Solidarity with students being held in police detention

ReThink UvA expresses its solidarity with the members of De Nieuwe Universiteit who have been held by the police since Saturday 12 April, and who were moved today (14 April) to immigration detention. We condemn the police for the unnecessary arrest of peaceful demonstrators, and the CvB for initiating the unnecessary eviction that led to the […]

12 April 2015 – 21:36 | Comments (1)

Persbericht: ReThink UvA veroordeelt circulatie pro-CvB petitie via officiële kanalen

Sinds vanmorgen circuleert onder medewerkers van de Universiteit van Amsterdam een petitie ter ondertekening om steun te betuigen aan het College van Bestuur. De petitie is opgesteld naar aanleiding van de open brief die Ewald Engelen en Olav Velthuis in NRC en NRC Next hebben gepubliceerd en die tot op heden meer dan 450 handtekeningen […]

12 April 2015 – 11:19 | Comments (2)

Maagdenhuis eviction: joint press statement

Despite De Nieuwe Universiteit’s public and often repeated statement that they would peacefully leave the Maagdenhuis at the conclusion of the Science Festival on Sunday evening, the College van Bestuur of the University of Amsterdam decided to sign an eviction order on Friday afternoon, rendering presence in the Maagdenhuis illegal. Despite the mayor’s suggestion for […]

11 April 2015 – 15:04 | Comments (8)

Maagdenhuis festival

Staff from ReThink will be present and participating at the Festival of Sciences and Humanities, and, insofar as would be necessary, contributing to the safety at the Maagdenhuis. Students of The New University have invited the whole academic community to come to this event. They have scheduled an ambitious program filled with various seminars and workshops. We […]

10 April 2015 – 23:55 | Comments (0)

United Faculties Panel, Friday 17:30 in the Maagdenhuis

The United Faculties Panel seeks to showcase how the spirit of the Maagdenhuis protest is spreading in workplaces across the UvA and other universities. At the first United Faculties Rally we heard many inspiring stories of local initiatives being taken across the UvA based on similar concerns. What has happened since – and where do […]

10 April 2015 – 00:04 | Comments (0)

Joint statement from ReThink UvA and Humanities Rally

Yesterday morning, ReThink UvA, Humanities Rally, De Nieuwe Universiteit, COR, CSR and the unions had a first successful meeting towards the formation of independent committees for democratization, decentralization, and financial transparency at our university. Several hours before, De Nieuwe Universiteit called a press conference to announce that the provisional agreement with the CvB about ending the appropriation […]

9 April 2015 – 07:40 | Comments (0)

Setting up the two independent committees

On Friday, 3rd of April, the Rethink UvA general assembly discussed the process of setting up the two independent committees together with the other groups involved. The principles that we find important for the work of the committees are: diversity; hospitability; active and decentralized outreach; deliberation-based work; attention to ongoing processes; and inclusiveness. It was […]

7 April 2015 – 15:04 | Comments (2)

Easter Sunday: Arnon Grunberg Q&A

Internationally renowned Dutch author Arnon Grunberg will visit the Maagdenhuis on April 5 (Easter Sunday)at 7 PM to converse with those in the building. Grunberg has lots of questions he wants to ask the students, and will talk about the work of South-African writer J.M. Coetzee.

3 April 2015 – 22:44 | Comments (0)

Monday 6 April: Sally Haslanger lecture

On Monday 6 April, from 7-8 PM, Sally Haslanger will give a lecture in the Maagdenhuis. The title of her lecture is “Who Should Be Educated and How? Race, Gender, Class and Educational Opportunity.” Sally is Ford Professor of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is currently Spinoza Professor at the UvA.

