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At the 2017 edition of the AISSR Harvest Day Social Science researchers will present new insights and results on the themes: 1) Democracy & Governance, 2) Diversity and 3) Societal Impact. With keynotes by Dr Annelien de Dijn, Prof. Amade M’charek and Dr Christian Bröer.

Detail Summary
Date 16 November 2017
Time 12:30 - 17:30
Location Roeterseilandcampus - gebouw I (CREA)

The Harvest Day provides fresh insights into social science research at the University of Amsterdam. The format is an integrated programme combining a Plenary Session with 3 short keynotes and filmclips, followed by Open Space discussions with researchers of the actual harvested research. 


The plenary session is now fully booked. You can still register for the Open Space Sessions (and request to be placed on the waiting list for the plenary session). Send an email to:

Theme Democracy & Governance

Keynote by Annelien de Dijn

Annelien holds the position of Assistant Professor in Political Theory at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on the history of political thought in Europe and in the United States from 1700 to the present.  She has a particular interest in the fraught and contested history of freedom and in Enlightenment political thought. 

Maria Kaika (Urban Planning): Don’t call me resilient again! In search of the real smart city

Maria Kaika is professor of Urban, Regional and Environmental Planning. She is Principle Investigator for the European Network for Political Ecology ENTITLE (EU Marie Curie Funded). Her research establishes a conceptual and methodological framework which stipulates that nature and the city are not separate entities, but socio-environmental hybrids, produced through the same global flows of power relations and metabolic processes that transform landscapes and livelihoods alike.

Jonathan Zeitlin (Political Science): Transnational Forest Governance and Democracy

Jonathan Zeitlin is Professor of Public Policy and Governance, and Distinguished Faculty Professor in the Department of Political Science. He is also Co-Director of the Political Economy and Transnational Governance (PETGOV) research programme of the AISSR and founding Scientific Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies (ACCESS EUROPE), a joint venture between the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). His current research focuses on new forms of 'experimentalist' governance within and beyond the European Unions.

Laurens Bakker (Anthropology): Extremist Violence, States and Security

Laurens Bakker is assistant professor at the Department of Anthropology. He works on questions of governance, law and justice with a focus on land use, resource conflict, discourses of authority and non-state violence. At present he is programme leader for “State of Anxiety:  A Comparative Ethnography of ‘Security Groups’ in Indonesia” (funded by NWO-ESRC) and participates as a researcher in the programme "Gulf-State Concessions in Indonesia and the Philippines: Contested Control of Agricultural Land and Foodcrops" (funded by NWO-WOTRO).

Monique Kremer (Sociology: Welfare States and Migration

Monique Kremer is professor by special appointment of Active Citizenship at the Sociology Department. This special chair has been established by the Active Citizenship Foundation. Her research at the UvA focuses on citizens in the welfare state and includes exploring questions such as: how do changing citizens and changing welfare states interact? Who is or is not considered a citizen? 

Dennis Arnold (Social Geography): Global Garments and Social Movements

Dennis Arnold is a geographer trained in political economy and development studies and Assistant Professor (tenured) at the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development. He currently publishes and teaches on labour and migration, global production network analysis, geo-economics and geo-politics and borders of continental Southeast Asia. 

Theme Diversity

Keynote by Amade M 'charek

Amade M’charek is Professor Anthropology of Science at the department of Anthropology. Her research interests are in forensics, forensic anthropology and race. She is the PI of the project Dutchness in Genes and Genealogy, a project examining how Dutchness is enacted in collaborations between population geneticists, archaeologists and genealogists. 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.

Conny Roggeband (Political Science: The Micro-Politics of Diversity

Conny Roggeband is assistant professor in public policy and governance. Her research and teaching concentrates on the role of interest groups and multisectoral policy networks in multilevel governance. Her current research project concentrates on processes of transnational policy diffusion and policy networks in the European Union and Latin American regional organisations (OAS, Mercosur and CELAC).

Paul de Beer (Sociology): Ethnic Diversity and Solidarity

July 1st, 2003, Paul de Beer started working as Henri Polak professor of industrial relations at the University of Amsterdam. He is affiliated with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) and De Burcht (Scientific Bureau for the Dutch Trade Union Movement). Since January 1, 2011 he is scientific director of De Burcht and since April 2012 he is co-director of AIAS. His research interests focus on industrial relations, labour markets, welfare states, social solidarity, inequality and poverty.

