Yvette Kopijn, Academic Director
Yvette Kopijn began working with the program in January 2008. In addition to her current role as academic director, she teaches oral history and interviewing workshops. She is an oral historian by profession. Yvette holds a degree in gender and ethnic studies. She is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research and is a member of the Amsterdam Research Center for Gender and Sexuality at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on the intersection of gendered survival strategies and constructions of female identity among Javanese-Surinamese women. Specifically, she is examining the influential role that women play in the survival of the Javanese migrant community and how that affects the ways in which they renegotiate their female identity. Yvette expects to defend her dissertation in mid 2014.
Between 2001 and 2007, Yvette worked with several cultural heritage organizations and conducted different oral history projects, including Haar Geschiedenis ("Her history"), an online collection of life stories of migrant women in the Netherlands that was designed for Aletta Institute for Women’s History. She also worked on Javanen in Diaspora, an online collection of life stories of Javanese-Surinamese people living in Indonesia, Suriname, and the Netherlands. This online collection was designed in collaboration with the Royal Dutch Institute for East-Asian and Caribbean Studies and the Foundation for the Commemoration of Javanese Migration (Stichji).
Yvette comes from a family with diverse sexual and ethnic identities. She was born in Aruba (Dutch Antilles).
Astrid Jehle, Program Assistant and Community Volunteer Experience Coordinator
Astrid Jehle handles many of the administrative and organizational details of the program and assists in the various workshops and excursions. Astrid grew up in a Dutch/German family in the south of the Netherlands. She holds a BA in liberal arts & sciences and an MSc (research) in psychology. She held several teaching positions, from snowboard instructor to research skills lecturer. For a local NGO for LGB rights, she volunteers as an LGBT educator in Dutch high schools. At SIT, she assists with the organizational aspects and implementation of the Netherlands program. She also helps students find interesting Community Volunteer Experiences (CVE).
Bastiaan Franse, Homestay Coordinator
Bastiaan Franse’s task is to find host families who will welcome students into their homes for the program’s time in Amsterdam and to manage all issues related to the homestays. The students check in with the homestay coordinator on a regular basis and the homestay coordinator stays in touch with the host families. Besides working for SIT, Bastiaan works as a social worker with trans* ;youth and their families, facilitates youth groups for trans* youth, and educates high school students and professionals in education and health care on gender diversity. Bastiaan was on the founding board of Transgender Netwerk Nederland and has been working in youth care since 2001.
Paul Marlisa, Financial Assistant
Paul Marlisa assists with administrative tasks, primarily finances, travel arrangements, and IT/communications. In addition to his work with SIT Netherlands, Paul works as a nurse in the neurologic ward of the AMC, the largest academic hospital in Amsterdam.
Eduard Verbree, Language Instructor
Eduard Verbree is the director of Mercuurtaal, an independent language institute. He is a gifted teacher and tailors the Nederlandse les (Dutch class) to the themes of the SIT program. He also coordinates additional classes and activities on aspects of Dutch culture.
Sampling of additional lecturers for this program:
Gert Hekma, PhD
Gert Hekma teaches gay and lesbian studies at the University of Amsterdam's Faculty of Social Sciences. He has published widely on the history and sociology of (homo)sexuality. He co-authored the Dutch Social Planning Office's report on homosexuality Gewoon doen and authored an article on world queer history Van alle culturen, van alle tijden (September 2006).
Joyce Outshoorn, PhD
Dr. Outshoorn is a professor of women's studies at Leiden University, where she teaches in the Department of Political Science within the Faculty of Social Sciences. She is also director of the Joke Smit Institute for Research in Women's Studies at the university. She studied political science and contemporary history at the University of Amsterdam. Her PhD addressed the political debate on abortion legislation in the Netherlands (De politieke strijd rondom de abortuswetgeving in Nederland 1964–1984, Den Haag: VUGA, 1986). She has written on the women's movement, feminist theory, and women's public policy, including editing The Politics of Prostitution: Women's movements, democratic states and the globalisation of sex work, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
She has also been active in the women's movement since its inception in 1970 and has sat on several government committees addressing women's issues.
Marie-Louise Janssen, PhD
Marie-Louise Janssen is a lecturer at the Department of Cultural Anthropology of the University of Amsterdam. Her research is mainly centered on processes of exclusion and inclusion, as well as on how intersections between gender, ethnicity, class, and citizenship take place and shape the experiences of (migrant) sex workers in society.
Marie-Louise Janssen obtained her master’s degree in cultural anthropology at the University of Amsterdam in 1991. She worked with Latin American sex workers both in Nicaragua and in the Netherlands. She finished her PhD in 2007. Her research focused on survival strategies of Latin American sex workers and the way to try to survive in the margins of Dutch society.
Nadia Bouras, PhD
Nadia Bouras recently defended her PhD on Moroccan migration to the Netherlands in the history department of Leiden University. Her research focuses on Moroccan migrants' transnational ties from a historical and gender perspective. Nadia studied history at the Free University in Amsterdam. In 2009, she co-authored a book on Moroccans in the Netherlands. For the past five years, Nadia Bouras was a member of the Moroccan Royal Commission on Moroccans Living Abroad. In Amsterdam, she is actively involved with the Moroccan community and in debates around migration, gender, and Muslim cultures.
Francio Guadeloupe, PhD
Francio Guadeloupe is an anthropologist and a lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. Francio lectures in the field of race and multiculturalism. He finished his PhD in 2006 and published several books and articles on race, multiculturalism, Caribbean culture, and religion. In the Netherlands, he is an influential speaker in the debate around the (assumed absence of) racism and racist practices in Dutch society. Francio is currently working on a book on the relation between pop culture, migration, and identity within the Caribbean and Europe.
Jasmijn Rana is an anthropologist of Dutch-Pakistani descent. She previously worked at Imagine Identity and Culture, where she hosted her own exhibition on kickboxing Moroccan-Dutch girls. Jasmijn is currently working on a PhD at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Her research focuses on the daily life of young Muslim women in kickboxing. It explores the process of acquiring bodily knowledge and the acquisition of skills as a means of (re)producing notions of self and senses of belonging. Jasmijn is now participating in kickboxing training during her fieldwork in the Netherlands.