Humanity in Action Fellowship in Amsterdam

Program Description

The Amsterdam Fellowship enables carefully selected participants from several countries to examine contemporary questions around human rights, democracy and inclusivity in The Netherlands. Fellows will examine patterns and mechanisms that underpin human rights related challenges today by learning from historic examples. Particular attention is given to the relationships between minority and the majority populations, the role of civil society, and phenomena of social injustice. Our aim is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination in The Netherlands and to provide a forum for the discussion of potential solutions.

The program traditionally takes the Second World War and the Holocaust - a devastating example of the collapse of democracy and the denial of minority rights - as a starting point. The program then moves on to more recent developments, rigorously exploring societal topics related to societal pluralism from different angles. In earlier years themes such as immigration and integration in The Netherlands, acceptance of refugees, institutional racism, xenophobia, LGBTQIA+ rights, Islamophobia, diversity, disability and women's rights, reintegration of young ex-delinquents into the labour market and present-day consequences of the Dutch colonial past were programmed.

The program is interdisciplinary, bridging the gap between theory and practice, and putting Fellows in touch with e.g. academics, journalists, politicians, and grass roots activists. We explore different ways of learning; beside ‘old-school’ lectures, alternative learning experiences are offered through trainings, discussion groups, site visits, museum visits, canal tours, and theatre performances. To be equipped with tools to translate their own ideas into action, Fellows will engage in practice-oriented skills workshops.

The 2018 Fellowship ‘The road from Amsterdam to Strasbourg: Towards an Inclusive society’, takes Fellows on a historical journey from Amsterdam to Strasbourg. We facilitate a collective exploration of ‘our’ collective history, including colonialism and the history of slavery, ‘our’ collective identity and the resultant processes of in- and exclusion today. We investigate its impact on emerging political and social polarization in The Netherlands, Europe and beyond.

As new as well as old unresolved challenges threaten our democratic societies, the Fellowships are more imperative than ever. Promoting open and constructive dialogue is key to actualize truly inclusive societies. Such dialogue fosters understanding and allows for disagreement as well. Hence, we consider dialogue between our transatlantic Fellows one of the most important ingredients of the Humanity in Action experience. We therefore stimulate group discussions and Fellows' contributions. Every Fellow will be invited to contribute to the program with a ‘Fellow Talk’ – a presentation on a subject close to their hearts.

2018 Agenda

June 9

Introduction Weekend
  • Introduction to the Day (Yannick Servais, Humanity in Action The Netherlands Program Director and Laura Lasance, Humanity in Action The Netherlands National Director)
  • Building a community I: Interacting, Discussing, Respecting (Lorenz Narku Laing Research Associate at LMU Munich, Diversity Trainer at Vielfaltsprojekte, Humanity in Action Action Senior Fellow (Berlin, 2014), member of the Board of Directors of Humanity in Action Germany)
  • Building a Community II: Interacting, Discussing, Respecting (Lorenz Narku Laing)
  • Program Closure & Community Reflection

June 10

Introduction Weekend

  • Introduction to the Day
  • Personal Leadership (Osiris Hoepel, Freelance Trainer, Teacher Coach, Moderator)
  • Introduction to the Curriculum of the Fellowship Program
  • Program Closure & Community Reflection
  • Travel to Amsterdam

June 11

Week 1: The History of the Holocaust & the Politics of Memory

  • Introduction to the Day and Welcome by Judith Goldstein, Founder and Executive Director of Humanity in Action
  • Walk to Anne Frank House
  • Welcome and introduction to the mission of the Anne Frank House (Cihan Tekeli, Educator and Project Manager at the Anne Frank Foundation, Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Amsterdam, 2008))
  • Audio Tour at the Anne Frank House
  • The Holocaust & Human Rights (Cihan Tekeli)
  • Discrimination, Antisemitism and Islamophobia in The Netherlands (Willem Wagenaar, Head Researcher at the Anne Frank Stichting)
  • Fellow Talk Deniz Aktas
  • Fellow Talk Colin Burke
  • Fellows Discussion (Moderated by Zarah Winter and Sascha Wijnhoven)
  • Program Closure & Community Reflection

