dr. A.S. Vollebergh (Anick)
Universitair docent - Culturele Antropologie en Ontwikkelingsstudies
Universitair docent - Radboud Social Cultural Research
Thomas van Aquinostraat 4
6525 GD NIJMEGEN
6500 HE NIJMEGEN
My research focuses on the lived experience and practical governance of urban marginality and diversity in a postcolonial Europe marked by racialized and secularist anxieties and desires. I do so by ethnographically tracing how key notions haunting current European discussions, are negotiated, given shape, and reimagined by urban denizens, activist organizations, and institutional actors in various national contexts. I am co-applicant of the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA) project 'Crafting Resilience', which investigates what new state-citizen relations are developed under the aegis of 'social resilience' in policy, social work and grassroots projects. ‘Crafting Resilience’ examines the dilemmas and challenges of such attempts to bridge the gap between state and institutions and marginalized citizens together with a range of consortium partners and social practitioners, attending in particular to questions of power, ethno-racial difference and unspoken norms.
In parallel to the NWA-project, I am currently developing a new research line on the so-called crisis of 'authority' , and the way in which doing authority in the Netherlands is rearticulated between authoritarian populism and therapeutic personal-development models of 'non-violence'.
Research interests: ethics and personhood, authority and freedom, conviviality and urban life, phenomenology of race, piety and liberal-secularism, the state and new public governance, populism and vitalism.
- Vollebergh, A.S. (2022). Circuiting parents' voice: Parenting discussion groups and institutional healing in northeast Paris. Ethnography, 23 (3), 382-403. doi: 10.1177/1466138119897085 Volledige tekst
- Vollebergh, A.S., Koning, A. de & Marchesi, M. (2021). Intimate states: Techniques and entanglements of governing through community in Europe. Current Anthropology, 62 (6), 741-770. doi: 10.1086/718140
- Koning, A. de & Vollebergh, A.S. (2019). Ordinary icons: Public discourses and everyday lives in an anxious Europe. American Anthropologist, 121 (2), 390-402. doi: 10.1111/aman.13207 Volledige tekst
- Koning, A. de, Marchesi, M., Vollebergh, A.S., Ruijtenberg, W.D., Botton, S.L. & Chakkour, S. (2018). Reproducing Europe: Migrant families, professionals and the welfare state. Nijmegen: Reproducing Europe team, Radboud University Volledige tekst
- Vollebergh, A.S. (2018). Uitsluiten door 'samenleven'. In W. Modest & R. Lelijveld (Eds.), Woorden doen ertoe: Een incomplete gids voor woordkeuze binnen de culturele sector (pp. 51-55). Amsterdam: Tropenmuseum Volledige tekst
- Vollebergh, A.S. (2016). The other neighbour paradox: Fantasies and frustrations of 'living together' in Antwerp. Patterns of Prejudice, 50 (2), 129-149. doi: 10.1080/0031322X.2016.1161957 Volledige tekst
- 2016 - 2019 Postdoctoral Research - ERC-project 'Reproducing Europe'. 'Reproducing Europe' brings together the perspectives of Egyptian-background parents and those of parenting support professionals in three European cities: Amsterdam, Milan and Paris. Grounded in 10 months of fieldwork in northeast Paris, my research examined how community organizers in stigmatized neighbourhoods seek to empower migrant parents vis-à-vis state institutions and change those institutions from the margins. The project has resulted in a public book that is freely accessible in four languages (EN, FR, NL, IT) on the project website. I am co-promotor of PhD candidate Soukaina Chakkour Meer informatie
- 2007 - 2016 PhD Thesis: 'Strange Neighbors. The politics of living together in Antwerp' Based on fieldwork in Antwerp between 2008-2010 spanning , this project offers a genealogy of the emergence of the notion of 'living together' (samenleven) as political ideal and the way it shapes everyday life in diverse urban neighborhoods. Following the practices and contestations of citizens with diverse backgrounds - from pious Jewish to "creative middle class" white residents, from Moroccan-Muslim to working-class self-defined "autochthons" - the thesis demonstrates that "living together" acts simultaneously as an aspirational, ethical horizon and as a new racializing lens for denying and attributing national belonging and moral worth. Meer informatie
- 2022 - 2027 NWA project - Crafting Resilience I am co-applicant of the Crafting Resilience project, participating in two research lines (WP1 'Resilient neighborhoods and communities' and WP4 'Comparative Perspectives') and member of the International Expert Panel. Project description Policy-makers increasingly look to collaborations between state, community organizations and citizens to overcome social disparities and create social resilience, especially in marginalized communities. The urgency of current societal challenges makes such governmental innovations of the utmost importance. However, building social resilience through new collaborative state-citizen arrangements remains a promise rather than a tried and tested path. ‘Crafting Resilience’ examines the dilemmas and challenges of such attempts to craft new, resilient state-citizen arrangements. It examines selected programs and approaches that seek to bolster social resilience by crafting new relations between the state and citizens. Meer informatie