Valorisation and Knowledge Transfer 2017
Valorisation: Academic staff
Valorization is a key term for my work. I believe it’s important to work together with societal partners, to share knowledge and to contribute to social innovation. In the educational field teachers have a large impact on how young people are being prepared for the future. In the current time of rapid transformations this role is changing and teachers are faced with new challenges. In the projects ‘Professional Learning Community of Teacher Research’ and ‘Beginning Teacher Support Project’ TiU works togethers with OMO (Ons Middelbaar Onderwijs) and FLOT (Fontys Lerarenopleiding Tilburg). By working together with teachers and schools in the field of teacher research, teachers as reflective practitioners and the induction of beginning teachers, we share knowledge with societal partners and contribute to social innovation.
William Arfman & Martin Hoondert
Valorisation plan: monthly blog on artistic refugee practices. As part of a project on rituals after disasters and atrocities, we are exploring artistic refugee practices as ritualized cultural encounters in which complex cultural identities, such as victimhood, are negotiated. One aspect of this sub-project is an upcoming monthly blog with contributions by researchers, artists and policy makers. This blog aims to kickstart a form of 'scholarly diplomacy' that serves to bring together different perspectives on what is at stake in the refugee crisis.
Over the years, we have accumulated quite a lot of knowledge on language use. There is a clear disconnect between general public discourse on linguistic issues, such as what is good and bad in language, and the degree to which we should care about how people talk, and the facts on the ground that we get out of our research. There is no good structure in place that can help improve this situation. We should be able to set up an outreach program.
My academic work contributes to knowledge utilization and/or valorization in a threefold manner. First of all, my work contributes quite concretely to the development of the quality of education in Dutch Language and Literature in secondary schools. Secondly, I contribute to the field of Dutch literary criticism with my work as a literary critic for platforms such as De Leeswolf, Ons erfdeel and De Reactor. Thirdly, my former project resulted in a book publication for a broader Dutch public (De Mulisch Mythe, 2015). The book got a lot of (positive) attention in the public domain. With my current project (the book project De Literatuur Draait Door) will hopefully gain the same amount of attention. This book aims at delivering an academically informed contribution to the debate of the 'crisis of literature' in 21th century media culture.
The scientific results of my research in the field of Indonesian Islam are essential for my work as adviser of the Frans Seda Foundation which I am serving ever since its foundation. My knowledge as an islamicist and scholar of religion is also profitable for my advisory work within the scientific research committee of Teylers Museum, Haarlem, and the Funeral Academy.
Hans van Driel
My project has to do with crowdsourcing: how can we make stakeholders co-responsible for activities that affect them? Specifically, how can stakeholders contribute to the formulation of a new artistic plan of a cultural institution or of a new cultural policy of a municipality? And how can we make pupils / students co-responsible for their own learning process?
I consider teaching my most important 'valorisation' activity. In particular my Honors Programme course on European History and Diversity is relevant in its confronting students from various education profiles with literature, and thus with knowledge about fictionalization and truth. The aim of this (and in fact all my courses) is to show how literature provides a critical perspective in regard to very relevant societal issues, such as migration, the diversification of society, and the 'spectacalisation' of the public sphere. In my courses I always mix recent and old literary texts – from Sophocles' Antigone via De Sade to Houellebecq – in order to encourage students to reflect on time and place/space, and to stimulate them to contribute with critical ideas to urgent societal debates.
As part of my research project on music and death, I will write a Handboek Crematierituelen(Handbook of Cremation Rituals) in cooperation with ritual counselors and several crematoriums in the Netherlands. With this book we aim at integrating insights in rituals, grief and mourning mechanisms.
Valorization as local cooperation. My main most recent experience with valorization activities stems from the NWO-Wotro Science for global development project 'Becoming a nation of readers in Timor-Leste' dealing with adult literacy development. This is a good example of an approach in which valorisation is not just a top-down process but entails active cooperation and exchange with local stakeholders. As a follow up to the project we became involved in the still active Leverhulme Trust Research Network 'Shifting Sociolinguistic Realities in the Nation of East Timor and its Diasporas' in which we contributed among other things by participating in capacity building activities with students in Dili.
Helma van Lierop
The societal relevance of children's literature hardly needs to be explained. Many people are concerned about children's reading behavior and reading motivation. Therefore, organizations such as Stichting Lezen in the Netherlands and Iedereen leest in Flanders, but also librarians from local and regional libraries, and primary and secondary school teachers often ask academics in the field of children's literature often to advise them on how to work with children's books. In the recent past my colleague Vanessa Joosen and I have given presentations about 'Een land van waan en wijs', the new children's literature history. Moreover, I also participate in children's book jury's and I support teachers from secondary school teacher training programmes in writing a book about how to teach children's literature to future teachers.
