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Four PhD Scholarship Positions at ICOG
Posted on:13 April 2022

The Graduate School for the Humanities offers 4 PhD positions (for 4 years) in the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG). As a PhD candidate, you are committed to conducting independent and original scientific research, to report on this research in international publications and presentations, and to present the final results of the research in a PhD dissertation. We invite you to design your own research project related to the research in one of ICOG’s five research centres.

The application deadline is 15 May 2022.

PhD Position Environmental Histories of Resource Extraction in Africa
Posted on:08 April 2022

Applications are invited for a fully funded, four-year PhD position within the research project Environmental Histories of Resource Extraction in Africa: Understanding Cultural and Political Responses to Environmental Transformation, financed by the European Research Council (ERC) and led by Dr Iva Peša. Since the Witwatersrand gold rush of 1886, industrial gold mining has fundamentally shaped Johannesburg’s urban environment. This project aims to determine how inhabitants of Johannesburg have experienced and lived with gold mining and ensuing environmental change.

The application deadline is 31 May 2022.

PhD Position Environmental History Niger Delta
Posted on:08 April 2022

Applications are invited for a fully funded, four-year PhD position within the research project Environmental Histories of Resource Extraction in Africa: Understanding Cultural and Political Responses to Environmental Transformation, financed by the European Research Council (ERC) and led by Dr Iva Peša. The discovery of oil in the Niger Delta in 1956 precipitated massive oil spills, violent conflict over oil revenues, and vocal environmental protest movements. This project aims to historicise these environmental conflicts and to understand why people reacted differently to environmental change.

The application deadline is 31 May 2022.

Florian Lippert in conversation with Julian Pahlke, MdB, about refugees from Ukraine, prospects for EU migration policy
Posted on:23 March 2022

Dr Florian Lippert, Associate Professor for European Culture and Literature at the UG and currently Research Fellow at NIAS Amsterdam, interviewed Julian Pahlke, MdB (member of the German Parliament), about the current situation of refugees from Ukraine, his recent experience at the border between Ukraine and Poland, future perspectives of EU migration policy and the situation in Germany.

Home-building aldermen made the difference 100 years ago
Posted on:16 March 2022

How can municipalities tackle the housing shortage? Municipal housing corporations could be the solution—just like they were 100 years ago.

In 1901, municipalities in the Netherlands were given the responsibility of building social housing. They did not only supervise high-quality public housing but also established their own municipal housing construction companies. ‘This was really needed’, explains historian Stefan Couperus . ‘Workers in the cities lived in tightly packed hovels with narrow staircases, little sunlight, and hardly any sanitary facilities. Multiple families often shared a house, living in poor hygienic conditions, as a result of which diseases like cholera were able to spread.’

Call for Papers: Similarity, Selection and Influence
Posted on:08 March 2022

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the symposium “Similarity, Selection and Influence: A Cross-Disciplinary Symposium on Homophily in Social Networks”. The two-day symposium on 7-8 July 2022 will feature workshops, live panels, paper presentations and networking events.

We invite papers by PhD students and early career researchers (within 5 years post PhD conferral) with an interest in network science. We welcome both quantitative and qualitative original submissions that expand our understanding of homophily in social networks across many fields.

Submission deadline: 15 May 2022

Call for Papers AIM2022: Artificial Intelligence and Minority
Posted on:08 March 2022

The University of Groningen’s Department of History of Philosophy and Center for Digital Humanities are inviting submissions to the “AIM2022: AI and Minority” international conference. The event seeks to bring together scholars at various stages of their career who work in the history of philosophy or cognate areas in cultural history and the humanities broadly defined, and who use AI-inflected approaches to bring to life neglected figures, unrepresented language groups and racial profiles, as well as any historical aspect(s) that go(es) beyond the canon of their disciplines.

Submission deadline: 29 April 2022

ICOG visiting research fellow: Sarah Gleeson-White
Posted on:25 January 2022

From February to March of 2022, ICOG will be joined by visiting research fellow Sarah Gleeson-White. Dr Gleeson-White is an Associate Professor of American Literature in the Department of English at the University of Sydney. She specializes in early twentieth-century American literature, African American film and literature, William Faulkner and southern US literature, and the relations among film and literature.

Call for Papers: Alien Imaginations
Posted on:16 January 2022

The conference Alien Imaginations: Facing the Challenge of first contact, for which we shared a CfP on 25 August 2021, is moving online. The submission deadline and contact address have also changed. The amended call for papers is shared below.

Deadline: 31 January 2022

ERC funds project studying responses to environmental transformation caused by resource extraction in Africa
Posted on:12 January 2022

ICOG-researcher Iva Pesa has received an ERC Starting Grant to study the cultural and political responses to environmental transformation caused by resource extraction in Africa. The European Research Council (ERC) awards these personal grants of EUR 1.5 million to excellent researchers in order to stimulate groundbreaking research in Europe.

White Sisters, nursing practices and reproductive health in East-Africa
Posted on:15 December 2021

What was the role of missionary nurses in sub-Saharan Africa’s colonial and postcolonial past? How did nursing practices develop and how did they affect the health of mothers and children?

