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Beyond Racism and Poverty

03-02-18

SUMMARY The truck system is an understudied form of labor coercion that existed on a global scale in the period 1865-1920. Under this system, workers were forced to accept payments in kind through the company store. In Beyond Racism and Poverty Karin Lurvink describes how this system functioned on plantations in Louisiana in comparison with peateries in the Netherlands. In the United States, the system is often viewed as a 'second slavery' and strongly associated with racism. In the Netherlands, however, not racism but poverty has been seen as the main reason for its continued existence. By using a variety of historical sources and by analyzing the perspectives of both employers and workers, Lurvink provides new insights into how the truck system worked and can be explained. She reveals how the system was not only coercive but had advantages for the workers as well, which should not be overlooked.

Special event: René ten Bos: Leven in het Antropoceen

02-16-18

The Dutch ‘Thinker Laureate’ (Denker des Vaderlands) René ten Bos will visit the Environmental Humanities Center to talk about his new book Dwalen in het Antropoceen. Please note that this lecture will be in Dutch.

In memoriam: prof. dr. Ben Peperkamp

11-21-17

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the sudden passing of our colleague Prof Ben Josef Peperkamp. Ben passed away Saturday November 18, 2017 following a cardiac arrest triggered by pulmonary embolism.

PPE Bachelor’s programme awarded ‘top rated programme’ distinction

11-15-17

Announced by The Keuzegids Universiteiten – the Netherlands’

VU-promovendus Ype de Boer publiceert boek over de Japanse schrijver Haruki Murakami

09-21-17

Op 25 september was de officiële presentatie bij Spui25 in Amsterdam. Op 28 oktober vertelt Ype de Boer op het Brainwashfestival meer over zijn boek.

VU-hoogleraar Martin van Hees krijgt samen met vijf wetenschappers een NWO Zwaartekrachtsubsidie

05-08-17

Toekenning van 18,8 miljoen euro voor onderzoeksprogramma SCOOP

PPE goes India!

04-13-17

Webby award nomination for online radio platform RADIO.GARDEN. CO-developed by VU professor Alec Badenoch.

04-10-17

Workshops on how to write your Master’s Thesis

03-23-17

Want to write an award winning Master’s Thesis? Yussef al Tamimi (final mark 10) and Annie Wong (VU Master’s Thesis award 2015) share their insights on 4 and 5 April.

American philosopher Judith Butler comes to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

03-23-17

Closing performance act Johannes Paul Raether at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Is there hope for the new generation?

03-07-17

Come to the Rijksmuseum on 5 April and discover how South Africa and the Netherlands can give your future hope!

Migration studies minor, register before June 1

02-28-17

In this university minor, we pay special attention to interactions between migrants, nation-states and borders, and supranational institutions andorganizations.

Migration studies minor, register before June 1

02-28-17

In this university minor, we pay special attention to interactions between migrants, nation-states and borders, and supranational institutions andorganizations.

Smell, the neglected sense

01-16-17

Though unnoticed, our sense of smell is a major mood determiner. Scents evoke vivid childhood memories. They are part of our identity: we each have a scent that is as unique as our fingerprints.

Wayne Modest professor of Material Culture and Critical Heritage Studies

12-01-16