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michiel van elk | neuroenchantment – superplacebo?

“In the next 15 minutes, I will show you how you can achieve to experience the fifth dimension”, such a promising opening statement of tonight’s last speaker Michel van Elk! Despite his academic and personal achievements, Michel van Elk has suffered from a depression. When he decided to visit a psychologist, he got introduced...

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ella maclaughlin | understanding radicalism through empathy

“During my exchange program preparation, we were told to keep our political views to ourselves,” Ella MacLaughlin recounts her experience studying abroad in Turkey “But after having been confronted with statements that violated the rights of the people I loved so much, I decided to give my honest opinion for the first time. I couldn’t...

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Mick ter reehorst | Are we europe?

Mick ter Reehorst: Europe is a boring subject, one that is not sexy to talk about. I will talk about it anyway. When we talk about Europe we talk about who joins, who leaves. We talk about the economic or political dimension, but never about the cultural dimension. Between the pro- and anti-Europe camps...

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patricia kaersenhout | creating new narratives

“How can we wipe away the tears of the ocean?”     Patricia Kaersenhout emphasises the invisibility of minorities in Western society. Her artistic journey has been an investigation about growing up in Dutch culture while having a Suriname background. She captivates the audience by exploring the relation between domination and representation: “My parents...

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martha montero-sieburth | day of the dead

Let’s think one moment about Martha Montero-Sieburth’s opening questions: “Why are there cultures in the world where the very idea of death pushes us away? Why is it so repulsive to touch a skull, to see a person dying in front of your, or to see another person’s pain about a starving loved one?”...

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Sander Veenhof | Be your own robot

    Sander Veenhof pleads for freedom of choice to reduce the growing impact of social media: “They are defining what you are going to do: for example by suggesting events and matching us to other singles looking for a date. They might even advise us on what to talk about during that date.”...

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Mark van der Heijden | The digital nomad

“I’m here to tell you how to become the best Thai gardener the world has ever seen…   … Not really, but if you want to go that way – let me know, I can hook you up”     With a slightly depressing story about cycling in the rain, Mark van der Heijden...