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Engelstalig evenement
SPUI25 in spe
28 05 24
Stories of Genocide Survivors in Graphic Novels
Witnesses of Violence

Our perspectives on the past are largely shaped by the stories of those who experienced it. Especially when it comes to sweeping, violent events of 20th-century history, personal stories help us understand the past. During this event, witnesses, researchers and artists explore in what ways graphic novels can capture stories of violence and genocide. As a creative interpretation, graphic novels do not claim to provide a direct or all-encompassing record of events, yet they visualize their later impact.

Datum
Dinsdag 28 mei 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
27 05 24
Democracy Erodes from the Top: Leaders, Citizens, and the Challenge of Populism in Europe

A seeming explosion of support for right-wing populist parties has triggered widespread fears that liberal democracy is facing its worst crisis since the 1930s. In his book Democracy Erodes from the Top, Larry Bartels reveals that the real crisis stems not from an increasingly populist public but from political leaders who exploit or mismanage the chronic vulnerabilities of democracy. Bartels will engage in a conversation with Nik de Boer and Sarah de Lange. Moderator: Ursula Daxecker.

Datum
Maandag 27 mei 2024 20:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
23 05 24
Resisting Data Colonialism: A Practical Intervention

Some people think that colonialism is long over, while others are sure it has never stopped. This event marks the launch of a book exploring a third possibility: not only is colonialism still continuing, but right now it is morphing into possibly its most powerful version yet. This is data colonialism.

Datum
Donderdag 23 mei 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
22 05 24
Campaign Dynamics and Citizen Perspectives
The European Parliament Elections 2024

The campaigns for the European Parliament elections are currently gaining momentum across Europe as 400 million voters will be heading to the polls between 6 and 9 June 2024. During this event, Wouter van der Brug, Katjana Gattermann, Elske van den Hoogen, and Theresa Kuhn will talk about major developments in the campaigns and analyse citizen perspectives towards Europe and the elections.

Datum
Woensdag 22 mei 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
21 05 24
Insights from the first female mayor of Bogotá
The War on Drugs and Violence in Colombia

This evening Claudia López, the first woman elected mayor of Bogotá, and an expert on violence in Colombia, will reflect on the persistence of violence, its connection to the war on drugs, and the peace process. Juan Masullo, an expert on civilian resistance to armed groups and the influence of the war on drugs in Latin America, will contribute insights from academia. Abbey Steele will moderate the discussion.

Datum
Dinsdag 21 mei 2024 20:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
21 05 24
An event with Anita L. Allen
Postmortem Privacy

In 1903, a lawyer called W. Archibald McClean predicted that whatever “the future dominion of the right to privacy” would be, it would be built on the premise “that whatever right of privacy an individual has, dies with him or her.” Call this traditional view the “no-privacy-right-for-the-dead” doctrine. In this event, Anita Allen will discuss with other experts how today, a more sustained consideration of postmortem privacy is essential.

Datum
Dinsdag 21 mei 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
17 05 24
Breaking the Meme: Critical Meme Reader III Launch

Memes are more than funny cat images on the internet. There are not even statistics available of how many memes are created and consumed every day, so it makes sense to look at them critically. Memes can have a tangible impact on the society we live in and could help create a future we would want. Join us for the launch of the Critical Meme Reader III: Breaking the Meme, edited by Chloë Arkenbout and Idil Galip.

Datum
Vrijdag 17 mei 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
26 04 24
Concentration Camps as Instruments of Terror: From Bosnia to Syria

Most people equate concentration camps with Nazi Germany, for a good reason. However, mass detention and incarceration was an instrument of oppressive regimes before Hitler, and lasts until this very day. From Bosnia in the 1990s to Syria in our days, the persistence of this destructive practice calls for a thorough reflection.

Datum
Vrijdag 26 apr 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
25 04 24
Heads above the Water? Writing History in the Anthropocene

Is history still relevant as accelerating climate change is rapidly transforming the world we live in? In her lecture, Sandra Maß explores the different layers of this pressing question and calls for a new type of historiography.

Datum
Donderdag 25 apr 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
22 04 24
Rising AI and the Concentration of Corporate Power

Technology reshapes our societies. AI, platform economy and other technological developments are remaking our daily routines, practices, and ways of being in the world. These changes also come with shifts in power dynamics between corporations, states, and citizens, giving rise to novel political questions. This multidisciplinary event delves into the concentration of power held by Big Tech companies, the societal challenges arising from this concentration, and potential strategies to uphold public imperatives.

