What are contested objects, why are they contested and when did they become so? The NIAS Symposium 2022 is an interdisciplinary exploration of what happens when we envision contested objects as representations of political, social and cultural power symbols. The symposium takes place on Wednesday 20 April 2022 from 12.00–17.00h as an interactive multi-venue event in the heart of Amsterdam. Join us in person (or online) for the joint keynote lecture by NIAS 2021/2022 Fellows Britta Schilling and Rahul Rao at the Trippenhuis of the Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), followed by lunch and a series of workshops.
NIAS and the Society of Arts invite artists from all fields to apply or get nominated for the the Artist-in-Residence Fellowship 2023. This programme awards fellowships to artists to spend five months at NIAS working on a project that contributes to cross-fertilisation between the arts and science.
Putin’s worldview has long been shaped by the conspiracy theory that the West is secretly controlling independent states like Ukraine. Conspiracy theories, misinformation and disinformation have become increasingly prominent in the last decade, especially on social media.
NIAS 2021/2022 Fellow Peter Knight is an expert on conspiracy theories. During his fellowship, Peter is diving into the topic of online conspiracy theories. This Tuesday he will be joined by Marleen Stikker (Co-founder Waag ), and Sara Polak (Assistant Professor of American Studies, Leiden University) in a panel moderated by Zará Kars to discuss how the internet has influenced conspiracy theories. This event is free for both humans and reptilians alike.
"I am woman, hear me roar" (Helen Reddy, 1971). What defines using your voice? For some it is the freedom to speak your mind, for others it’s being able to speak multiple languages or to publish your writings. Whereas today social media and language apps have given an increasing number of women the power to communicate the way they want to, we know little about their experiences of navigating their voice in many earlier contexts.
NIAS 2021/22 Fellow Eric Dursteler is an expert on language, gender and identity. During his fellowship, Eric is listening to the voices of women in the Early Modern Mediterranean to see which insights can be discovered about the multilingual linguistic landscape. Join Eric, together with alumna Maartje van Gelder (Director, Amsterdam School of Historical Studies), Nisrine Mbarki (Writer, Poet, Columnist and Literary Translator) and Lamia Makkadam (Poet, Translator, and Journalist).
For the first time in the history of Dutch academia 1 in 4 professors is a woman. A milestone, but more work needs to be done. On 21 April, L'Oréal, Unesco, the Dutch Network of Women Professors, KHMW and NIAS celebrate the careers of female scientists by awarding both the For-Women-in-Science Fellowships and Rising Talent awards.
Helmuth Plessner. Founder of philosophical anthropology. Exiled German-Jewish scholar, living in the Netherlands from 1934 until 1951. A fierce defendant of open society and democracy, whose theory on what it means to be human, is largely forgotten. Historian Carola Dietze and colleagues want to change that. “Plessner’s arguments for a democratic society are very convincing. And as relevant today as in 1934.”
Ukraine: Americans exhale with a renewed sense of purpose
Americans’ outpouring of support for Ukraine reflects both a deep-seated distrust of Russia and a desire to reconnect with traditional American moral concerns, argues Mike Schmidli (Fellow 21/22). "For Americans the ugly war in Ukraine evokes the lessons of the past."
In this book, political scientist Mofidi shows how the state-based and stateless ethno-nationalist forces in the four countries overlapping Kurdistan, have politically deployed religion in their nationalistic confrontations in Kurdistan as the converging area between them. It is argued that both the religious state (Iran) and so-called secular states (Turkey, Iraq and Syria) make use of religious discourse and symbols in order to impose power over ‘their part’ of Greater Kurdistan and as a way of countering Kurdish nationalist movements.
Historian Eric Vanhaute spent a semester at NIAS as part of a theme group on commodity frontiers and the role of the countryside and its people in the history of capitalism, resulting in "Peasants in World History". This study analyzes the multiple transformations of peasant life through history by focusing on three primary areas: the organization of peasant societies, their integration within wider societal structures, and the changing connections between local, regional and global processes.