Irene van Oorschot is a PhD student at the Department of Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Irene van Oorschot, Msc. attained a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts and Sciences at University College Utrecht (2007), after which she pursued a research master in the social sciences at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research. In this context, she spent eight months in Sana’a, Yemen, to ethnographically study young women’s khat consumption.
In 2012, she started her PhD research at Erasmus University. In this project, she aims to ethnographically trace the unfolding of criminal court cases. She is particularly interested in the legal case file, for instance in the ways it mediates epistemic access to the events in (legal) question, the distributed work practices that coalesce around these files, and the particular material and temporal “recalcitrance” of these objects in judges’ sense-making and truth-finding practices. In her approach she is informed and inspired by the social study of knowledge practices and particularly, actor network-theoretical approaches.
Her research interest more broadly lie in the question of knowledge and truth – how and where are these produced, how do they circulate? - and the question of materiality – how and where do artifacts, objects and instruments in and for knowledge-making make what kind of differences?