Datum
Maandag 22 apr 2024 20:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
19 04 24
With Shannon Dea
Academic Freedom in a Polarized Age

What are the values a public university must stand for in a polarized age? How should a university defend and conceptualize these values in practice and in dialogue with students, staff, and the wider academic community? These and other challenges will be discussed this afternoon with Professor Dr. Shannon Dea, a leading public thinker on academic freedom.

Datum
Vrijdag 19 apr 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
18 04 24
From Anthropocene to Symbiocene: Earth Emotions with Glenn Albrecht

In his ground-breaking book Earth Emotions, Glenn Albrecht provides an account of the relationship between the state of the Earth and our mental and emotional states. He argues that in the epoch known as the Anthropocene, we have threatened both the health of the planet and triggered an avalanche of mental and emotional distress on humans and non-humans. During this lecture, Albrecht proposes to supplant anthropocentric living and thinking by symbiocentric alternatives. These can emerge from positive “psychoterratic” states.

Datum
Donderdag 18 apr 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
16 04 24
European Populism and the Looming European Parliamentary Elections

After a very turbulent few years, populism remains a defining feature of ongoing electoral politics in Europe and the world.  This last year we’ve seen some reversals in the hold that (radical right) populist parties have – such as the electoral defeat of Poland’s Law and Justice party, but also major new gains – such as the electoral victory of Wilders’s PVV in the Netherlands. This evening, scholars Sarah de Lange, Robin de Bruin, and Brian Burgoon will discuss the different aspects of populist politics in Europe and the World.

Datum
Dinsdag 16 apr 2024 20:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
15 04 24
Confronting (Historical) Responsibility for the Holocaust and Slavery in a Relational Perspective
Beyond ‘Good’ and ‘Evil’

The question how to study, teach and remember historical mass crimes, above all the Holocaust and Slavery, has become emblematic in recent years. This 3rd Balzan Bystanding Lecture takes up the challenge and provides grounds for a relational perspective based on new conceptual thinking from the field of Transitional Justice and fresh empirical work on how Dutch teachers address these issues in their every-day educational work.

Datum
Maandag 15 apr 2024 20:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
28 03 24
The Return of Paranoid Nationalism

“We are going to ensure that the Netherlands belong to the Dutch again,” promised a triumphant Geert Wilders after the unexpected PVV victory in the 2023 elections. It is tempting to dismiss such statements as an expression of gut feeling, of unthinking xenophobia. But the ideas expressed by Wilders are based on a coherent world view, an ideology. In this lecture, Annelien de Dijn will argue that this ideology can best be described as paranoid nationalism.

Datum
Donderdag 28 mrt 2024 20:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
25 03 24
Long Live Queer Nightlife! (Amsterdam Edition)

In his new book Long Live Queer Nightlife, acclaimed author Amin Ghaziani unveils the unexpected revolution revitalizing urban nightlife. It is an exhilarating journey into underground parties, pulsating with life and limitless possibility. Tonight, Ghaziani discusses his encounters and experiences with Haroon Ali and Jan Willem Duyvendak.

Datum
Maandag 25 mrt 2024 20:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
20 03 24
Green Clouds? Towards Sustainable Data Infrastructure

In our rapidly digitizing world, the demand for data storage and processing has surged, leading to the proliferation of data centers and cloud computing infrastructure. However, this exponential growth comes with significant environmental costs, as data infrastructure consumes vast amounts of energy and contribute to carbon emissions. This roundtable addresses this pressing issue, delving into the critical intersection of technology and environmental sustainability from the civil society perspective.

Datum
Woensdag 20 mrt 2024 20:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
14 03 24
Fritz Haber (1868-1934): The Scientist Who Fed the World and Poisoned the Enemy

Hardly any biography reflects the contradictions of the early 20th century as dramatically as that of Fritz Haber. The chemist was awarded the Nobel Prize for the pioneering invention of artificial fertilisers, but he also introduced poison gas as a weapon in World War I. In this lecture, Stefan Wolff will be speaking about his research on Haber and related questions about the social responsibility of science and the influence of politics on it. Moderation: Mario Daniels.

Datum
Donderdag 14 mrt 2024 20:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
14 03 24
Multiple Perspectives on Emerging Curiosity in Societal Contexts

We value curiosity as an important driver of human evolution, society, art and intellect—and rightly so. But what is curiosity? How, when and where does it develop? What happens when that development is interrupted, or cut short? And how can we make sure that, when it is, the personal and societal consequences are minimised and addressed?

Datum
Donderdag 14 mrt 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
12 03 24
Migrants' Access to Social Benefits and Services
Welfare Chauvinism in Europe

Should migrants in Europe receive social benefits and services? Not according to the notion of welfare chauvinism, which is currently at the heart of political conflicts in many societies. With the launch of her new book Welfare Chauvinism in Europe, Gianna Maria Eick will discuss this concept, unveiling how the public in Europe really thinks about it.

