UvA’ers maken strip over onderzoek doen in autoritaire landen.

Folia, the weekly magazine of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS/HvA), wrote an article (in Dutch) about our comic strip series that has been created for the promotion of our new book: ‘Research, Ethics and Risk in the Authoritarian Field.’

Als onderzoeker in een land met een autoritair regime kun je het idee hebben dat je als spion wordt gezien en in de gaten wordt gehouden. Acht sociale wetenschappers van de UvA hebben een boek met bijbehorende strips gemaakt over hun ervaringen in het onderzoeksveld om deze gevoelens meer bespreekbaar te maken. ‘We willen een taboe doorbreken.’

Lees de hele bijdrage op de website van Folia.



The Freedom Lecture: Anabel Hernandez

PHD student Jos Bartman was invited to join the Freedom Lecture at De Balie in Amsterdam. Watch the video.

Anabel Hernandez gave the 20th Freedom Lecture in De Balie. Hernandez is a journalist and writer, who had an international breakthrough with the book Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and their Godfathers. Anabel Hernandez spoke in De Balie on the importance of freedom of press, the way in which drugs cartels operate and the many sacrafices she had to make in order to be free and safe and to continue her work as a journalist.

Upcoming Lecture: Sponsoring student mobility as a source of authoritarian stability.

Sponsoring student mobility as a source of authoritarian stability: the case of Kazakhstan

Asia Updates Series

24 May, 2017 17.00-18.00

Why should an authoritarian regime run the risk of sending students abroad and letting them back with a potentially destabilizing political baggage? Adele Del Sordi (UvA) discusses how contemporary authoritarian regimes manage external influences and in some cases turn them effectively into a source of political stability. She questions the assumption that globalization is bringing only challenges to autocracies. (more…)

New publication: ‘From the web to the streets: internet and protests under authoritarian regimes.’

By Kris Ruijrok.

The idea of internet as a liberation technology seems to have long gone. Whereas just after the Arab Spring many commentators spoke about ‘Facebook-protests’ and ‘Twitter-revolutions’, this time around we mainly hear about how smart authoritarian states have become in their online censorship, surveillance and internet-propaganda.  (more…)