Spring 2019 update

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As I was quite busy with teaching last semester and had a series of pressing deadlines immediately afterwards, I didn’t find any time to blog. So here’s a list of recent developments:

  • First and foremost, I have a new job (again fixed-term and part-time, but now for research). From March 1, 2019 to January 1, 2024 I will be working at the Radboud University Nijmegen as member of the Horizon 2020 project HERMES (FETPROACT-2018-2020 GA n.824164). I will also be blogging and podcasting for HERMES after the summer break. Details to follow, stay tuned!
  • I have contributed as author and partially as editor to the volume The Reception of Husserlian Phenomenology in North America (Contributions to Phenomenology 100). I am listed as “in collaboration with” on the cover and it might not entirely be clear what that means (it is not spelled out in the book, regrettably). I was involved in the early stages of the project, way back in 2014, when Michela Ferri contacted me for advice and brought me on board as a co-editor. We wrote the book proposal, discussed the structure, negotiated with Springer, etc. I contacted more than a dozen (potential) authors, was instrumental in securing the preface by Sokolowski, and edited and corrected nearly 20 contributions. Then, around 2016, I unfortunately became increasingly distracted by other obligations and concerns, relating to the end of my VENI, writing grant applications, finding a new job, etc. So I was not able to see the project through, regrettably. Michela is therefore rightfully credited as the main editor, having come up with the project in the first place and having curated it from beginning to end. I also contributed a short biography of Herbert Spiegelberg
  • I’ve been involved with the Dutch protest and reform movement “WOinActie” (“Higher Education in Action”). In that connection I’ve appeared in national newspapers (NRC, Parool) and participated in a debate with the minister for education Ingrid van Engelshoven in March (NRC, ScienceGuide, VAWO, DUB). I used my situation as a case study for how bad things have become with temporary contracts in Dutch academia: 10 contracts in barely more than two years.
  • Last week for the first time I got to sit on the other side of the table during a dissertation defense as member of the manuscript committee and the doctoral examination board for Sanne Stuur’s dissertation “Whose Time Is It? Physicists and Philosophers Debating ‘Time’ ca. 1900-1930” (which she passed with flying colours).
  • I’ve written a guest blog for Shells and Pebbles on “The Value of the Humanities according to Friedrich Paulsen”, picking up some themes of my presentation at The Making of the Humanities VII in Amsterdam last year.

There is lots of stuff still forthcoming or under review: on Brentano as a Logicist, on the Gestalt of a Round Square, the Shape of Time, and Mathesis Universalis from Leibniz to Husserl. I’ll try to keep you posted!

Last but not least, today I turn 40. In 2009, 10 years ago, I obtained my PhD. It’s been a weird journey full of surprises since then, and the next 10 years look quite adventurous and unpredictable as well. Here’s to new horizons!

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