Call for abstracts: Different Worlds? Ethnography, Religion and Traveling Critique Between Europe and the MENA
This two-day workshop in Cairo will bring together scholars from North-Western Europe and the MENA region who do research in Muslim majority and/or minority contexts. The workshop invites scholars to reflect, on the basis of ethnographic fieldwork, on how critique travels across religious and geographic difference.
Hans Brug, professor of Health Behaviour
Prof. Johannes (Hans) Brug (1963) has been appointed professor of Health Behaviour at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and Faculty of Medicine (AMC-UvA). The chair is an unpaid, part-time appointment, which Hans Brug will combine with his position as director-general of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) at the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS). Brug was dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences until September 2018.
Sarah Bracke, professor of Sociology, in particular the Study of Gender and Sexuality
Dr S.A.E. Bracke has been appointed professor of Sociology, in particular the Study of Gender and Sexuality, at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.
The privatisation of security
Governments and citizens alike are increasingly turning to private security firms to protect the urban space and population; the Netherlands is no exception. What impact does this growing role of private organisations have and which developments are evident in the security field? These questions were the subject of research conducted by Rivke Jaffe (Professor in Urban Geography) and her team.
Liberals lecture, conservatives communicate
Some politicians use complex language, for instance long sentences with difficult words, while others communicate clearly and to the point. Can this difference be explained by the political ideology to which they subscribe? Yes, says a new study by researchers from the University of Amsterdam (UvA), who analysed over 380,000 speeches by politicians in several European countries between 1946-2017. The team’s results reveal that culturally liberal politicians use more complex language than their conservative counterparts. The results were published on 6 February in the journal PloS One.
Leave no one behind: the many hidden faces of extreme poverty
On the 29th of January, Anika Altaf will defend her PhD thesis on the inclusion and exclusion of extreme poor people in development interventions.
Amsterdam hub of computational social science
In July, the University of Amsterdam will be the epicenter of computational social science, hosting the 2019 edition of the International Conference on Computational Social Science.