S. Saharso

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Sawitri Saharso is Professor of Citizenship and Moral Diversity and Director of the Graduate School at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht and Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology of the VU University Amsterdam and program leader of the VU Sociology research group Identity, Diversity and Inclusion. Sawitri is a member of the Council of European Studies  (CES) and member of the IMISCOE Research Network. She is editor-in-Chief  of the Open Access journal Comparative Migration Studies. https://comparativemigrationstudies.springeropen.com/

She studied sociology at the University of Amsterdam (cum laude). She wrote a PhD thesis (1992) on the identity of migrant youth in the Netherlands.

Former positions include a professorship in Intercultural Governance at the School of Management and Governance of the University of Twente (Enschede, the Netherlands) an assistant professorship at the Department of Education of the VU University and the University of Amsterdam, and later at the Department of Political Sciences of the VU University. In 2006-2007 she was visiting professor ‘Democracy and Difference in Europe’, at the Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universität Wien (Austria).


Sawitri’s research fields include the governance of migration, religious diversity and citizenship within a European comparative perspective. She is interested in particular in questions around gender, ethnicity and public morality. (Project Culture, toleration and female autonomy in a liberal democracy and project Gender, Ethnicity and Public Morality, funded by the Dutch organization for scientific research (NWO); project Values, Equality, Differences in Liberal Democracies. Debates about Female Headscarves in Europe, funded: Specific Targeted Research Project (STREP), EC 6. Framework).
Programme.  Next, she is interested in migrant women and health (e.g. the NWO funded project Suicidal behaviour among immigrant young woman in the Netherlands: the relation with gender and ethnicity). Her current project aims to develop a gender and culture sensitive bioethical framework that addresses the moral dilemmas of health professionals concerning related to gender specific cultural practices (GCP) that are believed to harm the well-being of women. Health workers have to decide on prevention and on medical intervention, like requests for hymen repair. We investigate and compare the moral perspectives of health practitioners and migrant women on GCP and medical intervention. We also compare with the bioethical reasoning in other non-somatic indicated interventions, i.e. male circumcision, cosmetic surgery and sex changing operations that are accepted in the Netherlands. The project is done is collaboration with Gily Coene, professor of Moral Sciences and director of  RHEA, the Centre of Expertise Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and with Petra Verdonk, a psychologist, also holding a PhD in medicine and associate professor at VUmc, department Metamedica. 

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  • Universiteit voor Humanistiek | Utrecht | Medewerker | 2016-01-01 - present

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Research Output 1996 2019

Open Access
Male Circumcision

Who needs integration? Debating a central, yet increasingly contested concept in migration studies

Saharso, S., 1 May 2019, In : Comparative Migration Studies. 7, 1, p. 1-3 3 p., 16.

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Bio-ethische kwesties in een etno-cultureel diverse samenleving

Saharso, S., Haverkamp, B. & Van der Scheer, L., 2018, In : Podium voor bio-ethiek. 25, 1, 35 p.

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Ethnic minority health and employment: Ethnic differences in the protective effect of close social ties

Saharso, S., Slootjes, J. & Keuzenkamp, S., 20 Sep 2018, In : Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 2018, 20 p.

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national minority
first generation

Gloedvol samenleven in morele diversiteit

Saharso, S., 1 May 2018, In : Waardenwerk Journal of Humanistic Studies. 2018, 72, p. 105-118 14 p.

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Activities 1998 2018

Lezing ‘Gloedvol samenleven’

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18 Jun 2018

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Honour Killings, Moral Panic and the Emergence of an Organizational Field.

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29 Jan 2018

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

Lezing ‘Gloedvol samenleven’

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24 May 2018

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Female Career Development

S. Saharso (Consultant)
11 Dec 201712 Dec 2017

Activity: Consultancy

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'De overheid kan geen standpunten opleggen aan haar burgers'

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‘Geen softe dialoog over onze waarden’

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