Paper | The most marginalized people in Uganda? Alternative realities of Batwa at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. | By Christine Ampumuza, et al.

Ampumuza, C., Duineveld, M., René Van der Duim, R. (2020) The most marginalized people in Uganda? Alternative realities of Batwa at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. World Development Perspectives 20: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wdp.2020.100267 Indigenous peoples such as the Batwa in Uganda are predominantly seen as marginalised groups, leaving little room for foregrounding their power, influence and involvement in tourism and […]

Thesis opportunities | Foodscapes in times of uncertainty

The CSPS Foodscapes cluster is looking for BSc and MSc students interested in researching emerging foodscapes in times of uncertainty.   Covid-19 has displayed many of the vulnerabilities and externalities of our current corporate food regime, such as unequal access to food, the dependence of our food supply on global supply chains, the exploitation of (migrant) […]

PhD Defense | Understanding the psychological and social environmental determinants driving young infant feeding practices among Rwandan households: a salutogenic approach | by Jeanine Ahishakiye | Tuesday Sept 8th, 11.00 am

For more information: https://www.wur.nl/nl/activiteit/Understanding-the-psychological-and-social-environmental-determinants-driving-young-infant-feeding-practices-among-Rwandan-households-a-salutogenic-approach.htm The defense will be livestreamed via the following link https://weblectures.wur.nl/P2G/Player/Player.aspx?id=C217

PhD Course | Critical Gender Studies in the Life Sciences domain | Sept 8 – Oct 9, 2020

cover image by 帅 郭 via Pixabay For more information and to register: https://www.wur.nl/en/show/Critical-Gender-Studies-in-the-Life-Sciences-domains-.htm Introduction & objectives of the course Today, research in the life sciences done to support sustainable development is increasingly interdisciplinary and demands better understanding of roles of gender and other differences, such as race and colonial history. This course directly enables […]

Seminar | The Return of Anthropometry: Digital Positivism and the Body Politic | August 27th, 14.00 – 17.00 CET

Anthropometric determinism, the 19th century notion that the human body, individual personalities, cultural traits, and social groups can be reduced to numbers, is back. The critical social sciences were, essentially, forged alongside, and fighting against, this idea that informed pseudoscientific practices, namely Euro-American racist ideologies at the heart of so many anti-immigrant and refugee sentiments, […]

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Blog | Resilience, reinvention and transition during and after quarantine | By Kristof Van Assche, Martijn Duineveld, S. Jeff Birchall, Leith Deacon, Raoul Beunen, Monica Gruezmacher, and Daan Boezeman

In the period of quarantine  The Covid-10 crisis has isolated many people but it didn’t stop people from sharing stories about the situation and about what comes back after quarantine. In many countries one can witness a very contrasting set of discourses (see for an overview Matteo, 2020). Social cohesion and solidarity are praised, nationalists’ discourses […]

Blog| U.lab 2x | Integrating head, heart and hands in (online) teaching

Can online meetings be generative and energizing! Yes, they can! On June 10th, we had the fourth meeting of our U.lab 2x journey, in which teachers and students at Wageningen University explore how to integrate head, heart and hands in Higher Education. Since The Netherlands went into ‘intelligent lockdown’ mid-March, we have been organizing our […]

Public lecture | Foodscapes after Covid: from corporatism to the politics of possibility | Jonathan Beacham and Alice Willatt | June 9, 15.00 CEST

Tuesday June 9 | 15.00 CEST | ZOOM (link will be shared after registration) The CSPS Foodscapes Cluster warmly invites you to join this online public lecture.  Please share with others that might be interested! To register, please fill in this form: https://forms.gle/tC9wHCs8cHh8QNgo8 Foodscapes after Covid: from corporatism to the politics of possibility The pandemic […]

PhD Defense | (De)coding a technopolity: Tethering the civic blockchain to political transformation | by Syed Omer Husain

Thursday May 14, 2020 | 11.00 am (CET)| Weblectures.wur.nl Syed Omer Husain will defend his PhD-thesis ‘(De)coding a technopolity: Tethering the civic blockchain to political transformation‘. See the abstract below. The full thesis can be downloaded from WUR Library after the defence ceremony. The ceremony will be live-streamed by Weblectures.wur.nl but is recorded and can be viewed […]

Blog | The possibilities and limitations of adapting your research project in times of COVID19 | by: Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen, Monica Gruezmacher and Martijn Duineveld

This blog was written by: Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen, Monica Gruezmacher and Martijn Duineveld  The global pandemic has frustrated many research projects and many scholars are in doubt about how to move forwards with their research. We cannot provide a solution, but perhaps shaking up the research mantra a bit, could help those scholars […]

Crowd-sourced document | Doing fieldwork in a pandemic | by Deborah Lupton

Perhaps a useful for some of us: ‘Isolation measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 means that social researchers who have for doing fieldwork in a pandemic – specifically, ideas for avoiding in-person interactions by using mediated forms that will achieve similar ends.  Social research has been conducted online for many years, of course. There […]

Blog | U.lab 2x – Building Vertical Literacy | Open your ears – and hearts!

