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30 06 21
Art as Data Activism

Art as a form of political engagement is a proven formula, but what about art as a form of data activism? Can art help us better understand and question the politics of everyday data flows?

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Woensdag 30 jun 2021 17:00 – 18:30
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28 06 21
Political, Economic, and Creative Approaches to Belarus
Carrots and Sticks

Across the world, political leaders and institutions are condemning the brute state violence currently taking place in Belarus. The regime and its citizens are approached in various ways – from closed airspaces, via boycotts, to statements of academic and artistic support. How should we understand the current moment? And do we need a politics of carrots, sticks, or both?

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Maandag 28 jun 2021 20:00 – 21:30
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22 06 21
Infrastructures of Collecting in Transnational Perspective
(Un)Mapping Modern Art

Moving our understanding of modern art production beyond the dominant canon and narrative: this will be the aim of ‘(Un)mapping Infrastructures: Transnational Perspectives on Modern Art, 1900-1970’. With keynotes by Professor John Clark and Professor Partha Mitter, we mark the start of this long-term research project.

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Dinsdag 22 jun 2021 11:00 – 12:30
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19 06 21
The Courage of the Writer
State of European Literature

How should a writer relate to the burning issues of European societies? What courage does Europe need from its writers? Dutch author Nelleke Noordervliet will tend to these and other questions during the second State of European Literature on ‘The Courage of the Writer’.

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Zaterdag 19 jun 2021 17:00 – 18:00
17 06 21
Interfering in Social Science English
On Other Terms

The diversity of academic work is simultaneously strengthened and limited by the use of English as an ‘international’ language. This event focusses on the book On Other Terms: Interfering in Social Science English that gathers together texts of authors who grew up with other tongues, but who do most of their academic work in English. It introduces carefully selected other terms and articulates what may be gained from allowing them to interfere in English.

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Donderdag 17 jun 2021 17:00 – 18:30
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15 06 21
From Chaos to Life
Entropy

A grand scientific concept that unifies the cosmological, the societal, the microbial, all the way to the atomic: entropy is a key concept in understanding the beginning of the universe, the later emergence of life, and the end of the universe. How should we understand the interpretation and uses of this concept?

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Dinsdag 15 jun 2021 20:00 – 21:30
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08 06 21
When Everything is Designed
The World as Project

In the past, designers created objects. Today, practically everything is designed: the climate, processes, refugee camps. But when everything is designed, it is high time to stop judging design solely on aesthetic criteria.

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Dinsdag 8 jun 2021 17:00 – 18:30
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01 06 21
Contributions from the Humanities
Voices on Israel/Palestine

This two-part event offers a critical, academic perspective on Palestine/Israel. Speakers on the first night will provide an in-depth historical, cultural and social analysis of the current moment.

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Dinsdag 1 jun 2021 20:00 – 21:30
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31 05 21
Trust in the digital society

While trust is a fundamental building block of our society, the erosion of trust in the digital society has become one of the major challenges of our time. Digital technologies permeate almost every aspect of our lives, and every segment of our public and private institutions. The trust in, and trustworthiness of these digital technologies play a key role in the trust crisis. But are our hopes in these technologies well-founded? Are these trust-producing technical systems part of the solution, or are they rather the part of the problem itself?

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Maandag 31 mei 2021 17:00 – 18:30
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Online
26 05 21
Political imagination with(in) and beyond the state
The Longer Histories of Statephobia

Covid-19 has brought the role of the state into full visibility. It has both highlighted the unequal effects of the dismantling of welfare state regimes and appeals for a ‘return of the state’ to the provision of public goods such as healthcare. Can this moment of crisis provide opportunities for a new politics?

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Woensdag 26 mei 2021 20:00 – 21:30
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Online
26 05 21
Unfolding 21st Century Scenarios
Experiencing Art in Pandemic Times

Nothing is like it used to be in the art world: the Covid-19 pandemic has caused art institutions globally to relocate events and activities to online spaces and social media, or postpone those for which physical presence was deemed essential. The art world has fundamentally existed in and as a physical space: what are the consequences of the major transformation taking place in art institutions as a result of the ongoing public health crisis?

