Blog | Science as a basis for optimism (?) | By Jessica Duncan

By Jessica Duncan and originally published on Jessica Duncan’s blog.  On September 4th I took the stage with two younger scientists to reflect on the theme of the Opening of the 2017-2018 Academic Year: Science as the basis for optimism. We followed the controversial keynote Matt Ridley (see here, also here). I tend to be an energetic speaker; […]

Public discussion with key activists: the relevance of development studies for current activism

Public Plenary Discussion with Key Activists: The Relevance of Development Studies for current Activism Day: Friday June 30th     time: 9.30 -11.00 Venue: Boomgaardzaal, Hotel de Wageningsche Berg, Generaal Foulkesweg 96 Convenors: Michiel Kohne, Monique Nuijten, Elisabet Rasch Panelists: Katherine Gibson, professor at Western Sydney University Jens Lund, Section for Global Development, Copenhagen University Lynn van […]

Final programme conference

We have finished the final programme for the international conference ‘The Value of Life: Measurement, Stakes, Implications’ taking place from 28 to 30 June in Wageningen. Find the full programme here: Final programme The programme contains all the sessions, including the keynote lectures and plenary sessions. For a complete overview of the presentations, find the complete book […]

The Hauntological Turn: Psychoanalysis and Political Economy

The Hauntological Turn: Psychoanalysis and Political Economy Research Seminar Wageningen University, the Netherlands 12-13 May 2017   Seminar Programme: Friday 12 May 9:00 – 9:30:                Introduction/Organization 9:30 – 11:00:              Paper Session I             Chair: Japhy Wilson Development and the Poor: Enjoy Your Symptom!    Ilan Kapoor, York University, Canada Looking Awry at the Poor’s Agency […]

Annual Lecture

You are cordially invited to the Centre for Space, Place and Society Distinguished Lecture next week, entitled: Presence and Social Obligation: An Essay on the Share by James Ferguson, Stanford University.

PhD session with Edward Huijbens

On Tuesday April 25th morning, from 10:30 to 12:00 we will have a session at Gaia 6 for interested PhDs to talk with Edward Huijbens about his work on landscape and tourism and the Anthropocene. There will be plenty of time for questions and free discussions on how these link to our own research. Please […]

Preliminary programme CSPS conference

We have finished the preliminary programme for the international conference ‘The Value of Life: Measurement, Stakes, Implications’ taking place from 28 to 30 June in Wageningen. Please check the programme here: Preliminary CSPS conference programme More will follow soon.

PhD Workshop: Psychoanalysis and Political Economy

Lecturers: Dr. Robert Fletcher (SDC) Dr. Pieter de Vries (SDC) Dr. Chizu Sato (SCH) Dr. Jelle Behagel (FNP) Dr. Yahya Madra (Drew University) The two-day intensive PhD workshop ‘Psychoanalysis and Political Economy’ complements the international seminar on the same theme bringing together prominent scholars from around the world from 12-13 May in Wageningen, the Netherlands. […]

Call for Papers: Solidarity

Solidarity is a key theme today, especially given its widespread failures as well as its numerous and multi-scalar forms, often provoked by current political developments. How can solidarity be described in the era of Brexit, the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States and regressions into exclusive nationalism and authoritarianism, such as […]

Last call for papers: The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic

FINAL Call for papers The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic: A nearly carbon-neutral conference June 26th – July 14th 2017 Keynotes   We are proud to announce the following internationally acclaimed keynotes: Richard C. Thompson, Professor of Marine Biology, Plymouth University Gay Hawkins, Professor of Cultural Studies, Western Sydney University Ian C. Shaw, Professor of […]

PhD Course: The Politics of Place: Spatial thinking in the social sciences

The Politics of Place: Spatial thinking in the social sciences 21 April – 9 May 2017 €300 WASS; €600 non-WASS 4 ECTS Coordination: Joost Jongerden In collaboration with: James Ferguson Scott Prudham Bahar Şimşek Hannah Wittman Today, the concept of socially produced or constructed space appears in publications with little apparent need for justification or explanation. […]

