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Dr. S.A. (Saskia) Bonjour

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Challenges to Democratic Representation
Photographer: Dirk Gillissen, UvA

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 127
  • Room number:B10.06
Postal address
  • Postbus 15578
    1001 NB Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Saskia Bonjour is associate professor in political science. She teaches mostly in the field of gender & politics and intersectionality. Her research focuses on the politics of migration and citizenship in the Netherlands and in Europe. She is especially interested in family migration, civic integration, gender and migration, and Europeanisation.

     

    Research 

    Through her study of the politics and policies of migration and citizenship, Saskia Bonjour explores how political actors define identities and communities, that is how they distinguish between ‘us’ and ‘them’. Her research is about how these actors define criteria of membership as well as the rights and resources which flow from different degrees of membership and deservingness, and thus what it means to belong. A crucial line of inquiry in her work is the relation between the politics of intimacy and the politics of belonging, i.e. the way in which gender and family norms shape the politics of migration and citizenship.Other aspects of migration politics that she has published about include the impact of law and courts, Europeanisation, party politics, and the impact of news media on policymaking. Saskia Bonjour's research approach is comparative and interdisciplinary, drawing not only from political science but also from history, law, and sociology.  

    In 2019, the Dutch Research Council (NWO) awarded Saskia Bonjour a VIDI grant for a five year research project entitled "Strange(r) Families. Political Contestation over Family Migration Rights for Non-Normative Families". The Strange(r) Families project revolves around the question: which families belong in Europe? The right to family migration is highly contested for families which deviate from the norm, such as same-sex or polygamous families. This project analyses how migration law and politics deal with different kinds of families asking to be allowed to live together in Europe. You can find more information about the Stranger Families project on the project website.

    Saskia Bonjour also participates in the research project "EMiC - Externalizing Migration Control", which brings together researchers from the University of Gothenburg and the University of Amsterdam to study the externalisation of EU migration policy in Africa, with a particular focus on the European Trust Fund for Africa.

    Recent publications include the Routledge Handbook of the Politics of Migration in Europe, co-edited with Agnieszka Weinar and Lyubov Zhyznomirska, as well as a special issue on Intimate Citizenship. Citizenship, Membership and Belonging in Mixed-Status Families, co-edited with Betty de Hart and published in Identities.

    Teaching 

    Saskia Bonjour teaches the courses 'Diversity, Equality and Justice' and 'The Politics of Gender and Race in (Post) Colonial History'.

    She is coordinator of the Minor Gender and Sexuality.

     

    Ancillary Activities

    Saskia Bonjour is a member of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). 

    Saskia is Senior Editorial Fellow of the journal Migration Politics.  She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales. Saskia leads the Migration Network of the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES). She is also board member of the Dutch Association for  Migration Research (DAMR) and a member of the board of the Amsterdam Research Center on Gender and Sexuality  (ARC-GS). In addition,  she is a member of the Executive Board and the Conference Committee of the Council for European Studies. She is also a member of the board of the Catharina van Tussenbroekfonds which supports female scientists. From 2016 to 2019, she was a member of the  Advisory Committee on Migration Affairs (ACVZ) which advises the Dutch government and parliament on immigration law and policy. 

     

    Media

    Saskia Bonjour regularly contributes to national public discussions about migration and citizenship policy (e.g. NPO Radio 1 in 2021op-ed in De Volkskrant in 2018, Buitenhof in 2013) She also writes online blogs (for instance on StukRoodVlees)

     

    Curriculum vitae 

    Saskia Bonjour defended her PhD thesis at Maastricht University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in 2009. From September 2008 until May 2009, she was employed as a researcher officer by the International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in Vienna. She then moved to Brussels, where she worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the  Group for research on Ethnic Relations, Migration and Equality (GERME) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. From March 2012 until August 2014, she worked at the Leiden University Institute for History as a postdoctoral research fellow.

     

     

     

  • Publications

    2021

    • Bonjour, S. A. (2021). Epilogue: Shaping the Nation through Civic Integration: A Postcolonial Perspective on Paradoxical Policies. Revue Europeenne des Migrations Internationales, 36(4), 135-142.
    • Bonjour, S. A., & Cleton, L. (2021). The politics of family migration: co-constructions of family and belonging. In E. Carmel, R. Paul, & K. Lenner (Eds.), Edward Elgar handbook on The Politics and Governance of Migration (pp. 161-172). Edward Elgar.
    • Bonjour, S., & de Hart, B. (2021). Intimate citizenship: introduction to the special issue on citizenship, membership and belonging in mixed-status families. Identities : Global Studies in Culture and Power, 28(1), 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1080/1070289X.2020.1737404 [details]
    • de Hart, B. (Guest ed.), & Bonjour, S. (Guest ed.) (2021). Intimate Citizenship: Citizenship, Membership and Belonging in Mixed-status Families. Identities : Global Studies in Culture and Power, 28(1), 1-128. https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/gide20/28/1 [details]

