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Thinking Through the Crises

ARC-GS Online Lecture Series

The Thinking Through the Crises online lecture series explores the ways in which gender and sexuality lie at the core of the challenges of our times. How can scholars of gender and sexuality contribute to discussions about the health, environmental, political, and economical crises affecting the world? How can their insights help us to navigate the current socio-political landscape(s)?

ARC-GS offers them a digital platform to share how we can think through the crises from the perspective of gender and sexuality studies. Prof. Tithi Bhattacharya best summarized its mission in the inaugural edition of the series when she stated that “the pandemic has shown us in very clear terms what feminists and activists have always known” and proposed that “our job is to” analyze this landscape “and yoke it to… deeper feminist understanding[s].” Thinking Through the Crises aims to connect researchers working on these questions at this critical juncture in global history.

Upcoming events

Currently, there are no upcoming events.

Past events

  • Thinking Through the Crises #1 | What is Essential Work? Social Reproduction in Pandemic Times | Tithi Bhattacharya
    What is Essential Work? Social Reproduction in Pandemic Times

    The Covid-19 pandemic has sharply clarified what social reproduction feminists have been saying for a while, namely that care work and life-making work are the essential work of society, and that this essential work is deeply gendered and racialized.  In this webinar, Tithi Bhattacharya will offer an analysis of current conditions of how work and life are organized and are reshuffled in pandemic times through a lens of social reproduction theory.

    • Speakers: Tithi Bhattacharya and Marguerite van den Berg
    • Date:  16 September 2020
  • Thinking through the Crises #2 | Special 8th of March Edition | The Women’s Strike
    The Women’s Strike

    What is the international movement called the Women’s Strike? How does it speak to questions of work and care, and violence against women (#NiUnaMenos)? What can the Women’s Strike look like at the university? How could we imagine the Women’s Strike at the University of Amsterdam? We were joined on International Women’s Day for a conversation with Dr. Siggie Vertommen (Ghent University), who joined us from the Women’s Strike at Ghent University; Dr. Maud Bracke (University of Glasgow), who told us more about the history of the Women’s Strike; and Dr. Ladan Rahbari (University of Amsterdam), who brainstormed together with ARC-GS about how a Women’s Strike could look like at the UvA. The conversation was facilitated by Sarah Bracke, Director of ARC-GS.

    • Speaker: Siggie Vertommen, Maud Bracke, Ladan Rahbari
    • Date: 8 March 2021
  • Thinking through the Crises #3 | Critical Breakdown | María Puig de la Bellacasa
    Thinking through the Crises #3 | Critical Breakdown | María Puig de la Bellacasa

    Life on Earth depends as much on the build-up and endurance of matter as it is its breakdown and recirculation. Today ecological cycles on Earth are struggling with a crisis of breakdown processes, choking from an excess of manufactured endurance. Engaging with a notion of critical breakdown from an intersectional feminist standpoint in this seminar we will explore what naturecultures grounded on the resistance to breakdown can learn from this ecological crisis.

    Speakers: María Puig de la Bellacasa, Francio Guadeloupe 

    Date: 25 March 2021

  • Thinking through the Crises #4 | Feminist self-defence against Violence. A vital critique of neoliberalism as a regime of death | Elsa Dorlin
    Elsa Dorlin

    This intervention would like to return to the genealogy of feminist insurrectionary currents that have problematized self-defence as a global politics of struggle against the liberal state and capitalism: self-defence is thought of as the recourse to a power of embodied self-organization, sexual, social, sanitary, intellectual, that generates other modes of collective organization and reproduction of life, and that targets the mortifying dimension of patriarchy proper to hegemonic modernity. In the context of the pandemic, of the unlimited capitalist predation and of the intensification of the neo-colonial police repression within the historical democracies, it will be a question of rethinking the positioning of a part of the feminist movements as revolutionary power.

    About the speakers

    • Elsa Dorlin is Professor of Social and Political Philosophy at the University of Paris 8 Vincennes/Saint-Denis in France. 
    • Jan-Therese Mendes is currently a postdoctoral fellow in studies of gender and race with the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Stavanger and a 2020-2021 visiting scholar with the Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality. 
    • Polly Pallister-Wilkins is associate professor in international relations and conflict resolution and governance at the UvA.
  • Thinking Through the Crises #5 | Ending Violence Against Women: The Promise and Pitfalls of International Law in Latin America and Europe | Jelke Boesten, Andrea Krizsan, Conny Roggeband, and Lorena Sosa

    Eliminating violence against women remains one of the key feminist struggles of today. Assaults on women violate human rights, prevent peace, undermine democracy and have a tremendous cost for societies. While feminist advocates successfully turned VAW into a human rights problem and managed to push for national and international policies and legislation, gaining access to justice for acts of gender-based violence remains difficult. In this roundtable we discuss the paradoxes surrounding international law as an instrument bringing gender justice in Europe and Latin America.


    • Jelke Boesten (King’s College London) 
    • Andrea Krizsan (CEU Vienna) and Conny Roggeband (UvA)
    • Lorena Sosa (Universiteit Utrecht) 
  • Thinking Through the Crises #6 | Small c vs. Big C
    Small c vs. Big C

    How computational infrastructures capture technical and social imaginary for public life

    4 March 2022 | 17-18.30 hrs | Spui 25

    This conversation with The Institute for Technology in The Public Interest (TITiPI) will center on how institutions and the lives they are tasked with supporting, are impacted by Computational Infrastructures.