June 12

Week 1: The History of the Holocaust & the Politics of Memory
  • Introduction to the Day
  • Theatre Performance (Carolien Zimmerman, Theatre maker;Fanny Heymann, Holocaust Survivor and lecturer)
  • The Holocaust & European Identity (Ferenc Laczó, Assistant Professor of History at Maastricht University)
  • May 4 National Remembrance Day: ‘The Silence and the Storm’ (Ilse Raaijmakers, Historian and Author ‘The Silence and the Storm’)
  • Fellows Discussion (Moderated by Hans Wallage and Chelsea Thorpe)
  • Koen Vossen, political historian, Radboud University Nijmegen: Populism in The Netherlands
  • Program Closure & Community Reflection

June 13

Week 1: The History of the Holocaust & the Politics of Memory

  • Introduction to the Day
  • Guided tour at Castrum Peregrini, Reflective discussion with Judith Goldstein on victims, perpetrators and bystanders
  • Walk along the Amsterdam Canals to the Humanity in Action Office
  • Islamophobia in The Netherlands (Ibtissam Abaaziz, PhD candidate, Project Coordinator at Meld Islamofobie!)
  • Dutch War Crimes in Indonesia (Marjolein van Pagee, Publicist in the field of the colonial history of the Netherlands; Jeffry Pondaag, Chairman of the Dutch Honorary Duties Foundation)
  • Fellows Discussion
  • Program Closure & Community Reflection

June 14

Week 1: The History of the Holocaust & the Politics of Memory

  • Inclusive Architecture (Arna Mackic, Architect and founder of Studio L A, Head of Architectural Design at Gerrit Rietveld Academy)
  • Microrevolutions (Sinan Çankaya, Assistant Professor Cultural Anthropology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • Political Campaigning (Ilana Cukier, Campaign strategist at BKB Campagnebureau)
  • Fellows Discussion
  • Program Closure and Community Reflection

June 15

Week 1: The History of the Holocaust & the Politics of Memory

  • Introduction to the Day
  • Action Workshops - Group 1: Documentary with Kim van Haaster, Filmmaker and Anthropologist; Group 2: Theatre with David Limaverde, Freelance Art Educator, Performer and Researcher
  • Action Workshops - Group 3: Writing with Anouk Eigenraam, Freelance Journalist
  • Program Surprise
  • Celebratory dinner with Humanity in Action & Host families

June 18

Week 2: The Politics of Identity

  • Introduction to the Day
  • Group Evaluation of Week 1
  • Work on Creative Presentations (Yannick Servais, Humanity in Action The Netherlands Program Director)
  • Program Closure and Community Reflection

June 19

Week 2: The Politics of Identity

  • Introduction to the Day
  • Tropenmuseum visit Exhibition: ‘The Present of the History of Slavery’(Wayne Modest, Head of Research Center for Material Culture at Tropenmuseum and professor of Material Culture and Critical Heritage Studies)
  • Lunch and Eritrean Community Center
  • Travel to the Black Archives and Exhibitions (Mitchell Esajas, Co-Founder and Chairman of New Urban Collective, Co-Founder Black Archives, Humanity in Action Senior Fellow 2016)
  • Racism and activism in the Netherlands and the U.S.: A comparative perspective (Lucas Johnson, Civil Rights Activist, Coordinator of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR))
  • Fellows Discussion
  • Program Closure and Community Reflection

June 20

Week 2: The Politics of Identity

  • Introduction to the Day
  • An introduction into Identity Politics (Jacqueline Tizora, Student, Consultant at Recipes for Self-Love and Freelance Journalist)
  • The Music and Art of Janelle Monae (Dan Hassler Forest, Assistant Professor English Literature at Utrecht University)
  • Graphic Novel: My Favourite Thing is Monsters (Dan Hassler Forest, Assistant Professor English Literature at Utrecht University)
  • On Privilege (Inez Blanca van der Scheer, Researcher and Activist, Founding Member of the University of Colour, PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis)
  • Fellows Discussion (Moderated by Saša Paniç and Roline Palmer)

June 21

Week 2: The Politics of Identity

  • Introduction to the Day
  • Black Feminist Thought, Olave Nduwanje, Lawyer, Writer, Activist and Politician)
  • Homonationalism (Tugba Öztemir, Human Rights Activist and Peer-educator)
  • Black Queer & Trans Resistance Movement
  • Fellows Discussion (Moderated by Kendall Oehler, Deniz Aktas and Michael Markodimitrakis)
  • Program Closure and Community Reflection