    2020

    • Welfens, N. P. M. R., & Bonjour, S. A. (2020). Families first? The mobilisation of family norms in refugee resettlement. International Political Sociology. https://doi.org/10.1093/ips/olaa022

    2018

    • Bonjour, S. (2018). Family Reunification and Migrant Integration Policies in the EU: Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion. In A. Ripoll Servent, & F. Trauner (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Justice and Home Affairs Research (pp. 215-226). (Routledge Handbooks). London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315645629-18 [details]
    • Bonjour, S. (2018). The Role of the State and the Image of Migrants: Debating Dutch Civic Integration Policies, 2003-2011. In A. Rea, E. Bribosia, I. Rorive, & D. Sredanovic (Eds.), Governing Diversity: Migrant Integration and Multiculturalism in North America and Europe (pp. 203-217). (Etudes européennes). Brussels: Editions de l'Université de Bruxelles. [details]
    • Bonjour, S., & Duyvendak, J. W. (2018). The “migrant with poor prospects”: racialized intersections of class and culture in Dutch civic integration debates. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 41(5), 882-900. https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2017.1339897 [details]
    • Bonjour, S., Ripoll Servent, A., & Thielemann, E. (2018). Beyond venue shopping and liberal constraint: a new research agenda for EU migration policies and politics. Journal of European Public Policy, 25(3), 409-421. https://doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2016.1268640 [details]

    2016

    2015

    2014

    • Bonjour, S. A. (2014). The transfer of pre-departure integration requirements for family migrants among member states of the European Union. Comparative Migration Studies, 2(2), 203-226. https://doi.org/10.5117/CMS2014.2.BONJ
    • Bonjour, S. A., & Scholten, P. (2014). The Netherlands. In A. Triandafyllidou, & R. Gropas (Eds.), European immigration: a sourcebook. - 2nd edition (pp. 262-271). (Research in migration and ethnic relations series). Farnham: Ashgate.
    • Vink, M., Bonjour, S. A., & Adam, I. (2014). European integration, consensus politics and family migration policy in Belgium and the Netherlands. In H. Vollaard, J. Beyers, & P. Dumont (Eds.), European integration and consensus politics in the Low Countries (pp. 193-212). (Europe and the nation state; No. 17). London: Routledge.

    2013

    2012

    • Bonjour, S. A., & Lettinga, D. (2012). Debates on headscarves and civic integration abroad, in France and in the Netherlands: What can models explain? Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, 10(3), 260-278. https://doi.org/10.1080/15562948.2012.693036

    2011

    • Bonjour, S. (2011). The Power and Morals of Policymakers. Reassessing the Control Gap Debate. The International Migration Review, 45(1), 89-122. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1747-7379.2010.00840.x
    • Bonjour, S. A. (2011). Problematical Otherness: Defining and Dealing With the Other in French and Dutch Civic Integration Abroad Policies. In S. A. Bonjour, A. Rea, & D. Jacobs (Eds.), The Others in Europe: Legal and Social Categorization in Context (pp. 51-62). (Etudes européennes). Bruxelles: Les Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles.
    • Rea, A., Bonjour, S. A., & Jacobs, D. (2011). Introduction. In S. Bonjour, A. Rea, & D. Jacobs (Eds.), The Others in Europe: Legal and Social Categorization in Context (pp. 7-20). (Etudes européennes). Bruxelles: Les Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles.

    2010

    • Bonjour, S. (2010). Between Integration Provision and Selection Mechanism. Party Politics, Judicial Constraints, and the Making of French and Dutch Policies of Civic Integration Abroad. European Journal of Migration and Law, 12(3), 299-318. https://doi.org/10.1163/157181610X520382
    • Bonjour, S. A. (2010). Recht, partijpolitiek en omgang met de ‘Ander’. Waarom het Nederlands beleid inzake inburgering in het buitenland strenger is dan dat van Frankrijk. Migrantenstudies, 26(4), 305-322.

    2009

    • Strasser, E., Kraler, A., Bonjour, S. A., & Bilger, V. (2009). Doing family. Responses to state constructions of ‘the migrant family’ across Europe. The History of the Family, 14(2), 165-176. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hisfam.2009.02.005

    2008

    • Bonjour, S. A. (2008). Ambtelijke onmin rond gezinnen van gastarbeiders. Beleidsvorming inzake gezinsmigratie in Nederland, 1955-1970. Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis, 5(1), 101-127.

