NEW EVENT – FOCUS WEEK: Gender, Sexuality & Religion

Amsterdam United and AIM Diversty present an interdisciplinary debate and seminar on Gender, Sexuality and Religion in the Netherlands.
This event will be one of the three events in the UvA Focus Week 2017: Global Citizenship and Accountability.
Questions such as: how do Gender, Sexuality and Religion come into play in the culturalization of citizenship in the Netherlands? And how did homonationalism emerge in the Dutch politics? Will be answered during this event.

Our event will aim to scrutinize and deconstruct the ongoing and intensified political discourses about citizenship in the Netherlands in which the concepts of gender, sexuality and religion are entangled as well. How is the culturalization of citizenship normalized in the Netherlands and what notions are intensified during these processes? How do gender, sexuality and religion come into play?

Our speakers are:

Dr. Jan Willem Duyvendak – opening and keynote-lecturer
Dr. Jan Wllem Duyvendak is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. He wrote many things including ‘European Sexual Nationalisms: The Culturalization of Citizenship and the Sexual Politics of Belonging and Exclusion’.

Dr. Paul Mepschen – interactive lecturer
Dr. Paul Mepschen is lecturer in Social Anthropology at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University and postdoc at the University of Amsterdam. He teaches courses on religion, gender, politics and ethnographic methodology. He is currently working on a research project on the urban politics and historical anthropology of LGBTIQ pride, focusing on the sexual politics of ‘Europe’.


When? Thursday April 6th
Time? 6 pm – 9.30 pm
Where? CREA, Musicroom at Nieuwe Achtergracht 170, Amsterdam

The last part of the event will consist a discussion with our guestspeakers as our panel.
Join us for an inspiring event with discussion and we would love to hear your perspective about Gender, Sexuality and Religion in the Netherlands!


/focus week

Spotlight of the week: with Birkan

Name: Birkan Calik
Age: 26
Study: Alumni MA Middle East Studies

  1. How would you describe diversity?

Diversity is acknowledging each others unique point of view based on real life experiences as a valid input for a fertile conversation rather than expecting and accepting a norm based possibility only. Diversity is more listening to and less speaking on behalf of.

2. Where do you see diversity at the UvA, where do you think diversity should be?

We need more lecturers from other continents, more colour and curls. We need UvA to represent the eclectic character of the city itself. We need less monotoneous analyses and more subjective experiences because we are becoming more aware of inequalities and double standards in our personal lives. We don’t need someone to tell us how a dress looks, because we are more and more interested in how it feels when you put it on. The UvA, as many other Dutch educational institutions, needs to realize that not all dresses are one size fits all.


UvA and Amsterdam United have won a scholarship of 50.00!

The UvA and Amsterdam United have won a scholarship of 50.00 Euros to do research and develop a new course based on diversity!

Minister Bussemaker van OC&W reikte gister de Comenius Teaching Fellow-beurs van 50.000 euro uit voor het project van Inti Soenterik, Fadie Hanna, docenten van de Universitaire Pabo, in samenwerking met onze voorzitter van Amsterdam United, Tugba Öztemir.

Wij zijn ontzettend trots op Tugba, Inti en Fadie!
De beurs is binnengehaald voor het vierdejaars vak diversiteit op de Universitaire Pabo van Amsterdam.