Interdisciplinary Symposium Identity and Inequality: the Role of Institutions

After the success of last year's symposium on "In- and exclusion; the Role of Institutions", Belle Derks, Marco van Leeuwen and Joop Schippers have again composed an engaging interdisciplinary programme on the topic of Inequality.

The aim of this symposium is to bring together researchers of different disciplines to shed light on the interaction between institutions and identity formation of individuals and groups in modern society.

Broad range of questions

Sjoerd Beugelsdijk & Pepijn van Houwelingen (SCP), Kees van den Bos (Social psychology), Coen Teulings (Economics), Diederick Raven (Anthropology), and Tineke Fokkema (Demography, Erasmus University) will take the floor to address a broad range of questions on identity and inequality.

Which roles have institutions played in the development of Dutch national identity and feelings of inequality?

These questions include: what do the Dutch now think about Dutch values, norms and identity? Which roles have institutions and institutional change played in the development of Dutch national identity and feelings of inequality? Which counter-culture identities exists, and which roles have institutions and the media played in the development of counter-culture identity and feelings of inequality? To put the discussion on Dutch identity into perspective we will also address the question to what extent it is still possible to keep a national identity in “an ever closer” European Union. And to what extent can the difference between the European and the British identity account for Brexit?

This symposium will be especially of interest to scholars who want to discuss and learn about topics related to identity and inequality from multiple scientific perspectives.


Please find the abstracts and more information on the speakers below

10:00 – 10:30

Welcome with coffee and tea

10:30 – 10:40


10:40– 11:30

Sjoerd Beugelsdijk & Pepijn van Houwelingen (SCP)

"Dutch Identity"

11:30– 12:20

Kees van den Bos (UU)


12:20 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:20

Tineke Fokkema (NIDI/EUR)

"Older migrants: one foot in each world"

14:20 – 15:10

Diederick Raven (UU)

"Confused identity"

15:10 – 15:40

Tea and coffee

15:40 – 16:30

Coen Teulings (UU)

"Pensions and risk sharing"

16:30 – 16:40

Closing remarks

16:40 – 17:30


About the speakers

Read more about the speakers on their personal pages, by clicking on the images.

Institutions for Open Societies

Institutions for Open Societies (IOS) is one of the four interdisciplinary research areas of Utrecht University. IOS research focuses on the development and growth of healthy open societies everywhere.

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De Zilveren Vosch, Plompetorengracht 3, Utrecht

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