and social theory, on secularism and post-secularism, multiculturalism, human rights, the 'refugee-crisis', and 'Political Philosophy and the Decolonial Humanities'.

    She is the principal investigator of the NWO-project 'Critique of Religion; Framing Jews and Muslims, Islam and Judaism in Political theory and public debate today.' Thijl Sunier, Professor of Islam in European Societies was the co-applicant for this project.

    Areas of research include: Social and political philosophy, in particular critical theory, pluralism, multiculturalism and democracy; genealogies of secularism, humanism and religion; irregular migration; Judaism in Europe; Islam in Europe; French culture and literature, in particular the work of Marcel Proust.


    Recent interviews

    * 2016. "Fighting the Unholy Alliance: How Religion Can Contribute to Integration", interview with Yolande Jansen and Tomasz Kitlinski, published in the Green European Journal. (ENG)

    * 2016. "Religie en seculariteit: een overschat begrippenpaar", interview with Yolande Jansen, published by the Humanistisch Verbond. (NL)

    * 2018. "AMSTERDAM VRAAGT #6 | Hoe kun je deelnemen aan het NL debat als je studie internationaler wordt?", interview with Yolande Jansen, published by the University of Amsterdam. (NL)

    Recent op-ed contributions and publications

    * 2018. "Een dure deken; waarom #woinactie?", written by Yolande Jansen, Paola Gori Giorgi and Paul Benneworth, published on Science Guide. (NL)

    * 2018. "Secularisering: 19e eeuw - heden. Het verdwijnen van religie en haar 'terugkeer' in de globaliserende wereld", written by Yolande Jansen, published by the Humanistische Canon. (NL)

  • Publications


    • Jansen, H. Y. M. (2015). Deportability and Racial Europeanization: The impact of Holocaust Memory and Postcoloniality on the Unfreedom of Movement in and to Europe. In H. Jansen, R. Celikates, & J. de Bloois (Eds.), The Irregularization of Contemporary Europe; Deportation, Detention, Drowning London and New York: Rowman and Littlefield.
    • Jansen, Y., Celikates, R., & de Bloois, J. (2015). Conclusion. In Y. Jansen, R. Celikates, & J. de Bloois (Eds.), The Irregularization of Migration in Contemporary Europe: detention, deportation, drowning (pp. 191-204). London: Rowman & Littlefield International. [details]


    • Westerduin, M., Jansen, Y., & Neutel, K. (2014). Jongensbesnijdenis tussen religie, recht en geschiedenis. Filosofie & Praktijk, 35(3), 35-55. [details]


    • Jansen, Y. (2013). Secularism, Assimilation and the Crisis of Multiculturalism: French Modernist Legacies. (IMISCOE research). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]


    • Jansen, Y. (2011). Postsecularism, piety and fanaticism: reflections on Jürgen Habermas' and Saba Mahmood’s critiques of secularism. Philosophy and Social Criticism, 37(9), 977-998. [details]
    • Jansen, Y. (2011). Secularism and religious (in-)security: reinterpreting the French headscarf debates. Krisis, 2011(2), 2-19. [details]


    • Jansen, Y. (2010). Secularism and security: France, Islam, Europe. In L. E. Cady, & E. Shakman Hurd (Eds.), Comparative secularisms in a global age (pp. 69-86). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. [details]



    • Besser, S., Baronian, M. A., & Jansen, Y. (2006). Introduction: Diaspora and Memory. Figures of Displacment in Contemporary Literature, Arts and Politics. Thamyris / Intersecting, 13, 9-16.


    • Jansen, H. Y. M. (2002). Revolving Doors: Metaphor and Cultural Memory in Proust's In Search of Lost Time. In M. Burke, & J. Goggin (Eds.), Meaning, Frame and Metaphor Amsterdam: ASCA Press. [details]




    • Jansen, Y., Celikates, R., & de Bloois, J. (2015). Introduction. In Y. Jansen, R. Celikates, & J. de Bloois (Eds.), The irregularization of migration in contemporary Europe: detention, deportation, drowning (pp. ix-xxiv). London: Rowman & Littlefield International. [details]


    • Jansen, Y. (2013). Herta Nagl-Docekal. In R. Celikates, R. Gabriëls, J. F. Hartle, P. Lemmens, & T. Lijster (Eds.), De nieuwe Duitse filosofie: denkers en thema's voor de 21e eeuw (pp. 434-442). Amsterdam: Boom. [details]
    • Jansen, Y. (2013). The ‘us’ of democratic will-formation and globalisation. Krisis, 2013(1), 32-36. [details]