    2021

    • Bonjour, S. A., & Cleton, L. (2021). Gendered Migration: A Gender Perspective on International Migration and Migration Politics. In J. Money, & S. P. Lockhart (Eds.), Introduction to International Migration. Population Movements in the 21st Century (pp. 127-148). Routledge.

    2019

    • Weinar, A., Bonjour, S., & Zhyznomirska, L. (2019). Introduction: The Case for a Regional Approach to Study Politics of Migration. In A. Weinar, S. Bonjour, & L. Zhyznomirska (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of the Politics of Migration in Europe (pp. 1-11). (Routledge international handbooks). London: Routledge. [details]
    • Weinar, A., Bonjour, S., & Zhyznomirska, L. (Eds.) (2019). The Routledge Handbook of the Politics of Migration in Europe. (Routledge international handbooks). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315512853 [details]

    2018

    • Bonjour, S., & Chauvin, S. (2018). Social Class, Migration Policy and Migrant Strategies: An Introduction. International Migration, 56(4), 5-18. https://doi.org/10.1111/imig.12469 [details]
    • Bonjour, S., & Kraler, A. (2018). Family migration and integration: academic insights. In O. Kapella, N. F. Schneider, & H. Rost (Eds.), Familie - Bildung - Migration. Familienforschung im Spannungsfeld zwischen Wissenschaft, Politik und Praxis: Tagungsband zum 5. Europäischen Fachkongress Familienforschung (pp. 197-208). Opladen: Verlag Barbara Budrich. [details]

    2016

    • Bonjour, S., & Kraler, A. (2016). Family migration and migrant integration. In A. Triandafyllidou (Ed.), Routledge handbook of immigration and refugee studies (pp. 153-160). (Routledge international handbooks). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315759302 [details]

    2015

    • Bonjour, S., Coello-Eertink, L., Dagevos, J., Huinder, C., Odé, A., & de Vries, K. (Eds.) (2015). Open grenzen, nieuwe uitdagingen: arbeidsmigratie uit Midden- en Oost-Europa. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]
    • Chauvin, S. (Author), Pallister-Wilkins, P. (Author), Vigneswaran, D. (Author), del Valle, H. (Author), & Bonjour, S. (Author). (2015). Aylan Kurdi: coming to terms with an image. Web publication/site, Society & Space. https://www.societyandspace.org/articles/aylan-kurdi-coming-to-terms-with-an-image [details]

    2014

    • Bonjour, S. A. (2014). Grens en gezin. Beleidsvorming inzake gezinsmigratie in Nederland, 1955-2005. Amsterdam: Aksant.

    2011

    • Bonjour, S., Rea, A., & Jacobs, D. (2011). The Others in Europe: Legal and Social Categorization in Context. (Etudes européennes). Bruxelles: Les Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles.

    2010

    2020

    2019

    • Richelle, K., Bonjour, S. A., de Lange, T., Louwinger-Rijk, J., Avontuur, S., & Otten, C. (2019). Veranderend ouderschap en migratie. Vreemdelingenrechtelijke aspecten van meerouderschap, meerpersoonsgezag en draagmoederschap. Adviescommissie Vreemdelingenzaken (ACVZ). https://www.adviescommissievoorvreemdelingenzaken.nl/publicaties/publicaties/2019/02/18/veranderend-ouderschap-en-migratie
    • de Lange, T., Bonjour, S. A., Van der Leun, J., Van Loon, T., Richelle, K., Avontuur, S., Obermann, L., & Verbaten, H. (2019). Verkenning ‘Legale kanalen voor arbeidsmigranten. Adviescommissie Vreemdelingenzaken (ACVZ).

    2018

    2013

    • Bonjour, S. (2013). [Review of: A. Kraler, et al. (2011) Gender, generations and the family in international migration]. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 39(8), 1362-1363. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2013.784082

    2012

    • Bonjour, S. A. (2012). [Review of: E. Guild, S. Mantu. Constructing and Imagining Labour Migration; Perspectives of Control from Five Continents]. Journal of Common Market Studies, 50(1), 188-189.
    • Bonjour, S. A. (2012). [Review of: M. Altena. A true history full of romance : mixed marriages and ethnic identity in Dutch art, news media, and popular culture (1883-1955)]. Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis, 9(4), 80-82.

    2011

    • Kraler, A., Bonjour, S., Cibea, A., Dzhengozova, M., Hollomey, C., Persoon, T., & Reichel, D. (2011). Migrants, minorities and employment. Exclusion and discrimination in the 27 Member States of the European Union. - Update 2003-2008. Wien: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). https://doi.org/10.2811/43290

    2010

    • Wagner, M., & Bonjour, S. A. (2010). Flughafenverfahrensstudie. Studie des rechtlichen Rahmens und administrativer Praktiken hinsichtlich der Behandlung von Asylgesuchen und der Rückführung von unzureichend dokumentierten Personen an Flughäfen in sieben Europäischen Staaten. Bern, Switherland: Bundesamt für Migration.

