Halleh Ghorashi is Professor in Diversity and Integration at the Sociology department at the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She was born in Iran and came to the Netherlands in 1988. In 1994, she completed her MA degree in Anthropology at the VU University Amsterdam.
She received her Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of Nijmegen. Between 2005 and 2012 she held the prestigious position of PaVEM-chair in Management of Diversity and Integration in the Department of Organization Science at the VU. She is the author of Ways to Survive, Battles to Win: Iranian Women Exiles in the Netherlands and the US (2003, Nova Science Publishers, New York) and several articles on questions of identity, Diaspora, and Iranian women’s movement. She is conducting research, questioning: Why is it important to be culturally sensitive in this culturalist world and how can this cultural sensitivity be created while at the same time avoiding culturalism?’
(Photograph by Pat Kokelkorn)
Video from the Inaugural Lecture
(Download the PDF version of the Inaugural Lecture (in Dutch) here)