Organisers

  • Bregje van Eekelen

    Bregje F. van Eekelen is Assistant Professor in History at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is invested in charting the histories of emergent and seemingly new public concepts. She has recently been awarded an EUR fellowship (2013-2015) and a National Science Foundation (NWO) Veni grant (2014-2018) for her research project on the twentieth century history of creative thought in military-industrial contexts (Brainstorms: A Cultural History of Undisciplined Thought). Her research and teaching focuses on the the history of the social and human sciences, including their public lives. These histories are not contained within the disciplines themselves – they are related to social, political and cultural processes, and in turn affect them. In her research she uses a combination of historical and anthropological approaches to the study of traveling concepts, most notably concepts that are situated on the boundary between culture and economy, such as ‘knowledge economy,’ ‘creative society,’ and ‘public relevance’. She studies the study the socio-historical conditions of the emergence of these concepts; the knowledge practices, bureaucratic categories, and narratives through which they are stabilized and kept in place; and how they structure common sense, both in the past and in the present. Her most recent articles were published in the Journal of Cultural Economy and Economy and Society. Her interest in the social etymologies of words used in the ‘war on terror’ and other disasters has lead to amongst others Shock and Awe, War on Words (co-edited with Jennifer Gonzalez, Bettina Stoetzer, and Anna Tsing). She is a member of the Young Erasmus network. She received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

  • Willem Schinkel

    Willem Schinkel is Professor of Social Theory at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Department of Public Administration and Sociology. He has been visiting professor at NYU and Humboldt University Berlin, and he is currently a member of The Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research is geared towards a theoretically informed critical analyses of public issues ranging from migration and climate change to contemporary capitalism, democracy and smart cities. His research draws from a variety of disciplines, including sociology, philosophy, anthropology, STS, cultural studies and media studies. It has been funded by NWO (by a Veni grant) and the ERC (by an ERC Starting Researcher Grant). Amongst others, he is the author of Denken in een tijd van sociale hypochondrie (Klement, 2007), De gedroomde samenleving (Klement, 2008), Aspects of Violence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); editor of Globalisation & the State (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009); co-editor, with Liesbeth Noordegraaf-Eelens, of In Medias Res. Peter Sloterdijk's Pherological Poetics of Being (Amsterdam University Press, 2011); and author of De nieuwe democratie (Bezige Bij, 2012), Over nut en nadeel van de sociologie voor het leven (Boom Filosofie, 2014), and Imagining European Societies. A Critique of Immigrant Integration (Cambridge University Press, 2016).