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Bernike Pasveer

Bernike Pasveer

Head of Academic Affairs

About Bernike

Bernike Pasveer studied sociology in Groningen, and graduated in the field of Science & Technology Studies in Amsterdam. She works as an assistant professor at the University of Maastricht, and as Head of Academic Affairs at NIAS, Amsterdam. Her research interests are the human body’s ‘natural’ achievements (such as getting pregnant, giving birth, being talented, eating, and dying), as well as embodied and situated practices of home-making particularly when ‘home’ and ‘belonging’ are being contested.


Her main publications are Comment la Naissance vient aux Femmes (1996, with Madeleine Akrich), Beter dan Goed. Over Genetica en de Toekomst van Topsport (2005, with Ivo van Hilvoorde), Ways of Home Making in  Care for Later Life (2021, co-edited with Oddgeir Synnes and Ingunn Moser), and ‘Cooking a home. The gastropolitics of belonging in refugee cookbooks’ (in progress).


At Maastricht University, Bernike is mainly involved in teaching in the MA programme Globalisation & Development Studies. As Head of Academic Affairs at NIAS, she coordinates the organization of the NIAS conferences on Belonging, together with Jan Willem Duyvendak she is involved in the supervision of the NIAS fellows, and she is engaged in developing a NIAS policy to diversify the composition of the fellow-groups.