Martijn de Koning (Anthropology): The Racialisation of Muslims

Martijn de Koning is an antropologist and lecturer Islamstudies at the Radboud University and at the University of Amsterdam. He publishes on identity construction of Moroccan-Dutch youth, Salafi Muslims in the Netherlands, the radicalization of Muslim youth, and the Dutch Islam debate.

Nicky Pouw ( International Development Studies): The Effect of Social Protection Policies on Vulnerable Groups

Nicky Pouw is Associate Professor in the Governance and Inclusive Development research programme (GID) of the AISSR. She is an economist with 20 years of research experience in international development studies, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa. She aims to make a contribution to the construction of inclusive development indicators for African countries, to initiative new research on how to include the poorest of the poor, and to further elaborate my work on gender and economics, and an economics of wellbeing.

Theme-Societal Impact of Research

Keynote by Christian Bröer 

Christian Bröer is associate professor at the Sociology department and director of the AISSR research group Political Sociology. His central scientific concern is with the political origins of subjectivity. Particularly he wants to find out how the experience of a problem and political processes interact in cases like bodily (over)activity, sadness, (over)weight, mobile phone technology or aircraft noise.

Sarah de Lange (Political Science): European Politics and European Democracies

Sarah L. de Lange is Professor by special appointment at the Department of Political Science. Since 2016 she holds the Dr. J.M. Den Uyl chair, a chair established by by the Wiardi Beckman Foundation. Her main research interests concern parties, party families, and party systems. Her work is broad in geographical scope and examines party politics in a range of East and West European countries.

Don Weenink (Sociology): Should Knowledge Utilization be a Matter of Principle?

Don Weenink is co-director of the AISSR research Group Cultural Sociology. His prime research interest is the micro-sociology of violence. This means that he studies what actually happens in violent interactions. In his Group Violence research programme (funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant) he focuses on how group behaviour affects antagonistic and violent situations.

Joyeeta Gupta (International Development Studies): How Can Social Scientists Enhance Their Impact?

Joyeeta Gupta is professor of environment and development in the global south at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft. At European level, she is a member of Science Europe’s Scientific Committee for the Social Sciences and of the Joint Programming Initiative - Climate Transdisciplinary Advisory Board in Brussels. She is also on the Board of Directors of Oxfam Novib and the Board of Commissioners of the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. 

Sako Musterd (Urban Geographies): Segregation and Individual Residents

Sako Musterd is Professor of Social Geography/ Urban Geography. His research focuses on international comparative analyses of dynamics in metropolitan areas, neighbourhood effect studies, spatial segregation and integration and conditions for the creative knowledge city. 

Anja Hiddinga (Anthropology): Elderly Deaf and Institutional Care

Anja Hiddinga is Assistent Professor in the Department of Anthropology. With a background in Science and Technology Studies, in the past her research focused on cognitive development of knowledge in the clinical sciences (especially obstetrics) and the social construction of notions of health and disease. At present, her research is focusing more on deafness and sign language.


Coffee and sandwiches between 12.30-13.00 (CREA Central Hall)

Harvest Plenary Session (CREA Theatre) -13.00-14.15

Welcome by Prof. Brian Burgoon, Scientific Director AISSR
Theme 1. Democracy & Governance (keynote and film clips)
Theme 2. Diversity (keynote and film clips)
Theme 3. Societal Impact of research (keynote and film clips)

Harvest Open Space Sessions (CREA Muziekzaal) – 14.30-17.30

14.30-15.30 Open Space round 1 (Democracy & Governance)
15.30-16.30: Open Space round 2 (Diversity)
16.30-17.30: Open Space round 3 (Societal Impact of research)  
17.30: Drinks and snacks

Watch all Harvest movies of 2014, 2015 and 2016

Roeterseilandcampus - gebouw I (CREA)
Roeterseilandcampus - gebouw I (CREA)

Room Location: CREA, Amsterdam

Nieuwe Achtergracht 168-178
1018 WV Amsterdam