I. (Irene) van Oorschot MSc.

Irene van Oorschot
Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB)
Erasmus University Rotterdam

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?

  • I. van Oorschot & P. Mascini (2018). Cases under construction. In W. van Boom, P. Desmet & P. Mascini (Eds.), Empirical Legal Research in Action Reflections on Methods and their Applications (pp. 194-226). Cheltenham, UK & Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar
  • I. van Oorschot (2018, februari 2). Ways of case-making. EUR Prom./coprom.: prof.dr. R.J. van der Veen & prof.dr. P. Mascini.
  • J. Harambam & I. van Oorschot (2012, juni 11). Copyright? Copywrong! NRC Next
  • I. van Oorschot (Ed.). (2015) Sociologie.
  • I. van Oorschot & W. Schinkel (2015, januari 15). Het dossier als grensobject: Allo- en autoreferentie in het strafrecht. Antwerpen, VSR Conference: Sociology of Law in Europe.
  • I. van Oorschot (2014, december 11). Case Files in Action: Folding and Unfolding Practices in Legal Truth-finding. Rotterdam, PhD Day.
  • I. van Oorschot (2014, september 19). Ironie als Situatie: Saint Orlan's Lichaamskunst. Perdu, Amsterdam, Achtung Ironie.
  • G. Schippers, P. Mascini, D. Weenink & I. van Oorschot (2013). Judges? Choices and Rankings of Sentence Types: An Explorative Study at a Dutch Police Court. Paper presented at the Law and Society Conference, session Comparative Case Studies in Criminal Justice: Boston, United States (2013, mei 28 - 2013, juni 2).
  • G. Schippers, P. Mascini, D. Weenink & I. van Oorschot (2012). Ongelijkheid naar rechterlijke beslissingen over strafsoorten. VSR-jaarvergadering: Wijk aan Zee (2012, januari 12 - 2012, januari 13).
  • I. van Oorschot (2009, september 1). The Female Qat Chew. Yemen Today, the Ramadan Issue


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