Annual OZSW Winter School for Research Master Students

RU_thumbnailThe Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and the University of Groningen invite all research master students to a two-day winter school that will take place from 10 to 11 February 2017 at the University of Groningen.

Organizing university

University of Groningen


10 - 11 February 2017


Van Swinderen Huys (Glazen Zaal)
Oude Boteringestraat
19 Groningen

Type of activity

2-day annual conference and winter school for ReMa students

Primary target group

Research Master Students

Application/registration deadline

Registration is open until February 6th 2017.

Aim / objective

The Winter School aims to provide students from the 5 ReMa programmes (Groningen, Utrecht, Nijmegen, UvA and Rotterdam) with an overview of broad range of active philosophical research being done in the Netherlands, to contribute to their professional development, and to give them an opportunity to meet one another.

In the three research-oriented sessions, several speakers will give a presentation on a philosophical topic related to their research. Students will then have an opportunity for questions.

After each session, there will then be a panel discussion (about 45 minutes) in which speakers talk about their own experiences as philosophy researchers, discussion how their research developed, as well as what the best advice is they ever got.

There will also be sessions devoted to several aspects of professional development, including how to write a successful research proposal and how to get published in a philosophy journal, as well as a discussion of possibilities for contributing to philosophy in the public sphere.


Friday 10-02-2017

14:30 Registration, coffee
15:00 – Welcome

15:05 – 15:45 Leah Henderson (RUG) – “Global vs. Local Approaches to the Scientific Realism Debate”
15:45 – 16:30 Robin Celikates (UvA) – “Transnational Disobedience? Normative Perspectives on Borders and Migration”
16:30 – 17:15 Wiep van Bunge (EUR) – “Report from the Trenches: The Purpose of Philosophy in the Dutch Enlightenment”

17:15 – 18:15 Panel session

18:30 Dinner

20:00 Pubquiz

Saturday 11-02-2017

09:30 Coffee

10:00 – 10:45 Doina-Cristina Rusu (RUG) – “Action at a Distance and the Power of Imagination in Renaissance Natural Philosophy”.
10:45 – 11:30 Jan Bransen (RU) – “Don’t Be Fooled: Common Sense and Behavioural Science”
11:30 – 12:15 Katrin Schulz (UvA) – TBA

12:15 lunch
13:30 Panel on PhD positions in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom
14:45 Coffee

15:00 – 15:45 Marta Sznajder (RUG) – “Inductive logic on conceptual spaces”
15:45 – 16:30 Katrien Schaubroeck (Antwerpen) – TBA
16:30 – 17:15 F.A Muller (EUR / UU) – “The Paradox of the Arche-fossil: Silver Bullet for Idealism?”
17:15 Panel session

17:45 Drinks

Certificate / credit points

There is no requirement to participate in the Winter School for credit. Students can earn 2.5 EC by completing a set of related readings and completing a written report. More information about this available soon.


Only ReMa student members of the OZSW can participate in this winter school, and the OZSW covers most of the costs for the event. There is a nominal fee of 30 euro per student, including accommodation, and 10 eur excluding accommodation. Please note that no-shows may be charged for the actual expenses incurred by the organizers.

Location / accommodation details

Limited budget is available to financially support OZSW PhD students living far away from Groningen. If you want to benefit from it, please send a motivated request at before February 1st.

How to apply / register

Contact info

Daan Evers ( and the OZSW office (