    2009

    • Bonjour, S. A. (2009). Grens en gezin. Beleidsvorming inzake gezinsmigratie in Nederland, 1955-2005. Journaal Vreemdelingenrecht, 8(4), 260-276.

    2008

    • Bonjour, S. A. (2008). Family Migration Policies in the Netherlands. ICMPD Research & Documentation.

    Award

    • Bonjour, S. (2017). Best Article Award of the APSA Migration & Citizenship Section.

    Membership

    • Bonjour, S. (2020-2024). Het Catharina van Tussenbroekfonds biedt financiele steun aan vrouwelijke wetenschappers bij het opdoen van onderzoekservaring in het buitenland., Stichting Fonds Doctor Catharina van Tussenbroek.
    • Bonjour, S. (2020-2024). Member of the Board and the Conference Committee, Council for European Studies (CES), Columbia University, 420 West 118th Street, MC 3307, New York.
    • Bonjour, S. A. (2019-2024). De Jonge Academie (KNAW).

    Media appearance

    Journal editor

    • Bonjour, S. (editor) (2021-2025). Revue Europeenne des Migrations Internationales (Journal).
    • Bonjour, S. (editor) (2020-2025). Migration Politics (Journal).

    Talk / presentation

    • Bonjour, S. (speaker) & Kunz, S. (speaker) (6-5-2021). Hierarchies Through Categories? The Role of Categories in Migration Policies and Lived Experiences, Public Lecture Series = The Migration-Mobility Nexus, Neuchatel.
    • Bonjour, S. (speaker) (31-3-2021). Slow Scholarship: the editorial philosophy of Migration Politics, The Publication Landscape in Migration and Mobilities Research.
    • Welfens, N. (speaker) & Bonjour, S. (speaker) (26-3-2021). Families First? Family norms in refugee selection, State of the Art Conference 2021.
    • Bonjour, S. (speaker) (6-1-2021). Guest Lecture "Asylum policies in the Netherlands", International Federation of Medical Student Associations - the Netherlands (IFMSA).
    • Bonjour, S. (speaker) (7-10-2020). Shaping the Nation through Civic Integration: A Postcolonial Perspective on Paradoxical Policies, European Politics Online Workshop.
    • Bonjour, S. (speaker) (6-4-2020). Intersectionality, HeForShe x UvA.
    • Bonjour, S. (speaker) (17-10-2019). "Vreemde situaties". De introductie van gezinshereniging voor homoseksuele partners in Nederland, IND 25 jaar Jubileumviering, Den Haag.
    • Bonjour, S. (speaker) (10-12-2018). Migration Policy in Europe: Selecting on Social Class?, Queen Mary, University of London.
    • Bonjour, S. (speaker), M'charek, A. A. (speaker) & Vigneswaran, D. V. (speaker) (1-10-2018). What’s the Use of Race in Migration Studies?, What’s the Use of Race in Migration Studies?, Amsterdam.
    • Bonjour, S. (speaker) (28-5-2018). The “migrant with poor prospects”: racialized intersections of class and culture in Dutch civic integration debates.
    • Bonjour, S. (speaker) (10-11-2017). Family Migration and Integration: Political Perspectives and Academic Insights, 5th European Congress on Family Science, Vienna.
    • Bonjour, S. A. (speaker) (9-12-2012). Luttes acharnées entre fonctionnaires. La politique du regroupement familial aux Pays-Bas, Paper presented at the Workshop : Migrations, Genre et Sexualités. Stratégies matrimoniales et familiales au sein des populations migrantes. Mise en perspective historique (20e siècle), Brussels.

    Others

    • Bonjour, S. (organiser), Cleton, L. (organiser), Westra, E. (organiser) & Evaldsson Mellstrom, S. (organiser) (6-7-2021 - 7-7-2021). Engaging with Intersectional Approaches to the Politics of Migration (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Bonjour, S. (examiner) (9-6-2021). Categories on the Move. Governing Refugees in Transnational Admission Programs to Germany (examination).
    • Klarenbeek, L. (organiser), Welfens, N. P. M. R. (organiser), Bonjour, S. A. (organiser) & Doomernik, J. M. J. (participant) (27-10-2017). DAMR Fall Meeting, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Bonjour, S. A. (organiser) & de Hart, B. (organiser) (4-6-2015 - 5-6-2015). The Problematisation of Family Migration (organising a conference, workshop, ...).

    2009

    • Bonjour, S. A. (2009). Gezin en Grens. Beleidsvorming inzake gezinsmigratie in Nederland, 1955-2005.
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