What would a healthy, generative Higher Education system look like? That’s the question we explore in the 4th session of our U.lab 2x project  “Building Vertical Literacy in Higher Education” on May 6th, 2020.   Using a method called ‘Social Presencing Theatre’ (SPT), we embodied various stakeholder roles to sense what the system feels like […]

Blog | Creative Corona Chronicles

As all of us watch, experience and manage the challenges and opportunities of these days, we are also forced to be lone warriors in self-quarantining and virtualising many private and academic aspects of life… Therefore, CSPS started a drawing challenge as an alternative way of giving our eyes a break and our brain a calming […]

Blog | Rural-urban relations in times of COVID-19

** Special online discussion on rural-urban relations** by Bettina Bock and Jessica Duncansource cover photo: Daily Mail How are the interactions and dependencies between rural, peri-urban and urban areas changing at this moment? Let us know! Comment at #ROBUST #RuralUrban The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the foundation of our societies, painfully demonstrating the enormous difference […]

Manifest | We kunnen Nederland radicaal duurzamer en eerlijker maken: vijf voorstellen voor Nederland na Corona |

Teken hier de petitie. – Nederlandse versie manifest (pdf)– English version manifesto (pdf)– Tweet met aankondiging van deze petitie COVID-19 doet de wereld op haar grondvesten schudden. De coronapandemie heeft nu al talloze levens gekost en ontwricht terwijl hulpverleners keihard werken om zieken te verzorgen en verdere verspreiding te voorkomen. De strijd om de enorme […]

Blog | Future of tourism after the Corona crisis | By Edward Huijbens

Today (10 April) I made my debut in the Dutch newspapers along with colleagues from Wageningen University and Breda University of Applied Sciences. The article was published in the online edition of the Volkskrant (see here), but a synopsis of it appeared in the printed version. The frontpage headline of the print edition was however quite […]

Several pieces by Geographers, sociologists, philosophers etc. on covid-19 | Source: Progressive Geographies blog |

Below you will find a copy of this still growing blog on Thinking about place and power – a site written and curated by Stuart Elden: https://progressivegeographies.com/resources/geographers-sociologists-philosophers-etc-on-covid-19/ “First posted 24 March 2020; last updated 2 April 2020. Thanks to those who have sent additional ones, especially Michael O’Rourke. A much more extensive, chronologically ordered, and […]

Blog | Mapping the Emergent Future – an online experience| U.lab 2x – Building Vertical Literacy in Higher Education

Wipe the dust, exhaleUncover hidden treasuresSense the space and shine! This haiku summarizes some of the outcomes of today’s online session of the U.lab 2x project  ‘Building Vertical Literacy in Higher Education’ at Wageningen University. The aim of the session was to establish a shared understanding of the current reality of the higher education system […]

Conference | Pathways Europe | Postponed

Pathways Europe 2020 Greetings all, The Pathways team has been closely monitoring the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it is having around the globe. To give everyone better predictability, we have decided to postpone Pathways Europe 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause you and deeply appreciate your understanding. While we will […]

Blog | Tourism, Degrowth, and the COVID-19 Crisis | By Robert Fletcher, et al.

By Robert Fletcher, Ivan Murray Mas, Macià Blázquez-Salom & Asunción Blanco-Romero | Cover photo Source: Ultima Hora The COVID-19 crisis shows what degrowth in the global tourism industry could look like. But it would need much more concerted planning to address the social impacts of this transition. From Overtourism to Undertourism Just a few short months […]

Blog | Policing and Possibility in the Time of Pandemic | By Tara Ruttenberg

When crises like coronavirus come around, people like me get excited. Not because we’re insensitive to the real suffering of people, but rather because so much space opens up for us to reimagine life as we know it in revolutionary ways that support collective survival beyond destructive realities like global capitalism and neocolonialism. And when […]

Remaking the university

There is growing discussion in many places concerning how to reform our universities in the face of common pressures we increasingly face to restructure along neoliberal lines. These blogs provides a clearinghouse for commentary both on this situation and on efforts to respond to it. In this way, it contributes to the central aim of CSPS to work […]

CSPS Research Seminar | Living with or versus nature? – mitigation of human-bear conflicts as a bridge towards „politics of conviviality” | By Svetoslava Toncheva Time: Tuesday, 3 March 12:30-13:30 |Location: Wageningen University | Leeuwenborch room C81

CSPS Research Seminar | Living with or versus nature? – mitigation of human-bear conflicts as a bridge towards „politics of conviviality” | By Svetoslava Toncheva Time: Tuesday, 3 March 12:30-13:30 |Location: Wageningen University | Leeuwenborch room C81 Various conflicts concerning wildlife and large predators such as the brown bear (Ursus arctos), in particular, are rising […]

Exhibition | Countryside, The Future, an AMO / Rem Koolhaas Exhibition | With co-curators @ WUR: Clemens Driessen and Lenora Ditzler

Exhibition to Examine Radical Changes Transforming the Surface of the World beyond Cities ‘From February 20 through summer 2020 the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will present Countryside, The Future, an exhibition addressing urgent environmental, political, and socioeconomic issues through the lens of architect and urbanist Rem Koolhaas and AMO, the think tank of the Office for […]