Chairholder 2005-2006: Rema Hammami

Professor Rema Hammami

In May 2005 professor Rema Hammami was appointed to the Prince Claus Chair by the ISS for the period 2005/2006.

Rema Hammami, summary curriculum vitea

  • Professor Hammami received a BA in Political Science (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Cincinnati, followed by an MA in Cultural Anthropology from Temple University, Philadelphia. In 1994, she received her PhD from Temple University with a thesis entitled Between Heaven and Earth: Transformation in Religiosity and Labor among Peasant Refugee Women in South Coastal Palestine/the Gaza Strip 1922-1992.
  • She is Chair of the MA Programme in Gender, Law and Development at the Institute of Women`s Studies at Birzeit University (from 1996), where she`s also Assistant Professor in Anthropology and Research Coordinator (from 1994).
  • Professor Hammami was Executive Director (1993-1994) of Shu`un al Mar`a – Women`s Affairs Research and Training Centre in Nablus. She was one of the organisation’s founders and a research coordinator there from 1991 to 1993.
  • She was a Visiting Scholar at the Women`s Studies Institute, New York (1998), and received a research award from the Diana Tamari Sabbagh and the Write-up Award from Temple University.
  • Professor Hammami has acted as consultant to various international organisations in relation to her research fields of gender, anthropology and politics in Palestinian affairs, including the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex (1999-2000), the Swedish Development Aid (SIDA) in 1999, the Palestine Ministry of Labour (1996-1997) and, in the Netherlands, NOVIB in 1990.
  • She carries out a significant amount of voluntary work, as a member of the board of management of many organisations, including MIFTAH, the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (from 2003), MUWATIN, the Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy (from 2001), and the Institute for Jerusalem Studies (from 1995).
  • Professor Hammami is on the editorial boards of the Jerusalem Quarterly File (from 1998) and the Middle East Report (from 1996).

For more information, download her full CV.

Inaugural Address of professor Rema Hammami, 20 April 2006

Professor Rema Hammami has given her inaugural address on April 20, 2006. 

Download the inaugural address of professor Rema Hammami (PDF file, 129 kb)

Appointment of Professor Rema Hammami

May 2005

Palestinian appointed to Prince Claus Chair 2005/2006

This week the Institute of Social Studies has appointed Dr Rema Hammami as holder of the Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity 2005/2006, following her nomination by the Curatorium. The Prince Claus Chair is a rotating chair in the field of development and North-South relations and was established by Utrecht University and the Institute of Social Studies (ISS).

Dr. Hammami is working in Palestine at the Institute of Women`s Studies, Birzeit University, Westbank Palestina. She has done research on civil society development, political movements, state formation and cross cultural relations between Palestinians and Israelis. Recent work includes an analysis of Palestinian – Israeli interactions at road blocks and border crossings, defining the social space of both parties.
Rema Hammami has been appointed as holder of the Prince Claus Chair because of her impressive academic contribution, as an intellectual protagonist, to peace and co-existence in Palestina. Her gendered approach provides a valuable point of entry into issues of governance, civil society, citizinship, rights and peace. 

The Curatorium of the Prince Claus Chair is chaired by Princess Máxima of the Netherlands. Young academics from Africa, Asia or Latin America are eligible for appointment to the Chair for one academic year, with the Chair alternating annually between Utrecht University and the ISS. In establishing the Prince Claus Chair, Utrecht University and the ISS aim to advance research and teaching in the field of development and equity, in line with Prince Claus’s views and ideas in this regard. Previous holders of the Chair are Professor Mansoob Murshed (from Bangladesh), Professor Amina Mama (from Nigeria/South Africa) and Professor Rivera-Salgado (from Mexico).