Jan Willem Duyvendak is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). He received his master’s degrees in both sociology and philosophy at the University of Groningen. His main fields of research currently are belonging, urban sociology, 'feeling at home' and nativism. In 2013-2014, Duyvendak was Distinguished Fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In Spring 2016 he was Research Fellow at the Paris Institute for Advanced Studies. From July 2017 - July 2019 he was Executive Committee Chair at Council for European Studies. Since January 1st 2018 he is rector of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (NIAS-KNAW).

The nation under threat: secularist, racial and populist nativism in the Netherlands

Open access article in Patterns of Prejudice by Josip Kešić & Jan Willem Duyvendak.

“Right-wing discourses and issues of belonging and collective identity in Europe’s political and public spheres are often analysed in terms of Islamophobia, racism and populism. While acknowledging the value of these concepts, Kešić and Duyvendak argue that these discourses can be better understood through the logic of nativism. Their article opens with a conceptual clarification of nativism, which they define as an intense opposition to an internal minority that is seen as a threat to the nation due to its ‘foreignness’. This is followed by the analysis of nativism’s three subtypes: secularist nativism, problematizing particularly Islam and Muslims; racial nativism, problematizing black minorities; and populist nativism, problematizing ‘native’ elites. The authors show that the logic of nativism offers the advantages of both analytical precision and scope. The article focuses on the Dutch case as a specific illustration of a broader European trend.”

Read the open access article on Taylor & Francis online

Super-Diversity in Everyday Life

The special issue in Ethnic and Racial Studies 42(1) is now also published as a hardback.

“Presenting several in-depth studies, this book explores how super-diversity operates in every-day relations and interactions in a variety of urban settings in Western Europe and the United States.

The contributors raise a broad range of questions about the nature and effects of super-diversity. They ask if a quantitative increase in demographic diversity makes a qualitative difference in how diversity is experienced in urban neighborhoods, and what are the consequences of demographic change when people from a wide range of countries and social backgrounds live together in urban neighborhoods. The question at the core of the book is to what extent, and in what contexts, super-diversity leads to either the normalization of diversity or to added hostility towards and amongst those in different ethnic, racial, and religious groups. In cases where there is no particular ethno-racial or religious majority, are certain long-established groups able to continue to exert economic and political power, and is this continued economic and political dominance actually often facilitated by super-diversity?

With contributions from a number of European countries as well as the USA, this book will be of interest to researchers studying contemporary migration and ethnic diversity. It will also spark discussion amongst those focusing on multiculturalism in urban environments. This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.

Een filosoof aan de wandel: onderzoek naar het alledaagse

Bespreking van Thuis van Pieter Hoexum in de Nederlandse Boekengids

Zijn de dingen die we ‘gewoon’ vinden wel zo gewoon, hoe kunnen we het alledaagse filosofisch bevragen, en wat hebben we daar eigenlijk aan? Jan Willem Duyvendak bespreekt Thuis. Filosofische verkenningen van het alledaagse van Pieter Hoexum en onderzoekt wat er zo gewoon en tegelijkertijd zo bijzonder is aan thuisgevoel.

De beschouwing is vrij te lezen op de website van dNBg tot 11 oktober

On Slow Science

Opening Speech of the Academic Year 2019/20 at NIAS

Slow science is not about doing the same thing at a slower pace. No, it is about creating conditions that allow vital aspects of research to flourish: space to ask new questions, to uncover and reconsider assumptions, to doubt,” argued Rector Jan Willem Duyvendak during the Opening of the Academic Year 2019/20 in his celebration of slow science. “The gap between universities on the one hand and institutes such as NIAS on the other hand, has become too wide. Read more