Terugblik

21 05 19
Why do we fear Artificial Intelligence (and should we)?

Can we not stand the thought of non-humans being more intelligent than us? Or are we perhaps afraid that artificial superintelligence will do to us, what humans tend to do to the creatures we outsmart? In a multi-disciplinary evening we will debate our fear of AI through the lens of ethics, philosophy, and art.

Datum
Dinsdag 21 mei 2019 20:00 – 21:30
Locatie
SPUI25
17 05 19
Motivations to decrease meat consumption
Unsustainable, unhealthy, or disgusting?

Meat is a key ingredient in the main meal for many cultures around the world. However, problems on a world scale such as global warming and public health raise questions about the consequences of current meat consumption patterns. What is the effectiveness of persuasive messages to decrease meat consumption?

Datum
Vrijdag 17 mei 2019 17:00 – 18:00
Locatie
SPUI25
16 05 19
Double book launch with Eliza Steinbock, Toni Pape and Sudeep Dasgupta
Affective Politics in Contemporary Media

In contemporary media culture, public discourses run to a considerable degree on feelings. Such feelings, called “affects,” can be mobilised in a variety of ways. This event will focus on the political dimension of affect by a double book launch of new books in Media Studies by Eliza Steinbock and Toni Pape.

Datum
Donderdag 16 mei 2019 20:00 – 21:30
Locatie
SPUI25
16 05 19
The case of the Gdańsk Museum of the Second World War
Divided memories in a united Europe

In post-communist Central and Eastern Europe, various museums have become subject of severe memory battles. The impressive Gdańsk Museum of the Second World War has occupied centre stage in these debates. In this event, its founder will speak of the huge challenges museums face when national politics intervene.

Datum
Donderdag 16 mei 2019 17:00 – 18:30
Locatie
SPUI25
15 05 19
New strategies in post-truth times
Urgent Publishing

Urgent Publishing calls for insightful, quickly produced and well-positioned publications in an era where fake news, pseudoscience and other fact free features are broadcast to the world. On this opening night of a two-day conference speakers will discuss publishing in a post-truth era: how to publish effectively between fast populism and slow academia?

Datum
Woensdag 15 mei 2019 19:00 – 20:30
Locatie
Amsterdamse Academische Club (AAC)
14 05 19
Over de werelden onder onze voeten
Benedenwereld

‘Kijk op een heldere nacht omhoog en je ziet het licht van sterren meer dan duizenden triljoenen kilometers van ons vandaan. Kijk naar beneden en je blik stuit op topgrond, tegel of teen…’. Deze avond presenteert Robert Macfarlane zijn nieuwe boek Underland, vertaald als Benedenwereld, en kijken we verder dan het oog reikt naar de werelden onder onze voeten.

Datum
Dinsdag 14 mei 2019 20:00 – 21:30
Locatie
SPUI25
14 05 19
Reading and conversation with Sadia Abbas
The Empty Room (A Novel)

Scholar, critic and novelist Sadia Abbas will read from and discuss the backgrounds of her novel, The Empty Room, with Maria Boletsi.

Datum
Dinsdag 14 mei 2019 20:00 – 21:30
Locatie
Doelenzaal
14 05 19
Civic Engagement in a Mediatized Culture
The Playful Citizen

How can digital games encourage and develop civic engagement? Can players be turned into ecological citizens? And could games revise oppressive social structures? This playful evening, visitors will be treated to an overview of the potential and limitations of citizen engagement in the digital age.

Datum
Dinsdag 14 mei 2019 17:00 – 18:30
Locatie
SPUI25
09 05 19
The Time Machine project
Virtual travels through space and time

Time machines have been the stuff of stories and speculations for centuries. Today, advancements in computation allow us to construct such machines as complex information systems that process cultural heritage as big data of the past. In this event, researchers of the new Time Machine project present their exciting initiative.

Datum
Donderdag 9 mei 2019 20:00 – 21:30
Locatie
SPUI25
09 05 19
Self-Determination as Self-Elimination
Israel has a Jewish Problem

Much has been written about the outcomes for Palestinians who have been excluded and marginalized by the Zionist project. This event adds a layer of complexity by asking about the outcomes of popular sovereignty for those presumed to be at the center of an ethno-national state, “the people” themselves.

