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Friday March 15 | 17:00 - 17:45  
De Brakke Grond | Steegzaal
In protest against the excessive work-pressure, late payments, budget cuts, and shortage of personnel in education, a general education strike is held in The Netherlands in the week of 11-15 March 2019. The strikes end with a protest manifestation in The Hague on Friday March 15.

In solidarity with the strikes, Josef Früchtl and Geertje Hulzebos will give a brief statement/analysis about the relation between philosophy and protest, followed by an opportunity to talk about the local situation and personal engagement.


Professor Josef Früchtl teaches Philosophy of Art and Culture. He is co-editor of the German Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft (ZÄK). As a child of modernity, he welcomes the autonomy of art and aesthetics but puts emphasis on the connections with ethics and politics as well. Movies are his favourite examples. Watching them we can learn something about the heroism of subjectivity. And we can learn something about ontological trust in the world. These research interests finally come together in his project on "The Art of Emotional Democracy". In his research - as in his teaching – he is inspired by the tradition from Hume and Kant via German idealism and romanticism to Nietzsche, Heidegger, the Frankfurt School, and so-called postmodernism.
Geertje Hulzebos started at a low general educational level (vmbo) and graduated in Pedagogical Sciences (BSc) at UvA. She did this cum laude with honours with minors in practical philosophy, theoretical philosophy and educational sciences. In 2016-2017 she was a student assesoor at the Child Development and Education domain. In 2017 she got elected as chair of the Faculty Student Counil of Social and Behavioural Sciences., and from June until September 2018 she was chair of the National Student Union. Unfortunately her fellow board members thought she was too much of an activist when she joined a student protest in Groningen. The Academy Building was occupied to demand housing for homeless international students. Now she spends almost all of her time to organise actions for free and emancipatory education. She also writes about the erosion of universities by the Ministry.  
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