Sara de Jong
I am a lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of York. I have held (visiting) fellowships at the University of Vienna (EU FP7 Marie Curie Fellowship), University of Goettingen, the International Institute of Social Studies (the Hague), the University of Leeds, the Jan van Eyck Academy and the University of Nottingham.
I currently conduct research on the claims to protection, rights and settlement by Afghans and Iraqis who have worked for Western military forces and development organisations, as well as on the activities and strategies of their advocates, including veterans, lawyers and civil society activists.
Read more about this research and its impact in these commentaries: "Afghan Interpreters Demand Rights, Not Favours" (Discover Society, 6 November 2019); "Abandoned by the British, Afghan Interpreters Explain How They Wait for Years Seeking Safety" (The Conversation, 30 May 2018); and "Afghan Interpreters: Belonging on the Battlefield, Excluded From the Nation?" (openDemocracy, 12 May 2018).
I was invited to give oral evidence to the House of Common's Defence Select Committee on Afghan civilians who supported British forces during their involvement in Afghanistan. Watch the session here. The committee's report, "Lost in Translation? Afghan Interpreters and Other Locally Employed Civilians" (pdf), was published in May 2018. Listen to a podcast about the findings of the report here.
Broader areas of interests: the politics of unequal encounters in a global world, more specifically politics of NGOs and (global) civil society; migration and refugees, in particular support and advocacy initiatives; (post)colonialism, race and racism; gender, sexuality and feminist politics; the role of brokers in international development, conflict and migration; and processes of co-optation of radical politics and complicity.
Selected Publications in the Field of Language, Culture and Justice
De Jong, S. (2018) "Brokerage and Transnationalism: Present and Past Intermediaries, Social Mobility and Mixed Loyalties," Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 25(5): 610-628.
Severs, E. and S. de Jong (2018) "Preferable Minority Representatives: Brokerage and Betrayal," PS: Political Science and Politics, doi:10.1017/S1049096517002499.
De Jong, Sara (2018) "A Window of Opportunity? Refugee Staff's Employment in Migrant Support and Advocacy Organizations," Identities-Global Studies in Culture and Power. pp. 1-19. ISSN 1070-289X
De Jong, S. (2016) "Cultural Brokers in Postcolonial Migration Regimes." In: Negotiating Normativity: Postcolonial Appropriations, Contestations and Transformations (eds. N. Dhawan, E. Fink, J. Leinius, and R. Mageza-Barthel). Berlin: Springer, 45–59.