Datum
Dinsdag 12 mrt 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
07 03 24
Why Capitalism Is Not Going To Save Us
The Price Is Wrong

What if our understanding of capitalism and climate is back to front? What if the problem is not that transitioning to renewables is too expensive, but that saving the planet is not sufficiently profitable? This is the claim renowned geographer Brett Christophers makes in his latest book, The Price Is Wrong. Tonight, he will discuss this premiss with Nicky Pouw, Crelis Rammelt and Valentina Carrera. Koen Haegens will read a column.

Datum
Donderdag 7 mrt 2024 20:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
07 03 24
Redeeming Objects: A West German Mythology

Out of the rubble of World War II and the Holocaust, the Federal Republic of Germany emerged, and with it a foundational myth of the “economic miracle.” In her new book Redeeming Objects. A West German Mythology (University of Wisconsin Press 2023) Natalie Scholz shows how this mythical foundation derived its redemptive qualities from being entangled with Nazi culture. Scholz will discuss the different dimensions of her book with Marieke Bloembergen, Carolyn Birdsall and Till van Rahden. Mario Daniels will moderate the event.

Datum
Donderdag 7 mrt 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
01 03 24
Queerness, Spirituality and Decoloniality in the Indonesian Archipelago

This Spring, SPUI25 in Spe collaborates with De Nieuwe Kerk on the occasion of the latter’s Grote Indonesië Tentoonstelling. During two events, various guest speakers explore pre-colonial, contemporary and decolonial perspectives on Queerness. Following the exhibition and panel discussion hosted by De Nieuwe Kerk, this second edition in SPUI25 revolves around a special film screening of the Indonesian Queer film Dear to Me (2020) by Monica Vanesa Tedja.

Datum
Vrijdag 1 mrt 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
28 02 24
Don’t Stop the Music! The Cold Winds Facing Culture

Have the ghosts of ‘Cultuur als linkse hobby’ returned with the prospects of a PVV-led coalition in the Netherlands? With political leaders like Geert Wilders intoning the words ‘kunstenaars zijn profiteurs’ it is important to shed light on crucial issues, and discuss how cultural stakeholders could join to change perceptions of culture-as-work. Why is a diverse and fair cultural practice so important?

Datum
Woensdag 28 feb 2024 20:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
23 02 24
Welcome to the New Future of the Tech Industry
Data Is Dead

The future of the tech industry is in infrastructure, not data. This means that those companies that control key infrastructure, like chips and cloud computing, hold sway. Companies like ASML, Microsoft, and Amazon Web Services (AWS), rather than X or Meta, will become the most powerful players. Is it their choices that will influence what our collective futures look like? Do we need to adapt our understanding of power in the tech sector to this new reality?

Datum
Vrijdag 23 feb 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
21 02 24
Do We Really Care? Public Values and Digital Technology in the Netherlands

What do the Dutch value in digital technologies? This roundtable presents the results of the first survey to explore the relation between public values, human rights, and technology design. We find that most people take measures to protect their online privacy, but also that half of the population has never heard of technical standards.

Datum
Woensdag 21 feb 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
19 02 24
Never Again: Germans and Genocide after the Holocaust

Germans remember the Nazi past so that it may never happen again. But how has the abstract vow to remember been translated into concrete action to prevent new genocides abroad? In this lecture, historian Andrew Port will examine this question in relation to the genocides that took place in Cambodia, Bosnia, and Rwanda.

Datum
Maandag 19 feb 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
16 02 24
The Joy of Consent

In the age of #MeToo, consent has become the answer to problems of sexual harassment and violence: only if all parties agree to sex, the act is legitimate. Critics argue that consent, and the awkwardness of confirming it, rob sex of its sexiness. However, opposing the consent regime means defending a masculine erotic of silence and mystery, a pillar of patriarchy.

Datum
Vrijdag 16 feb 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
08 02 24
Knowledge-Driven Power in a Digitized World

Who holds, controls, and creates power in contemporary societies? On the occasion of their new book, The New Knowledge: Information, Data and the Remaking of Global Power, Blayne Haggart and Natasha Tusikov will present their answer to this question. They will take us along from Google’s Internet-of-Things projects, new modes of property and knowing that arose during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the ideology through which power is exercised.

Datum
Donderdag 8 feb 2024 20:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
07 02 24
Waves of Restitution, Reparation and Cultural Memory after the Second World War

The debate on reparations and restitution for victims of war, persecution, and human rights violations remains an ongoing process. In this lecture, historian Constantin Goschler will explain why and how these debates have changed in the German context, due to a memory boom, globalisation, changes in the domestic and foreign policy, and generational shifts. Lorena De Vita will comment upon Goschler’s lecture.

