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Mariska Jung

Doctoral Candidate


Mariska Jung is a PhD candidate with the Political Science department at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium. She is part of RHEA, the university’s Center for Research on Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality directed by Karen Celis and Gily Coene, and connected to EDGE, the university’s research program on European Democracy and Governance. In addition she is affiliated to the Race Religion Constellation Research hub at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen in the Netherlands, headed by Anya Topolski. Jung graduated cum laude with two bachelor degrees in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam (2013). She further obtained cum laude a master degree in the field of Migration and Development Studies from SOAS University of London (2014). Currently she conducts her PhD research at the crossroads of political theory, critical race theory, postcolonial studies and critical animal studies as she theorizes the dynamics between race, religion and animals in contemporary Europe. Next to her research Jung works as a supervisor of bachelor and master theses in the BSc Political Science and the MA Gender and Diversity at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. There she also teaches queer theory in the context of migration as a recurring guest lecturer in the MA module Gender, Diversity & Politics. Her key research interests are: critical race theory, postcolonial and decolonial theory, critical animal studies, feminist research and queer politics.  

Prior to joining the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Mariska Jung worked as a researcher with several anti-discrimination NGOs, such as the European Network Against Racism in Belgium and IDEM Rotterdam in the Netherlands. She also worked as a producer, program organizer, panelist and moderator in public debating centers in Amsterdam, such as Studio K, Pakhuis De Zwijger and De Balie. She is a Senior Fellow with the international Humanity in Action Fellowship and a member of Dekolonisatie Netwerk voormalig Nederlands-Indië, a network for people in the Netherlands with a diasporic connection to the colonial Dutch East-Indies and contemporary Indonesia, the Moluccan Islands and Papua.

PUBLICATIONS - selection


Jung, M. (2015). ‘Logics of citizenship and violence of rights: The queer migrant body and the asylum system’, Birkbeck Law Review 3(2). 



Jung, M. (2020). Beeldenstorm is stem van de onderdrukten: Jan Pieterszoon Coen Must Fall!. Joop.nl 

Jung, M. (2018). Dutch Gayservatives: homorechten en racisme gaan hand in hand. Versbeton.nl 

Jung, M. (2018). Waar is de steun voor #tegenniqabverbod?. Nieuwwij.nl 

Jung, M. & Walz, G. (2016). Local governance of diversity. Urbandiverscities.eu 

Jung, M. (2016). Het boerkaverbod is terug, maar waar is het debat?. Joop.nl 

Jung, M. & L. Boerhout (2012). 2013 wordt het laatste jaar dat we over Zwarte Piet praten. Joop.nl 



IDEM Rotterdam

Jung, M. (2018). Kenniskaart Islamofobie. Rotterdam: IDEM. 

Witte, R. & Jung, M. (2018). Diversiteit aan de Maas. Signalen over integratie, discriminatie, lhbti-emancipatie en vrouw/man-emancipatie. Rotterdam: IDEM. 

Jung, M. (2018). Een echte man! Wat is dat dan?. Idemrotterdam.nl 

Jung, M. (2016). Feitenkaart Armoede. Rotterdam: IDEM. 

Jung, M. (2016). Discriminatie in Rotterdam. Resultaten van de Omnibusenquête 2015. Rotterdam: IDEM. 

Jung, M. (2016). Stadsbeelden integratie, lhbti-emancipatie en vrouw/man-emancipatie. Rotterdam: IDEM.

Jung, M. (2016). Waarom armoede ook een integratiekwestie is. Idemrotterdam.nl 

Jung, M. (2016). Huwelijkse vrijheid en gevangenschap in Nederland. Rotterdam: IDEM Rotterdam. 

Jung, M. (2016). Emancipatie is een mannenzaak. Idemrotterdam.nl 

Jung, M. (2016). Moreel appèl voor veilige opvang lhbt-vluchtelingen. Idemrotterdam.nl 


Collectief tegen Islamofobie en Discriminatie

Jung, M. (2017). Islamofobie (h)erkennen & bestrijden! Het Collectief tegen Islamofobie en Discriminatie in beeld 2017. Amsterdam: CTID. 


European Network Against Racism

Jung, M. (2016). Forgotten women: The impact of Islamophobia on Muslim women in the Netherlands. Brussels: ENAR.


Postcolonial Europe and its Animal Other: On Race, Religion and Species

Researchers: Mariska Jung

Since the turn of the millennium, the practice of religious slaughter of animals for food consumption has become increasingly politized in Europe, with over ten countries legally intervening in the practice or heavily debating to do so. This politicization occurs against the backdrop of 9/11, the alleged failure of multiculturalism and the problematization of Islam in Europe.

Mariska Jung

Doctoral Candidate

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