In memoriam Christiane Timmerman

With great sadness we announce that our director prof. dr. Christiane Timmerman passed away on 10 February 2019. CeMIS loses its inspiring founder and leading force. Since the beginning of CeMIS, Chris has lead (inter)national research on migration and interculturality into new directions and contributed to a better understanding of some of our society’s contemporary fundamental questions.

Chris Timmerman (°1959) obtained master’s degrees in psychology (clinical psychology and experimental social psychology, 1983) and in social and cultural anthropology (1987) at the University of Leuven. In 1996 she promoted at the University of Leuven to doctor in the social and cultural anthropology with a thesis on education as diacriticum, on the socio-cultural praxis and ethnicity experience of young Turkish women. Since 1987 she worked as researcher at the Institute for Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, the University of Leuven and the University of Antwerp. From 1997 to 2006 she coordinated the research line Migration and Ethnical Minorities at Oases, the former research group on poverty, social exclusion and the city. Between 2004 and 2011 she was academic director of UCSIA, the University Centre Saint Ignatius Antwerp, of which she has been a board member since 2004.

She was co-founder of the Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CeMIS), the University of Antwerp research institute of which she was director since 2006. She was professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Antwerp.

She taught anthropology at the Université libre de Bruxelles (1997-2001) and the University of Antwerp where she was also co-chair of the course ‘Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Migration and Integration’.

As researcher, research coordinator and director at CeMIS, Chris Timmerman has contributed to putting research on migration and interculturailty in Flanders and Belgian on the map. She was promotor of many national and international research projects and supervised numerous doctoral students in the field of migration and integration. Under her direction CeMIS gained international fame by participating in and leading multiple large scale and EU-funded research projects under the 7the Framework Programme and Horizon2020. Chris Timmerman represented CeMIS on the board of directors of the IMISCOE-network, the European network on migration, integration and social cohesion.

She was the author of numerous national and international publications on migration, interculturality and connected themes.

Above all Chris was the inspiring force in CeMIS who knew how to stimulate and bring together academic research on migration and interculturality in and outside her own research field and university, with attention to contemporary developments and needs, and great care for and courtesy to her colleagues and collaborators. Her inspiration will strengthen us continuously when further pursuing our research.

On behalf of all collaborators of CeMIS we offer our condolences to her family and in particular to her husband, daughter and son, to whom she was a very warm family woman.

The collaborators at CeMIS