3 April 2015 – 22:32 | Comments (1)

Establishment of committees: first step towards change

Today we have come to an agreement concerning the establishment of two independent committees. One committee will investigate the financial situation of the university, while another will explore options for a new democratic and decentralized governance structure. This is a direct result of the protests in the past weeks and a major achievement of the […]

1 April 2015 – 21:58 | Comments (2)

Joint declaration regarding independent committees on finance and governance

COR, CSR, De Nieuwe Universiteit (DNU), Humanities Rally (HR), Rethink UvA and the unions have come to an agreement with the Executive Board (CvB) regarding the creation of two independent committees. This has opened a new phase in the conversations. The parties involved expect that this will be an important step to achieve further democratization […]

1 April 2015 – 16:32 | Comments (4)

Joint delegation meets Executive Board

Yesterday, a joint delegation of ReThink UvA, De Nieuwe Universiteit, and Humanities Rally met with rector magnificus Dymph van den Boom and secretary Geke van Velzen, in an attempt to resolve the current crisis of trust at the UvA. The topic of discussion was the joint proposal recently adopted by the above mentioned parties regarding […]

28 March 2015 – 12:49 | Comments (0)

Jacques Rancière visits Maagdenhuis

After offering a stage to inspiring speakers like David Graeber, Joris Luyendijk, Arnold Heertje, Ewald Engelen, and others, the Maagdenhuis today had the honor of hosting renowned French philosopher Jacques Rancière. Rancière engaged in a Q&A session with students and staff members. Rancière’s presence is particularly apt in the context of the current Maagdenhuis appropriation and student protests. A former […]

25 March 2015 – 22:14 | Comments (0)

Where to go from here?

A joint proposal by De Nieuwe Universiteit, Humanities Rally, and ReThink UvA. Context: achieved objectives, upcoming challenges The movement composed by De Nieuwe Universiteit, Humanities Rally, and ReThink UvA had an overlapping set of demands. After the CvB’s recent reactions, there is evidence of progress towards meeting several of them: University-wide, faculties and departments are engaged […]

20 March 2015 – 21:50 | Comments (1)

United Faculties Rally

ReThink UvA organiseert aanstaande vrijdag 20 maart om 16.30 uur een UvA-brede manifestatie in het Maagdenhuis met de titel United Faculties Rally. De manifestatie brengt medewerkers uit alle faculteiten van de UvA samen en is de eerste in een reeks stappen voor een universiteitsbrede beweging voor hervorming van de UvA. De recente ontwikkelingen aan de UvA laten zien […]

19 March 2015 – 22:30 | Comments (0)

ReThink UvA will discuss invitation Executive Board at General Assembly

In response to the joint statement by ReThink UvA, De Nieuwe Universiteit, Humanities Rally and ASVA student union, we received a message from the Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam on Wednesday, 11 March 2015. The Executive Board states that it agrees that further steps should be taken and that the ten-point plan offers a good starting point. They […]

18 March 2015 – 10:52 | Comments (0)

Students and staff demonstrate for a new university

Over a thousand students and staff members of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) gathered in front of the Maagdenhuis last Friday to demonstrate for democratization and decentralization of the UvA. The demonstrators subsequently marched along a number of notable UvA locations in the city center, such as Binnengasthuis, Spinhuis, and Bungehuis. Several speeches were held by both students and staff members, advocating transparency, […]

16 March 2015 – 20:44 | Comments (0)

Demo: cratiseer de Universiteit

Vanmiddag, vrijdag 13 maart om 17.00 uur, organiseren de actiegroepen ReThink UvA, De Nieuwe Universiteit en Humanities Rally samen met ASVA studentenunie een demonstratie voor meer democratie en inspraak. De demonstratie is geen reactie op het onlangs gepresenteerde tienpuntenplan van het College van Bestuur (CvB) van de UvA, maar brengt onder de aandacht dat de academische gemeenschap leidend […]

13 March 2015 – 09:03 | Comments (0)

Rethink UvA concerned about list of ‘sympathizers’

FoliaWeb reported this morning that the UvA Communications Office circulated a list with around 400 names of ‘Rethink sympathizers’ to all faculty communication departments. According to Folia: “In the mail accompanying the list, the UvA Communications Office called for faculty communications officers to estimate and inform them as to the likelihood the staff members on […]

11 March 2015 – 17:42 | Comments (0)

Joint Statement by ReThink UvA, De Nieuwe Universiteit and Humanities Rally

De Nederlandse tekst volgt hieronder Yesterday, the CvB published a list of ten points addressing the stewardship and institutional culture of the university. After persistent denial, the CvB has finally made a rhetorical U-turn, a direct consequence of our protest and efforts. We welcome this development, but efforts are needed to progress beyond changes in […]

