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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. 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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Netherlands Social Sciences
immigrant Social Sciences
gender Social Sciences
France Social Sciences
integration policy Social Sciences
national integration Social Sciences
national minority Social Sciences
tolerance Social Sciences

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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: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Gloedvol samenleven in morele diversiteit

Saharso, S., 27 Oct 2017, Utrecht: Universiteit voor Humanistiek.54 p.

Research output: Book / ReportInaugural speechAcademic

Open Access
moral philosophy

Narratives of meaningful endurance. The role of sense of coherence in health and employment of ethnic minority women

Slootjes, J., 2017, 187 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

The mechanisms behind the formation of a strong Sense of Coherence (SOC): The role of migration and integration

Slootjes, J., Keuzenkamp, S. & Saharso, S., 2017, In : Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. 58, 6, p. 571-580 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Sense of Coherence
Life Change Events
Decision Making

Activities 1998 2017

Academic publishing.

Saharso, S. (Speaker)
28 Jun 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Empowerment van migrantenvrouwen

Saharso, S. (Speaker)
8 Jun 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

'Living with Diversity in Jane-Finch'.

Saharso, S. (Examiner)
13 Nov 2017

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

Leven in diversiteit.

Saharso, S. (Speaker)
15 Feb 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

Female Career Development

Saharso, S. (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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