prof.dr. (Willem) W Schinkel


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Willem Schinkel (1976) is Professor of Social Theory at Erasmus University Rotterdam and a member of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

He finished his PhD. (cum laude) in 2005, which won him the Willem Nagel triennial book-prize of the Dutch Society for Criminology. He publishes in a wide range of subjects, including social theory and social philosophy, the sociology of art and STS. In 2007, he was visiting scholar at NYU (New York, USA); in 2010 he was visiting scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge (NYU); and in the spring of 2011 he was visiting scholar at Humboldt University in Berlin (philosophy department).

After working on a Veni grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), he is currently the principal investigator of the ERC project Monitoring Modernity, which focuses on the ways society is imagined in the monitoring of flows of migrants, flows of capital and climate change.

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Key publications (selection):

  • (2012): De nieuwe democratie. Naar andere vormen van politiek. Amsterdam: Bezige Bij.
  • (2011), edited, with Liesbeth Noordegraaf-Eelens: In Medias Res. Peter Sloterdijk's Spherological Poetics of Being. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  • (2010): Aspects of Violence. A Critical Theory, Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • (2009), edited: Globalization & the State. Sociological Perspectives on the State of the State. Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • (2008): De gedroomde samenleving. Kampen: Klement.
  • (2007): Denken in een tijd van sociale hypochondrie. Aanzet tot een theorie voorbij de maatschappij. Kampen: Klement.

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Full professor | Science Public Issues and Imaginaries
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam

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  • Irene Oorschot & Willem Schinkel (2015) - Het dossier als grensobject: Allo- en autoreferentie in het strafrecht
  • Payal Arora, P Vishnu Poruthiyil, EG (Elke) Geraerts, Steven Walle, Willem Schinkel, Maureen Sie & BF Eekelen (2012) - How to become an "excellent" young academic researcher?
  • Willem Schinkel (2010) - The exception as a mobile principle
  • Willem Schinkel (2010) - Culturism and the Sociology of Integration
  • Willem Schinkel (2010) - Beleid en Maatschappij (Journal)
  • Willem Schinkel (2010) - Contemporary Political Theory (Journal)
  • Willem Schinkel (2010) - International Sociology (Journal)
  • Willem Schinkel (2010) - Sociologie (Journal)
  • Willem Schinkel (2010) - Theoretical Criminology (Journal)
  • Willem Schinkel (2010) - Theory Culture & Society (Journal)

  • Willem Schinkel, Samira van Bohemen, L. Van Zoonen, I. Van Oorschot & T. Krijnen (2015) - FWOS Grant (awarded by the Dutch Fund for Sexuality Research) for the research project 'Good sex: How young people perceive and practice good sex'


Start date approval
September 2022
End date approval
September 2025

Advanced Social Theory

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2.3C Theoretical Sociology

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4.1 Public Issues: Introduction

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