With a grant from the Nurse Vernède Foundation (Stichting Zuster Vernède), Aletta Jacobs Professor of Economic and Social History Hilde Bras will study the impact of missionary nurses in East-Africa in a project titled "White Sisters, nursing practices and reproductive health in East-Africa, 1890-now."

Studying water, energy and food insecurity in South Africa
Posted on:09 December 2021

The South African National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Dutch Research Council (NWO) have granted two joint research projects in the second call for proposals of the South Africa-Netherlands Cooperation research programme.

One of these projects, in which Dr Iva Pesa represents the University of Groningen as consortium partner, studies water, energy and food security challenges in South African urban environments. The challenges of cities in South Africa face typify problems of many other fast-growing urban areas in Africa and beyond. Research outcomes have therefore the potential to be highly valuable for other contexts as well.

Artists do not stop: report raises major concerns about cultural freelancers
Posted on:10 November 2021

The Council for Culture (Raad voor Cultuur) has "major concerns" about the position of 'cultural freelancers': self-employed people who work with amateurs in, for example, a choir or a theatre group. The Council has said this in response to new research into the financial position of this group, which was carried out by researchers from the Universities of Maastricht and Groningen (for UG: Johan Kolsteeg , Marijn Nagel, and Nathalie Schram). Cultural freelancers have a low and unstable income and are often involuntarily self-employed.

ICOG visiting research fellow: Joanna Woodall
Posted on:03 November 2021

In November 2021, ICOG is joined by visiting research fellow Joanna Woodall. Joanna is an historian of the art, specialising the in the visual culture of the Low Countries during the age of global expansion. She is a Professor at The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London and currently enjoying a Leverhulme Research Fellowship.

In Groningen, Joanna is looking forward to participating in the research culture of the Department of History of Art and Architecture and will relish the opportunity to advance her research in the multi-disciplinary environment of the ICOG. Her work will be further supported by the Library’s Special Collections. Her stay will make it possible for her to study at first hand the material and technical character of the depiction of ‘black’ skin in 17th century Netherlandish paintings, in preparation for a workshop on this topic to be held at the Groninger Museum at the end of November.

Newspapers in former times: between reporting and propaganda
Posted on:27 October 2021

Newspapers first made their appearance in the Netherlands as early as 400 years ago. They mostly consisted of eyewitness accounts, which were as reliable or unreliable then as they are today. Historian Joop Koopmans talks about the news in early modern times and points to differences from and similarities with today’s news. In those days, newspapers mostly reported on international (political) news – which sometimes led to a reprimand.

Call for contributions: The Arts Bunker
Posted on:14 September 2021

Do you like to write about arts, culture, media or politics or do you make poetry or art? Would you like your work to be published? The Arts Bunker is a platform for young academics and enthusiasts of (the study of) culture and art: www.arts-bunker.com

This CFC closes on 30 October 2021.

Benjamin Leruth appointed Editor of Acta Politica
Posted on:08 September 2021

ICOG member Benjamin Leruth (European Politics and Society) has been appointed Editor of the international political science journal Acta Politica by the board of the Dutch Political Science Association (NKWP). He took over the role from Rens Vliegenthart (UvA) on 1 September to work together with Emilie van Haute (ULB).

Call for Papers: Antiliberal Internationalism (20th c): Beyond Left and Right?
Posted on:31 August 2021

On 12-13 January 2023, the University of Amsterdam and the University of Groningen are organizing a conference on antiliberal internationalism in the 20th century. At this conference, specialists from different disciplines, periods, and regions aim to uncover the longer twentieth-century trajectories and genealogies of antiliberal internationalism: sentiments, outlooks, strategies, and ideologies.

The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2021.

Call for Papers: Alien Imaginations
Posted on:25 August 2021

Are we alone in the universe? Or are there more planets like ours, which support life, including intelligent life? What will be the impact of the encounter with extraterrestrial life on us and vice versa? What does it do to narratives and doctrines on Creation such as in the bible to become aware that we are not as unique as we thought? How do we deal with creatures different from ourselves? Will we accept and welcome them or colonize and enslave them? Will they enrich or exploit us?

Deadline: 30 November 2021

Alberto Godiolo awarded Vidi grant by NWO
Posted on:12 August 2021

Alberto Godioli has been awarded a five-year NWO Vidi grant for his project 'Forensic Humour Analysis: Rethinking Offensive Humour and Its Legal Regulation'.

Defining the legal boundaries of free speech is difficult – even more so when humour is involved. National and international courts often have an inconsistent approach to offensive humour. Building on insights from humour studies and literary theory, this project aims to improve the handling of humour in free speech regulation.

Call for Papers - Politics and Poetics of Strike in the Postsocialist/Postcolonial Encounter
Posted on:05 July 2021

This workshop continues the conversation about politics and poetics of a feminist strike and the emerging feminist internationalism from below from the perspective of a postsocialist/postcolonial encounter. How “March 8” – as both an event and a process – travels (back) to postsocialist contexts signifies a controversy; the notion of a feminist strike becomes entangled with the institutionalisation and festivalization of women’s struggles during socialism, the continued taming of March 8’s radicality and the asymmetries within transnational feminism.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to 30 September (originally 7 September).

