Zippora Elders is a curator and writer based in Amsterdam. She studied art history, heritage studies and curatorial practice at the UvA and VU University. She trained as a curator in a program at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, worked as a curator at Foam museum for photography and has written for art spaces, magazines and blogs. Since July 2016 she is the artistic director at Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, Island for Art and Heritage in The Netherlands. Her program is inspired by the genre of science fiction.
Nancy Jouwe (1967) is a lecturer, researcher and public speaker, active since 1993 in the NGO sector as a manager, director and cultural producer, with a focus on intersectionality, colonial history, arts, heritage and intercultural dialogue. She co-founded Framer Framed and stood at the basis of research project Mapping Slavery, a transnational research project that maps the Dutch colonial history of slavery. As an activist she’s been involved in the ‘80s and ‘90s with local squatters and transnational queer, indigenous, and women’s movements, incl. in SE Asia and the South Pacific. She comes from a family of political refugees that had to flee Indonesia in the beginning of the 60s, as her father was a political leader in the Papuan independence movement. She wrote extensively about Papuan issues, including women’s rights and the Papuan diaspora.
Till 2013 Nancy Jouwe was program director at Kosmopolis Utrecht, a platform that nourishes a dialogue between communities through art and culture, both nationwide and in an international context. Jouwe was also director of Papua Cultural Heritage Foundation in Utrecht.
Jouwe co-published several books, including Papua’s? Oja, die bestaan echt, hè? Een inventarisatie van de positie van Papuavrouwen in Nederland, 1958-1992 (with Marlise Mensink, 1993) and Caleidoscopische Visies. De zwarte, migranten- en vluchtelingenvrouwenbeweging in Nederland (with Maayke Botman and Prof. Gloria Wekker, 2000) and Paradijsvogels in de polder. Papoea’s in Nederland (KIT Publishers, 2012). In 2017 she contributed to the publication Dutch New York Histories: Connecting African, Native American and Slavery Heritage (with Dienke Hondius, Dineke Stam en Jennifer Tosch, LM Publishers/Washington University Press).
Daan has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Literature Studies at the University of Amsterdam. During her studies she started writing for Babel, the university magazine of the Humanities. There she was also the chief editor for a year. After her studies she continued to write as a freelancer, she likes to choose her own projects and subjects. An assignment in her first year as a freelancer brought her into contact with the Taoist vision on sexuality. Because it is so different from the western one, she decided to find out how we view sexuality in the west.
‘I am an idealist, an anarchist and a feminist. I believe in a better world. And I believe that we must all commit ourselves to this’.
A just society can not exist without equitable gender relations – between men, women and all those who do not want to be pigeonholed. And fair gender relations are unachievable if men don’t actively contribute to this. I believe we need feminism for a better world. And I believe that men need feminism for a better life. ”
Jens van Tricht (1969) studied women’s studies at the University of Amsterdam. He specialized in ‘men and masculinity’; academic, personal, activist and professional. He is the founder and director-director of Emancipator, an organization that promotes male emancipation.
Adeola Enigbokan is an artist and urbanist based in Amsterdam. Her research practice is informed by theory and methods from environmental psychology, anthropology and historical studies. She conducts research on urban experience with architects, designers, educators and other social researchers in neighborhoods of New York, Tel Aviv, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Beijing, Mexico City and Amsterdam. In Piece-Walk/Free Zone, she created a walk through New York’s Garment District, based on research into the living conditions of garment workers between 1930 and 1980. For Under Construction/Working at the New Queens Museum, she designed a participatory public performance based on eight weeks spent working alongside a custodian, a curator, a development officer and an artist at the museum.
She holds an MPhil in Anthropology and Historical Studies from The New School for Social Research, and a PhD in Environmental Psychology from the City University of New York, based on her doctoral dissertation, Archiving the City: A Guide to the Art of Urban Interventions. She has taught in the Department of Technology, Culture and Society at New York University. She currently teaches Urban Sociology at the undergradute and graduate level at the University of Amsterdam. Her writing appears in the Journal of Urbanism, Cultural Geographies, The New Inquiry and Art and the Public Sphere.
Linda Duits (Zeist, 1976) is an independent social scientist specialized in popular culture. She studied Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, with political theory and political behaviour as main subjects. She obtained her PhD at the Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR) with an ethnographic study of girls’ culture in Dutch multicultural society. From January 2008 till August 2010, she was Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam, teaching research methods and investigating the uses of popular culture in religion. In 2010, she decided to focus on the dissemination of academic knowledge to a larger audience. To this end, she started Diep. Linda is an active blogger, a columnist for Folia and a regular contributor to print media like NRC Handelsblad.
Simon(e) van Saarloos is a writer and philosopher, living in New York and Amsterdam. She studied Philosophy and Literature studies at the University of Amsterdam and at the New School in New York City and is the author of several books. In the last Dutch general elections, Simon(e) was a candidate for the intersectional political party led by Sylvana Simons; Bij1.
Simon(e) speaks during the event How To Move From ‘I’ To ‘we’?
photo: Maaike Engels