Project Leader

Prof. dr. A.A. (Amade) M'charek

University of Amsterdam

Amade M'charek is Professor Anthropology of Science at the department of Anthropology of the University of Amsterdam. She is the PI of the project Sexuality & Diversity in the Making. Besides her engagement with issues of diversity, sexuality and gender, her main research interests are in forensics, forensic anthropology and race. She is the founding chair of the European Network for the Social Studies of Forensics (EUnetSSF) and the convener of the seminar series Ir/relevance of Race in Science and Society. Her most recent research is on face making and race making in forensic identification, for which she received a five-year ERC consolidator grant in December 2013.

PhD Researchers

W.J.P. (Willemijn) Krebbekx, MSc

University of Amsterdam

Willemijn studied Health Sciences at Maastricht University and Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. In her PhD research she explores how young people produce differences and similarities in relation to gender, ethnicity, sexuality, social class and age. To understand these processes she conducted ethnographic fieldwork in secondary schools in the Netherlands. She is a board member of the Amsterdam Research Center for Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS) and she is an advisor for the ‘Sexting’ project of the Dutch organization for STI/Aids. Here, she uses her findings to advise what to communicate to teenagers in schools regarding sexting.

M. (Marijke) Naezer, MSc MA

Radboud University Nijmegen

Marijke studied Cultural Anthropology at the Radboud University of Nijmegen. Her thesis "Zij is een hoer, hij is stoer" was awarded with the professor Halkes Prize 2003-2005 for the best gender thesis at Radboud University. In 2007 she graduated cum laude in Women's Studies at Utrecht University. After this she worked as a policy worker for the Dutch Women's Studies Association (NGV) and the Dutch Association Against Child Sexual Abuse (VSK). Moreover, she conducted research on themes related to gender and diversity; in particular (long term consequences of) domestic and sexual violence. In October 2012 she started her PhD research on young people and social media. She participates in the 'Faces of Science' project of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), for which she writes blogs about her work and life as a researcher.

Senior Researchers

Dr. R. (Rachel) Spronk

University of Amsterdam

Rachel Spronk is trained as an anthropologist and doing interdisciplinary research on culture, gender and sexuality. Her research focuses primarily on the intersection of three scholarly fields - anthropology, gender & sexuality studies, and African studies. Her various research projects evidence a concern with the historical trajectories that have shaped the present, the production of knowledge about gender and sexuality and, ultimately, how the lived experiences of women and men inform our theoretical models. Overall, she investigates the interface between sexuality and the middle class in Ghana and Kenya, examining problematic assumptions behind both terms. Rachel Spronk is currently director of the Amsterdam Research Center for Gender & Sexuality (ARC-GS).

Prof. dr. W.H.M. (Willy) Jansen

Radboud University Nijmegen

Willy Jansen is emeritus professor of women's studies and was the director of the Institute for Gender Studies up to 2015. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in anthropology in 1987 from Radboud University Nijmegen, on a study of gender and marginalization in Algeria. In 2009 she was elected as member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her publications reflect three lines of research. A first line deals with the history of women's education in the Middle East. In the second research line, a variety of cultural expressions of gender are analyzed ranging from marriage payments or meals to beliefs concerning pregnancy, breastfeeding or contraception. A third research line deals with the pilgrimage as lived religion and its meanings in terms of gender, religious diversity and ethnicity.

Dr. E.W.M. (Els) Rommes

Radboud University Nijmegen

Els Rommes is assistant professor gender studies, pedagogy and ICT at the Institute for Gender Studies. She studies the sociology of technology (especially ICTs) in society. Her research interests and main publication areas include gender scripts and ITs, design methodologies, images of technology in the media, feminist e-learning and domestication of technologies. Els’ most recent research interest is gender, heteronormativity and occupational choices by teenagers: why do girls and women not choose science- and technology subjects and professions, like computing science? Els Rommes studies the effects of socialization, analyses reasons adolescents give for their choices, the influence of heteronormative sexuality and of gendered images of technology in soap series. Moreover, she has studied the influence of courses and training on adult women’s interest and skills in ICTs. Besides Sexualities and Diversities in the Making, her current research projects are Women and Media Industries in Europe and the European COST network The Dynamics of Virtual Work.

Dr. G.A. (Geertje) Mak

Radboud University Nijmegen

Geertje Mak is Associate Professor of gender studies and history since 2005. She studied socio-economic history at Utrecht University, worked at the interdisciplinary Lesbian & Gay Studies group of the Univerity of Amsterdam, and obtained her PhD in gender studies on the history of masculine women in nineteenth century Europe at Utrecht University. She published internationally on masculine women and hermaphrodite history as well as some book chapters on the perspective of gender history more generally. Her latest book Doubting sex. Inscriptions, bodies and selves in nineteenth-century hermaphrodite case histories was published in 2012. Geertje Mak was the co-coordinator of the sexuality network of the European Social Science History Conference in 2004, 2008 and 2010. Her current research is focussing on the history of techniques and routines of identity construction, combining migration, colonial, and sexual history with approaches from science and technology studies.

Advisory Board

Dr. S.P. (Stefan) Dudink

Radboud University Nijmegen

Stefan Dudink is assistant professor Cultural Sexuality Studies at the Institute for Gender Studies. He studied political science at the university of Amsterdam where he received his MA (cum laude) in 1990 and his PhD (cum laude) in 1997. He has taught at Radboud University since 1996, both at the Institute for Gender Studies and the History Department. A recipient of various research grants from the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research, he has served as a faculty member and scientific director of the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society of the University of Amsterdam for 10 years. Within the wider field of the history of gender and sexuality in modern Western political culture, Stefan Dudink's research concentrates on masculinity in Dutch political culture around 1800, and on the meanings of homosexuality in current Dutch debates on multiculturalism and Islam.

Dr. S.M.G (Sébastien) Chauvin

University of Amsterdam

Sebastien Chauvin is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and a researcher at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research in the program group Political Sociology: Power Place and Difference. From 2003 to 2006 he was a visiting lecturer at the University of Chicago and from 2006 to 2008 a lecturer at the Université Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne. His research deals with citizenship, migration, employment, labor, gender, sexuality, and inequality, mainly in France and the United States. Ongoing writings explore the intersections of race, nationalism, sexuality and citizenship in the Netherlands, France and the U.S. Most recently, he has been working on a research proposal on the ironies of marriage equality and LGBT inequality in the new Gilded Age.