Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

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dr. P.J.H. (Paul) Mepschen

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Political Sociology: Power, Place and Difference
  • Visiting address
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  
  • Postal address:
    Nieuwe Achtergracht  166
    1018 WV  Amsterdam

[T]he world of human kind constitutes a manifold, a totality of interconnected processes, and inquiries that disassemble this totality into bits and then fail to reassemble it falsify reality. Concepts like "nation," "society," and "culture"  name bits and threaten to turn names into things. Only by understanding these names as bundles of relationships, and by placing them back into the field from which they were abstracted, can we hope to avoid misleading inferences and increase our share of understanding." (Eric Wolf)


Short CV

Dr. Paul Mepschen is Postdoc at the Program Group Political Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. He has worked on sexual nationalism and the relations of sexuality, religion, and secularism in Western Europe. He has taught courses on religion, gender and sexuality, politics, and methodology, as well as on sociological and anthropological theory. He received his PhD degree from the University of Amsterdam for his dissertation Everyday autochthony. Difference, discontent, and the politics of home in Amsterdam (2016), on the politics of autochthony in the Netherlands (cum laude).


His work deals with the politics of belonging, citizenship, class, and urban politics in Western Europe. His interests include cultural and sexual politics; class, race and racism; sexuality and queer theory; and religion and secularism. He is also interested in populism and the sociology of the European Left. As part of the Political Sociology program at the UvA, he is working on a research project on the urban politics and historical anthropology of LGBTIQ pride, focusing on the sexual politics of 'Europe'. Other research focuses on urban superdiversity; on masculinity; on PrEP and HIV; and on the politics of representation concerning Islam and refugees. 

Academic publications:        

Mepschen, Paul (2018) A discourse of displacement. Urban politics, super-diversity and everyday autochthony in Amsterdam. Ethnic and Racial Studies. (forthcoming) 

Mepschen, Paul (2018) A post-progressive nation. Homophobia, Islam, and the new social question in the Netherlands. In: Achim Rohde, Christina von Braun, Stefanie Schüler-Springorum eds. National Politics and Sexuality in Transregional Perspective: the Homophobic Argument (London/NY: Routledge). (forthcoming)

Mepschen, Paul (2016) Sexual democracy, cultural alterity and the politics of everyday life in Amsterdam. Patterns of prejudice 50 (2). (May 2016)

Mepschen, Paul (2016) The culturalization of everyday life. Autochthony in Amsterdam New West. In: Duyvendak et al., The culturalization of citizenship. Autochthony and belonging in a globalizing world. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Balkenhol, Markus, Paul Mepschen and Jan Willem Duvyendak (2016). The nativist triangle. Sexuality, race, and religion in discourses on 'Dutchness'. In: Duyvendak et al., The culturalization of citizenship. Autochthony and belonging in a globalizing world. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Mepschen, Paul (2016) Everyday autochthony. Difference, discontent and the politics of home in Amsterdam. PhD-dissertation, University of Amsterdam.

Mepschen, Paul, Justus Uitermark, and Jan Willem Duyvendak (2014) Progressive Politics of Exclusion. Dutch populism, immigration and sexuality. APSA Migration and Citizenship Newsletter.

Uitermark, Justus, Paul Mepschen, and Jan Willem Duyvendak (2013) Progressive politics of exclusion. The populist framing of Islam in the Netherlands. In: European States and Their Muslim Citizens: The Impact of Institutions on Perceptions and Boundaries. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Mepschen, Paul (2013) ‘De politiek van de sloop. Stedelijke vernieuwing en de sociale constructie van gewone mensen in Slotermeer.’ In: Tonkens and De Wilde (eds.) Als meedoen pijn doet. Affectief burgerschap in de wijk. Amsterdam: Van Gennep.

Mepschen, Paul and Jan Willem Duyvendak (2012) European sexual nationalisms. The culturalization of citizenship and the sexual politics of belonging and exclusion. Perspectives on Europe. Spring 2012.

Mepschen, Paul (2012) Gewone mensen. Populisme en het discours van verdringing in Amsterdam Nieuw West. Sociologie. 2012 (1).

Mepschen, Paul, Jan Willem Duyvendak and Evelien Tonkens (2010) Sexual politics, Orientalism, and multicultural citizenship in the Netherlands. Sociology 44 (5): 962-79.



