As 2021 draws to a close, NIAS would like to thank all who contributed to an eventful year. A year in which we celebrated our 50th anniversary, were not beaten down by a global pandemic, jumped with joy at the start of an (in-person) academic year and continue to build links between ideas, disciplines, networks and people. Thank you for being part of that. May your holiday be filled with warmth, lightness and new insights!
In his end-of-year message, Director Jan Willem Duyvendak reflects on the past year, both celebrating its highlights and calling attention to threats to independent thinking.
NIAS Book: Thuis
NIAS' first literary publication in Dutch, "Thuis, Een bloemlezing over verbondenheid" was published on 8 December, and is available in book stores now. 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. Buy the book at NIAS now at a reduced rate of 10 euro's (limited offer).
Rewatch the book launch to find out how Hélène Gelèns, Jannah Loontjens, Christiaan Weijts, Tommy Wieringa and Fleur van Koppen think about belonging, imagination, the senses and the connection between art and science.
KNAW Early Career Award
Historian Lukas M. Verburgt and health scientist Jorien Treur, both NIAS Fellows in 2021/22, are to receive a KNAW Early Career Award. The award, consisting of €15,000 and a work of art, is intended for researchers in the Netherlands who are at the start of their careers and have original and innovative research ideas.
Psychiatrist Iris Sommer of the University Medical Center Groningen and University of Groningen has been awarded the Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship 2022/23 for her research on computational linguistics in psychiatry. During her fellowship, she will try to unravel how automatic language analysis can help recognize and monitor psychotic disorders.
This talk on 10 January explores human behaviour in the context of (containing) infectious disease. What type of human behaviour do infectious diseases expose? What do these insights tell us about our society? Together with NIAS Distinguished Lorentz Fellow and epidemiologist Luc Coffeng, writer and anthropologist Ginny Mooy, and sociologist Will Tiemeijer this programme aims to unravel the interplay between infectious diseases and health related behaviour and beliefs. This talk is in Dutch, but will be subtitled in English.
The call for individual fellowships 2023/24 at NIAS, as well as for the journalists-in-residence, writer-in-residence, artist-in-residence at For-Women-in-Science fellowships in 2022/23, will open on Monday 17 January 2022.
Journalist and historian Anne-Lot Hoek wrote a 500-page book on colonial violence in Bali. An account of the fierce guerrilla war that flared up on the island just after the Second World War, in which she tells about oppression, resistance, friendship and betrayal, inextricably linked to the imperial past, but also to the core of Dutch decolonization policy.
The modern welfare state needs to be fundamentally reassessed, says the Belgian sociologist Professor Bea Cantillon. In the Van Doorn Essay “Het armoedevraagstuk en de tragiek van de welvaartstaat: zeven voorstellen voor een nieuw sociaal contract" (Dutch) Cantillon shows why wealthy welfare states fail to combat poverty and points towards possible solutions.