The ASCA Summit 2021 will focus on the ways in which we garner attention for our research by intervening in public debates, nationally and internationally, as well as on how we mobilize our research as part of various forms of activism.
|Date||4 November 2021|
Communicating the outcomes of our research and ensuring its “valorization” or “social impact” is considered an increasingly important part of our role as academics. Valuing these activities is also central to the new “recognizing and rewarding” (erkennen en waarderen) framework that has been espoused by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Dutch Research Council (NWO). This framework aims to facilitate a diversity of academic career paths and to move away from a system that asks all academics to excel at everything. But what exactly does “good” science communication, valorization or social impact entail and who gets to determine this? And to what extent does seeking to “valorize” our research or gear it towards having “social impact” align or conflict with academic freedom or with using our research in activist ways, especially when certain forms of activism are considered controversial by the state or parts of the public? As became clear in the context of the Covid pandemic and was also discussed recently in a two-part program at Spui25 (Van wantrouwen tot bedreiging / From distrust to threats), some contributions by academics to public debates – whether part of activism or not – are not welcomed and may even lead to academics being threatened. How can we navigate public spheres – in the Netherlands and elsewhere – that seem to be getting more and more hostile to academic research and expertise in general? And how can ASCA, the university and organizations like the KNAW support researchers whose academic and/or activist work garners hostile responses? At the summit we will discuss these questions and others related to how we operate in the public arena in two panels, the first oriented more towards the Dutch context and the second more towards other national and international contexts.
9:45 Welcome with coffee/tea
This panel will start with a screening of Aylin Kuryel’s short documentary A Defense (16 minutes):
In 2015, hundreds of academics signed a petition in Turkey, asking the state to put an end to violence inflicted upon Kurdish people. Academics for Peace have been criminalized and put on trial with the charge of terrorist propaganda. A Defense portrays one of the Academics for Peace while preparing for her upcoming appearance in court in 2019. A psychodrama is put on stage in a house, where the person is both the state, the judge, the academic and the cook. It's a self-portrait on the violence and absurdity of the ways in which the state sneaks into the house of an academic, forcing her to adjust her words, body and gestures.
4 November 2021, Compagnietheater (Kloveniersburgwal 50)
This will be a hybrid event, so you can also attend on Zoom – https://uva-live.zoom.us/j/87692449702.