Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies

Photographer: Eduard Lampe

prof. dr. H.Y.M. (Yolande) Jansen

  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Philosophy and Public Affairs
  • Visiting address
    Oude Turfmarkt 141  Room number: 3.01
  • Postal address:
    Oude Turfmarkt  147
    1012 GC  Amsterdam
    T: 0205254528

Yolande Jansen

Yolande Jansen is a senior researcher and lecturer at the Amsterdam Centre for Globalization Studies and the department of philosophy of the UvA. Since September 2012, Yolande is also Special Professor for the Socrates-foundation at VU University, where she holds the chair for 'humanism in relation to religion and secularity'. Jansen studied philosophy and French Studies at the University of Amsterdam and at the University of Paris VII. See as well Jansen's website at

In 2013 the book  Secularism, Assimilation and the Crisis of Multiculturalism: French Modernist Legacies appeared at Amsterdam University Press/IMISCOE (freely downloadable from OAPEN:

Jansen's book critically traces the intertwined cultural and conceptual histories of the notions of secularism and assimilationin the humanities and social sciences, and in French discourses in particular. In this context, Jansen provides an in-depth reading of the way in which Marcel Proust's novel In Search of Lost Time narrates the ambivalences and oblique practical and discursive effects of 'assimilation' for the French Jews in nineteenth-century France, and reflects on how studying these paradoxes can contribute to understanding the contemporary position of European religious minorities, and Muslims in particular, in the context of debates about secularism, assimilation, integration and multiculturalism.

Jansen has taught courses on Recent political and social theory, on secularism and post-secularism, multiculturalism and on human rights.

She is the principal investigator of the NWO-project 'Critique of Religion; Framing Jews and Muslims, Islam and Judaism in the Netherlands today.' Thijl Sunier, Professor of Islam in European Societies was the co-applicant for this project.

Areas of research: Social and political philosophy, in particular critical theory, pluralism, multiculturalism and democracy; genealogies of secularism, humanism and religion; irregular migration; Judaism in Europe; Islam in Europe; French culture and literature, in particular the work of Marcel Proust.  



  • Jansen, H. Y. M. (2015). Deportability and Racial Europeanization: The impact of Holocaust Memory and Postcoloniality on the Unfreedom of Movement in and to Europe. In H. Jansen, R. Celikates, & J. de Bloois (Eds.), The Irregularization of Contemporary Europe; Deportation, Detention, Drowning London and New York: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Jansen, Y., Celikates, R., & de Bloois, J. (2015). Conclusion. In Y. Jansen, R. Celikates, & J. de Bloois (Eds.), The Irregularization of Migration in Contemporary Europe: detention, deportation, drowning (pp. 191-204). London: Rowman & Littlefield International. [details] 


  • Westerduin, M., Jansen, Y., & Neutel, K. (2014). Jongensbesnijdenis tussen religie, recht en geschiedenis. Filosofie & Praktijk, 35(3), 35-55. [details] 


  • Jansen, Y. (2013). Secularism, Assimilation and the Crisis of Multiculturalism: French Modernist Legacies. (IMISCOE research). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details] 


  • Jansen, Y. (2011). Postsecularism, piety and fanaticism: reflections on Jürgen Habermas' and Saba Mahmood’s critiques of secularism. Philosophy and Social Criticism, 37(9), 977-998. DOI: 10.1177/0191453711416083  [details] 
  • Jansen, Y. (2011). Secularism and religious (in-)security: reinterpreting the French headscarf debates. Krisis, 2011(2), 2-19. [details] 


  • Jansen, Y. (2010). Secularism and security: France, Islam, Europe. In L. E. Cady, & E. Shakman Hurd (Eds.), Comparative secularisms in a global age (pp. 69-86). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. [details] 



  • Besser, S., Baronian, M. A., & Jansen, Y. (2006). Introduction: Diaspora and Memory. Figures of Displacment in Contemporary Literature, Arts and Politics. Thamyris / Intersecting, 13, 9-16.


  • Jansen, H. Y. M. (2002). Revolving Doors: Metaphor and Cultural Memory in Proust's In Search of Lost Time. In M. Burke, & J. Goggin (Eds.), Meaning, Frame and Metaphor Amsterdam: ASCA Press. [details] 


  • Jansen, Y. (2017). Beyond comparing secularisms: a critique of religio-secularism. In P. Zuckerman, & J. R. Shook (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Secularism (pp. 369-386). New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199988457.013.23  [details] 


  • Jansen, H. Y. M. (2016). Migratie/Vluchteling. Wijsgerig Perspectief op Maatschappij en Wetenschap, 2016.