    • Jansen, Y. (2010). Secularisme: scheiding van kerk en staat en islam. De Helling, 23(4), 8-10. [details]
    • Jansen, Y. (2010). Toeschouwen en deelnemen. Cimedart, 40(3), 41-45. [details]


    • Jansen, Y. (2009). Modernisme, cultureel geheugen, illegaliteit. In H. van den Berg, E. Engelen, & Y. Jansen (Eds.), Het gelaagde denken: essays voor Veit Bader (pp. 136-150). Amsterdam: F&N Eigen Beheer. [details]
    • van den Berg, H., Engelen, E., & Jansen, Y. (2009). Het gelaagde denken: essays voor Veit Bader. Amsterdam: F&N Eigen Beheer. [details]


    • Jansen, Y. (2008). 't Is een vreemdeling zeker die verdwaald is zeker. Eutopia, online. [details]
    • Jansen, Y. (2008). De historische hoofddoek: Het Franse debat over kwesties rond de islam laat vooral zien hoe het niet moet [Review of: P.-J. Luizard (2006) Le choc colonial et l'islam: Les politiques reilieuses des puissances coloniales en terres d'islam; C. Nordmann (2004) Le foulard islamique en questions; J.R. Bowen (2007) Why the French don't like headscarves: Islam, the state, and public space]. De Academische Boekengids, (68), 42-47. [details]


    • Gabriëls, R., & Jansen, Y. (2007). De toekomst van burgerschap: een interview met Rainer Bauböck. Krisis, 8(3), 62-76. [details]
    • Jansen, H. Y. M. (2007). De laicité en haar minderheden. Wijsgerig Perspectief op Maatschappij en Wetenschap, 47(1), 40-46.
    • Jansen, Y. (2007). Een inleiding op het interview met Rainer Bauböck. Krisis, 8(3), 59-61. [details]



    • Collective, N. K., & Jansen, Y. (2016). 'Migrantencrisis' / 'Vluchtelingencrisis'. Wijsgerig Perspectief op Maatschappij en Wetenschap, 56(3), 6-15. [details]
    • Jansen, Y. (2016). Burkini's in Balbec. In R. Ensel (Ed.), Sjacheren met stereotypen: Essays over “de Jood” als sjabloon (pp. 74-80). (Menasseh ben Israel Instituut studies; No. 12). Menasseh ben Israel Institute. [details]
    • Yildiz, C., De Genova, N., Jansen, Y., Soto Bermant, L., Spathopoulou, A., Stierl, M., & Suffee, Z. (2016). (The Crisis of) "European Values". In N. De Genova, & M. Tazzioli (Eds.), Europe/Crisis: New Keywords of “the Crisis” in and of “Europe”: New Keywords Collective (pp. 34-42). (Near Futures Online; Vol. 1). New York: Zone Books. [details]



    • van den Berg, H., Engelen, E., & Jansen, Y. (2009). Veit Bader en het gelaagde denken. In H. van den Berg, E. Engelen, & Y. Jansen (Eds.), Het gelaagde denken: essays voor Veit Bader (pp. 7-9). Amsterdam: F&N Eigen Beheer. [details]


    • Jansen, H. Y. M. (2001). Een fenomenologische interpretatie van Op zoek naar de verloren tijd [Review of: R. Breeur, J. Millon (2000) Singularité et sujet: Une lecture phénoménologique de Proust]. Jaarboek - Marcel Proust Vereniging, 2001, 157-159. [details]
    • Jansen, H. Y. M. (2001). Hoe te leven of hoe te lezen? [Review of: (2000) M. Boenink, Boekenwijsheid; Filosofie, literatuur en politieke oordeelsvorming]. Krisis, (4), 91-94. [details]


    • Jansen, H. Y. M. (2019). Strafbaarstelling hulp aan migranten.

    Media appearance

    • Jansen, Y. (07-01-2018). Radio Swammerdam migratie ongelijkheid en onzichtbaarheid nieuwkomers Radio Swammerdam. borders and migration.
    • Jansen, Y. (07-09-2017). NRC/Handelsblad. Dit regeerakkoord ondermijnt de universiteit als kritische vrijplaats.
    • Jansen, Y. (15-06-2017). Lemma 'secularisering' voor de humanistische canon. Secularisering.

    Journal editor

    • Jansen, H. Y. M. (editor) (2007). Krisis (Journal).


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