!!Jan Bremen - Curriculum Vitae
Jan Breman majored in the social sciences at the University of Amsterdam and specialized in South
and Southeast Asian Studies.
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In 1962 he became a staff member, later reader and professor at Erasmus University (the former
Netherlands Economic School) in Rotterdam, where he held a chair in the sociology of development
since 1974. His transfer in 1987 to Amsterdam University, to teach comparative sociology, coincided
with the establishment of the post-graduate Centre for Asian Studies Amsterdam. He was Dean of
CASA and the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research with which CASA merged, until
September 1998. As a part-time assignment he was also appointed extraordinary professor of
sociology at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. He continues to be affiliated to the
Amsterdam School but is also Fellow of the International Institute of Asian Studies.
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Jan Breman has been visiting professor in India (Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi) and in
Indonesia (Agricultural University, Bogor), and has travelled widely on short-term academic visits to
other Asian countries. He has carried out consultancy missions in the Asian region for ILO, UNRISD,
ESCAP, Asian Development Bank, as well as for various non-government agencies and for the Dutch
Ministry of Development Cooperation.
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He has been, or still is, on the editorial board of various professional journals: The Journal of Peasant
Studies, The Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Modern Asian Studies, Development and Change,
The Indian Journal of Labour Economiscs, The Journal of Agrarian Change. For a number of years he
has been a member of the board of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Anthropology and Languages
(KITLV), the South Asia Committee of the American Social Science Research Council, the
Committee on Asian Studies of the European Science Foundation, the International Institute of Asian
studies, the Netherlands Foundation for Tropical Research (WOTRO) and the International Institute of
Social History (IISG). He is fellow of the Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the
Academia Europaea.
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Breman’s research interests are: employment and labour relations in contemporary Asia, history of
colonialism, labour migration, conditions of poverty and the social question in a global perspective.
On these themes he has supervised twenty-five ph.d. theses.
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