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Simon Friederich
Simon Friederich

2017


Article publication: The epistemology of the multiverse
Simon Friederich

YAG member Simon Friederich has started a project to stimulate the dialogue between disciplines by making his work in the Philosophy of Physics and Epistemology better known and accessible to practitioners in the Physics field. He will be writing an article on his work on the epistemology of the multiverse, which will be published in Scientia's bimonthly series of outreach research publications. As a philosopher, it can be difficult to reaching out the pracitioners in different disciplines, in this case Physics. By sharing his work with the readers of the 'Physical Science' section of Scientia, he will be able to capture their attention and show that philosophical inquiries can contribute significantly to their discipline. Scientia, much like the YAG, aims to bridge the gap between science, policy, research and education.

Simon Friederich will be exploring a relatively new and rather succesful approach for connecting academia and society by making his research available for a broader audience.

Please read Simon's full open access article here!


Joost Keizer
Joost Keizer
Bettina Reitz-Joosse
Bettina Reitz-Joosse

Towards a History that Never Was: Classical Antiquity in Groningen
Bettina Reitz-Joosse
Joost Keizer

The Romans never advanced far enough North to reach Groningen. Roman soldiers and citizens might have passed through the region now known as Groningen; they never settled there. There are no classical remains left in Groningen soil, no monuments – nothing. Nor was the lack of historical material later dressed with fictitious accounts of Roman presence, as would be the case in so many other European cities that had lacked a real Roman presence and wanted to trace its ancestry back to Roman politics, ethics, and culture. Groningen remained ‘Gronings’: a local community proud of its own, indigenous past that had no need of a Roman ancestry.

And yet many early modern paintings and sculptures depict classical scenes – from the Roman and Greek past as well as early modern imitations of that past – or cast contemporary people and events in a Roman style. In 1669, Anna van Ewsum commissioned a sumptuous grave memorial for her deceased husband for the local church in Midwolde the style and themes of which resembles grave memorials in Rome, complete with classical putti and garlands. Around 1700, Hermannus Collenius, born in Kollum in 1650, painted a Vanitas picture that includes a bust of Aristotle and ancient Roman remains for an unidentified person from Groningen. Around 1729, Hendrik Trip commissioned from the painter Jan Abel Wassenbergh, born in Groningen in 1689, a picture of Danae for the elaborate mantelpiece he installed inside his home at the Martinikerkhof 10, now known as the Feith-Huis. And when Collenius was asked to paint an allegory on good government he opted to paint it in antique terms, with the goddess Minerva present.

The aims:

  • 1.     To collect systematically instances where Classical antiquity is depicted or referred to in early modern artworks made in Groningen and for Groningen patricians.
  • 2.     To begin to explain the reasons why the Groningen nobility began to legitimize their power and prestige by referring to Classical antiquity.
  • 3.     To introduce the Groningen community to the presence of Classical antiquity in their region, and to the ways in which the Greeks and Romans changed Groningen – without ever setting foot there.


Practical Execution:

Two student research assistants, one with a background in Classics, the other in Art History, will collaborate on this project and together start collecting and researching instances of Classical presences in Groningen. This is a pilot project: the collection and findings which result from their work will form the basis for further research and eventually a conference and/or exhibition in Groningen. In collaboration with the project leaders, the students will also design and prepare a suitable presentation of their research during the Week van de Klassieken (5-15 april) for the general public (e.g. a mini-lecture on location or a guided tour).

This project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Classics and Art History, which will bring Groningen citizens into contact with new research into Groningen's Classical Past. It invests in research talent and introduces students at an early stage to interdisciplinary collaboration and academic outreach.


Merel Keijzer
Merel Keijzer

Winterschool: Multilingualism
Merel Keijzer

Following the Conference of Multilingualism from 6 - 8 November 2017, a Winterschool on Multilingualism is being organised at the University of Groningen, targeting PhD students and Early Career Researchers. In nine 3-hour sessions, led by international well-known and leading researchers on bi- and multilingualism, participants are familiarized with essential methods and techniques used in collecting and analyzing multilingualism data, which will help steer their early research careers and hand them professional development tools. Each workshop therefore includes hands-on experiencing using the method or technique demonstrated. The goal of this project is to allow Early Career Researchers at the University of Groningen to attend this workshop for free, to promote investment in the professional development of Early Career Researchers at the UG.

The workshop brings together methods and techniques used in the fields of sociology, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience, as applied to bilingualism and multilingualism settings. It is a great opportunity for Early Career Researchers to work on their professional networks and look for collaborations, nationally and internationally.

The outcome of the workshop is an international event bringing together early career researchers on bi and multilingualism, handing them the tools to develop professionally and form collaborations with others outside their immediate disciplines but still working on bi and multilingualism topics. The research tools and skills taught to Early Career Researchers are expected to benefit them throughout their careers.

Read the report on the Winterschool on Multilingualism here!


Martine Maan
Martine Maan

Subsidy: 'De Balts' theatre performance
Martine Maan

In the summer of 2017, the bi-annual conference of the European Society of Evolutionary Biology was organized in Groningen. On this occasion, public outreach programmes on evolution are organised and will be hosted by the Noorderzon performing arts festival. he program is co-organised by the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES) and the UG science centre, ScienceLinx. One of the events during this program is a theatre show:

'De Balts' is a Dutch-spoken theatre performance by Mirthe Dokter en Tim Hammer, directed by Karin Netten and developed in collaboration with UG biologists. The show focuses on a crucial aspect of evolution that is sometimes forgotten: reproduction. In addition to survival of the fittest, evolutionary change involves competition over reproductive opportunities. In a 20- minute performance, the actors explore the various ways in which animals attract, impress or deceive potential mates - and also asks how we humans solve this problem. The show will be staged on four consecutive days at Noorderzon, three times per day. After Noorderzon the show will go on tour.

This project helps organize activities that connect academia and society.

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