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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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bram van Leuveren awarded MSCA Individual Fellowship to study theatre as an Early Modern diplomatic tool
Posted on:11 May 2021

Did you know that in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries theatre was indispensable for managing diplomatic negotiations between England, France, and the Low Countries? Dr Bram van Leuveren , Lecturer in Arts, Culture, and Media Studies, recently won a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship from the European Commission to research the topic at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS).

Central to his research are the astonishing theatre productions, including ballets, plays, and tableaux vivants, which were organised by the Dutch city councils between circa 1577 and circa 1640 for the visits of prominent ambassadors and royals from England and France.

British Academy awards networking grant for Just Food Transitions
Posted on:13 April 2021

Together with British colleagues Dr Gearoid Millar (University of Aberdeen), Dr Lidia Cabral (Institute of Development Studies), and Dr Melanie Levick-Parkin (Sheffield Hallam University), Dr Iva Pesa of the Centre for Historical Studies has received a k£ 15 networking grant from the British Academy. Their project Just Food Transitions will establish a mutual exchange network that will examine and compare conceptions of, approaches to, and strategies for, achieving the just transition of food systems in four contexts (Brazil, Zambia, Sierra Leone, and the UK).

Four PhD scholarship positions open at ICOG
Posted on:31 March 2021

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.

Sebastian Sobecki receives Visiting Fellowship at Magdalen College, Oxford, and Neil Ker Memorial Fund for new project
Posted on:24 March 2021

Sebastian Sobecki, Professor of Medieval English Literature and Culture at the Faculty of Arts, has received a visiting fellowship from Magdalen College, Oxford, for this autumn, and a Neil Ker Memorial Fund grant from the British Academy. Both are linked to a new project on medieval manuscripts and civic clerks, called: “Inner Circles: Reading and Writing in Late Medieval London.”

Three Aletta Jacobs professors appointed at ICOG
Posted on:03 February 2021

On the recommendation of the Faculty Board, the Board of the University of Groningen has appointed Hilde Bras, Susan Aasman and Rina Knoeff as full professors at the Faculty of Arts. The appointments have been made in the context of the Aletta Jacobs Incentive Fund, which has created fifteen new chairs across the UG to promote female academic talent to full professorships. With the two new chairs in Digital Humanities and Health & Humanities, the Faculty Board is explicitly committing itself to the strategic objectives of both the Faculty and the UG for the period 2021-2026, as also expressed in the UG-wide schools Digital Society & Technology and the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health.

Chair of Frisian Language and Literature receives prestigious European grant for research on theatre culture in Friesland
Posted on:27 January 2021

The department of Frisian Language and Literature at the University of Groningen, represented by Prof. Dr Goffe Jensma, has been awarded a JPICH-2020 grant (Horizon 2020) to conduct international comparative research into intangible heritage: Revoicing Cultural Landscapes: narratives, perspectives, and performances of marginalized intangible cultural heritage .

Proeftuin Nieuw Publiek: An Experiment with Cultural Democracy
Posted on:01 December 2020

Together with Kunst en Cultuur Drenthe, the theme group Arts and Institutional Change initiated a long term research project to investigate the connection between cultural institutions and new audience groups. Around twenty cultural institutions in Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe cooperate. The research looks at innovation of the perspective on the problem of audience outreach, and investigates contours of cultural democracy in the region.

The project runs until the end of 2021 and is supported by We the North and several national funds.

NWO awards VIDI to historian David van der Linden
Posted on:04 November 2020

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded an €800,000 Vidi grant to historian David van der Linden to study Peacebuilding in Early Modern France. How can former enemies achieve a lasting peace in the wake of civil war? This project explores the peacebuilding mechanisms developed after the French Wars of Religion (1562–1598) and analyses how effective these solutions were. Historical research thus sheds new light on the long-term impact of peacebuilding strategies.

Rachel Carson - Simone Veil Fellowship for Stefan Couperus
Posted on:19 October 2020

Dr Stefan Couperus has been awarded the Rachel Carson - Simone Veil Fellowship for Spring/Summer 2021, awarded by the Project House Europe and the Rachel Carson Centre in Munich. The fellowship enables scholars to do research on the intersection of political and environmental history of modern Europe.

The ‘reconstruction’ of the many former castles of Drenthe and Overijssel
Posted on:05 October 2020

Visitors to Overijssel and Drenthe would find it hard to believe that in the Middle Ages, the landscape in this region was dotted with dozens of castles. Evidence of around 134 citadels, noble homes and fortifications in this area has been found, as shown in PhD research by archaeologist and landscape historian Diana Spiekhout. Until recently, this rich past was an almost unknown chapter of Dutch history.

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