Tuesday, June 4

Bart van der Boom is professor Modern Dutch Political History at the University Leiden. He is particularly specialized in the history of the German Occupation. In 2012 he won the Libris History Award for his book: ‘Wij weten niets van hun lot’ Gewone Nederlands en de Holocaust’ (‘We do not know anything about their faith’ Ordinary Dutch citizens and the Holocaust), in which he further explores the controversial question: knew the ordinary Dutch citizens in ’40-45’ of the Holocaust?
Ido de Haan studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. In 2003 he became a professor in Modern Political History at Utrecht University. He worked on the political history of the Netherlands, on the history and memory of the Holocaust and on the history of the welfare state and democracy in Western Europe. From 2006 to 2007 he was a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2008, Ido de Haan was appointed Head of the Department of History and Art History at Utrecht University. He is also a member of the Committee for the Study of History and Culture of Jews of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, and editor of The Low Countries Historical Review. In 2008, he published the book ‘Het bange Nederland’ (The Fearful Netherlands), in which he accused political parties from the centre and even from the left copying the radical anti-Islam rhetoric of Geert Wilders in order to win votes. He is currently director of the undergraduate humanities honors program of Utrecht University.

Shirin Musa is co-founder of Femmes for Freedom, a non-profit organization that raises awareness for women’s rights, and especially women who have been forced into or are enforced to stay in a marriage. Femmes for Freedom strives for complete compliance of the United Nations Women’s treaty, with the special emphasis on article 16 that determines that men and women in as well as after marriage should be treated equally. Shirin Musa herself has had an experience of being trapped into an unwilling marriage. Between 2005 and 2010, she was married to a man from a Pakistani family. In 2008, she divorced her husband by Dutch law, but he enforced her into the marriage by Islamic law. On the basis of the Dutch law, she demanded that her husband should be convicted, with success. Besides Femmes for Freedom, Shirin Musa studies Law at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.

Mehmet Sahin came to the Netherlands in 1993 where he started studying Social Geography and Planning at the University of Amsterdam. After completing his study, Sahin briefly worked as a housing policy officer at Portaal and Rochdale. Afterwards he worked as a researcher at the Department of Religious Studies and Theology at Utrecht University. In 2009, Sahin, together with Martin van Bruinessen, got involved in a parliamentary investigation of the Fethullah Gülen movement in the Netherlands. Together with Van Bruinessen he independently investigated the Gülen movement at the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, focusing on the internal organization of the movement. Currently, Sahin is working on a dissertation about the self-discipline of the followers in the Dutch branch of the Gülen movement at VU University Amsterdam. In 2013 he stirred much controversy when Sahin made report, for a Dutch television network, on the Holocaust and Dutch-Turkish youngsters. In the show the youngsters uttered anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi remarks.

Annemarike Stremmelaar studied Turkish Languages and Cultures at Leiden University, where she defended her PhD dissertation Justice and Revenge in the Ottoman Rebellion of 1703 in 2007. From 2007 to 2009, she worked at the Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) as editor of ISIM Review. From 2008 to 2010 she also was a Lecturer in History of the Middle East in the Department of Arabic and Islam at Radboud University Nijmegen. She is currently employed as researcher on the project “The Dynamics of Contemporary Anti-Semitism in a Globalising Context” at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam. She is board member of the Dutch Association for Middle Eastern Studies (MOI) and editor-in-chief of ZemZem, a Dutch-language journal on the Middle East, North Africa, and Islam.

Kathalijne Buitenweg is PhD researcher European Law at the University of Amsterdam and a member of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights. Buitenweg has obtained a doctorate in American Studies and European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. From 1999-2000 she was a member of the European Parliament for the Dutch political party Groenlinks (Green left). Before she was a co-worker of the fraction of Green left in the European and Dutch Parliament. She was a member of the committee of civilian freedoms, justice and internal affairs. She in particular focused on the equal treatment of people and the fight against discrimination. Since 2011, Buitenweg is also a member of The Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV).

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