ARTES Newsletter, June 2016, Nr 2
‘Global Identities. A Conference on Statelessness, Citizenship and Migration’ (English)
1 June 2016, 14:00
Expozaal, De Brakke Grond, Nes 45, Amsterdam

Zorgen over migratie: een historisch perspectief op West-Europa’ – Elizabeth Buettner  (Dutch)
1 June 2016, 16:00
Aula – Oude Lutherse Kerk, Singel 411, Amsterdam

Sociaal beleid in EU: Naar een unie van welvaartsstaten’ – Frank Vandenbroucke (Dutch)
1 June 2016, 16:00
Aula – Oude Lutherse Kerk, Singel 411, Amsterdam

Democratic authority in the European Union’ – Damian Chalmers (English)
1 June 2016, 12:30
Allard Pierson Museum, Nina van Leerzaal, Oude Turfmarkt 127, Amsterdam

‘Forum on European culture’(Dutch)
1-3 June 2016
De Balie, Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10

Aan het volk van Nederland. De natiestaat: nog altijd vernieuwend of juist regressief’ -  Geerten Waling & Dick Pels (Dutch)
7 June 2016, 20:00
De Balie, Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10

'Museums of Europe: Tangles of memory, borders and race' - Chiara de Cesari (English)
7 june 2016, Institut für Europäische Etnologie, Hunboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Europese Literatuurprijs 2016: de shortlist’ (Dutch)
8 juni, 20:00-21:30
Spui 25, Amsterdam

Successful Young European architects. Reactivate! Europe’ (English)
8 June, 20:00
Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, Amsterdam

Trafficking in human beings in European and global context. Alternative and philosophical perspectives.’ (English)
10-11 June 2016, 10:00
Hotel NH Amsterdam Zuit, Van Leijenberghlaan 221, Amsterdam

Austerity and law in Europe. A European Constitutionalism workshop’ (English)
16-17 June 2016
De Bazel conference centre

‘Poubelle en de Europese Crisis’ – Pieter Waterdrinker & Franck Westerman (Dutch)
17 June 2016, 20:30
De Balie, Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen

 ‘New Democracy. Deliberative Democracy’ (English)
21 June, 20:00
Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, Amsterdam

Theatre Performance. In Search of Europe’ – Lucas de
Man (English)
24 June, 20:00
Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, Amsterdam

A new strategy – implications for CSDP’ (English)
28-29 June 2016,
Marine Establishment, Amsterdam
Memo on Valorization
- By Christian Noack

On A Desert Island

ARTES on the Move


Information meeting: European consortium grants’
2 June 2016, 15:00-17:00
Oudemanshuispoort, room C3.23.

The Grant Team has scheduled an information meeting on European consortium grants, ie. funding schemes for projects to be carried out by international consortia. S.a. the Horizon 2020: Societial Challenge 6, the Marie Curie ITN, the Marie Curie RISE and COST. All are welcome; please send an e-mail to if you are planning to attend.

Call for papers
Sustainability and Transformation'
July 12-14, 2017
University of Glasgow, UK
Proposals may be submitted from August 15th to October 4th, 2016. Participants will be notified of the Program Committee’s decision by December 14th, 2016. Information on how to submit proposals will be posted on the CES website and disseminated through its newsletter.'

Call for papers
'Close Encounters across the Iron Curtain
14-15 October 2016
University of Amsterdam
Deadlines: Please send an abstract of up to 500 words and a short bio (max. 100 words) to before 15 June 2016. Conference papers are due on 15 September 2016.

'On A Desert Island'

The 'what if'-question that has beguiled humanity since Robinson Crusoe: What if you, for one reason or another, were to be banished to a desert island and could only bring one book, one record and one film - what would they be?
In this month's newsletter CEDLA's Arij Ouweneel shares his choices.


Cien años de soledad (1967; One Hundred Years of Solitude) by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez. Beyond doubt the best novel I ever read. It is funny and learned and brings you into that typical Latin American world of the early 1900s, telling about the mechanisms of colonialism. Its cyclical nature causes difficulties for students, though.”


“Not difficult: Junior (2009) by the Norwegian Electronic Dance Band Röyksopp. We listen to this at home and in the car on the road, over and over again. Eleven beautiful songs that never grow old. Youtube: ‘Vision One’ and enjoy! Or the Japanese version, sung by Eri Nobuchika!”