  • Jansen, Y., Celikates, R., & de Bloois, J. (2015). Introduction. In Y. Jansen, R. Celikates, & J. de Bloois (Eds.), The irregularization of migration in contemporary Europe: detention, deportation, drowning (pp. ix-xxiv). London: Rowman & Littlefield International. [details] 


  • Jansen, Y. (2013). Herta Nagl-Docekal. In R. Celikates, R. Gabriëls, J. F. Hartle, P. Lemmens, & T. Lijster (Eds.), De nieuwe Duitse filosofie: denkers en thema's voor de 21e eeuw (pp. 434-442). Amsterdam: Boom. [details] 
  • Jansen, Y. (2013). The ‘us’ of democratic will-formation and globalisation. Krisis, 2013(1), 32-36. [details] 


  • Jansen, Y. (2010). Secularisme: scheiding van kerk en staat en islam. De Helling, 23(4), 8-10. [details] 
  • Jansen, Y. (2010). Toeschouwen en deelnemen. Cimedart, 40(3), 41-45. [details] 


  • Jansen, Y. (2009). Modernisme, cultureel geheugen, illegaliteit. In H. van den Berg, E. Engelen, & Y. Jansen (Eds.), Het gelaagde denken: essays voor Veit Bader (pp. 136-150). Amsterdam: F&N Eigen Beheer. [details] 


  • Jansen, Y. (2008). 't Is een vreemdeling zeker die verdwaald is zeker. Eutopia, online. [details] 
  • Jansen, Y. (2008). De historische hoofddoek: Het Franse debat over kwesties rond de islam laat vooral zien hoe het niet moet [Review of: P.-J. Luizard (2006) Le choc colonial et l'islam: Les politiques reilieuses des puissances coloniales en terres d'islam; C. Nordmann (2004) Le foulard islamique en questions; J.R. Bowen (2007) Why the French don't like headscarves: Islam, the state, and public space]. De Academische Boekengids, (68), 42-47. [details] 


  • Jansen, H. Y. M. (2007). De laicité en haar minderheden. Wijsgerig Perspectief op Maatschappij en Wetenschap, 47(1), 40-46.
  • Jansen, Y. (2007). Een inleiding op het interview met Rainer Bauböck. Krisis, 8(3), 59-61. [details] 
  • Gabriëls, R., & Jansen, Y. (2007). De toekomst van burgerschap: een interview met Rainer Bauböck. Krisis, 8(3), 62-76. [details] 



  • Jansen, H. Y. M., & Collective, N. K. (2016). Migrantencrisis/Vluchtelingencrisis. Wijsgerig Perspectief op Maatschappij en Wetenschap, 56(4), 4-13.
  • Yildiz, C., De Genova, N., Jansen, Y., Soto Bermant, L., Spathopoulou, A., Stierl, M., & Suffee, Z. (2016). (The Crisis of) "European Values". In N. De Genova, & M. Tazzioli (Eds.), Europe/Crisis: New Keywords of “the Crisis” in and of “Europe”: New Keywords Collective (pp. 34-42). (Near Futures Online; Vol. 1). New York: Zone Books. [details] 
  • Jansen, Y. (2016). Burkini's in Balbec. In R. Ensel (Ed.), Sjacheren met stereotypen: Essays over “de Jood” als sjabloon (pp. 74-80). (Menasseh ben Israel Instituut studies; No. 12). Menasseh ben Israel Institute. [details] 


  • Jansen, Y. (Author), Groen-Reijman, E. (Author), de Bloois, J. (Author), & Celikates, R. (Author). (2015). Uit het Maagdenhuis..... Web publication/site, Bij Nader Inzien. [details] 


  • van den Berg, H., Engelen, E., & Jansen, Y. (2009). Veit Bader en het gelaagde denken. In H. van den Berg, E. Engelen, & Y. Jansen (Eds.), Het gelaagde denken: essays voor Veit Bader (pp. 7-9). Amsterdam: F&N Eigen Beheer. [details] 


  • Jansen, H. Y. M. (2001). Een fenomenologische interpretatie van Op zoek naar de verloren tijd [Review of: R. Breeur, J. Millon (2000) Singularité et sujet: Une lecture phénoménologique de Proust]. Jaarboek - Marcel Proust Vereniging, 2001, 157-159. [details] 
  • Jansen, H. Y. M. (2001). Hoe te leven of hoe te lezen? [Review of: (2000) M. Boenink, Boekenwijsheid; Filosofie, literatuur en politieke oordeelsvorming]. Krisis, (4), 91-94. [details] 

Media appearance

  • Jansen, Yolande (07-01-2018): Radio Swammerdam migratie ongelijkheid en onzichtbaarheid nieuwkomers Radio Swammerdam. borders and migration.
  • Jansen, Yolande (07-09-2017): NRC/Handelsblad. Dit regeerakkoord ondermijnt de universiteit als kritische vrijplaats.
  • Jansen, Yolande (15-06-2017): Lemma 'secularisering' voor de humanistische canon. Secularisering.

Book editor

  • van den Berg, H., Engelen, E., & Jansen, Y. (2009). Het gelaagde denken: essays voor Veit Bader. Amsterdam: F&N Eigen Beheer. [details] 

Journal editor

  • Jansen, H.Y.M. (editor) (2007): Krisis (Journal).


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