Special Event at UvA With Civil Rights Advocate Kimberlé Crenshaw

SAVE THE DATE: 11 JUNE, 15.00-17.00

You can now register for the Kimberlé Grenshaw lecture: https://student.uva.nl/en/content/events/events/2019/06/civil-rights-advocate-kimberle-crenshaw-to-speak-at-the-uva.html

Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics 2016-2018, will be speaking at a special event at the University of Amsterdam on Tuesday 11 June from 15:00-17:00 at the Roeterseiland campus, building C, room C.103. Crenshaw is a leading authority in the area of Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law. The UvA Law School, together with the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) Team are sponsoring the event Crenshaw will speak on her groundbreaking and globally influential work on intersectionality– a term she coined in the 1980s. It captures the ways in which multiple forms of discrimination compound in the lives of women at the intersections of systems of subordination. Following her address, Crenshaw will be interviewed by Dr. Lyn K.L. Tjon Soei Len, Chair of the Board of Bureau Clara Wichmann, Assistant Professor and Diversity Scholar at Ohio State University, and an affiliated legal scholar at the Amsterdam Law School. The interview will focus on the significance of intersectionality for feminist activism, legal thought, and efforts towards diversity, inclusion and equity. Questions from the audience will be welcome during the last half hour of the event.

Crenshaw’s TED talk can be found here: https://www.ted.com/speakers/kimberle_crenshaw

Her articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, and Southern California Law Review. She is the founding coordinator of the Critical Race Theory Workshop, and co-editor of the volume, Critical Race Theory: Key Documents That Shaped the Movement. Crenshaw has lectured widely on race matters, addressing audiences across the country as well as in Europe, India, Africa and South America.

Crenshaw has worked extensively on a variety of issues pertaining to gender and race in the domestic arena, including violence against women, structural racial inequality, and affirmative action. A specialist on race and gender equality, she has facilitated workshops for human rights activists in Brazil and in India, and for constitutional court judges in South Africa. Her groundbreaking work on “Intersectionality” has traveled globally and was influential in the drafting of the equality clause in the South African Constitution.

In 1996, Crenshaw co-founded the African American Policy Forum, a gender and racial justice legal think tank, which houses a variety of projects designed to deliver research-based strategies to better advance social inclusion. In 2011, Crenshaw founded the Center for Intersectionality & Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School, which aims to foster critical examination of how social structures and related identity categories such as gender, race, and class interact on multiple levels, resulting in social inequality. She is a leading voice in calling for a gender-inclusive approach to racial justice interventions, having spearheaded the Why We Can’t Wait Campaign and co-authored Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected, and Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women.

Gender and Open Science

Call for papers

Special Issue Dutch Journal of Gender Studies (Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies)

“Gender and Open Science”

Editors: Margriet Fokken (UU), Looi van Kessel (LUCAS), and Fleur Praal (LUCAS)

‘Open Science’ is a movement that strives for open sharing of research data, publications, code, and other research related products with society. This is intended to enhance the transparency of knowledge production and stimulate the circulation of knowledge within and outside academia (Bosman & Kramer, 2017; European Commission, 2018; Vicente-Saez & Martinez-Fuentes, 2018). Open access publishing, where the published article is freely available for everyone, is a well-known offshoot of the open science movement. But, its branches extend much further: to the publication and/or sharing of data, and alternative forms of peer review that are more transparent (i.e. ‘open’), among other things. It has been argued that that open science practices could make scholarship more democratic, encourage civil engagement, and increase participation of marginalised groups (Bosman & Kramer, 2017; GENDERACTION, 2018, 2019).

In this special issue we ask the question: how are current practices and policies aimed at openness related to the position of marginalised individuals and groups in academia? How are gender, age, class, citizenship, culture, ethnicity/race, language, religion, and sexuality playing their part?

