Liber Amicorum Maykel Verkuyten

Maykel Verkuyten (one of the founders of the Migration and Societal Change focus area), has very recently retired from Utrecht University/ISW/ERCOMER. We want to thank him for his many contributions to the focus area, his ever-present critical eye in migration research and theory, and having been a formidable colleague. We wish him all the best for his well-deserved retirement, and we hope to remain in contact with him in some way or form.

As a farewell gift, two colleagues from ERCOMER, Jochem Thijs and Anouk Smeekes have composed a Liber Amicorum which takes the form of an edited volume titled: “Migration and Ethnic Relations: Current directions for theory and research – Liber Amicorum for Maykel Verkuyten”

The book consists of 11 chapters, many of which are written by members of the Migration and Societal Change focus area, that highlight ongoing research in the field of Migration and Ethnic Relations.


This book highlights current directions for theory and research in the field of migration and ethnic relations, the academic habitat of Professor Maykel Verkuyten. Maykel joined Utrecht University’s department of Interdisciplinary Social Science in 1993, and has been a central figure within the European Research Center on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER) ever since its inception in 1994. His fascination for ethnic identity, cultural diversity, and intergroup relations has resulted in an impressive record of articles and books. Without exception, his work stands out as strong, clear, and versatile, reflecting his training as a social psychologist and anthropologist, his interdisciplinary focus, his creativity, and his intrinsic desire to understand the social world. This book reflects his interest in ‘Migration and Ethnic Relations’ and contains chapters written by current ERCOMER staff members, as well as colleagues who (recently) left ERCOMER and/or closely collaborated with Maykel. The different contributions address key questions related to immigration and integration, cultural diversity and intergroup relations.

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