Yolande Jansen

Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and Professor by special appointment of Humanism in Relation to Religion and Secularity at the VU University Amsterdam. She is the author of Secularism, Assimilation and the Crisis of Multiculturalism; French Modernist Legacies (2014) and edited The Irregularization of Migration in Europe; Detention, Deportation, Drowning (2015), together with Joost de Bloois and Robin Celikates. She edited a double special issue of the journal Patterns of Prejudice, vol. 54, no. 1/2, February-May 2020 on ‘Genealogies of “Jews” and “Muslims” in the race-religion nexus’, together with Nasar Meer. In 2023, she published on the relation between the far right, religion, and the ecological crisis through a reading of Bruno Latour’s late work, in Atalia Omer and Joshua Lupo (eds), Contending Modernities: Religion, Nationalism, Populism, Notre Dame University Press (with Jasmijn Leeuwenkamp). An article introducing the notion of ‘inquisitive racialisation’, written with Marieke van der Steen, will be coming out in Identities in June 2024.


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Antisemitism, anti-Palestinian racism and Europe

A plea for a critical and democratic debate

The EU and individual European countries are not bystanders to the ‘Israel-Palestine conflict’ but enmeshed in it both historically and today. Using charges of antisemitism to preempt criticism of Israel doesn’t just erode the concept morally and politically, but also excuses Europe of its responsibility for the Palestinians’ oppression.

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