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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’.

TWO MORE SURPRISE GUESTS.

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!

LINK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1588774997817449

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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.

 

Beurs

UVA QUOTE-UNQUOTE

The UvA walls contain an almost “all white gender male quotes”. What do students want? What does diversity on UvA walls mean? Last tuesday Amsterdam United, UvA Sociaal and a big amount of social science UvA staff launched their UvA quote-unquote day!Students bring in your ideas and quotes to make the UvA and the UvA walls more inclusive!

Send us an email if you have quotes you would like to see or for other ideas: amsunt@gmail.com or reply in the comments section!

Quote 1 Quote 2 Quote 3

Bedankt President Trump!

Written by: Yasmina El Ouardani

Je kunt je afvragen hoe in vredesnaam kan dat u, anno 2017, president bent geworden.
Ik moet er helaas toch elke weer om lachen, of huilen. Ja, dat laatste vraag ik mij ook af.
Zeker als ik in de ochtend het nieuws lees en er achter kom welk decreet u nou weer heeft getekend of wilt tekenen.
Verdrietig word ik er van, én moedeloos.
Zo werd ik wakker met het bericht dat u mensen afkomstig uit zeven moslimlanden de toegang tot de VS ontzegt.
Uiteraard zijn dit niet de landen waar u financiële belangen hebt. Dat kunt u dan weer niet riskeren.
Kennelijk gaat het financiële belang voor op menselijk belang.
Het laatste bent u in elk geval even uit het oog verloren. Ik zeg even omdat ik hoop dat dit een fase is die overgaat.

Dat u en feiten moeilijk samengaan dat had ik al door.
Toch wil ik u er op wijzen dat niet jihadisme maar wapenwetgeving de grootste oorzaak is van het aantal doden in uw land.
Dat probleem zou u eens moeten aanpakken.
En dan heb ik het niet eens gehad over uw andere plannen met betrekking tot abortuswetgeving.

Ondanks alles vind ik toch dat er reden is voor optimisme. Uw optreden tot nu toe heeft een enorm effect gehad, niet alleen in de VS maar ook hier in Nederland. Ik ben daar blij mee en ik zal u eens vertellen waarom.
Moslims, allochtonen, vluchtelingen en andere minderheidsgroepen zijn dagelijks onderwerp van gesprek.
Helaas vaker negatief dan positief.
Toch weet u iets voor elkaar te krijgen. Iets wat we hier in Nederland goed kunnen gebruiken.
U weet namelijk de hele wereld bijeen te krijgen, zo ook de Nederlandse samenleving.
Het saamhorigheidsgevoel ontwikkelt zich sterker dan ooit te voren.
En dat, president Trump, is het allermooiste dat ik ooit heb gezien!

 

Spotlight of the week: with Jessy

Name: Jessy
Age: 20
Study: Bsc. Human Geography

1. How would you describe diversity in general?
For me, diversity means accepting and respecting our differences. Every person is unique and we can’t neglect this. We must be able to engage in a safe and understanding conversation, get different perspectives and broaden our view.

2. Where do you see diversity at the UvA, where do you think diversity should be improved?
I think the UvA is diverse in the way that there are people from all over the world. If you walk around you will see a lot of exchange students from China and United States. Although there are a lot of international students, the majority of the students at the UvA are white. I also believe that most of the professors have a Dutch or European background. The literature I read for Human Geography is also mostly written by ‘Western’ authors.

In order to create less Eurocentric perspectives, I think more professors from non-European countries should be invited to give lectures at the UvA. Also, in my opinion there should be more students with different backgrounds, I understand that this is easier said than done. But being conscious about this issues is a good first step. Organizations like Amsterdam United create awareness around this subject.

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