  • Mepschen, P. (2016). Sexual democracy, cultural alterity and the politics of everyday life in Amsterdam. Patterns of Prejudice, 50(2), 150-167. DOI: 10.1080/0031322X.2016.1164426  [details] 
  • Mepschen, P. (2016). The Culturalization of Everyday Life: Autochthony in Amsterdam New West. In J. W. Duyvendak, P. Geschiere, & E. Tonkens (Eds.), The Culturalization of Citizenship: Belonging and Polarization in a Globalizing World (pp. 73-96). London: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-53410-1_4  [details] 
  • Balkenhol, M., Mepschen, P., & Duyvendak, J. W. (2016). The Nativist Triangle: Sexuality, Race and Religion in the Netherlands. In J. W. Duyvendak, P. Geschiere, & E. Tonkens (Eds.), The Culturalization of Citizenship: Belonging and Polarization in a Globalizing World (pp. 97-112). London: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-53410-1_5  [details] 


  • Uitermark, J., Mepschen, P., & Duyvendak, J. W. (2014). Populism, sexual politics, and the exclusion of Muslims in the Netherlands. In J. R. Bowen, C. Bertossi, J. W. Duyvendak, & M. L. Krook (Eds.), European states and their Muslim citizens: the impact of institutions on perceptions and boundaries (pp. 235-255). (Cambridge studies in law and society). New York: Cambridge University Press. DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781139839174.012  [details] 


  • Mepschen, P. (2013). De politiek van sloop: stedelijke vernieuwing en de sociale constructie van 'gewone mensen' in Slotermeer. In E. Tonkens, & M. de Wilde (Eds.), Als meedoen pijn doet: affectief burgerschap in de wijk (pp. 209-228). (Tijdschrift voor sociale vraagstukken. Jaarboek; Vol. 2013). Amsterdam: Ven Gennep. [details] 


  • Mepschen, P. (2012). Gewone mensen. Populisme en het discours van verdringing in Amsterdam Nieuw West. Sociologie, 8(1), 66-83. [details] 
  • Mepschen, P. (2012). Gewone mensen. Populisme en het discours van verdringing in Amsterdam Nieuw West. In J. Uitermark, M. Oudenampsen, B. van Heerikhuizen, & R. van Reekum (Eds.), 'Power to the people!': een anatomie van het populisme (pp. 78-95). Den Haag: Boom Lemma. [details] 


  • Mepschen, P., Duyvendak, J. W., & Tonkens, E. H. (2010). Sexual politics, orientalism, and multicultural citizenship in the Netherlands. Sociology, 44(5), 962-979. DOI: 10.1177/0038038510375740  [details] 


  • Mepschen, P., & Buijs, L. (2011). Naar een seksueel antinationalisme. Waterstof : Krant van Waterland, 56. [details] 


  • Mepschen, P. (2009). Against tolerance: islam, sexuality, and the politics of belonging in the Netherlands. Monthly Review, 102. [details] 


  • Mepschen, P. J. H. (2013). The politics of dis/order and the formation of autochthony.


  • Mepschen, P. J. H. (2011). Amsterdam New West. Out of place in the post-fordist city.. Paper presented at International RC21 conference 2011, .
  • Mepschen, P. J. H. (2011). Modernist Nostalgia in Amsterdam. Paper presented at People Make Places - ways of feeling the world. SIEF 2011, .
  • Mepschen, P. J. H. (2011). Place, voice, representation. The discourse of displacement in Amsterdam New West'. Paper presented at International RC21 conference 2011, .
  • Mepschen, P. J. H. (2011). Seks, religie en de nieuwe sociale kwestie. Paper presented at Congres Uitsluitende emancipatie, .
  • Mepschen, P. J. H. (2011). Sexual democracy and the politics of culturalization in the Netherlands. Paper presented at Eighteenth International Conference of Europeanists. Council for European Studies, .
  • Mepschen, P. J. H., & Buijs, L. J. (2011). Sexual whiteness. The case of Amsterdam gay capital. Paper presented at Uitsluitende Emancipatie, .

Scientific position

  • Mepschen, P. J. H. (2011). Conference organizer Sexual Nationalisms. Gender, Sexuality and the Politics of Belonging in the New Europe In the past decade of European history, (…), Amsterdam Research Center for Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS).
  • Mepschen, P. J. H. (2008). Conference organiser, FEMSOC08 - Links Feminisme in de 21e Eeuw. Grenzeloos / International Institute for Research and Education. Amsterdam. November 2008.

Journal editor

  • Mepschen, P. J. H. (editor) (2010-2011). Etnofoor (Journal).
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