Feeling at home and the “return of the native”

Within the 5th edition of the International Summer School in Ethnography (University of Trento, Sept. 12 2017), Jan Willem Duyvendak (University of Amsterdam) has given a lecture on the politicization of “home” in the Dutch (and European) public debate, on feeling at home and on the ambivalence of “progressive nativism”.


Seminar “Homing the Dutch” Politics and the Planning of Belonging

November 4th, 15:00- 17:30, drinks afterwards
Potgieterzaal UB, Singel 425  Invitation (pdf)

Drawing on the recently published Special Issue of Home Cultures, edited by Jan Willem Duyvendak & Fenneke Wekker, this seminar aims to address the following discussions: How does Dutch governance stimulate feelings of home and belonging in public space? Does social cohesion, integration, and livability increase thanks to interventions in public space by Dutch policymakers and professionals?

The Not So Good Old Days: How the U.S. Became a Multicultural Society


5c0879f5-23ff-41f6-9504-7637ca21adeaLecture on June 24h by Nancy Foner 

The United States is often characterized as a classic immigration country or settler society,  and Americans as long accepting ethnic diversity and celebrating the country as a “nation of immigrants.”  The analysis of the relationship between past and present, however, shows that the “good old days” were not as good as Americans often remember in terms of accepting ethnic diversity, and Americans have not always thought of their country as a “nation of immigrants.”   How did historical developments over the course of the twentieth century create what we now think of as America’s multicultural or cultural pluralist society?  Why is it too simple to attribute this change to the U.S. position as a settler society?  And what are the barriers to inclusion that immigrants and their descendants continue to face in the U.S. today?

Nancy Foner is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


Immigrants and the domesticization of public spaces in Europe

Lecture at conference ‘The Ideal City Between Myth and Reality’, in Urbino, Italy.

Friday, 28th August 2015

isa“Home”, as an everyday experience of social reproduction and boundary making, is not necessarily restricted to the
domestic sphere. It can also involve, interestingly, a variety of urban settings. This session aims to collect research on the ways in which immigrant minorities use and appropriate public urban spaces as a source of “derived domesticity”, or a channel of home-making out of their dwelling places and far away from their home countries. How can feelings of home – as a variable combination of familiarityhaven and heaven (Duyvendak, 2011) – be cultivated and negotiated in public urban spaces, as far as labour immigrants and refugees are concerned?