June 22

Week 2: The Politics of Identity

  • Introduction to the Day
  • Decolonising the University and Diversity in Education (Aminata Cairo, Lector Inclusive Education at De Haagse Hogeschool)
  • Situational Leadership (Osiris Hoepel, Freelance Trainer, Teacher Coach, Moderator)
  • Group Evaluation of Week 2
  • Work on Creative Presentations
  • Program Closure and Community Reflection

June 25

Week 3: The Future of Europe and the EU in a Global Context

  • Introduction to the Day
  • Human Rights in the Netherlands & Strategic Litigation for Activists (Jelle Klaas, Human Rights Lawyer and Project Coordinator for the Public Interest Litigation Project (PILP))
  • Visit Refugee Collective WE ARE HERE
  • Fellows Discussion (Moderated by Evelyn Mangold, Colin Burke and Stevi Kitsou)
  • Program Closure and Community Reflection

June 26

Week 3: The Future of Europe and the EU in a Global Context

  • Introduction to the Day
  • Group meet at Hotel Ibis Amsterdam Centre
  • Travel to Rotterdam by Train
  • Why The Netherlands need NIDA (Nourdin El Ouali, NIDA, Party leader NIDA)
  • Visit Witte de With Museum: Decolonizing the Museum
  • Travel to Heilige Boontjes
  • Visit Heilige Boontjes: The Reintegration of Former Youth Delinquents
  • Fellows Discussion
  • Program Closure and Community Reflection
  • Travel back to Amsterdam

June 27

Week 3: The Future of Europe and the EU in a Global Context

  • Introduction to the Day
  • Community Reflection
  • Dutch and European Migration Policy (Paul Scheffer, Author and Professor European Studies at Tilburg University)
  • Propaganda Then and Now (Nenad Fiser, Philosopher, Former Research Officer and Intelligence Analyst at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia in The Hague
  • Fellows Discussion (Moderated by Manisha Kalikadien, Alida Cluistra and Tanner Haughn)
  • Program Closure and Community Reflection

June 28

Week 3: The Future of Europe and the EU in a Global Context

  • Introduction to the Day
  • The Conservative Embrace of Progressive Values (Merijn Oudenampsen, Sociologist and Political Scientist)
  • Nationality Deprivation (Sanghita Jaghai, PhD Researcher at the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion
  • Fellows Discussion (Moderated by Marleen Fleers, Payton Head and Eva Jewett-Gatschet)
  • Program Closure and Community Reflection

June 29

Week 3: The Future of Europe and the EU in a Global Context

  • Introduction to the Day
  • Work on Creative Presentations
  • The Refugee Crisis in Greece (Maria Garaki, UNHCR Greece, Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (2017, Berlin))
  • Program Closure and Community Reflection
  • Smash the Pillars Book Launch at The Black Archives

July 2

Week 4: Nationalism and Fascism on the Rise?

  • Introduction to the Day
  • Preparations Fellows Event
  • Program Closure and Community Reflection

July 3

Week 4: Nationalism and Fascism on the Rise?

  • Introduction to the Day
  • Group Evaluation of Week 3
  • Preparations Fellows Event
  • Preparations Public Fellows Event
  • Fellows Event (Fatma Ko┼čer Kaya, Lawyer and politician, Former Member of Parliament and Alderwoman of Wassenaar, Chair to the Humanity in Action Netherlands Board of Directors; Laura Lasance, National Director, Humanity in Action The Netherlands
  • Reception and Dinner

July 4

Week 4: Nationalism and Fascism on the Rise?

  • Introduction to the day & Reflections Fellows Event At Chocolonely Foundation
  • The Bitter Stories: Discussion on Modern Slavery and the Cocoa Industry
  • Travel to HIA Office
  • Program Closure & Community Reflection
  • Preparations Strasbourg International Conference
  • Pack and say goodbye to host families

July 5

Week 4: Nationalism and Fascism on the Rise?

  • Departure Amsterdam Central Station - Offenburg
  • Departure Offenburg - Strasbourg
  • Arrival Strasbourg

July 5-8

9th HIA International Conference in Strasbourg 

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