On 8 December, NIAS' very first publication of Dutch literature "Thuis. Een bloemlezing over verbondenheid" will be published. In a rich collection of personal stories, poems and essays, written especially for this collection, thirteen of our writers-in-residence take a critical look at feelings of belonging. With Matthijs van Boxsel, Maria van Daalen, Hélène Gelèns, Kees 't Hart, Atte Jongstra, Lieve Joris, Jannah Loontjens, Marcel Möring, Hagar Peeters, Aleid Truijens, Henk van der Waal and Christiaan Weijts, and a foreword by Tommy Wieringa.
Each year at NIAS, shared concerns pop up during the many informal and weekly encounters between fellows - self-censorship being one of them. What are the reasons behind self-censorship, what are its implications and possible solutions? A summary of a vulnerable discussion seminar about the state of academic freedom in the post-truth era around the globe.
Mapping, Connectivity and the Making of European Empires
How can maps be used to understand the making of European empires? NIAS Fellow Luis Lobo-Guerrero presents his most recent publication "Mapping, Connectivity and the Making of European Empires" at the National Maritime Museum on 16 November.
Current fellow Ipek Celik Rappas explores the topic of city regeneration through film in this public NIAS Talk. How do screen productions, ranging from music videos shot in a decrepit former factory in London to an amateur film made in a war-torn Syrian town, generate value in struggling locations? With contributions by fellows Naluwembe Binaisa and Asma Mehan. On 23 November.
This talk on 10 January explores human behaviour in the context of (containing) infectious disease. What lessons can infectious diseases such as Covid-19 teach us about ourselves and human society? With current Distinguished Lorentz Fellow Luc Coffeng.
NIAS is looking for scholars who would like to compose a theme group in the academic year 2023/24. Do you want to advance knowledge on a particular theme by working together on a daily basis with researchers of different disciplinary background? Send in a pre-proposal before 15 December 2021.
In this Dutch book, neuroscientist Michiel van Elk takes a scientific look at magic mushrooms, LSD and other drugs that induce an altered state of consciousness. In his exploration of psychedelics, he carefully navigates between skeptics who think psychedelics are lethal and enthusiasts who believe they will solve a range of medical disorders.
As migrants are currently gathering at Europe's Eastern borders, being used as leverage in a political conflict, political scientist Beatrix Futák-Campbell has published an analysis of an earlier struggle. In "Facilitating crisis" she scrutinizes the securitization of migrants in Hungary and Slovakia at the height of the EU’s migration ‘crisis’. It illustrates how political narratives portrayed migrants as a security threat and how they intersected with EU discourse and practice.