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26 01 23
The Making of Democracy in Western Europe after 1945
The Certainties of the Past?

Democracy has a long history; or, perhaps more exactly, it has a long past. The electoral and political volatility which has been evident in Europe during the first two decades of the twenty-first century has created a widespread sense that a past era of democratic certainties has ended. That generates civic and intellectual challenges for our present era. But it also enables us to reassess the supposed certainties of past history. How far can we still regard the history of Western Europe in the second half of the century as a democratic era? Or should we now see it as a similar era of political uncertainties?

Datum
Donderdag 26 jan 2023 20:00 – 21:30
Locatie
SPUI25
26 01 23
Science for All: the 2023 OSCAwards

Do you think a transparent research culture is important? Do you get enthusiastic about engaging society in science? Do you want to know more about open education, open data and open access? Join us for the Open Science Community Amsterdam Awards and learn about which projects are currently contributing to Open Science in Amsterdam.

Datum
Donderdag 26 jan 2023 17:00 – 18:30
Locatie
SPUI25
25 01 23
On the long-term health effects of war and humanitarian crises
The Holodomor and Health Heritage

Russia’s deliberate war strategy in Ukraine has disrupted agriculture and food storage and distribution systems to hinder food supplies to the population. The war has created an immediate health and humanitarian crisis of catastrophic proportions inside and outside Ukraine. Furthermore, research on past wars and conflicts points out that the current crisis could have long-term health repercussions. Tonight, experts will discuss this “health heritage” by taking the case study of the Holodomor, the 1932-1934 period of extreme famine in Soviet Ukraine.

Datum
Woensdag 25 jan 2023 20:00 – 21:30
Locatie
SPUI25
20 01 23
The Law, Politics and Practice of Delegated Rulemaking in the European Union

In this one-day workshop we aim to rekindle the tripartite dialogue on the topic of delegated rulemaking in the European Union (‘EU’) among legal scholars, political scientists and policymakers through the lenses of law, political science and institutional practice.

Datum
Vrijdag 20 jan 2023 09:30 – 17:30
Locatie
Online
12 01 23
The Hohenzollern Debate: The German Royal Family and the Nazis

In Germany, a fierce debate has recently developed on the links between the old royal family Hohenzollern and the Nazis. This issue was raised after the Hohenzollern had claimed restitution from the state for the Soviet expropriations of their property after 1945. In order to get approval for its claim, the Hohenzollern family has to prove that their ancestors did not substantially support the Nazis in their rise to power. In the ensuing legal proceedings and public discussion over this issue historians have become sought-after experts and important witnesses. Stephan Malinowski is one of them.

Datum
Donderdag 12 jan 2023 20:00 – 21:30
Locatie
Aula
09 01 23
Societal Challenges, Global Mental Health and Humane AI

At this year’s Dies Natalis of the University of Amsterdam, Professor dr. Vikram Patel (Harvard University) and Prof. dr. Chris Manning (Stanford University) will be awarded Honorary Doctorates. During this symposium, a panel of expert speakers will join our honorees to discuss pertinent topics within the fields of mental health and the use of artificial intelligence on a global scale.

Datum
Maandag 9 jan 2023 09:30 – 13:00
Locatie
SPUI25
13 12 22
Secrets of the Sea in Times of Climate Breakdown

Despite its many secrets and wonders, oceans have been under threat for years. Corals are dying and sea life is disappearing. Although this is a global phenomenon, some people are affected more than others—and as with many a climate issue, these inequalities bear witness of the afterlife of (post)colonialism. In this talk, we shed light on the ambiguous nature of marine protection and the colonial dimensions of ocean health.

Datum
Dinsdag 13 dec 2022 17:00 – 18:30
Locatie
SPUI25
08 12 22
Transnationalizing the History of Germany’s First Democracy
Weimar Between East and West

For a long time, research on the Weimar Republic has implicitly assumed a comparison with Western European (liberal) democracy. More recent research emphasizes that the Weimar Republic should also and even especially be understood in the context of Central and Eastern European democracies. In this lecture, historian Thomas Mergel argues for a much broader, transnational perspective on the Weimar Republic.

Datum
Donderdag 8 dec 2022 17:00 – 18:30
Locatie
SPUI25
29 11 22
Over een verleden van dynastieën
De harten van de wereldgeschiedenis

Historicus Simon Sebag Montefiore spreekt aan de hand van zijn nieuwe boek De wereld over een nieuw soort wereldgeschiedenis; van de Inca’s en de Ottomanen, tot de Habsburgers en de Kennedy’s. Voor Montefiore vormen deze machtige dynastieën een mondiale geschiedenis die alle tijdperken en continenten overspant en waarin familiebanden centraal staan.

Datum
Dinsdag 29 nov 2022 20:00 – 21:30
Locatie
SPUI25
25 11 22
Ukraine’s Strategic Choices and Future Geopolitics

On November 25 it will be nine months since the beginning of Putin’s three-day blitzkrieg. Ukraine is resolutely holding out and showing notable progress in repelling the aggressor. Having failed on the battlefield with its army largely degraded and in rout, the Russian regime has doubled down on missile and drone attacks on the energy grid, and resorted to a nuclear blackmail aiming to undermine Ukraine’s will to resist and the Western resolve to support Ukraine in its fight for freedom. During this event, Professor Oleksandr Bogomolov will present the Ukrainian perspective on the current situation and various future scenarios.