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Woensdag 26 mei 2021 17:00 – 18:30
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Online
25 05 21
Postcolonial Practices in the Netherlands and Norway
Culture, Coloniality and Companionship

How to relate to a colonial past that has influenced today’s cultural institutions, universities and archives? What strategies do present-day researchers and artists employ to both acknowledge detrimental histories and ‘unlearn’ them? Taking renowned cultural theorist Ariella Azoulay’s notion of ‘companionship’ as our starting point, we explore the very different yet in ways remarkably consistent Dutch and Norwegian postcolonial practices.

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Dinsdag 25 mei 2021 17:00 – 18:30
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Online
20 05 21
On Earth, Outer Space, and Space Waste
Clogging up the Final Frontier

Catastrophically thinking, space debris’ specificity—their size, traveling speed, untraceability, and volatility—could potentially wipe out the global satellite system on which many services we have gotten accustomed to rely. Despite the dangers, there is not enough (public) awareness and a lack of concerted efforts to fund and develop clean-up operations. Who is responsible for waste in space? And should we even get rid of all this ‘waste’ or does some of it hold cultural value? What imaginaries do space and space waste encode?

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Donderdag 20 mei 2021 17:00 – 18:15
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Online
19 05 21
From Cosmetics to Toxins
Stories of Skin Care

Over time, the world of skin care has won a spot in almost everyone’s bathroom and nightstand. Commercials promote the ‘right’ skin care routines resulting in health and beauty. But isn’t there more to it, what are the true stories behind skin care?

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Woensdag 19 mei 2021 20:00 – 21:30
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12 05 21
The Racial History of an Idea
White Freedom

In his new book, White Freedom, historian Tyler Stovall traces the complex relationship between freedom and race from the eighteenth century to today, revealing how being free has meant being white. He will discuss these new perspectives together with historian René Koekkoek and anthropologist Francio Guadeloupe.

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Woensdag 12 mei 2021 20:00 – 21:00
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30 04 21
Refugees and Religion

The complex role of religion in the flight and accommodation of refugees is often overlooked or narrowed down to questions about the presumed backwardness of religious conflict or moral superiority of a welcoming culture. With the editors of Refugees and Religion we discuss the issue of religion from a broader, comparative and historical perspective, understanding religious refugees as an integral part of the modern world.

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Vrijdag 30 apr 2021 17:00 – 18:30
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29 04 21
Anti-lockdown Protests and the (Geo)Politics of Statephobia
Statephobia: Whose Sovereignty?

In this first episode of the Statephobia and Statephilia Series, political philosopher Mitchell Dean, one of the foremost contemporary theorists of state power, and political geographer Luiza Bialasiewicz discuss the nature of the current Covid-19 protests and their wider political as well as geopolitical implications.

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Donderdag 29 apr 2021 20:00 – 21:30
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26 04 21
Frans de Waal on Beauty and Behaviour

‘You look beautiful today!’ or ‘What a beautiful person!’ We are all familiar with such statements about us or other people. The fundamental question underlying these remarks is: What do we mean by beauty and how does it affect us?

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Maandag 26 apr 2021 20:00 – 21:30
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Online
12 04 21
Grasping AI’s True Intelligence
Bits of Bias

AI is all around us: from corona apps to TikTok and from facial recognition to deep fakes. During Imagine Film Festival 2021 we explore the world of Coded Bias, an intriguing documentary that confronts us with the dark sides of Artificial Intelligence. Following the screening of Coded Bias (get your free ticket here), we wonder: While AI is defining us, we should not forget asking who is defining AI – and with what results: AI that is caring and creative or biased and dangerous? 

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Maandag 12 apr 2021 17:00 – 18:30
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01 04 21
Citizen-state relations in the city
Hear me out!

In this NIAS Talk fellows Anouk de Koning, Nanke Verloo and Markha Valenta discuss contemporary urban citizenship in Amsterdam as there is increasing emphasis on democratization and representation in citizen-state relations.

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Donderdag 1 apr 2021 20:00 – 21:30
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