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dr. P. Boele Van Hensbroek

Research co-ordinator (GSG), Lecturer (Philosophy)
dr. P. Boele Van Hensbroek
E-mail:
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Profile Pieter Boele van Hensbroek

 

Globalisation Studies Groningen

University of Groningen

PO Box 716, 9700 AS Groningen, Netherlands

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Faculty of Philosophy

University of Groningen

Oude Boteringestraat 52, 9712 GL Groningen, Netherlands

tel. +31 50 3633666; secr. 3632391

p.boele@rug.nl

 

Key research themes:

·         Intellectual History outside the North Atlantic – especially political thought

·         Citizenship Studies – especially Cultural Citizenship

·         Local sources of cultural innovation such as Indigenous Knowledge, Art, Criticism

Practical interests:

·         North – South academic cooperation – African university development

·         Facilitating publication of work of African colleagues

 

Current position :

·         Research Coordinator and deputy director of Globalisation Studies Groningen (70%)

·         Lecturer in Political Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy (30%)

Previous positions:

·         1995 -2000 Co-ordinator Interuniversity Cooperation for programmes with Can     Tho University in Vietnam and the University of Asmara in Eritrea. Office for International Relations, University of Groningen

·         1990 – 1995Researcher (OIO) for The Netherlands Science Foundation (NWO)

·         1985 – 1988Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy, University of Zambia

·         1983 - 1984Lecturer Academy of Library Science, The Hague

Other positions:

·         Chair of the ACP Task Force of the Coimbra Group

·         M ember of the Board of the Eric Bleumink Fund

·         2009 -  2011  Member of the member of international reference group of Capacity Development evaluation by IOB (Policy and Evaluations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

·         2002 -  2010  Member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Africa Studies Centre at Leiden University

·         1998 – 2002 Member of the Exchange Committee, Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development

·         1987 – 2001 Managing editor of Quest: Philosophical Discussions, An International African Journal of Philosophy

 

Main Fields of Interest

My main interest is political philosophy in the non-western world was raised by my work at the University of Zambia from 1985 to 1988. I published a comprehensive historical on African political philosophy – Political Discourses in African Thought; 1860 to the Present (Westport: Praeger/Greenwood, 1999), several articles and book chapters. Today, I am also studying political thought (views on nationalism, citizenship, cultural identity, civil society)  in Asia. An earlier area of interest concerns alternative sciences as systems of thought - my Masters thesis in Philosophy of Science concerned the comparative analysis of such systems.

I have a long-term interest in practical ways to support academic development outside the wealthy nations. The main aim of the African journal for Philosophy QUEST, which I started and co-edited for fifteen years, is to provide a forum for African philosophers to discuss among themselves and thereby facilitate the building of a research tradition. Through my work at the Office for International Relations, CDS and GSG, I have been intensely involved in interuniversity cooperation with universities in the South and currently also in EU-Africa relations (e.g. Tuning). I am participating in discussions about the Dutch development cooperation in higher education. I am involved in elaborating Europe – Africa academic relations via the ACP Task Force of the European university network, COIMBRA-group, and through several EU involvements, such as with TUNING.

I frequently give presentations, both academic and non-academic, on African philosophy, cultural globalisation, political philosophy, and North-South academic co-operation. (see Projects)

 

Organisation of international conferences:

·         2011 Co-organiser of the “Second European Research Conference on Microfinance”. Groningen

·         2008 Co-organiser of the conference “Cultural Citizenship in Political Theory” Groningen

·         2005 Co-organiser of the conference “Four Freedoms” in Groningen

·         2001 Co-organiser of the conference "Cosmopolitanism and the Nation-State" in Patna, India

·         2000 Co-organiser of the international conference "The Role of the Intellectual in the Public Sphere", in Beirut, Libanon

·         1997 Co-organiser of the conference Civil Society in Africa. Abijan, Ivory Coast

 

Reports:

·         2010-2011 Feasibility Study on implementation of TUNING in East Africa. Commissioned by the EU via the Coimbra Group, Brussels

·         2002 Country report on the status and needs of Higher Education in Zambia. Preparatory study for a Higher Education cooperation programme between the EU and ACP countries. Commissioned by the EU via the Coimbra Group, Brussels

 

 

Relevant Professional Activities (selected)

 

1987 - 2001                   Managing editor of Quest: Philosophical Discussions, An International African Journal of Philosophy

1998 - 2002                   Member of the Exchange Committee, Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development

2002 - 2010                   Member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Africa Studies Centre at Leiden University

2009 - 2011                   Member of the member of international reference group of an ongoing evaluation of Capacity Development strategies of 7 major Dutch NGOs, of IOB (Policy and Evaluations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands).

 

Educational Background:

1998    PhD degree in Philosophy, awarded with Great Honours (“cum laude”) at University of Groningen

1983    MA degree in Philosophy, awarded with Great Honours (“cum laude”) at University of Groningen

 

Research Grants:

·        “Political Discourses in African Thought”. 5-year fellowship for dissertation research of the NWO (Netherlands Foundation for Scientific Research) 1989-1995

·         “Democratic Imaginations in a Global Context: liberal democracy and its contenders” within the programme “Contested Democracy” of the NWO (Netherlands Foundation for Scientific Research),. 2007-2008

 

Ten Key Scientific Publications (please find a complete list under “research”)

 

1.      Cultural Citizenship in Political Theory (edited with Judith Vega). (Routledge). Forthcoming 2011

 

2.      Le “tournant démocratique” dans la philosophie africaine contemporaine, in Critique, vol. 67-no 771-772. Août-Septembre 2011. pp. 650-663

 

3.      Agenda’s of cultural citizenship (together with Judith Vega). Citizenship Studies 14/3, June 2010. pp. 245-257

 

4.      Cultural citizenship as a normative notion for activist practices. Citizenship Studies 14/3, June 2010. pp.317-330

 

5.      Omstreden Democratie in Mondiaal Perspectief, in het Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Rechtsfilosofie & Rechtstheorie. (Journal for Legal Philosophy and Jurisprudence), 2008, vol. 37/1, pp. 71-85.

 

6.      The "Import Thesis" about African Political Thought in African Philosophy, Issue 2, 2003 (appeared 2006)

 

7.      Should Intercultural Philosophy take over from Anthropology in the Study of Culture? in Quest: An African Journal of Philosophy, vol. XVII (published 2005), pp.109-124

 

8.      Some Nineteenth Century African Political Thinkers  in A Companion to African Philosophy, edited by K. Wiredu (Blackwell, 2004)

 

9.      Political Discourses in African Thought: 1860 to the Present (Westport, Praeger, 1999), 238 p.

 

 

10.  Cursing the Nation-State, in Transition (Oxford U.P.) no 61, Fall 1993

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