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, […]

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 | 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 […]

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 […]

Blog | Arts-Based Methods for Diverse Economies Workshop|

For three days (July 8 – 10, 2019) artists, academics, and diverse economies thinkers gathered together in Wageningen to discuss their work and understandings of art and diverse economies. The workshop was organized by Oona Morrow, Anke de Vrieze, and Chizu Sato, and drew upon the past exchanges around art and diverse economies within the Community […]

Blog | Taking Back Time to Write! |

During the last three days of January 2020, the Foodscapes cluster of CSPS organised a writing retreat in Utrecht. We had rented two rooms in the Kargadoor, a socio-cultural centre which uses the income from the rooms for its cultural activities. Our rooms offered place for twelve writers at a time. A total of fifteen […]

Seminar | Travel and Climate Emergencies? | February 21

February 21 | 13.30 -16.00 | Lumen 1 + 2 By Edward Huijbens (GEO), Bas Amelung (ESA), Machiel Lamers (ENP) and Arjaan Pellis (GEO) This event will facilitate healthy and critical discussion amongst scholars and students alike on how to engage with the current global crisis of climate change to which international travel is a […]

Course | Academic Publication and Presentation in the Social Sciences | Feb 17 – Mar 12

This course offers advanced instruction in the skills needed to successfully write and present an academic research paper, as well as in professionalization for an academic career more generally. Lessons will address the various stages of paper writing (outlines, abstracts, literature reviews, overall structure, writing style and strategies, submission for publication), conversion of papers into […]

Course| Emotions in the Debates on Natural Resources |Feb 17 – June 1

What counts as knowledge is usually understood as valid and objective only if based on reasons and not on emotions. In this course, we fundamentally challenge that assumption and take emotions seriously. We will examine concepts and frameworks related to the study of human emotions. We will examine how the emotional solidarity is the ground […]

Seminar | ‘Food Citizens?’ Food procurement in relation to citizenship | with Cristina Grasseni & Vincent Walstra | Feb 3, 2020

February 3, 2020 | 14.00 -18.00 | NcountR at Impulse, Wageningen Speakers: Prof. Dr. Christina Grasseni & Drs. Vincent WalstraDate: Monday February 3thTime: 14:00 – 18:00Location: NcountR at Impulse (Buildingnumber 115, Stippeneng 2) Abstract SeminarProf. Dr. Cristina Grasseni and Drs. Vincent Walstra engage in a European project addressing food procurement in relation to citizenship (see https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/foodcitizens). This project […]

Workshop | SENSE -Exploring Soundscapes | January 16, 2020

January 16, 2020 | 14.00 – 18.00 | Orion Building, Room P5015 In the 1st workshop of the series Sense, See, Play, Tell! Creative methods for participatory research and beyond, we will explore sensory methods. The workshop will consist of 2 parts: 14:00 – 16:20         A lecture by Karolina Doughty (GEO) on sensory methods […]

PhD Day | Work-in-Progress | January 27, 2020

We invite all PhDs from the four chair groups to present, or be present, at the CSPS Work in Progress Day. The casual full-day program includes presentations, peer feedback, lunch, workshops, wellbeing counselling, and dinner. Our intentions are to strengthen the CSPS PhD community and to enter in dialogue about common challenges that PhDs encounter. Presentations can be about any stage of the process and can be in any expressive form. Skype is available for those who are abroad on fieldwork.
To register: https://forms.gle/x8BHG3ZLnE3RcyP59

Deadline: 30 December 2019

Video | Convivial Conservation | by Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher

As part of the promotion for their forthcoming book ‘The Conservation Revolution’, Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher have been developing a white board video that aims to convey the key messages of the book, and our ideas for convivial conservation, to a broader audience, so as to help translate more critical work into something more […]

Public Lecture | Prof An Ansoms | Land lost – land regained in transforming rural landscapes? Smallholder farmers navigating Rwanda’s agrarian and land reforms | Dec 18th 2019

Wednesday December 18th, 2019 | 15.00 – 17.00 | Leeuwenborch building Room C62 | Wageningen University In her lecture, An Ansoms will reflect on how different discourses on land reform -centred on rights, conflictuality or efficiency-  have played a role in the reorganisation of Rwanda’s rural economy. Since 2007-2008, Rwandan authorities embarked upon an ambitious […]

PhD Defence | Alexandra Rijke | The Land of the Checkpoints: A study of the daily geographies of checkpoints in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Friday Nov 15, 2019 | 13.30 – 15.00 | Auditorium, building number 362 Short summary of content When the Israeli state occupied the Palestinian Territories in 1967, it gradually imposed restrictions on Palestinian movement. At first easily circumvented by Palestinians, these restrictions have become an intricate, multi-layered ‘architecture of occupation’ over the last 50 years. […]

Research Seminar | Convivial Conservation: Obstacles and Opportunities in Transforming Socio-ecologies for the 21st Century | November 21

Thursday November 21, 2019 | 13.30 -16.00 | Leeuwenborch building, room V72 This research seminar is organised by the Political Ecology@WUR cluster of CSPS. Presentations: Neoliberal authoritarianism as environmental governance: Conservation, biodiversity decline, and denial in Bolsonaro’s Brazil Laila Sandroni (University of São Paulo) | Robert Coates (Wageningen University) The picturing of environmental crisis as […]

New publication | A Salutogenic Approach to Understanding the Potential of Green Programs for the Rehabilitation of Young Employees With Burnout: Protocol for a Mixed Method Study on Effectiveness and Effective Elements

Are you interested in the ongoing PhD project of Roald Pijpker (HSO & RSO) about green programs for the rehabilitation of young employees with burnout? Find here the study protocol, which has recently been published in JMIR Research Protocols: https://www.researchprotocols.org/2019/10/e15303/

Seminar| De-migranticisation? An interactive discussion for practitioners and researchers on thinking and doing ‘inclusion’ differently

November 11th, 2019 | 11.30 – 14.00 | Lumen Building (aka ‘Building 100’), Room 2, Wageningen University Campus, Droevendaalsesteeg 3a, 6708 PB Wageningen Objective Migration scholar Janine Dahinden (Univ. of Neuchatel, Switzerland) has called for researchers and practitioners to think reflexively about how we engage with the deeply political concepts of ‘migration’ and ‘integration’ in […]

Vacancy | Professor and Chair to lead the Health and Society Group (HSO)

The Health and Society Group (HSO) is recruiting a new professor and chair to succeed professor Maria Koelen who will retire in the upcoming period. HSO is a vibrant group of dedicated academics that applies a sociological orientation to their research and education on health promotion, health protection and public health. This orientation is enriched […]