Datum
Woensdag 7 feb 2024 20:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
02 02 24
Unboxing Gaza: Disrupted Histories and Photo Kegham

Kegham Djeghalian Sr founded the first photography studio of Gaza. Focusing on the legacy of this exceptional photographer, Özge Calafato and Karène Sanchez Summerer will be in discussion with his grandson, Kegham Djeghalian Jr, who works on activating the surviving fraction of his grandfather’s endangered archive. The talk will address the significance of preserving Gaza’s precarious visual history and cultural heritage in the light of the current critical crisis of Gaza.

Datum
Vrijdag 2 feb 2024 20:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
29 01 24
The Unmarked Burial Sites in Lebanon
The Soil and the Sea

In Lebanon there are more than 100 untouched mass graves dating back from the Civil War, and thousands of families awaiting a missing relative or at least a bone to bury. The documentary The Soil and the Sea unveils the violence lying beneath a garden, a school, a cafe, a hotel, and other unremarkable landscapes. As the camera interrogates these everyday spaces, voices fill them with erased stories. After screening the documentary, we will have a discussion with film director Daniele Rugo, Yara El Murr and Eleri Connick.

Datum
Maandag 29 jan 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
26 01 24
Political challenges after the EU’s AI Act
Building the European AI Future

In December 2023, the EU finally reached agreement over the AI Act, celebrated as the legal fundament for a safe and prosperous digital European future. Look past the political accord, however, and central questions are unanswered: from managing the wider societal impact of AI and its military implications to ensuring that the AI Act rules are actually enforced. This event explores the political challenges that emerge—or remain—in AI governance now that an EU framework has been agreed upon.

Datum
Vrijdag 26 jan 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
Singelkerk
23 01 24
Deleuze and Guattari and the Psychedelic Revival

We are in the midst of a psychedelic revival. Scientifically, the therapeutic potentialities of psychedelics get a lot of attention. The philosophical and aesthetic dimensions of the inner journeys and its implied significance that often transgress medical scientific frameworks has received relatively less attention. Tonight, our panel will offer ideas and thought on these current developments with the launch of a special issue of the journal Deleuze and Guattari Studies.

Datum
Dinsdag 23 jan 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
22 01 24
Listening Exercises: Towards an Ethics of Silent Resistance

Is it possible to be in the world without being devoured by it, to care without getting lost, to contribute sincerely without projecting yourself over others? Public philosophers Miriam Rasch and Costica Bradatan invite you to a conversation about alternative ways of engaging.

Datum
Maandag 22 jan 2024 20:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
11 01 24
Moderate Modernity: The Newspaper Tempo and the Transformation of Weimar Democracy

The collapse of the Weimar Republic, Germany’s first liberal democracy, is still one of the most intensely debated topics in modern history. With Western democracies currently under pressure by populists and authoritarian regimes worldwide, the question why the Weimar Republic failed has acquired renewed urgency and relevance. In his book Moderate Modernity, Jochen Hung offers a new perspective on this question. Hung will discuss his new book and the meaning of Weimar democracy for today in conversation with Moritz Föllmer and Mario Daniels.

Datum
Donderdag 11 jan 2024 20:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
10 01 24
On Display: Instagram, the Self, and the City

Two billion global Instagram users, yet minimal social science research. Beyond its perceived superficiality, Instagram’s self-presentation raises profound questions: Who are we? What do we want to show of ourselves? What do we aspire to be? Justus Uitermark and John Boy present On Display: Instagram, the Self, and the City. The book launch features a talk with Princeton’s ‘sociologist of technology’ Zeynep Tufekci.

Datum
Woensdag 10 jan 2024 14:30 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
15 12 23
The Danger of Conflation
What is Antisemitism?

Since Hamas’s atrocious attack on October 7 and Israel’s near-immediate retaliatory bombings that have killed more than 18,000 Palestinians, Europe has seen a troubling surge in both state and private efforts to restrict criticism of Israel or support of “the Palestinian cause” with the stated goal of protecting against anti-Semitism. But how is anti-Semitism being defined, why so, and with what results?

Datum
Vrijdag 15 dec 2023 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
12 12 23
Border Forensics: Documenting and Contesting Violence at the External Borders of Europe

Recent developments at Europe’s borders indicate a transformation of the forms of violence inflicted upon illegalised migrants from the Global South. During this event, Charles Heller and Stefan Salomon discuss how forensic practices are used to address these forms of violence, and explore their impact as well as the challenges that these challenges bring about.

Datum
Dinsdag 12 dec 2023 20:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
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