Prof. Penny Sparke (2013)
Marlous Willemsen (2013)
Marlous Willemsen is Director of Imagine IC. Imagine IC is a heritage organization based in the Amsterdam Southeast area. It collects and presents the story of the super-diverse daily life of the metropolitan young. In its exhibitions and discussion programmes Imagine IC seeks to update collective memory and to contribute to an inclusive understanding of Dutch identity. In her lecture, Marlous Willemsen discussed the concept of 'super-diversity' as theoretical principal on which Imagine IC carries out its work. As such, it functioned as an example for students on how to apply theoretical principles as a means to formulate a position from which to intervene in dominant discourses about culture in general and Dutch design in particular.
Zihni Özdil (2013)
"I am a junior lecturer and PhD candidate at Erasmus University's School of History, Culture and Communication. Currently I am teaching courses on the history of the Middle East and North Africa.My research centers on state-building and non-sunni Muslim religious minorities in early Republican Turkey. More specifically, my research question focuses on the interplay between state-led secularization and the formation of Alevi and 'Nusayri' identity during the 'First Turkish Republic' (1923-1960)." source
In his lecture, Zihni Özdil problematized Dutch national identity by approaching the Dutch multicultural reality from a postcolonial perspective. This was followed by a long and lively discussion into how such approaches can be employed when examining the material culture from the Amsterdam multicultural neighbourhood of the Bijlmer.
Paul Mepschen (2012)
Paul Mepschen is a social anthropologist interested in populism and the politics of belonging in post-Fordist Europe. He is currently writing his dissertation, based on ethnographic field work in Amsterdam New West, focusing on the culturalization of citizenship and the construction of 'autochthony' in the Netherlands. Another focus of Mepschen's work has been the role of sexuality in the politics of culturalization. Interests include: ethnography, post-Fordism, nationalism and sexuality; the body and materiality; populism; heritage and the politics of place; modernism and modernity; time and temporality. (source)
In his lecture Paul Mepschen discussed how an anthropological approach can be used to examine contested issues of national identity and its relation to material culture. Drawing on his own research, he showed how materiality can shed light into processes of national identity formation.
is a freelance architectural and design journalist from Australia. Born in Kuala Lumpur, she grew up in Sydney, and has worked in Melbourne, London, Stockholm and now Amsterdam where she is based. Jeanne studied architecture at The University of New South Wales and Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm. She has written for publications including Frame, Mark, Wallpaper*, Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary Architecture, DAMn°, Items and has been a guest moderator and speaker at events held at the University of Technology, Sydney; 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Tokyo; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam and Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam. Jeanne recently co-authored the book Colour Hunting, How Colour Influences what we Buy, Make and Feel (Frame publishers)