Datum
Vrijdag 25 nov 2022 17:00 – 18:30
Locatie
SPUI25
15 11 22
The Personalization of Politics in the European Union

The personalization of politics, whereby politicians increasingly become the main focus of political processes, is a prominent phenomenon in modern democracies that has received considerable scholarly attention in national politics. However, little is known about the scope, causes and consequences of personalization in European Union politics. In her new book, Katjana Gattermann studies the interplay between four key dimensions of personalization concerning institutions, media, politicians, and citizens in EU politics, and, at this book launch, she and her fellow speakers will discuss how her findings have important implications for the future of personalized politics in the European Union.

Datum
Dinsdag 15 nov 2022 17:00 – 18:30
Locatie
SPUI25
11 11 22
Memetic Tacticality Conference
Memes Beyond Images

The (political) power of memes has moved beyond virtual images. The distinction between the virtual and “real life” no longer applies, or perhaps was never really there. Their effects (or should we say affects) are moving through digital infrastructures, policy, regulations and bodies. If memes are used as a tool by the alt-right to mobilize people to storm the Capitol and play a substantial role in the Ukrainian war, can they also be used by the left to spark a revolution, as memetic warfare is more immediate and accessible than real-life demonstrations? What kind of labor would that require? What kind of tools and principles would we need? And what if memetic logics of spreading information were applied to spread progressive ideas for a possible future?

Datum
Vrijdag 11 nov 2022 10:00 – 18:30
Locatie
SPUI25
10 11 22
Isaac Roet Prize
Empowering Young People

Every year the Isaac Roet Prize is awarded to a young researcher who offers a solution to a social problem and thereby contributes to a better world. In this event, we present the first two projects that received this prize. Francesca Ranalli helps teenagers build places in their neighbourhoods that make them feel at home. And Anna Bosshard, the winner of 2022, motivates young residents of Amsterdam to reduce their clothing consumption.

Datum
Donderdag 10 nov 2022 17:00 – 18:30
Locatie
SPUI25
09 11 22
From Kandahar to Mazar
Afghanistan: A Year Later

In August 2021, the United States withdrew its last troops from Afghanistan ending its intervention of 20 years. What does the sudden change of power mean for the security in the country or access to education? How does the situation look like on the ground? And how can the Netherlands and the European Union remain involved in Afghanistan? Robbert van Lanschot and Wais Sediq will join in a conversation.

Datum
Woensdag 9 nov 2022 20:00 – 21:30
Locatie
SPUI25
09 11 22
Party Lines, Counterpropositions and (Post-)Socialist Spaces
Collectivities Otherwise

Picking up on a series of conversations spanning Kassel and Amsterdam around the recent documenta fifteen, Collectivities Otherwise is presented on the anniversary of the opening of the so-called Iron Curtain. We explore collectivity in this historical context and in critical relation to media technologies and socialist memory / memories of former East Germany, post-socialist Europe and Central Asia.

Datum
Woensdag 9 nov 2022 17:00 – 18:30
Locatie
SPUI25
08 11 22
SPUI25-jubileumlezing door Andrea Wulf
Rebelse genieën

Individualisme, zelfbeschikking, vrijheid: het zijn centrale begrippen in onze maatschappij. Toch waren deze ideeën lange tijd niet vanzelfsprekend. Speciaal voor het 15-jarig jubileum van SPUI25 komt Andrea Wulf naar Amsterdam om te spreken over de wervelende geschiedenis van de eerste romantici en de uitvinding van het ‘zelf’, neergeschreven in haar nieuwe boek Rebelse Genieën.

Datum
Dinsdag 8 nov 2022 20:00 – 21:30
Locatie
Aula
07 11 22
The Role of Russian Investigative Journalism in Today’s Society

In this event, prominent Russian investigative journalist Roman Anin (iStories) will comment on the war in Ukraine, mobilisation in Russia, Kremlin’s elites and the importance of investigative journalism and free press for Russia. Roman has a unique perspective into the mindset of Putin through a series of investigations.

Datum
Maandag 7 nov 2022 20:00 – 21:30
Locatie
SPUI25
04 11 22
How We Grow the World We Want
Viral Justice

Long before the pandemic, Ruha Benjamin was doing groundbreaking research on race, technology, and justice, focusing on big, structural changes. But the twin plagues of COVID-19 and anti-Black police violence inspired her to rethink the importance of small, individual actions. Part memoir, part manifesto, her new book Viral Justice is a sweeping and deeply personal exploration of how we can transform society through the choices we make every day.

Datum
Vrijdag 4 nov 2022 20:00 – 21:30
Locatie
SPUI25
01 11 22
Progress and Problems in the Study of Consciousness
From Matter to Mind

Understanding consciousness has been for centuries a subject of philosophical investigation, but only recently have scientists started to tackle this question. Some of the most influential philosophers and scientists in the field debate the recent progress (and the problems that remain) in the scientific study of consciousness.

Datum
Dinsdag 1 nov 2022 17:00 – 18:30
Locatie
SPUI25
27 10 22
The Ethical Dilemma of Artificial Intelligence
Moral Machines

In the middle of the 21st century, artificial intelligence (AI) will take many decisions on behalf of humans. Not to enslave people, but to save humanity, posits Roberto Simanowski in his talk. He looks back from the future to the present time, in which the first decisions for this development are made. Fiction for a better understanding of the present.

Datum
Donderdag 27 okt 2022 20:00 – 21:30
Locatie
SPUI25