Past activities

So far, we organised the following activities:

27 June 2023 - Contesting Governance Network Event

During this network event (with borrel), we played a game which was designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and dialogue in academia in an interactive and playful way. For more information, please click here.

16 June 2023 - Book Launch 'The Vigilant Citizen' 

Dr. Thijs Jeursen presented his book ‘The Vigilant Citizen; Everyday Policing and Insecurity in Miami.’ Dr. Hayal Akarsu and Dr. Rianne Dekker acted as discussants. For more information, please click here.

14-15 June 2023 - Conference 'Interrogating the Geopolitical: Ethnographic Engagements'

This conference brought together scholars from political geography, law, and anthropology to interrogate the methodological problems of studying geopolitics from a “bottom-up” perspective. For more info, please visit this page.

6 June 2023 -  Religion and Armed Groups in Comparative Perspective

The Contesting Governance project group ‘Governance and Citizenship in Protracted Conflict’ organized a workshop on Religion and Armed Groups in Comparative Perspective, in the role of religion in the governance practices of armed groups was discussed.

30 May 2023 - Transparency and Accountability in Military Operations

The Public International Law and Human Rights Honours Programme Clinic hosted an impact event in which specialists shared interdisciplinary insights on Transparency and Accountability in Military Operations. For more info, please visit this page

25 May 2023 – Contesting Environmental Governance

In this seminar, Prof. dr. Liesbeth van de Grift (HUM) and Dr. Jeroen Oomen (GEO) discussed rural socio-ecological environments, state bureaucracies, and (the risks of) climate engineering technologies. For more, please click here

9 May 2023 - PhD Network Event

During this network event we welcomed PhD researchers to explore their research areas from an interdisciplinary perspective by playing the COLLAB game and get acquainted with the work of the Contesting Governance platform. For more information, please click here.

8 May 2023 - Roundtable conversation on the University and the fossil fuel industry

In this roundtable co-organized with the Energy in Transition Community, we discussed the relations between the university and fossil fuel industry in Utrecht and the Netherlands. For more information can be found here.

21 March 2023 - Security Workshop

Together with the Security in Open Societies (SOS) Platform we co-organized a workshop to bring together researchers across UU working on ‘security’ and explore how security is defined, applied, and researched across disciplines and faculties. Read more about this workshop on this page. 

6 March 2023 - Presentation by Dr. Sara de Jong

Dr. Sara de Jong, visiting scholar from the University of York invited by platform member Prof. dr. Bruce Mutsvairo, presented her paper Invisible Men: the injured lives of Afghan interpreters, with Dr. Aditi Saraf as a discussant. 

15 February 2023 - RAW project kicks off RE-AIM Summit

The Realities of Algorithmic Warfare (RAW) project co-hosted the ‘Realities Algorithmic Warfare: Use, Impact and Regulation’ break-out session at the RE-AIM Summit in The Hague. For more information, see here.

In December 2022, we kicked off the Contesting Governance Platform’s new Interdisciplinary Playground series, by playing the board game COLLAB, a board game designed to foster interdisciplinary dialogue designed by Silja Klepp and Johanna Barnbeck. The Interdisciplinary Playground series is designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and dialogue. It consists of play/ games-based activities that are intended to capture members’ experiences of interdisciplinary collaboration, help members reflect on the assumptions at the heart of their disciplines, learn more about the structures and priorities of other disciplines and get to know each other. 

12 December 2022 - Who Controls our Army?: A conversation about war, civilian harm and the bombardment on Hawija’

Core team member Dr. Lauren Gould, together with Jip van Dort and Marrit Woudwijk, published the book ‘Hawija: The Destructive Realities of our War against IS’. During this event in Tivoli Utrecht, they engaged in a debate with the societal partners who contributed to the book, including ex-parliamentarian Sadet Karabulut, civilian harm expert Erin Bijl from Pax, Coordinating Policy Advisor Civil Harm Bob van Dijk from the Dutch Ministry of Defence, and the Nuhanovic Centre for War Reparations. 

13 September 2022 – Policing and Peacebuilding in Côte d’Ivoire, looking deeper at the rural areas

This seminar was organized by the Transformative Policing Research Group, who invited speaker Dr. Maxime Ricard, from the Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l'École Militaire (IRSEM) and Dr. Roisin Burke from Utrecht University as discussant. 

In 2022, we organized a seminar series on the Russia-Ukraine war:

  • 16 March 2022 -  (Dis)information and challenges of documenting hostilities -  dr. Mariëlle Wijermars, (Assistant Professor in Cyber-Security and Politics at Maastricht University), Dmytro Chupryna and  Emily Tripp, (from NGO Airwars) and Karolina Aksamitowska (Lecturer in Law at Tallinn University).
  • 7 June 2022 – Receiving Ukrainian refugees: Political Discourse in Central Europe – prof. Izabela Grabowska (Kozminski University; Center for Research on Social Change and Human Mobility); dr. Veronika Nagy (LEG).

June 8 2022 - Realities of Algorithmic Defence Symposium

The Intimacies of Remote Warfare hosted the Realities of Algorithmic Defence Symposium to discuss with military commanders, academics, startups, and NGOs the current state of development, deployment, and regulation of autonomy in defence systems. 

28 June 2022 - Contesting Governance Network Event 

The Contesting Governance Platform hosted its first network event in the summer of 2022 to enable platform members and potential new associates to get to know each other during interactive speed date rounds.

In 2021 we organized two series of seminars to bring together UU scholars on various themes:

We also organized a Transformative Policing Seminar Series on Contemporary Trends in Policing, touching upon conceptual debates and pressing societal matters across disciplines.

  • 20 April 2021 –The Limits of Legal Formalism with Prof. Alex S. Vitale (Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College) on his recent book ‘The End of Policing’. Followed by a discussion by Dr. Veronika Nagy (LEG).
  • 19 May 2021 – The New Security Imperialism with Prof. Catherine Besteman (Professor of Anthropology at Colby College) on her book ‘Militarized Global Apartheid’. Followed by a discussion by Prof. Ajay Bailey (GEO).
  • 8 June 2021 – Memory Politics and Security in Northern Ireland with Dr. Kevin Hearty (Research fellow at the School of Law, Queen’s University in Belfast). Followed by a discussion from Dr. Iva Vukusic (HUM).

In collaboration with Studium Generale we organized a seminar series on ‘9/11: 20 years later’. This series discussed the legacy of the 9/11 attacks. Was it indeed a turning point in history, as is often said? And if so, to whom?

  • 8 September 2021 – 9/11 as a global turning point – with Prof. Beatrice de Graaf. Watch the recording here

  • 6 October 2021, 8 pm – The Price of Security – with dr. Tessa Diphoorn. Watch the recording here

  • 3 November 2021, 8 pm – What it Means to be Blacklisted – with Prof. Marieke de Goede. Watch the recording here

  • 8 December 2021, 8 pm – The Global War on Terror in the Neighbourhood – with dr. Luuk Slooter. Watch the recording here

28 October 2020 - Rules and Laws in Protracted Conflict: Concurrence, Negotiation, and Friction

The Protracted Conflict Group organized an international, online seminar with thirteen scholars around the world, exploring the ways in which order is developed in situations of protracted conflict, whether informally as rules or formally in laws - or perhaps as something else entirely. More information on this seminar can be found in this blog post