Filosoof op de Arbeidsmarkt – Lev Avitan

Lev Avitan is spoken word-artiest en oud student filosofie aan de FFTR. Tijdens zijn studie is Lev begonnen met spoken word en inmiddels is hij een bekende stem bij poëzieplatform ‘Mensen zeggen dingen’. Daarnaast is hij medeoprichter van de podcast ‘Echtemannentakkies’ (te vinden op Spotify) en betrad hij recentelijk het podium van Paradiso bij ‘Poetry on Sunday’ met het gedicht ‘Onzekerheden’. In zowel zijn optredens als zijn filosofie besteedt Lev aandacht aan hoe structureel geweld op individueel niveau ervaren wordt. Daarbij maakt hij gebruik van emotieve termen, zoals wonden en helen, om uit te drukken wat geweld voor hem betekent. Op deze manier probeert Lev zich niet alleen kritisch te verhouden tot de maatschappij en haar gewelddadige infrastructuur, maar ook tot wat het betekent om filosofie te beoefenen. 

Lees meer…

Fighting street harassment with chalk

A notification shows a new message at the top of the screen: “Hey whore!” it says. It is another direct message on Instagram with a story of street harassment in Nijmegen… 

This is just one example of the many messages we have been receiving since our Instagram account Catcalls of Nimma was founded last year. The idea behind this account is to create a platform where people share their experiences of street harassment. They tell us what has been said and where it has been said. We then go to the place and chalk down a quote from the story. The picture of the chalked quote, together with the rest of the story, is then shared on our account – without mentioning the name of the sender(s). 

Read more…

Philosopher Abroad – Anarchy in the UK

Life as a political philosopher in the United Kingdom sure is interesting these days. Less than half a year after I moved to Scotland, the UK formally left the European Union. As it did so, it dragged an unwilling Scotland along with it – about two-thirds of Scotland had voted to remain in the EU, the highest proportion of all the UK’s constituent countries. The COVID-19 pandemic, which struck shortly afterwards, widened the gap between Scotland and the rest of the UK yet again. While the UK government led by Boris Johnson stumbled from one poor decision to another scandal, Nicola Sturgeon’s messaging from the Scottish parliament at Holyrood was clear, to the point and confident. Interestingly, Westminster and Holyrood did not differ that much at all in their policies to curb the spread of COVID-19, but the optics were vastly different for the two leaders. In the meantime, calls for a renewed referendum on Scottish independence are growing louder, fuelled by the UK changing the terms of the agreement only two years after Scotland had voted “no” in the 2014 referendum. Many Scots who were on the fence in 2014 were swayed to vote against independence by the prospect of automatically leaving the EU when leaving the UK. In the upcoming Scottish elections in May 2021 pro-independence parties are set to narrowly achieve an absolute majority in parliament even though the electoral system is set up to prevent any one party from achieving a majority. Interesting times indeed.

Read more…

Redactioneel (49-2)

Beste lezer,

De afgelopen maanden – of eigenlijk: het afgelopen jaar – beleefde ik als één lange aaneenschakeling van ongelofelijke taferelen. Allerlei schokkende spektakels passeerden de revue, waaronder de brand in vluchtelingenkamp Moria, het coronavirus, de explosie in Beiroet, het coronavirus, de Trump-Biden showdown (inclusief bestorming van het Capitool), en het coronavirus. Als een ware zondevloed stroomden ze over de wereld. Het contrast kon niet groter zijn: ondertussen zat ik – net zoals vele andere studenten – thuis, in een kamer die ook direct mijn gehele leefruimte was. Ik voelde me losgekoppeld van “de wereld” en tegelijkertijd kon ik wanneer ik daar behoefte aan had geen rust vinden van “al die ruis”. Als gevolg werd ik moe en onrustig tegelijk.

Lees meer…

De uitdragerij

Ik word door vele vreemde handen uitgeplozen.
Van alle kanten komen ze. Mijn berg aan schatten
staat hen voor ogen met hun grote, lege kratten.
Dat wat ze nemen wordt naar willekeur gekozen.

Men schreeuwt en graait en paradeert met mijn trofeeën:
Kostuums, blazoenen, archaïsmen, kandelaren.
“Je kunt hier best wel zonder, joh!” – het werk van jaren.
Ik word verlost onder de felste barensweeën.

In weerwil van mijn uitgespreide armen wordt
Mijn stapel alsmaar kleiner. Men grijpt en graait en port
En gooit baldadig met gewezen grote luister.

Niet eens de grond onder mijn voeten staat nog vast.
Ik zie een diepte gapen waar de stapel was
en tuimel achterover in het stille duister.

The Big Zucchini Problem

It is my birthday today. A friend gave me a zucchini as a gift. A zucchini of such a size that anyone who saw it would almost surely say that it was a very large zucchini, and that they had not known that zucchinis could be quite so very large. Unsure of what to do with such a large vegetable, I set it upon a shelf. There, I could remark on its largeness whenever my gaze drifted from the small tasks of the day. I could wonder what should be done with it. I could, of course, eat the zucchini. It was certainly not too large to eat if only I were to divide it up between a number of meals. But it still seemed too large to be eaten. That is, in the sense that there ought to be something suitably different that one does with a very large zucchini, something different to what one does with a zucchini, or indeed any vegetable, of a regular size.  Namely, to eat it. Growing exasperated by the lack of any ready solution, I decided to renew my efforts in the morning.


Time and morality: how the passing of time in L’Enfant evokes a sense of moral acknowledgement

In Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s 2005 film L’Enfant, protagonist Bruno’s (20) girlfriend Sonia (18) has just given birth to their child, Jimmy 1 Both unemployed, they are barely surviving off her welfare cheques and his crimes, until Bruno decides to sell their baby for a large sum of money to a black market adoption without Sonia knowing. What he sees as a quick fix for their financial instability, she interprets as an utterly disturbing and sickening act. Feeling guilty for the shock he has caused her, Bruno eventually buys the baby back but is then turned down by Sonia. Eventually, Bruno ends up in jail after yet another petty crime. The film ends when Sonia comes to visit him in jail, and we see them embracing one last time in a moment of shared despair and anguish.

  1. Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, dir., L’Enfant (Sony Pictures Classics, 2005), DVD.

Philosopher on the Job Market – Alex Groen

A few years ago, I would have never imagined myself writing about beer.When I was living in Italy, I did not even like beer. At some point, pilsners appeared in my life but they did not look like a particularly original choice. IPAs seemed much more interesting. Then I started working in a bar, and I discovered the magical properties of sour beers. In case you are in need of a recommendation, among my favorites are: Rodenbach Gran Cru (6% ABV), Vibrant P’ocean (a collaboration between Rodenbach and Dogfish Head, 4.7% ABV), Florida Weisse (Thornbridge Brewery, 4.5% ABV), Blos (brewed by Nevel Artisan Ales for Café De Kluizenaar, 5.5% ABV). Yet, one of the beers that literally stole my heart was Studio Oedipus no. 30 (4% ABV), a delicious raspberry Berliner Weisse with a beautiful pinkish color. This is where our story begins.


Wie is er bang voor Simone de Beauvoir (boek) – recensie

Deze recensie is geschreven in de vorm van een briefwisseling door Cas Buijs en Esmée van den Wildenberg. Samen bespreken zij een aantal centrale thema’s en vragen die in het boek aan bod komen, waaronder of de De Tweede Sekse een psychoanalyserend werk is en welke rol De Beauvoirs persoonlijke leven speelt.

Lees meer…