Both lines of research (micro-populations and new media & politics) have started from a societal phenomenon and should enter society again. Micro-population is not only a concept to describe identity and culture construction in neoliberal times, it also has a material impact. In our research on Ghent, Varis and I show how the hipster identity is taken up by different actors (city and real estate companies) and reshapes the city in a highly commodified space. Digitalization has an enormous political impact. It reshapes politics, resistance and control. From that perspective, my research should contribute to a deeper understanding of that impact and how civil society and democracy can survive and hopefully be deepened by a better understanding of that impact.
The quintessence of my project A Public Anthropology of Policing is the creation of public knowledge, meaning that ethnographic insight are produced with and for various publics ‒ most importantly the police. The project rests on three pillars: practicality, publicity and epistemic solidarity. It is a form of applied anthropology that helps police agencies and communities through research partnerships; it aims for publicity so that the police ‒ the 'immediate face of governance' ‒ can be taken under scrutiny by various actors and institutions; and, finally, it embraces a mode of knowledge production that appreciates local knowledge, already circulating within communities.
(1) My writing on rituals around sacred trees and the material-symbolic use of wood in South Asia often results in presentations, discussions and publications on both global and local environmental issues (such as recently in Ujjain, on invitation from the Indian Government); (2) The same holds true for the research on post-death disposal practices. It often leads me to interdisciplinary company: the funerary profession, landscape conservation agencies, environmental activists, artists and ritual coaches (such as in 2014, on invitation by the KNAW Waddenacademie, to the Oerol Festival at Terschelling); (3) My work on diaspora communities and minority cultures is valorized and utilized in various ways: governance (such as among Hindus in the Netherlands), consultancy (Dutch police), rituals after disasters (IMPACT).
Together with the research group Ritual in Society, I was the initiator of two 'academies'. These academies are platforms, podia or 'affinity spaces' where ritual practice and academic research meet via expert meetings, workshops, publications etc. In the Funerary Academy our knowledge on the transformations of rituals is connected to morticians’ everyday practice in the Netherlands. The Camino Academy connects people within and outside the university who are interested in present-day forms of pilgrimage.
Mirjam van Reisen
Our research focuses on collective trauma and how this results from the experience of refugees in trafficking, forced deportations, sexual violence and abductions. The hypothesis is that in refugee communities global e-communication is contributing to the trauma. In the research we focus on measuring the level of trauma, understanding the basis for resilience and empowerment and testing new models – facilitated with ICT e- and m-solutions, for addressing the worst symptoms of trauma. In the valorisation we work together with organisations such as Nidos, the refugee council and COA who are specialised in refugees, and with the governments of Uganda and Ethiopia and the EU Commission to inform how the trauma could be addressed. We also work with companies like Philips to see whether such tools could be interesting eventually for market development. We also inform stakeholders through participation in meetings and media outreach.
Jan Jaap de Ruiter
We know that students today follow news and developments in the world much more via social media than via the traditional analogical media such as TV and radio. Within a program that is called 'On line culture' it is therefore unthinkable that the teaching staff does not have a presence on the Internet. Each of us should therefore have at least a Facebook account and ‒ less necessary ‒ a Twitter account. Also it would be recommendable that the individual staff members have personal webpages and blogs. In this way we will have a much larger reach to possible new students and we do justice to the name of our program.
One of the commitments central to 'Conversation Analysis' is an action conception of meaning. What an action does, in its sequential location in interaction, is what it means. CA doesn't deny pre-existing meaning, but foregrounds the ways by which people use language and other communicative means to do whatever they do. Relying on audio/video-recordings and transcripts of naturally occurring interactions, CA studies produce descriptive accounts of people's forms, features and varieties of actions, contributing to shedding light on participants’ work on identity, roles and relationships.
Valorisation activities as spin-off from my research projects: (1) Reports resulting from joint research projects with societal partners and organisations with tailor-made analysis and recommendations for them. So far, ten such projects and reports have been delivered; (2) Advice to key societal institutions, including UNESCO, FNV, the Dutch Home Office and the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, on a regular basis; (3) About five lectures a year for diverse audiences about ethno-migrant inequality and diversity in the labour market; (4) Interviews and articles in leading newspapers and websites a few times a year; (5) Several books and professional publications meant for a large audience in society.