Call for Papers - Inclusive Media Education for Diverse Societies
Posted on:28 June 2021

This hybrid workshop aims to bring together papers that develop a critical perspective and focus on issues related to media literacy education, differences and diversity. We aim to include conceptual papers as well as empirical studies from different contexts that provide a critical reflection of existing media education practices.

The deadline for submissions is 7 September 2021.

Three CLARIAH Teaching Fellowships awarded to ICOG-researchers
Posted on:23 June 2021

Prof. Dr Susan Aasman, Dr Berber Hagedoorn and Dr Sabrina Sauer have received Teaching Fellowships for their integrated project "Suite Discoveries," which teaches Media Studies students and Digital Humanities students about the CLARIAH Media Suite. The three projects together allow for an overarching view on source exploration, storytelling, and curation, as well as on tool criticism and how digital infrastructures like CLARIAH change perceptions and habits of doing research.

Exhibition: Material evidence in the incunabula of the University of Groningen Library
Posted on:23 June 2021

Among the oldest books in the University of Groningen Library are the incunabula, the ‘first generation’ of printed books (printed before 1501). These imposing Bibles, carefully printed classical texts and humble devotional works have a long history of use. For centuries, they have been owned, read, cherished or neglected by different individuals. They changed hands, and were restored and adapted to various needs.

Nowadays, we may still catch a glimpse of this fleeting history of use through the traces that individuals left in their books, such as ownership inscriptions, decorations and notes written in the margins. This ‘material evidence’ reveals what happened to these books after they were printed.

Skateboarding in Seoul: A Sensory Ethnography
Posted on:23 June 2021

Skateboarding is booming. With its inclusion in the 2021 Summer Olympics, skateboarding has properly made its way into the mainstream. As a skater among skaters, Sander Hölsgens provides the first in-depth account of skateboarding in Seoul – working towards an intimate portrait of a growing community.

UG history book now available
Posted on:17 June 2021

President of the Board of the University Jouke de Vries has received the first copy of The University of Groningen in the World: A Concise History. The book briefly outlines the more than four centuries since the University of Groningen was founded, with a more in-depth look at the period from 1945 until the coronavirus pandemic. The book focuses on the international aspects of University life. When the UG was founded in 1614, there were already a striking number of foreign students and professors. Over the last few decades, the influx of internationals has shown a strong increase, more than ever before. This English-language publication is mainly focused towards international students and staff members.

Interdisciplinary PhD Scholarship Transnational Catholicism and Decolonization
Posted on:10 June 2021

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies and the Faculty of Arts offer a four year scholarship to complete a PhD within a joint interdisciplinary project led by Prof. Todd Weir and Prof. Clemens Six. The proposed PhD research plan will be embedded in the department of Christianity and the History of Ideas at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies and the department of History at the Faculty of Arts.

The application deadline is 19 July 2021.

Corona crisis has lasting effects on news consumption
Posted on:09 June 2021

News and journalism offer something to hold on to in uncertain times. Initially, television news, newspapers and news sites broke record after record after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the early 2020s. But are such new news habits permanent? Although for most people the peak in news consumption was temporary, there are groups for whom journalism has become part of their system. This is the conclusion of Professor Marcel Broersma and researcher Joëlle Swart of the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies in a study on news habits in corona times, published on 7 June.

Call for Papers - The European Union in Central Asia: An Uninvited Guest in China’s and Russia’s Backyard?
Posted on:03 June 2021

Call for Papers for the symposium "The European Union in Central Asia: An Uninvited Guest in China’s and Russia’s Backyard?"

Submission deadline: 20 June 2021
Event date: 10 - 11 February 2022

Alberto Godioli and Florian Lippert awarded fellowships at NIAS
Posted on:25 May 2021

Dr Alberto Godioli, Senior Lecturer for European Culture and Literature, and Dr Florian Lippert, Associate Professor for European Culture and Literature at the Faculty of Arts, have been selected for fellowships at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in Amsterdam. The NIAS Fellowships will allow the team members to work on their projects for a period of 5 months in the academic year 2021/22. They will become part of a carefully selected community of independent thinkers, in a collaborative environment where the space is created to ask new questions beyond disciplinary boundaries. NIAS Fellows are selected through a highly competitive external review process on the basis of the quality of their research proposal.

Jacqueline Klooster, Luis Lobo-Guerrero and Arie van Steensel awarded NIAS Individual Fellowships
Posted on:25 May 2021

Three ICOG members – Jacqueline Klooster, Luis Lobo-Guerrero and Arie van Steensel – have been selected for individual fellowships at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in Amsterdam. The NIAS Fellowships will allow the researchers to work on their projects for a period of 5 months in the academic year 2021/22. They will become part of a carefully selected community of independent thinkers, in a collaborative environment where the space is created to ask new questions beyond disciplinary boundaries. NIAS Fellows are selected through a highly competitive external review process on the basis of the quality of their research proposal.

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