Prof.dr. H. Ghorashi

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+31 20 59 86778
faculteit der sociale wetensch ( afdeling sociologie )
Chairholder Management of Diversity and Integration (PaVEM Chair)


Monday - Friday (flexible), contact through e-mail.

Prof. dr. H. Ghorashi is working at the Department of Sociology since March 1, 2012.


  • Diversity management (main focus cultural diversity, second focus gender)
  • Diaspora (migrant) Organizations
  • Multiculturalism
  • Refugee studies
  • Emancipation



Paradoxes of Cultural Recognition
Management of Diversity in New Netherlands
In our world in which cultural diversity has become part and parcel of our daily experiences we are often dealing with rather contradictory processes. On the one hand there is a need for more and more culturally sensitive policies and cultural recognition in different fields such as art, education and journalism. On the other hand we are dealing with a growing culturalist approach to migration in the West. The tendency is that culture is becoming the core factor explaining all the problems of a society. This omnipresence of culture in explaining societal problems has made us somewhat allergic to and cautious of the concept of culture. We are often too easily defined as cultural beings, yet we want to have the liberty to choose our own culture. Furthermore, it seems that this hyper-culturalism does not have anything to do with cultural sensitivity. It is rather the easiest way to define and label the problems as cultural. In this process cultures are often seen as homogeneous and mutually exclusive. So the challenging question of this chair will be: Why is it important to be culturally sensitive in this culturalist world and how can this cultural sensitivity be created while at the same time avoiding culturalism? The central focus of this chair will be on the positioning of the migrants (in particular migrant women) within the European context, starting with the Dutch society. Through ethnographic research, this chair attempts to contribute to gaining insights in the processes of inclusion and exclusion inside and outside the organizations. The research attempts to stimulate a shift of mindset from a culturalist towards a culturally sensitive approach. In this process, both the national and transnational lines of connection are of interest.


Publications (Source: METIS VU)

(2010) Culturele diversiteit, Nederlandse identiteit en democratisch burgerschap. Den Haag: Sdu Uitgevers.
(2010) From absolute invisibility to extreme visibility: Emancipation trajectory of migrant women in the Netherlands. Feminist Review 94: 75-92.
(2010) Licht en Schaduw: 15 vrouwen over leven en overleven (redactie samen met Christien Brinkgreve). Amsterdam: VU Uitgeverij.
(2010) Persoonlijke ontwikkeling en etnische identiteit. In: Joop de Jong en Sjoerd Colijn (red.) Handboek Culturele psychiatrie en psychotherapie. Utrecht: De Tijdstroom, pp. 57-75.
(2010) “Dutchness” and the migrant “other”: From suppressed superiority to explicit exclusion? Focaal, 56: 106-111.
(2009) The ‘Iranian Diaspora’ and the New Media: From Political Action to Humanitarian Help (samen met Kees Boersma). Development and Change, 40(4): 667-691.
(2009) Beyond Complicity: a plea for engaged ethnography (samen met Harry Wels). In: Sierk Ybema, Dvora Yanow, Harry Wels & Frans Kamsteeg (eds) Organizational ethnography. Studying the complexities of everyday organizational life. London: Sage, pp.231-253.
(2009) Polariseren in het Nederland van nu betekent olie op het vuur. In: RMO (Raad voor Maatschappelijke Ontwikkeling). Polarisatie. Bedreigend en Verrijkend. Amsterdam: SWP, pp. 153-170.
(2009) Paradoxes of Cultural Recognition: Perspectieves from Northern Europe (book edited together with Sharam Alghasi and Thomas Hylland Eriksen). Surrey: Ashgate.
(2009) Introduction (together with Alghasi & Eriksen). In: Alghasi, Eriksen & Ghorashi (eds) Paradoxes of Cultural Recognition: Perspectives from Northern Europe. Surrey: Ashgate, pp. 1-16.
(2009) National Identity and The Sense of (Non-)Belonging: Iranians in the United States and the Netherlands. In: Alghasi, Eriksen & Ghorashi (eds) Paradoxes of Cultural Recognition in Northern Europe. Surrey: Ashgate, pp. 75-89.
(2009) De paradox van zichtbaarheid: in organisaties en in het veld van eergerelateerd geweld (samen met Nicole Brenninkmeijer). In: J. van der Zwaard, Janine Janssen, Saskia Keuzenkam en Fouzia Outmany (red.) Dwarse vrouwen: Verbinding en verbeeldingskracht. Amsterdam: Aksant, pp. 65-72.

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Ancillary activities

Movisie - member of the supervisory board Utrecht, 01 januari 2014
ECHO - Unknown Utrecht, 02 januari 2014
Opzij - Board member Amsterdam, 02 januari 2014
Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland - Unknown Amsterdam, 02 januari 2014
Landelijke Netwerk Vrouwelijke Hoogleraren (LNVH) - Board member Utrecht, 01 april 2015
Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017