For full details see the Online Call for Papers

Deadline for abstracts is 1st of July 2019

PhD Work in Progress

21 June 2019 – 13.00-18.00
Bushuis – F2.08B, Kloverniersburgwal 48, Amsterdam

We’d like to invite all PhD researchers for our ‘Work in Progress’ meeting in the afternoon of Friday, June 21, 2019 (all further details to be announced). The idea is simply for PhD researchers to share a sample of their own work in progress, with peer discussion and feedback to follow. Feel free to present work that’s genuinely in process: fledgling, under way, unfinished, partial, fragmentary, patchy, stuck.

Also, you may choose to take on board (or indeed decline to take on board) either or both of the following perspectives:

  • Reflection on the unfinished/in progress-aspect of your work: what questions, choices, and options are you still considering? What’s at stake for those? What possible trajectories do you see fanning out from the yet incomplete state of your work? Are there aspects of your current work that seem to resist or decline progress?
  • Reflection on how your work practices,  nuances, updates, modifies, interrupts, shortcircuits, repudiates, or negates methodologies that belong to the field of Cultural Studies/Cultural Analysis. How do our established ways of working work out for you, and how are you ‘working’ them?

If you’d like to take this opportunity to present your work (factor in twenty minutes-presentations per participant), please drop us a quick line before June 14 at m.aydemir@uva.nl. Give us a rough indication of what you’d like to talk about so we can try to assemble meaningful combinations and sequences. If you have further questions, please get in touch through the same email address.

Posthuman Knowledge(s)

Utrecht Summer School course by Prof. Rosi Braidotti
August 19-23, 2019

In 2019, Braidotti’s intensive course will focus on “Posthuman Knowledge(s)”. The aim of the course is to offer a critical overview of contemporary debates about the implications of the ‘posthuman turn’, for knowledge production and research in the Posthumanities. Braidotti will apply her specific brand of critical feminist posthuman theory to the analysis of fast-growing fields such as the Environmental and Digital Humanities, asking questions such as: what is the subject of the Posthumanities? How do these new fields of knowledge affect the constitution of subjectivity and the practice of the academic (post) humanities today? How can posthuman knowledge assist us in moving beyond the patterns of exclusion of the sexualized, racialized and naturalized “others” that were excluded from humanity and disqualified as subjects of knowledge? How can we learn to think beyond anthropocentrism?

Register now on www.utrechtsummerschool.nl.
Registration deadline: June 1, 2019.
Course fee: €300. Housing fee (optional): €200.

Please note that all participants of this summer school are expected to have read several selected entries of Rosi Braidotti’s Posthuman Knowledge (forthcoming, Polity 2019).

For more information, contact gw.braidottiass@uu.nl.

FLYER: Detailed Programme Braidotti Summer School 2019 Flyer


Challenging the Sites of Knowledge. Medial and pluri-medial configurations and transformations

Call for Applications Summer School 2019 Application deadline: 30 Apri l 2019
When: 3 – 7 September 2019
Where: Hotel Bad Muntelier, Murten, near Berne, Switzerland
Languages: English (main), German
ECTS: 6 | Costs: 400 Swiss francs (travel and accommodation [double room] covered by organizer. Limited availability of single rooms on request and with extra charge). Members of the GSH, GSA and the Bernese Faculty of Humanities and our partner institutions and supporters (f.e. GCSC Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, FDI Université de Lausanne) are free of charge (except
for single room charge).

Challenging the Sites of Knowledge
Medial and pluri-medial configurations and transformations

