Prof. dr. Rosemarie Buikema

Emeritus Professor
Gender Studies

“The arts can lead us in the understanding of mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion and guide us in the implementation of social justice.”

Research focus: Transnational Memory, Cultural Critique, Feminist Theory, Postcolonial theory, Processes of Inclusion and Exclusion

Rosemarie Buikema is Professor of Art, Culture and Diversity at Utrecht University. She is chair of the UU Graduate Gender Programme (GGeP) and scientific director of the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG). Buikema coordinates the UU's share of the Erasmus Mundus Master in Gender Studies (GEMMA) and leads the annual international Summer School in Gender Studies: NOISE. In addition, she is co-chair of the platform Gender, Diversity and Global Justice (part of Institutions for Open Society at Utrecht University) and she is the initiator and project leader of MOED, Museum of Equality and Difference.


Buikema’s research concerns the analysis and development of methods, means and measures which can transition communities away from the violence intrinsic in processes of exclusion and discrimination to just and equitable relations. She is in particular interested in how cultural forms themselves can embody and unlock the forces of resistance. Between 2015 and 2020 she was the principal researcher of the work package textual and artistic cultures of gender equality of the GRACE project, part of Horizon 2020.

She has extensive experience in supervising and leading major cultural and academic events and projects. She was the project leader of an EU FP6 Early Stage Research training program that delivered 39 PHDs across the EU.

Author and editor

She is the author of 5 monographs and (co-)editor of 10 edited volumes. She has published widely in the field of feminist and postcolonial theory in international journals such as European Journal of Women's Studies; Women's Studies International Forum; Journal of Gender Studies; European Journal of English Studies; Journal of European Studies; Interventions. International Journal of Postcolonial Studies; Memory Studies; Men and Masculinities; Culture, Health and Sexuality among others. Among her latest co-edited volumes are: Cultures Citizenship and Human Rights (Routledge 2019) Doing Gender in Media Art and Culture (Routledge 2017 and Routledge 2009), Theories and Methodologies in Feminist Research (Routledge 2011) and From Boys to Men (University of Cape Town Press 2007). She was also co-editor of two volumes on Arts in Motion in the series Culture and Migration in the Netherlands (Sdu 2003 and 2004) funded by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

In her recent monograph Revolts in Cultural Critique (Rowman&Littlefield 2020) she combines theories of transitional justice, the politics of aesthetics, and theories of difference and equality to develop new and multi-layered scenarios for change and transnational justice.

Recent work

  • Buikema, R.L. (2020). Revolts in Cultural Critique. London: Rowman&Littlefield.
  • Buikema, R.L., Buyse, A.C. & Robben, A.C.G.M. (2019). Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights. London: Routledge.
  • Buikema, R.L., Thiele, K.C. & Plate, L. (2017). Doing Gender in Media, Art and Culture - A Comprehensive Guide in Gender Studies. London/New York: Routledge.

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Art, Culture and Diversity
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