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Belonging & Mobility 2023

NIAS invites researchers, artists, writers and journalists to participate in its 2nd international conference in the domain ‘Studies of Belonging’. Following the success of our first conference held in 2021, we aim to help move the field forwards by holding our upcoming conference on the theme of ‘Belonging and Mobility’ 19-21 April, 2023. 

The conference will be structured around five ‘Spheres’ where, we think, important narratives and practices of belonging are being negotiated and rendered (im)mobile. For each of the spheres, we will look to unpack their ‘immobile’ default as well as to investigate what it would bring to rethink the work of belonging which people, and other species, undertake as fundamentally related to modalities and infrastructures of mobility. Each work presented during the conference should aim to locate itself within one of the following spheres: 
The Body Politic  *  Belonging as / at Work  *  Dwelling / Home-ing 
(Re)making Public Space  * Ecologies of Belonging

We look forward to once again bringing together a diverse and inclusive community of people working on ‘Studies of Belonging’, and in doing so, to provide a platform for the wealth of interdisciplinary and international collaborations active on the topic.

For more information about the conference theme, the spheres', and submission guidelines please take a look on the conference website. Submission deadline: 30 June 2022 


Incoming NIAS Fellows 

The NIAS Fellows year group 2022/23 includes 56 scholars, writers and artists. From Climate Change to Shakespeare, and from Digital Democracy to Alzheimers, we look forward to welcoming the incoming cohort in September.  


Has Conspiracy Theory Run out of Steam?

Peter Knight is giving a paper “Has Conspiracy Theory Run out of Steam?” at the Society for Critical Exchange Annual Theory Institute, in Stockholm 3-5 June. As part of a consortium, he has been awarded a €1.5million grant by CHANSE (Collaboration of Humanities and Social Sciences in Europe) for the REDACT project (Researching Europe, Digitalisation, and Conspiracy Theories). At NIAS Peter is working on the research question 'What difference has the internet made to the creation and consumption of conspiracy theories?' 



Journalists with a keen interest in scholarly research who would like to focus on a longer piece of journalistic writing will soon be able to apply for a journalist-in-residence fellowship for semester two of 2022/23. The journalist-in-residence is a collaboration between NIAS and the Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten. The call will be online in the third week of June. 


NIAS Symposium 2022

On April 20th we held a vibrant multi-venue event here in the heart of Amsterdam to engage in a shared experience of collective learning under the theme Contested Objects: The Racial and Colonial Dimensions of Material Culture.   

In the article entitled "Contested Objects and their Complex Social Meanings" NIAS staff member Laura Sala Franch provides a birds-eye view of the opening session providing a summary of the presentations of our Keynote speakers Britta Schilling, and Rahul Rao, as well as the introduction to "the material turn" provided by NIAS Director Jan Willem Duyvendak. Read here 

Alternatively you can take a look at the Symposium through the eyes of NIAS Theme Group Member Dimitris Soudias. Dimitris is working together with Fellows Maria Boletsi and Florian Lippert on the politics of (de)familiarization. Read the report written by Dimitris Soudias here  


NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group (NLTG)

A NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group (NLTG) is an international group of three researchers including the coordinator. All NLTG members hold fellowships at NIAS, providing them the opportunity to work as a team and engage in the kind of intensive interdisciplinary collaboration that is often difficult to realize in a regular academic setting. 

The next call for applications will be open: 1 June 2022. The submission deadline of the Pre-Proposals is: 1 September 2022. 


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It is still possible to register for all of our upcoming events in June! 

10 June, NFA Day 2022

NIAS Fellows Association Day

This year’s Uhlenbeck Lecture will be given by Hans Radder, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy from the VU University Amsterdam and a two-times fellow at NIAS (in 1996/1997 and 2010/2011). More here

15 June, NIAS Talk 

Future Imaginaries in the Making: The Case of (Post-) Crisis Greece

Which imaginaries and narratives of the future are currently infiltrating the Greek public sphere and Greek culture, and to what ends? This programme zooms in on contemporary Greece to ask questions that contribute to larger debates about future imaginations within and beyond the neoliberal present. More here

16-17 June, Workshop

Substance use and mental health: Causal questions and interdisciplinary research

Workshop organised by dr. Jorien Treur as part of her research to tackle the burden of substance use among those with a mental health disorder. Dr. Treur is supported in carrying out this work by the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship. More here

17 June, Van Doorn Lezing 

Culturele consumptie en nieuwe stedelijkheid: Effecten van commerciële gentrificering

In de vijfde Van Doornlezing laat stadssocioloog Jan Rath zijn licht schijnen over commerciële gentrificering en de opkomst en het vertoon van nieuwe stedelijkheid. (This programme will be in Dutch). More here

Take a look at the full calendar of events


NIAS Director elected to the 'American Academy'

Jan Willem Duyvendak has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as an International Honorary Member in recognition of his contributions in the fields of Social and Behavioral Sciences. It signifies the high regard in which he is held by leaders in the field and American Academy members throughout the United States. Read more


Recently Published

“Do You Call Yourself a White Man?” by Susanne M. Klausen, and How Autocrats Weaponize Women's Rights, by Elin Bjarnegård

Read more 'Written @NIAS'



Look out for the interview between current NIAS Fellow Lukas Verburgt and co-author of 'The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity' David Wengrow in the latest edition of The Dutch Review of Books (de Nederlandse Boekengids). 

The interview is the first of a series which is supported by NIAS and named after former NIAS Director Henk Wesseling. The (Dutch language) interview will also be freely available to access online. 


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