My asylum 2.0 project is at the the heart of those problems that appear to be heavily afflicting current mainstream societies across Europe and beyond. Its knowledge utilisation stands right in the middle of the process that leads by authorities and societal stakeholders through a different approach than the homogeneous one that they have so far adopted. To give a further example stemming from its online part, it shows society at large that there is a need for inclusion in the integration trajectory of newly arrived migrants of their online lives. These people, as research is starting to show, are heavily transnational and well wired in literacy systems that run parallel but at times not hand in hand with those institutional ones put in place for having them to integrate through fast track ICT led trajectories. Here valorisation will be fully achieved when authorities and stakeholders move away from a stereotypical view of the asylum seeker as a poorly educated man or woman in need of charitable help awaiting to be filled up with westernised civic thinking and institutional based literacy.
My research is on linguistic diversity and the broad range of literary and cultural modes of expression in Noord-Brabant, as well as their contribution to the construction of identities and regions. As such it is of value to policymaking by municipal and provincial authorities, to the work on regional culture and cultural heritage, and to sociolinguistics as part of education, from teacher training to primary school.
Tilburg Cobbenhagen Center
This year we are building several communities with stakeholders in different research areas, both from inside Tilburg University and from different parts of society. We will construct a platform for debates between researchers on issues that are intimated connected to the future of our society and culture, and therefore also of our university. News will be shared through our website. Working with TCC are: Erik Borgman (academic director), Liesbeth Hoeven (manager), Frank Bosman (researcher), Thijs Caspers(researcher), Wessel Kouw (research trainee), Daniëlle Spierings (student assistant) and Arnold van der Werff (research trainee
Fons van de Vijver
Much of my research deals with psychological assessment of persons from other cultures and with acculturation issues. I often give presentations and am involved in various projects in which assessment and acculturation issues are central, such as presentations for clinical psychologists, educational councilors, and policy makers. Increasing awareness that standard solutions employed when working with Western clients or groups may need to be adapted and how these can be adapted are crucial in my valorization work.
Valorisation: PhD candidates
The valorisation of my PhD-project is part of the project itself. Based on gained insights about academic language stimulating behavior of primary school teachers in grade 1/2, a teacher training is developed and conducted at three primary schools. The effects at the actual teacher behavior of the training are content of the research project. After finishing the project the training can be used at teacher training colleges or for teacher schooling.
Throughout history, 'the renowned' figures represent the prized ways of life, and the specific configurations of individuality and social orders in one society. Internet celebrity is not only the Zeitgesit of digital age in the sense of its reliance on social media affordances, but also a site demonstrating cultural and social changes. For instance in China, the identities of political dissident and the underprivileged find their significant existence on the Internet.
Deborah de Koning
Part of my research concerns the current tendencies of reappraisal, deification, and popularisation of king Ravana (a king who allegedly lived 6000 years ago) in Sri Lanka. This aspect of my research sheds light on the relationships between narratives and identity (both on a collective – nationalistic, and individual level) and aims to clarify contemporary ways of the use of stories in the process of identity construction in multi-ethnic societies.
Claudia Lemos de Carvalho
Mothers in harms way. The conventional roles attributed to women, especially within the Muslim community are vital to detect early stages of radicalization and to mitigate effectively and timely violent behaviors. My objective will be to conduct research among mothers whose children are/were affiliated to Jihadist groups and more specifically to assess the function of Internet in the processes of individual engagement with extremist narratives. The results will provide deep knowledge on the role of women within the processes radicalization and will indicate working avenues to prevent and counter-act violence and terrorism.
Usage of emoticons in non-face-to-face computer-mediated communication. My research aims to analyze the usage of emoticons in various online environment, e.g. naturally occurring text chatting, blog, post, online discussion forum, etc. The outcome of this research is expected to describe the landscape of emoticon usage in computer mediated communication (CMC), contribute to a better understanding of online communication and help people efficiently avoid potential frictions and misunderstanding in CMC.
My current research focuses on contentions and conflicts over religious-specific spaces like places of worship and cemetery. This theme has been a thorny issue for a multireligious country like Indonesia. By examining this theme, this research will give a contribution to a better understanding of sources of contentions and strategies and tactics employed by opposing groups. Policy makers can utilize the result of this research to prevent contentions and conflicts in a multicultural society.
Migration is a relevant topic nowadays as the media overwhelmingly focus on the so-called 'migration/refugee crisis'. Understanding migrant communities and their struggles and problems is important for parties involved in migration including those in politics, policy making and those working in the field of integration. By going beyond the Polish migrants and focusing on knowledge practices that produce immigrants, this research has a wide application in society and is relevant for both specialized and unspecialized audiences.
My research on regional identities in Noord-Brabant contributes to the understanding of our own culture and identity, now but also for future generations. It improves our local understanding of identities which is of importance when thinking about the local and regional differences and merging of provinces and municipalities. The great interest of non-academic audiences illustrates its relevance for people in their everyday lives.