February 13 | Dean's Master Class: research theme 'The City'

Event information

  • Type: Master Class
  • Date: February 13 (Monday) 2017
  • Time: 12.15 - 17.00
  • Location: EUR Woudestein campus Rotterdam (directions and campus map), Van der Goot Building, room M3-05 (Praag)
  • Enrolment: exclusively for PhD candidates of the Graduate School
    Consult our enrolment policy for more information
  • Contact: Menno Verbeek (enrolment-related questions) verbeek@egs3h.eur.nl
  • Telephone: +31 (0)10 40 82607

The upcoming edition of the Dean's Master Class will focus on the research theme 'The City'. Graduate School Dean Professor Liesbet van Zoonen has again chosen a theme which cuts across disciplines and asked four distinguished scholars, from four academic fields, to present their research on the theme. The speakers and their respective disciplines are:

  • Professor Jack Burgers (Sociology)
  • Assistant Professor Helen Hintjens and researcher Anila Noor (Development Studies)
  • Associate Professor Erik Hitters (Media and Communication)
  • Associate Professor Henk Oosterling (Philosophy)

The master class is a highly interactive event, consisting of a combination of presentations, discussions and assignments. During the afternoon, PhD candidates will work in groups towards presenting a draft research proposal on 'The City'. The best proposal will be awarded 'The Dame'; the Dean’s Award for Multidisciplinary Excellence.

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Deadline for enrolment is February 6 (Monday) 2017
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Dean's Master Class: research theme 'The City'

Professor Jack Burgers
Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS)

Jack Burgers is a sociologist and professor of urban studies at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He lectured at the universities of Tilburg and Utrecht, and was Visiting Professor at the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna. He has published numerous books and articles on urban inequality, urban leisure and entertainment, migration and integration, the use and meaning of public space, urban renewal and housing policy.

Ttitle presentation: "Local consequences of globalization"In the past decades, globalization is one of the most debated topics in the field of urban studies. The central analytical and empirical problem in research in this respect, is the disentanglement of various potential explanatory variables that either have to be controlled or taken aboard in the research design in order to grasp the effects of globalization on local developments and phenomena. In the presentation a few illustrations will be given of how one can deal with this problem

Assistant Professor Helen Hintjens
International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Dr. Helen Hintjens is Assistant Professor in Development and Social Justice at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. For more than 30 years she has studied the comparative asylum policies of EU member states in the context of broader post-colonial relationships and ideas. Her particular interests are in pro-asylum advocacy networks and activists, the politics of selective urban surveillance of undocumented rejected asylum seekers, and networks of 'cities of sanctuary', as well as resistance to deterrence-based measures of destitution, detention and forced deportation.

Academic researcher Anila Noor
International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Anila Noor is a refugee researcher, who graduated from the ISS in 2013. She is now based with her family in Zoetermeer. Her Masters research was on Iranian diasporic women's views on home and women's status in Iran and abroad. Noor's current research is about Receiving Refugees in Urban Settings: Narratives from the Netherlands. She is also interested in strategies that are undertaken to counter Islamophobia, which she is interested in exploring at doctoral level in the next few years. She will talk about her research into Citizens Welcoming Refugees in The Netherlands, and the importance of recognising the high skills level that refugees often bring, and the current policy of obliging them to work in manual labour, or lose welfare rights, irrespective of having a relevant Masters or even PhD.  

Title presentation: "Between Walls and a Warm Welcome: Urban responses to People in Flight"

Associate Professor Erik Hitters
Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC)

Erik Hitters is Associate Professor at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication of Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has founded and is managing director of ERMeCC, the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture. He lectures for the MA in Media Studies and IBCoM. Erik’s research interests lie in the broad field of transformations in the media and cultural Industries. He is project leader of the NWO funded Creative Industries Strategic Research Project “Cultures of Innovation in the Creative Industries”.

Title presentation: "Creative hubs and cultural production in the creative city"

Associate Professor Henk Oosterling
Faculty of Philsophy

Henk Oosterling (1952) is Associate Professor of Philosophy. His research unfolds within the triangle of philosophy, arts and politics, emphasising the need of ecosophical analysis for urban policies aimed at the transition to a more sustainable economy. As initiator and former director of Rotterdam Skillcity he has established a productive interaction between academic research and societal intervention, implementing curricula for ‘sustainable craftsmanship’ within the educational column from primary school via preparatory, middle and higher vocational education up to the university. For his work Oosterling received the Laurens coin (2008), the Van Praag Award (2013), the Enlightened Society Award of Tibetan Shambhala Buddhists (2015) and the Lof der Zotheid coin (2016).

Title presentation: "Educating 21st century schizoid man. Media- and eco literacy as civic skills"