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Assistant professor

Specialisation: Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Feminist Philosophy


The aim of my current research project is to develop a hermeneutical notion of personal identity that includes factors such as gender, sexual preference, race/ethnicity, age, (dis)ability. These factors are related to embodiment and situate us socially. Most philosophical theories about personal identity take embodiment into account but in a general sense. I argue for a notion of personal identity that is narrative and that includes a first-person perspective upon the body. I mainly draw upon hermeneutics, phenomenology and feminist philosophy to develop it.


Recent publications include:

A. Halsema & J. Slatman, ‘The second person perspective in narrative phenomenology’. In: H. Fielding & D. Olkowski (Eds.),Feminist Phenomenology Futures, Indiana University Press, 2017, pp. 242-256.

A. Coetzee & A. Halsema, ‘The Blind Spots in the Philosophy of Sexual Difference: Oyĕwùmí and Irigaray in Dialogue about Western Culture’. Hypatia. A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Accepted August 2017.



Luce Irigaray and Horizontal Transcendence, Amsterdam: SWP, 2010

Dialectiek van de seksuele differentie. De filosofie van Luce Irigaray, Amsterdam: Boom, 1998


Edited volumes:

A. Halsema & F. Henriques (Eds.), Feminist Explorations of Paul Ricoeur’s Philosophy. Lanham, Boulder, New York, London: Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington Books, 2016

C. Ceton, I. van der Burg, A.Halsema, V. Vasterling, K, Vintges (red.), Vrouwelijke filosofen – een historisch overzicht. Amsterdam: Atlas, 2012

A. Halsema & D. van Houten (Eds.), Empowering Humanity. State of the Art of Humanistics. Utrecht: De Tijdstroom, 2002

 J. Butler, Genderturbulentie. A. Halsema en M. Wilmink (red.), Amsterdam: Boom/Parrèsia, 2000




Contemporary Continental Philosophy (Ba 1 Philosophy)

Phenomenology (Ma Philosophy)

Critical Perspectives on Science (course in minor Gender and Diversity)

Styles of Continental Philosophy: Nietzsche and Heidegger, Deleuze and Derrida on Nietzsche (Ba 3 Philosophy)

Big names in Contemporary Philosophy: Husserl, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Arendt, Foucault (Minor Philosophy)

Coordination Multidisciplinary Minor Gender and Diversity

Philosophy for History students (Faculty of Humanities)

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gender Social Sciences
intersectionality Social Sciences
decolonization Social Sciences
dialogue Social Sciences
sexual orientation Social Sciences
feminism Social Sciences
conversation Social Sciences
Personal Identity Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 1995 2018

How to be one’s gender, race, age, etc.?: Intersectionality and Personal Identity

Halsema, A. 2018 (Unpublished)

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

sexual orientation

Objectivering.: Een fenomenologische beschouwing over seksualiteit

Halsema, A. Feb 2018 Fenomenologie als houding.: Bijdragen aan een fenomenologische wijsbegeerte. Bremmers, C., van der Heiden, G-J. & Reynaert, P. (eds.). Brussels: VUBPRESS Brussels University Press, p. 151 164 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Seks en macht

Halsema, A. Jun 2018 In : Filosofie & Praktijk. 39, 2, p. 41-42 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Sexual Difference and Decolonization.: Oyĕwùmí and Irigaray in Dialogue about Western Culture

Coetzee, A. & Halsema, A. Jan 2018 In : Hypatia. A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. 33, 2, p. 178 194 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


“The unrealizables”.: Rethinking personal identity as socially situated

Halsema, A. 2018 (Unpublished)

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Personal Identity
Sexual Orientation
Social Aspects
Human Body

Activities 2005 2017

Critical Theory in the Humanities: Resonances of the Work of Judith Butler

Halsema, J. (Organiser)
5 Apr 2017

Activity: ScientificConference

Oudere vrouwen: een tweede vrouwenbeweging?

Halsema, J. (Speaker)
2 Jun 2017

Activity: ProfessionalLecture / Presentation

“Scheuren in het bolwerk. Vrouwen in de filosofie”

Halsema, J. (Organiser), Roothaan, A. (Organiser)
2 Jun 2017

Activity: SocietalSeminar

“Diversifying Philosophy. A Best Practice at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam”

Halsema, J. (Speaker)
29 Sep 2017

Activity: ProfessionalLecture / Presentation

Het ik als verhaal

Halsema, J. (Speaker)
21 Nov 2017

Activity: ProfessionalLecture / Presentation

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Radio NPO 5 NTR-Academie

J.M. Halsema


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Radio interview België 1 “Joos”

J.M. Halsema


1 media contribution

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Up in the Air

J.M. Halsema


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Het is tijd dat we het weer over liefde gaan hebben

J.M. Halsema


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