Datum
Donderdag 9 mei 2019 17:00 – 18:30
Locatie
SPUI25
08 05 19
European elections in times of polarisation and disinformation

This May will see the next European Parliament election. Electorates of 28 member states will cast their vote in a democratic process that, in the last four years, has been challenged, debated and, as some argue, misunderstood and misrepresented. In this event, SPUI25 discusses the context of opinions and information in which Europe is heading for the ballot.

Datum
Woensdag 8 mei 2019 17:00 – 18:30
Locatie
Doelenzaal
06 05 19
Protecting democracy through sanctions in Europe and the global South
Punitive Democratization

We are currently at a critical juncture. While illiberal political movements and autocratic leadership are on the rise, liberal democracy is under threat in all regions of the world. Can regional organizations be the guardians of regional democratic norms in Europa and the global South?

Datum
Maandag 6 mei 2019 20:00 – 21:30
Locatie
SPUI25
18 04 19
Mental health in the digital age
Media as “Pharmakon”

Are digital media like narcotic drugs? Such comparisons have become increasingly common in the rampant discussion on smartphone and technology addiction. In his book ‘Plato’s Pharmacy’ (1968) philosopher Jacques Derrida discusses the ambiguity of the “pharmakon”, designating both poison and medicine, depending on context and individual differences. Can our contemporary media be seen as pharmaka for our mental health? For the 5th session of the “SAY AAHH!” series Amir Vudka, Patricia Pisters and Marlies Brouwer will discuss their ongoing work on this topic.

Datum
Donderdag 18 apr 2019 17:00 – 18:30
Locatie
SPUI25
17 04 19
Max Porter in gesprek met Alma Mathijsen

In dit programma gaat de veelbekroonde Britse auteur Max Porter in gesprek met Alma Mathijsen over zijn nieuwe roman ‘Lanny’ en het schrijverschap.

Datum
Woensdag 17 apr 2019 20:00 – 20:30
Locatie
SPUI25
15 04 19
Communities at Crossroads in Cyberculture

How should we understand and discuss online culture and communities in the 21st century? To answer this question, Annalisa Pelizza looks back at the mid-2000s in her new book Communities at a Crossroads. In this event Pelizza will discuss her findings together with Stefania Milan and the audience.

Datum
Maandag 15 apr 2019 17:00 – 18:30
Locatie
SPUI25
10 04 19
Reflections on 'The Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek'
Voices

The Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek is the first comprehensive reference grammar of the language of classical Greece to appear in a century. It benefits from the major advances that have been made in areas like general, comparative and historical linguistics, and provides an up-to-date and detailed description of a language that is famous as well as notorious for its complexity and subtlety.

Datum
Woensdag 10 apr 2019 17:00 – 18:30
Locatie
SPUI25
04 04 19
European Union’s crisis politics
Alarums and Excursions

Crisis after crisis has beset the European Union. Without a script or prompt it has found itself flung onto the global stage with problems of identity, sovereignty and solidarity. Luuk van Middelaar will analyse this newly imagined Europe with Jonathan Zeitlin, Steven Blockmans and Clara van de Wiel.

Datum
Donderdag 4 apr 2019 17:00 – 18:30
Locatie
SPUI25
03 04 19
Adapt or die?
The future of scientific education

With the respectable age of 387 years, the UvA is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands. It is hard to fathom we may have reached the end of the centuries-old model of a standard curriculum, yet many believe we do. What could be the answer to modern society’s questions to education?

Datum
Woensdag 3 apr 2019 20:00 – 21:30
Locatie
SPUI25
01 04 19
Post-mortem and future prospects
After Brexit?

On 29 March 2019, the United Kingdom was scheduled to leave the European Union. The EU has granted the UK an extension until 22 May, with a decision due by 12 April. Yet less than a month from this deadline, the outcome and modalities of the UK’s departure are more uncertain than ever. No Deal, Theresa May’s Deal, Common Market 2.0, a second referendum and other pathways to No Brexit are all swirling through the British public and parliamentary debate. And whatever may be decided by 12 April, the future political and economic relationship between the UK and the EU will remain highly indeterminate.

Datum
Maandag 1 apr 2019 20:00 – 21:30
Locatie
SPUI25
29 03 19
An analysis of a political accident
Brexit

Brexit has morphed into a political spectacle of immense proportions. This raises a number of obvious questions: what is acutely happening in the mother of all parliaments, why is the political elite incapable of agreeing on anything, why all the lying, why all this talk of betrayal of the electorate, what explains this total and utter complete mess?

Datum
Vrijdag 29 mrt 2019 20:00 – 21:30
Locatie
SPUI25