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Herwaarns Podcast 10 – De Ivoren Toren van de Geesteswetenschappen

Veel wetenschap wordt beschuldigd van navelstaren. De zogenaamde elite is alleen maar bezig met obscure onderzoeken naar wat ze willen bewijzen. De geesteswetenschappen in het bijzonder wordt wel verweten dat ze opereren vanuit een ivoren toren, ver verwijderd van de werkelijkheid van de samenleving. Het is ideologisch of te wazig. Waarom zou men geld besteden aan onderzoek naar literatuur uit de Balkan of feministische emancipatoire praktijken in de Victoriaanse roman?

Het is ook het strijdveld van de cultuuroorlogen en de social justice warriors, die belachelijke eisen stellen en volledig los staan van de realiteit. Ze hebben een betekenisloos jargon ontwikkeld dat alles problematiseert. Hoe dichten we de kloof tussen wetenschap en samenleving? Zitten de geesteswetenschappen inderdaad in een ivoren toren?

Te gast is Andries, literatuurwetenschapper en docent participatieve gezondheidszorg bij de opleiding tot verpleegkundige bij de Haagse Hogeschool. Daarnaast werkt hij aan een promotie-onderzoek aan de universiteit Leiden over representatie van affectieve en esthetische reacties of functiebeperkingen in literatuur en film.

Ook te beluisteren op Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/6kjTzTFoGgfRBcR6u2LNFR?si=Yzu9IqWGSQqsxNWSJulo9w

en YouTube: https://youtu.be/1lxqBLKBTkE

Vanaf nu ook te vinden op iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/nl/podcast/herwaarns-podcast/id1480092710

Verwijzingen:

Intro:

– BBC Analysis podcast – The Root of ‘Woke’ Culture. https://open.spotify.com/episode/1XleWis1bJ95vpZQFeqlFl?si=0f01VRnxT1KeHnmcjkjWLg

Andries: Rens Bod – A New History of the Humanities

Wessel: Jiskefet – English Sports. https://youtu.be/E_6d3JBBo4s (En ook: Jiskefet – Stiften! https://youtu.be/hZBHkJFcYII)

Martha Nussbaum – Niet voor de Winst. 2010. Ambo. 2012. Vertaling Anbo|Anthos Uitgevers.

Merel: John Williams – Stoner

Overige verwijzingen:

– Blog van Lieke: https://overdemuur.org/rutte-gebruikt-wetenschap-alleen-als-het-uitkomt/

– Blog van Andries:

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Herwaarns Podcast 08 – De Nederlandse Identiteit

In de eerste aflevering van 2020 praten we over wat de Nederlandse identiteit definieert. Is het tolerantie, diversiteit, openheid, voetbal, handel, water? Máxima’s roemruchte uitspraak dat “de Nederlander” niet bestaat en het rapport “Denkend aan Nederland” van het Sociaal Planbureau zijn aanleiding voor ons gesprek. Het rapport stelt dat Nederlands een gezamenlijke identiteit voelen, maar zodra er discussies ontstaan over wat die identiteit is, er scheidslijnen ontstaan tussen burgerlijke vrijheden aan de ene kant en symbolen en tradities aan de andere kant.

Wat zijn die symbolen en waarom staan ze tegenover vrijheden?

Te gast is Tim, Neerlandicus bezig met een promotie-onderzoek over 17e-eeuwse Nederlandse vertalingen van Spaanse toneelstukken.

Herwaarns Podcast 8 – De Nederlandse Identiteit

Ook te beluisteren via Spotify, YouTube en SoundCloud.

Verwijzingen:

Intro

Maxima’s speech – https://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/documenten/toespraken/2007/09/24/toespraak-van-prinses-maxima-24-september-2007

SCP – Denkend aan Nederland – https://www.scp.nl/Publicaties/Terugkerende_monitors_en_reeksen/Sociaal_en_Cultureel_Rapport

Objecten

Wessel – De Snijtafel – Het Koningslied (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ2YY9iOEz0)

Merel – De hokjesman, VPRO, Michael schaap, 2013-2016 (https://www.vpro.nl/programmas/de-hokjesman.html) Er is ook YouTube playlist – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDsR5P9Lkw3ODSITrz8SzprqwDEie561F 

Tim – Pedro Calderón la Barca – La vida es sueño. Vertaald als Het Leven Is Maer Droom. (Vindbaar op http://www.let.leidenuniv.nl/Dutch/Ceneton/)

Andere verwijzingen:

– Joseph Conrad – Heart of Darkness.

