Four researchers are working on the project:

Evelien Gans (project leader)

Evelien Gans holds the chair for Modern Jewish History at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). As a researcher, she is affiliated with the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. She  has written (among others) 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 Little 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 prestigious Henriëtte Roland Holst award. In 2007 she published the first part of a double biography of a Dutch-Jewish father (Jaap) and son (Ischa), a historian/poet and a journalist/writer who both survived Bergen Belsen: Jaap en Ischa Meijer. Een joodse geschiedenis (A Jewish history); she is now working on part 2. In addition, she publishes regularly on historical and contemporary antisemitism. At this time she is the leader of the NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) project 'The Dynamics of Contemporary Antisemitism in a globalising context. "The Jew" as a Framing Model in The Netherlands, Morocco, Poland and Turkey'.

Remco Ensel

Remco Ensel studied anthropology and history at the University of Amsterdam. He teaches cultural history at the Radboud University Nijmegen and is affiliated with the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. His publications include Saints and Servants in Southern Morocco (Leiden, Brill 1999) – on ethnicity, racism and local Islam –and Alleen Tijdens Kantooruren. Een kleine cultuurgeschiedenis van het kantoorleven ('Office Hours: a Concise Cultural History of White Collar Work') (Nijmegen Vantilt, 2007).  A monograph on the representation of Dutchness via Heimat photography is in preparation.

Iwona Guść

As one the researcher on the project “The Dynamic of Contemporary Antisemitism” Iwona Guść joined the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in March 2010. Her academic education started in Poland where from 1998 to 2003 she studied Dutch Language and Culture at the University of Wrocław. During that period she was awarded the Huygens Scholarship for foreign students and spent several months studying and conducting research for her MA-thesis at the University of Groningen. In the Netherlands she broadened her study expertise by attending the Minor Film Studies Programme. Afterwards, in 2004, she joined The Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture. As a PhD candidate she has been affiliated with the department Arts, Culture and Media. In 2012 she received her PhD from the University of Groningen. Her dissertation project concerned post-war Polish cinema and especially the aspect of subversive practice among the filmmakers during communism and afterwards. In her study she mainly focused on the reception of work by a semi-independent filmmaker Andrzej Kondratiuk.

Annemarike Stremmelaar

Annemarike Stremmelaar studied Turkish Languages and Cultures at the Department of the Islamic Middle East of Leiden University. Arabic, Islam and history were among her minor subjects. The subject of the thesis was Islamist intellectuals in contemporary Turkey and their Weberian discourses on the transferability of the ‘Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism’ to the Muslim world. From 1998 onwards, she worked on her dissertation at the Research School for African, Asian, and Amerindian Studies in Leiden. She examined Ottoman chroniclers’ accounts of rebellion against the government in order to uncover early-modern notions of political legitimacy and the right to rebel. In 2007 she defended the dissertation ‘Justice and Revenge in the Ottoman Rebellion of 1703’ at Leiden University. Subsequently, Annemarike Stremmelaar worked at the Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) as editor of the ISIM Review from 2008 to 2009, and as academic secretary of LUCIS, the Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society in 2010. From 2008 to 2010 she was also teaching history of the Middle East at the Department of Arabic and Islam of Radboud University Nijmegen. Annemarike Stremmelaar is editor of ZemZem, a Dutch journal about the Middle East, North Africa, and Islam.

Evelien Gans
Remco Ensel
Iwona Gusc
Annemarike Stremmelaar