After completing his undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, Michiel Piersma decided to follow his passion and went on to study Nationalism Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. What interests Michiel the most, research-wise, are processes of normalization in society. Whether it is the effects of exclusionary political rhetoric in Bosnia-Herzegovina or The Netherlands, Michiel thinks these effects are essential in understanding current trends of polarisation in societies over the world. Now based in Amsterdam again, he works as a volunteer at the Dutch Refugee Council in a project for undocumented refugees. In the (near) future, Michiel would like to conduct a PhD project on forms of resistance in Bosnian education, and the hopes and longings of these Bosnian schoolchildren.
Updated May 2018