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Arrivederci Fellow Group 2021/2022 

Last Thursday afternoon we said a sunny farewell to our most recent fellow group. Well hopefully not farewell but maybe instead arrivederci! We wish this group of exceptionally warm, generous and talented fellows the best of luck in their next endeavours.  

Reflecting on the year, NIAS Director Jan Willem Duyvendak noted that the year had been in a way characterised by the "normal". 

"Here at NIAS, we actually love the “old normal”," he wrote in his preface to the recently published highlights of the academic year 2021/22. "I would never have thought to write that sentence." It is not necessary to be a full-fledged Foucauldian to be suspicious of anything or anybody that claims normalcy (the normal being perceived as repressive and disciplining). The ‘common’ and the ‘familiar’ are omnipresent in European political discourse practices, as one of this year’s theme groups on the politics of (de)familiarization has shown.

How then is it possible that we embrace the return of the normal as the most liberating experience of this year…?


International Conference 2023

Good news, there's still time to submit your proposals for next year's conference ‘Belonging & Mobility’, 19-21 April 2023, Hybrid/Amsterdam. 

We are looking for contributions from researchers, artists, writers and journalists. The conference will be structured around five ‘Spheres’ where, we think, important narratives and practices of belonging are being negotiated and rendered (im)mobile: 
The Body Politic  
Belonging as / at Work  
Dwelling / Home-ing 
(Re)making Public Space  
Ecologies of Belonging

The submission deadline has been extended by two weeks. The new deadline is 15 July 2022. 


Exploring the Violent End of European Empires

On Friday 24th June fellows from the NIAS Theme Group 2018/19 “Comparing the wars of decolonization: Extreme violence during reoccupation and counter-insurgency, 1945-1975” returned to the institute to discuss their ideas and approaches to studying the forms, dynamics, and legacies of decolonization violence during a 'paperless workshop'. 

A first edition of the book 'Empire’s Violent End' which resulted from the Theme Group was also presented to NIAS Director Jan Willem Duyvendak during the workshop. 

Editors of the book noted that "Collaborative research was wonderful - something we historians rarely do" and that the "Collaborative intellectual exchange within the chapters is remarkable". Congratulations to everyone involved, and thank you for coming back to NIAS to host this innovative workshop with us. 


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Take a look at the current opportunities for joining the NIAS Community! 

Submit by September 1st  

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 submission deadline of the Pre-Proposals for the current Open Call is: 1 September 2022. More here

Call closes September 12th 

Fonds BJP Journalist-in-Residence

NIAS and the Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten welcome applications for the journalist-in-residence programme, which enables a journalist to work at the institute from February to June 2023. The journalist-in-residence is a collaboration between NIAS and the Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten. More here


NIAS Safe Haven 

The call has just closed for the NIAS Safe Haven fellowship. This new fellowship was set up to support scholars, artists, writers and journalists who are not able to do their work in their current location because of the consequences of the war in Ukraine. More here 

Already this semester NIAS has been home to two Ukrainian colleagues, journalist Elmaz Asanova and researcher Oksana Khomei. Last week at NIAS they have given a joint seminar entitled Civil society’s resilience in Ukraine. A journalist's and an academic's view. The event held also had contributions from discussants prof. Thea Hilhorst (EUR) and journalist Fleur de Weerd (Volkskrant). 


Take a look at our upcoming calendar of events! 

30 June, Media Meetup 

"The European Internet Blockade of Russian Propagandist Media"

On Thursday June 30th at 20:00 Elmaz Asanova will participate in the tactical media meet-up "The European Internet Blockade of Russian Propagandist Media" taking place at SPUI25 in Amsterdam. More here

3-9 July, Summer School  

"The Securitization of “Undocumented Migrants” and Empowerment Activities of Civil Organisations"

This year NIAS is co-organizer of a summer school together with the University of Amsterdam, and the Herder-Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Marburg, in cooperation with the Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio 138 “Dynamics of Security. Types of Securitization from a Historical Perspective.” More here

Take a look at the full calendar of events


Hippe ondernemingen, culturele consumptie en nieuwe stedelijkheid

Op vrijdag 17 juni 2022 liet Jan Rath in de 5e van Doorn-lezing zijn licht schijnen over commerciële gentrificering in Theater Zuidplein. In het kader van de ESSB prof.dr. Jacques van Doorn wisselleerstoel | NIAS-KNAW Van Doorn Fellowship.

Heb je de 5e Van Doorn-lezing gemist dan is deze hier nogmaals te bekijken. 


Published & Cited 

On this page you can find all of the output of NIAS fellows for the past number of years. On the right side of a title you can see if and how often a publication is cited or shared on social media. Visit the collection

Among the most recent works "written at NIAS" are World of Patterns by Rens Bod and Seven Sublimes by David Nye. 

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