Prof. dr. Evelien Gans (1951) is holding the chair for Modern Jewish History at the University of Amsterdam. Amongst other things she published Gojse nijd & joods narcisme (Goyish envy & Jewish narcissism) (1994), on the relationship between Jews and Gentiles in The Netherlands, De kleine verschillen die het leven uitmaken (The small differences that determine life) (1999), a thesis on the changing identity of Dutch Jewish social-democrats and socialist-zionists in the twentieth century, for which she received the Henriëtte Roland Holst award.
In 2008 she published the first part of a double biography of a Dutch-Jewish father (Jaap) and son (Ischa), a historian and a journalist who both survived Bergen- Belsen: Jaap en Ischa Meijer. Een joodse geschiedenis 1912-1956 (Jaap and Ischa Meijer. A Jewish history). For this book she received the Henriëtte Boas award. She is working on part two: Ischa and Jaap Meijer. Een joodse geschiedenis 1956-1995.
Evelien Gans regularly writes on antisemitism and the function of anti-Jewish stereotypes. Since 2010 she leads the NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) research project The Dynamics of Contemporary Antisemitism in a globalising context. ‘The Jew’ as a framing model in The Netherlands, Morocco, Poland and Turkey. A book is forthcoming in 2013.
Dissertation: De kleine verschillen die het leven uitmaken. Een historische studie over joodse sociaaldemocraten en socialistisch-zionisten in Nederland (1999)
- Professor Modern Jewish History at the Universtiy of Amsterdam
Other professional activities:
- Member of MbII [Menasseh ben Israel Instituut] Commission for History and Culture of the Jews in the Netherlands.