“Difficult. Perhaps Joven y alocada (2012; Young and Wild), directed by Marialy Rivas. The film tells the story of a 17-year-old bisexual girl who writes a blog and has her adventures. A funny, artfully filmed and politically sensitive portrait of Chile’s capital city Santiago.”

ARTES on the Move

Not without a sense of melancholy ARTES has waved the Bungehuis and the PC Hoofthuis farewell and taken up new headquarters in the Bushuis / Oost-Indisch Huis. The monumental buildings at the Kloveniersburgwal will be the research school's temporary home for the years to come.
Some thoughts on research valorization
- By Christian Noack
Doing good quality research is hard enough these days. On top of that, however, we are being consistently forced to document and “sell” our research output. This is not made any easier with truculent web-based tools like the METIS database. Whether the soon –coming successor PURE (“poor”?) will be a quantum leap in terms of user-friendliness remains to be seen.

With diminishing volumes of eerste geldstroom research funding, the (competitive) measuring of “research performance” for the individual researcher as well as for the school as a whole will become even more essential. Currently, there are two eminent trends discernible, which will already play a role in the imminent “mid-term” research review of the faculty this year.

The first trend in the perception of what excellent research consists of, a shift conspicuously documented in the new Standard Evaluation Protocol (SEP). This new SEP protocol, drawn up and adopted among others by the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), prescribes the methods and formats to assess research conducted at Dutch universities between 2015 and 2021.

As in the past, research units (like ARTES, but also research institutes like AIHR) have to submit self-assessments for the assessment process. The formats suggested for such self-assessments have changed, though. Instead of a broad description of research merits, the new protocol suggests very short “narratives” and the listing of a handful showcase project. More importantly, it suggests three “assessment dimension”, defined as (1) “demonstrable products” (sic!), (2) “demonstrable use of products” and (3) “demonstrable marks of recognition”. This grid is laid across two other dimensions, those of “research quality” and “relevance for “society”.

How to unpack this? In the dimension of “research quality”, we do not only have to document output (“demonstrable products”), but also detail how this output was used be peers, for example through citations (“demonstrable use”) and earned grants or prices with it (“marks of recognition”). So far, so good. No less than half of our reporting, by contrast, will have to demonstrate how we were relevant to society. As to the “products”, this is fairly straightforward. We continue to report in METIS (or PURE ) all the reports we compiled for policy-makers, the articles we wrote for professional journals or newspapers. What about the “demonstrable use”, then? Here we will put all our “patents and licenses” on display. Gelukkig maar: projects “in cooperation with societal partners” might do the job, too! If we happened to harvest loads of “public prices” or to be “appointed to positions paid for by societal partners”, even better!

Obviously, such directives can work two ways: we may either aspire to do things that are normally outside of daily business, or we might consider how to “sell” things better that we are doing anyway. Whatever option we will chose for, under the header of “valorisation”, the prominence of the category “useful for society” has clearly augmented in prominence. It amounts to one half of what is deemed worth to be reported. At the same time, the definition of “valorisation” remains (deliberately?) vague.

It is not entirely difficult to see how such a condensed form of reporting ties in with second important trend, bibliometric measuring. This latter appears to translate scientific output into points that can be added up to determine the “value” of the research output of an individual or an institution, hereby creating chances for an ostensibly “objective” basis for comparison. What is considered “valuable” is going to be defined by the Kwaliteitsindicatoren in de Geesteswetenschappen. What is leaking so far is that “peer reviewed articles” in journals of “to quality” will score better than those in “good quality journals”, that “peer reviewed books” “top quality publishers” will score higher than just with “good publishers” etc. In some respects, such quality indicators will have to adjusted to the SEP, as peer reviewed books with top publishers still count three times more than “activities relevant  for society”, from public histories to the publication of source collections or teaching manuals.

For the pending mid-term review, we, as a research school, may still define what we find more important in terms of output valorisation or quality indicators. Alas, compiling the ARTES jaarverslag I found that our reporting culture is quite asymmetrical, to say the least. Perhaps we should start an internal discussion about what we consider important “output” and “valorization”. In so doing we, as a research school, could demonstrate that we adhere to common values.

Meanwhile, in anticipation of the things to come, I have opted to enhance my own visibility for society by writing this memo on valorization… 
Views and opinions expressed in the newsletter do not necessarily reflect those of ARTES.

ARTES Newsletter Editorial Board:
Paul Koopman
Sabine Waasdorp, Phd European Studies
Tim van Gerven, Phd European Studies
Rena Bood, Phd European Studies

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