– De grens, VPRO, Tommy Wieringa, 2013. De aflevering over Limburg: https://youtu.be/707hXMcURIA

– Kristien Hemmerechts – De vrouw die de honden eten gaf

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Creative Writing – Dialogue

In 2008, I took a Creative Writing course during my bachelor’s English. Here’s assignment 4: Dialogue.

 

Assignment 4 – Domestic dialogue

LB: Wow, you see that kid over there? She’s a genius!
OB:  I am driving a car, Philip.
LB: She is the best! I’ve never seen anyone skip rope like that! I wish I could do it.
OB: Philip, you are a 43 year old male.
LB: I don’t care, it was amazing.
OB: I don’t think I can ever be proud of you if your deepest desire is to skip rope.
LB: I didn’t say it was my deepest desire.
OB: …
LB: Did you notice I had my hair cut?
OB: Yes, I did.
LB: … So what d’you think?
OB: I think it fits you.
LB: Why do you say that?
OB: Because it is polite to say that.
LB: So you don’t like it?
OB: I am not an expert concerning haircuts. You know that.
LB: I just asked if you like it. You don’t need expertise for that.
OB: …
LB: Do you think the ducks are back yet?
OB: They usually return in March.
LB: I just hope they took another month off in Africa. I really hate those ducks. Oh no!
OB: What is it?
LB: Do you think I’ll see those ducks when I go to Tunisia this winter?
OB: I consider it highly unlikely.
LB: It would be strange to see them over there. Perhaps they are much more friendly if they are enjoying themselves. Everyone seems to be friendlier if they are on a holiday.
OB: Do you want to hand over the flowers this time?
LB: No thanks, I have bought something myself.
OB: You’ve never done that before.
LB: I know, but isn’t it great I did now? I bought a necklace at one of those small jewelry stands downtown.
OB: Those are not jewelry stands. They only sell small pieces of metal. Did you check if it is made of nickel?
LB: No, I didn’t.
OB: You didn’t. Do you want to poison our mother?
LB: What? Of course not.
OB: She is allergic to nickel. You ought to know such things.
LB: I was just trying to be nice.
OB: You do not have to be nice. You have to be thoughtful. It would not be the first time you hurt Mother.
LB: What?! What did I do?
OB: You didn’t show up on her wedding anniversary. You didn’t come to her choir performance and you didn’t send her a card for Francis’ birthday.
LB: A card for Francis? He’s a turtle!
OB: Mother cares about it, so you should at least do something.
LB: I’m not gonna send cards to every turtle Mom’s got! I don’t even know half of their names.
OB: You should try to learn them.
 

 

OB: I told you you would hurt Mother.
LB: I already said I’m sorry. I feel miserable enough as it is, so please stop talking about it. I’m sorry!
OB: That is not going to bring Fred back to live. You should not have told her. We could have bought another one.
LB: I may hurt Mum, but I will never lie to her.
OB: She would not be crying now if you had lied.
LB: It would have hurt her a lot more.
OB: No, it wouldn’t. She would never have known and she would only be a bit worried about her missing turtle until we had found a new Fred. Lying is not a bad thing if you prevent hurt.
LB: You know I don’t agree with that.
OB: That’s the reason I am telling you this. You should try to change.
LB: Into a liar.
OB: Into a sensible adult, keeping his mother from hurt.
LB: …
OB: Yes, Mother? …  It’s in the fridge … No, just take it easy, we’ll start cooking. Let’s start.
LB: What are we going to make?
OB: It looks like it will be some kind of casserole.
LB: I can do that, no problem.
OB: Everybody can make a casserole.
LB: What does it matter, as long as we can make one now?
OB: Can you hand me the recipe?
LB: Why would you want to use it? We can make our own recipe.
OB: I don’t want to risk the failure of our supper.
LB: Mum would deviate from the recipe, you know.
OB: Yes, I know, but Mother is a good cook. We’re not.
LB: At least put in some extra mushrooms.
OB: It says three mushrooms on the recipe, so three mushrooms it will be.
LB: Why do you think Mum has bought an entire box?
OB: To make another one later on. We’ll stick to the recipe.
LB: I give up. I feel like I’m talking to a wall.
OB: Please turn off the radio. I can’t focus like this.
LB: Oh come on, you don’t mean that.
OB: I do mean it.
LB: How can a little music prevent you from cooking? You don’t need your ears for cooking. At least, I never use them.
OB: Just be nice and turn it off.
LB: Hey, here’s that song that you used to like. We bought the record for your birthday. Yeah, I remember! We danced all evening. She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah.
OB: …
LB: We even climbed on the roof and sung it there. Then Mum got mad and got us down. That was fun.
OB: It’s a miracle we didn’t get hurt. We should never have done it.