Wageningen Geography Lectures

  On January 31, prof Martin Jones (Geography, Sheffield) will give a ‘Wageningen Geography Lecture’, entitled: “Pinning a Butterfly to a Board”? Assemblage, Assembling, Plasticity Martin Jones’s work is probably of interest to a range of people in the centre, please feel welcome to drop by. In Lumen 2, at 16:00, with drinks and bites […]

PhD Course: Critical Perspectives on Social Theory

“Not that I condone fascism, or any ism for that matter.  Isms, in my opinion, are not good.” -Ferris Bueller Intimidated by all the “isms” out there these days? Searching for some clarity through the minefield of contemporary social theory? Then this course may be for you: Critical Perspectives on Social Theory 21 February – […]

Registration open! The Value of Life

Registration for the conference is now open!! The Value of Life: Measurement, Stakes, Implications International Conference Hotel de Wageningsche Berg Wageningen, The Netherlands 28-30 June 2017 EXTENDED REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 15 JANUARY 2017 Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Katherine Gibson, Western Sydney University Annemarie Mol, University of Amsterdam How to properly conceive of, value, measure, sustain and improve on ‘life’ […]

Latin America cluster: meeting with Mexican human rights defenders

You are all cordially invited to join the first CSPS Latin America cluster activity, which will be an informal afternoon meeting with two Mexican human rights defenders Cristina Auerbach and Esmeralda Saldaña who work in the field of mining/energy conflicts. They are in Holland on the invitation of PBI and would like to share their experiences with interested scholars and students.  […]

What it means to be a ‘Good Academic’ in the University today

What it means to be a ‘Good Academic’ in the University today Document prepared by members of the Sociology of Development and Change group, Wageningen University Introduction The purpose of this document is to outline a general vision of what we expect from ourselves and our academic colleagues in terms of scholarly performance in the […]

CSPS Writing Workshop

The Art of the Abstract CSPS Writing Workshop 13:00-16:00, 17 November 2016 Location C75 Writing a good abstract for a conference presentation is an important yet underappreciated academic skill. Attending regular conferences is one of the most effective ways to build your professional network and your abstract is both what gets you in the door […]

CfP: The Value of Life: Measurement, Stakes, Implications, 28 – 30 June 2017

The Value of Life: Measurement, Stakes, Implications International Conference Hotel de Wageningsche Berg Wageningen, The Netherlands 28-30 June 2017 EXTENDED REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 15 JANUARY 2017 Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Katherine Gibson, Western Sydney University Annemarie Mol, University of Amsterdam How to properly conceive of, value, measure, sustain and improve on ‘life’ – in its myriad forms and at […]

Call for Papers: First International Conference on Tourism, Ethics & Global Citizenship, Apeldoorn, 3-6 July 2017

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TOURISM, ETHICS AND GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: CONNECTING THE DOTS 3-6 July 2017 Apeldoorn, the Netherlands Only recently we have witnessed the inclusion of ethics and global citizenship in tourism debates. The freedom of movement, the right to travel and simultaneously the rise of a multitude of alternative forms of tourism provide sufficient justification […]

Reminder: Call for Papers

This is a gentle reminder to please send in your abstracts for our internal WUR launch event of the Centre for Space, Place and Society (CSPS) by 15 Sept. to britt.broekhaus@wur.nl. Anna Tsing and Scott Prudham, our first CSPS Visiting Fellows, have been confirmed as keynote speakers. We look forward to hearing from you soon! The Future of Critique: Critical Social Science […]

Visiting professor: prof. Scott Prudham

We are pleased to inform you that prof. Scott Prudham will be joining us as our first CSPS guest professor. Scott Prudham is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning, cross- appointed to the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto. He is a former Editor of the journal Geoforum, and past-President […]

Visiting scholar: Dr Raoul Bianchi

Dr Raoul Bianchi will be visiting from 19-20 September 2016. He will be giving guest lectures in MSc Leisure, Tourism and Environment courses on Marxian perspectives on tourism studies and tourism practices. More information will be provided soon.