A successful first year of the Minor Smart Perspectives of Diversity & Inclusion

The approach to diversity and inclusion in different contexts can be seen as an important and complex theme of our time. Therefore, Emese von Bóné, Associate Professor at Erasmus School of Law, and Paul van de Laar, Professor of Urban History at Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, set up the new multidisciplinary minor Smart Perspectives of Diversity & Inclusion in this academic year.  

During the minor, students have looked at diversity and inclusion from a historical, judicial, economic, sociological, criminological and cultural perspective. The cultural dimension is of fundamental importance in the discussion of inclusiveness. Culture is the connecting link in the minor, making the new minor unique within Erasmus University Rotterdam.   

Diversity in art and presentation skills   

Part of the minor was a workshop offered at the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen where students went searching for diversity in art. Art objects were “unravelled” under the guidance of curator Alexandra van Dongen. Additionally, students were given the opportunity to practice their presentation skills properly, by working with theatre director Arlon Luijten of Codarts.  Presentation skills are important for both toga professions and, for example, for future job interviews,  

On 10 November 2022, the students gave their final presentation based on Oscar Wilde’s Salomé case study, with music by Richard Strauss. The final presentation took place in a court setting in the Aula of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. 

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