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Three ICOG researchers awarded NIAS fellowships
Posted on:28 June 2022

Three researchers from the Groningen Institute for the Study of Culture, Dr Eleftheria Ioannidou, Dr Ksenia Robbe and Dr Megan Williams, have been awarded individual NIAS fellowships. This allows them to carry out projects at NIAS (Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Science) in an interdisciplinary, collaborative, slow-science environment.

Endangered Material Knowledge Project Launch
Posted on:27 June 2022

Geoffrey Hobbis (CMJS) and his research team are launching their project ‘Fera-i-asi: Digitizing the Island Builders of the Lau Lagoon (Malaita), Solomon Islands’. With funding from the Endangered Material Knowledge Programme, this project seeks to document the materials, processes, and techniques found in the tool kits of artificial island builders in the Lau Lagoon, Malaita, Solomon Islands.

REGROUP (Rebuilding governance and resilience out of the pandemic) awarded Horizon Europe grant
Posted on:21 June 2022

The University of Groningen has been awarded a large Horizon Europe grant to study the politics and governance of the post-pandemic. The project, named REGROUP (Rebuilding governance and resilience out of the pandemic) will be based at the Faculty of Arts and be coordinated by Dr Piero Tortola, who will lead a consortium of 14 universities and think tanks across Europe.

REGROUP will develop comprehensive diagnostic and normative analyses of the socio-political implications of Covid-19, and formulate policy advice for European Union policy-makers and other stakeholders on how to best (re)configure public policies and institutions for the years to come.

Project 'Vier Vorstinnen' (Four Queens) kicks off
Posted on:15 June 2022

More than ten years after the publications of the widely acclaimed Kings' biographies ( Koning Willem I by Jeroen Koch, Koning Willem II by Jeroen van Zanten en Koning Willem III by Dik van der Meulen), will follow from 2025 (expected date) the Queens' biographies. Alpita de Jong writes the biography of Wilhelmina of Prussia, Petra van Langen of Anna Pavlovna, Leonieke Vermeer of Sophie of Wurtemberg, and Monica Soeting of Emma of Waldeck-Pyrmont.

SECIMA, a joint IR project with Universität Hamburg
Posted on:01 June 2022

The Universities of Groningen and Hamburg are funding a joint project of Dr David Shim (CIRR, Groningen) and Dr Delf Rothe (IFSH, Hamburg), entitled ‘Between fear and hope: Security imaginaries of climate change and emotions in the Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion campaigns’ (SECIMA).

The project studies how the two key global movements of our time - Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion - use images and other visuals to narrate climate change as a threat to human, national or global security and at the same time legitimize and justify their activism. SECIMA will contribute to the emerging scholarly debate on visual narratives in global politics, (self-)legitimation of social movements as global political actors and visual methods in the study of IR.

EU grant for knowledge enhancement on contemporary China
Posted on:20 May 2022

Prof. Jan van der Harst and Prof. Tjalling Halbertsma from the Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen (CEASG) are collaborating on ReConnect China, a European research project to improve knowledge on contemporary China. The project, led by researchers from Ghent University, is a collaboration by 14 universities and knowledge centres across various European countries. The European Union will support the project over the coming four years through providing a Horizon grant of €4 million.

Call for papers: The Middle Eastern Turn in Jewish Studies
Posted on:19 May 2022

The Dutch Association of Jewish Studies (Nederlands Genootschap voor Joodse Studiën, NGJS) is pleased to announce a call for papers for its annual conference on 2 November 2022, devoted to the theme ‘The Middle Eastern Turn in Jewish Studies’. The NGJS annual conference aims to bring together researchers in the Netherlands in the field of Jewish Studies to share current research and to jointly reflect on current trends and issues in the field. It further aims to facilitate collaboration between researchers and to connect junior and senior scholars.

This year's conference will be held at the University of Groningen. The deadline for submissions is 9 June 2022.

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:

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).

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