During this years opening of the academic year at NIAS we also celebrated its 50th anniversary. Watch the full opening below or read his speech about the complimentary sides of academic freedom.
Conference on Studies of Belonging
‘Mapping Belonging as a field of study, Establishing future networks’
#NIASConference, 9 JUNE – 11 JUNE 2021, Online
We at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW) invite you to join us during this three day interdisciplinary working conference, where we will collaboratively sketch the landscape of Belonging as an academic and artistic field, with the aim to set up a research agenda and future interdisciplinary and international collaborations on this topic. https://www.niasconference.nl/
On Slow Science
Opening Speech of the Academic Year 2019/20 at NIAS
Slow science is not about doing the same thing at a slower pace. No, it is about creating conditions that allow vital aspects of research to flourish: space to ask new questions, to uncover and reconsider assumptions, to doubt,” argued Rector Jan Willem Duyvendak during the Opening of the Academic Year 2019/20 in his celebration of slow science. “The gap between universities on the one hand and institutes such as NIAS on the other hand, has become too wide. Read more
Interview on the NIAS Lecture 2019
Interview on the political uses of history, the relationship between scholarship and the background of the researchers, and inviting Ian Buruma. Since 2018, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences presents the Annual NIAS Lecture. NIAS provides a safe-haven for curiosity-driven research, and interdisciplinary slow science. Thereby, it engages with societal issues and contributes to current debates by organizing public events for a broad audience.
NIAS provides a free space for innovative and independent research. As scholars, it is our task to carefully collect and analyze empirical data. Instead of politicizing science and marginalizing it as ‘yet another opinion’ in the public arena, scientific findings should be used as basis for politics – also, or especially, when these findings do not endorse the status quo. NIAS, as an intellectual haven for slow science, wants to highlight the importance of independent historical, comparative research, while at the same time being reflexive on the ways in which research outcomes might be politically (ab)used. By approaching the Dutch presence in Indonesia through a global framework, we do not only go against the tendency of national exceptionalism, it allows us moreover to establish new understandings, contextual specificities and connections between different countries. Read the full interview