11 March 2015 – 15:21 | Comments (5)

CvB discussion in CREA: ReThink UvA’s intervention

On Monday 9 March, a few hours after the ultimatum posed by ReThink UvA had passed, the Executive Board had planned the first of a series of weekly discussions with staff and students in the CREA university theater. The debate was very well attended: more than 100 people were present inside the auditorium, and another 100 in the […]

9 March 2015 – 23:34 | Comments (0)

Lecture Series Think! Humanities

Over the past decades, the marketization and managerialization of higher learning across the Netherlands has resulted in continuous and seemingly interminable efforts to evaluate, restructure and re-invent university teaching and learning on all levels. This holds true for the humanities in particular where the new imperatives, effectivity, profitableness and utilitarian thinking, set out to threaten […]

9 March 2015 – 00:21 | Comments (1)

Letter to the Supervisory Board

Following the decision of the third ReThink UvA General Assembly, ReThink UvA has requested a line of communication with the Supervisory Board of the UvA. To the Supervisory Board, We write with deep concern regarding the unfolding situation at the UvA. Our genuine and repeated attempts to bring an end to the trust crisis between […]

8 March 2015 – 22:37 | Comments (0)

UvA Flex: A consistent and constructive policy for temporary staff

Scroll down for English Een constructief en consequent beleid voor tijdelijke medewerkers OPROEP: Heeft onderstaande betrekking op jou? Deel jouw persoonlijke verhaal, laat weten dat je ons steunt of wilt bijdragen via Wil je actief deelnemen aan onze werkgroep, meld je dan aan voor onze mailing list: via

8 March 2015 – 20:16 | Comments (0)

Fourth Staff Assembly on Monday 9 March

At our fourth general assembly in the Maagdenhuis on Monday at 4 PM, we will discuss the Executive Board’s response to our demands, for which we have given them until 9 AM on Monday to respond in full. The agenda working group will prepare drafts of a response to the Board’s reaction, and the actions […]

8 March 2015 – 14:38 | Comments (0)

Response to CvB’s request for extension of deadline

De Nederlandse tekst volgt hieronder   In response to the CvB’s request for extension of the deadline, ReThink UvA sent the following message. Dear Dr. Gunning-Schepers, Today we received your request for an extension on the deadline we set in our recent communication. Your request concerned only one of the demands listed. Nonetheless, as a […]

6 March 2015 – 19:33 | Comments (0)

Eerste schriftelijke reactie op verzoek van uitstel CvB

Geachte dr. Gunning-Schepers, Bedankt voor uw schriftelijke reactie op onze brief van 4 maart. Als docenten ontvangen wij regelmatig verzoeken om uitstel van een deadline, en ook in dit geval willen we daar zorgvuldig en verantwoord mee omgaan. In reactie op uw verzoek om uitstel kunnen we u dan ook het volgende mededelen: in onze […]

6 March 2015 – 14:23 | Comments (0)

Third staff assembly on Friday 6 March

After last Wednesday’s second ReThink UvA staff assembly, our letter with six demands was sent to the Executive Board. You are all warmly invited to join our next assembly on Friday 6 March, 16.00h, where we will have an open discussion on what our response will be to whatever reaction the Board will have formulated […]

6 March 2015 – 13:38 | Comments (3)

Meeting with Executive Board

De Nederlandse tekst volgt hieronder. At the invitation of the University of Amsterdam’s Executive Board (CvB), a group of staff members came to discuss the demands of Rethink UvA, which have now been formally adopted by a well-attended staff assembly and publicly supported by the FNV (Federation of Dutch Labour Movement) and VAWO (Scientists’ Union). […]

5 March 2015 – 18:11 | Comments (0)

ReThink UvA komt met eisen op Nationale Actiedag

In het kader van de Nationale Actiedag vond vandaag om 16.00 uur een drukbezochte algemene vergadering van ReThink UvA plaats in het Maagdenhuis. ReThink UvA presenteerde hier een voorstel tot democratisering en decentralisering van het UvA-bestuur met als doel een academische gemeenschap te creëren die in staat is om zichzelf te besturen. Belangrijk onderdeel van […]

4 March 2015 – 23:19 | Comments (3)