Due to the impact of globalization and technological development, we are witnessing a growth and diversification of the sites of knowledge generation and the ways in which a variety of actors articulate and circulate knowledge, especially via new media. As a result, the privileged position of ‘scientific’ knowledge is contested, making knowledge the symbolic and material capital
not only of academic ‘experts’ but also of (Western and non-Western) ‘citizen scientists’, activists and artists at the margins of Academia, as well as of journalists, bloggers, or politicians. ‘Knowledge’ has become (or has always been) a matter of public debate, always infected by power modalities.
Moreover, in the course of various ‘turns’ at least since the 1990s, it has been stated that books and archives, textuality and textual literacy have never been the only reservoirs and technologies of knowledge. As hybrid forms of text, image, material things, or even sound have always been the rule, scholars from cultural studies, media studies and linguistics have pointed out for some time already the growing need for a sensory literacy. Yet, in light of more recent participatory information technologies and, especially, a growing distrust of the Humanities expressed mainly by political stakeholders, we need another analytical reset in order to foster engaged inter- and transdisciplinary debate and research for a development of what Mikhael Epstein calls “avenues of conceptual creativity” in academic institutions. This does not mean merely boarding the high-speed train of neoliberal technophilia, but instead to carefully trace present and past medial and pluri-medial dynamics, relations between creation, mediation, translation, perception and performance, image, material, sound and text with its expert and non-expert actors.
The Summer School of 2019 analyzes and discusses present and past angles and sites of knowledge generation especially in regard to medial and pluri-medial configurations and transformations from a historical, sociological, cultural and philosophical perspective. It reflects in particular on the challenges thereof for the Humanities and the Cultural and Social Sciences regarding their role in a (post-post)modern knowledge society. How do we reclaim expertise of, and for, the Humanities – an expertise which is crucial to society, but which seems to have been in question for quite some time already? And how can we manage conversation and translation – inside and outside academia – in light of an increasing pressure to make our research visible, tangible and understandable for non-experts as well? How, for example, do we analyse the (co-)production of representations through audio-visual counter-narratives, in particular in a context of cross-cultural or post-migration settings?

Invited keynote speakers and possible foci of their lectures:
  • Doris Bachmann-Medick (Permanent Senior Research Fellow International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, GCSC, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen)
    Translation studies, cultural theory, interdisciplinary and transcultural developments in the study of culture, cross-cultural knowledge, travelling concepts, cultural turns
  • Monika Salzbrunn (Full Professor for Religions, Migrations and Diaspora Studies, University of Lausanne) Transnational social spaces, urban spaces, migration, political and religious practices, festive events/carnival/art/music/ theatre, visual anthropology, multisensory ethnography
  • Jens Schröter (Full Professor for Media Culture Studies [Medienkulturwissenschaft], University of Bonn) Theory and history of digital media/digital culture, intermediality, virtual reality, multimedia, auditory culture, visuality, media and capital

Each morning session begins with a lecture given by one of our three keynote speakers, followed by responses and plenary discussions. These sessions prepare the ground for the parallel workshops in the afternoon, which focus on key concepts/problems and core texts that are particularly relevant for the research projects of the participants. Posters visualize the participants’ projects and foster informal exchange throughout the week.

Application Procedures

The Summer School offers doctoral and postdoctoral scholars a unique opportunity to contribute to a broader discussion with their own research and ideas. We encourage applications from researchers from the humanities and the social sciences with a strong interest in theoretical debates in an interdisciplinary setting.

How to apply?

Please provide us with the following application material:
• a letter of motivation, indicating how you expect to benefit from participating in this Summer School and how you can contribute, in turn, to the discussions (mentioning your specific interest in the topic)
• a CV of max. two pages
• an abstract (500 words) of your current research project with some keywords
• one referee we might contact

What do we offer?

The GSH will cover your travel expenses as well as accommodation (double room) and meals at the Hotel Bad Muntelier. There is a limited amount of single rooms (on request and with extra charge). You will receive an e-reader with preparatory material and have the opportunity to present your research on the Summer School homepage and blog (http://blog.wbkolleg.unibe.ch). Most
importantly, you are offered an intellectually stimulating, lively and friendly atmosphere conducive to fruitful exchange with both senior scholars and peers.


Please apply electronically (single PDF) to Vera Jordi who is happy to answer questions regarding the application: vera.jordi@germ.unibe.ch. For all further questions please contact michael.toggweiler@wbkolleg.unibe.ch.

The project team

Prof. Dr. Anke von Kügelgen (Director IFN and GSH, Head TransHumanities)
Dr. Michael Toggweiler (Coordinator IFN and GSH, Coordinator TransHumanities)
Vera Jordi MA (Administrative Assistant TransHumanities)