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

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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.

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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Research Output 1996 2017

Choice or Consequence? Explaining Differences in Female Participation in Mathematics, Science and Technology in the Netherlands and Sweden

Yazilitas, D. 2017 210 p.

Research output: ScientificPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU

Open Access
Open Access
Open Access

Proactive policing and equal treatment of ethnic-minority youths

Svensson, J. S. & Saharso, S. 2015 In : Policing and Society. 25, 4, p. 393-408

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

Sekse en etniciteit: denken over verschil en gelijkheid

Saharso, S. 2015 Het F-boek. Feminisme van toen en nu in woord en beeld. Meulenbelt, A. & Römkens, R. (eds.). Houten: Atria/Spectrum, p. 202-206 5 p.

Research output: PopularChapter