ReMa Winter School 2022

Universiteit Utrecht logoThe Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and Utrecht University invite Research Masters students in philosophy to register for the Annual OZSW Winter School to take place on March 25-26, 2022.

Organizing university

Utrecht University


March 25-26, 2022


Departement Filosofie en Religiewetenschap
Universiteit Utrecht
Janskerkhof 13
NL-3512BL Utrecht

Type of activity

2-day Winter School

Primary target group

Research Master students

Application/registration deadline

January 26th 2022

About the topic

The Winter School aims to provide students from the 6 ReMa programmes in the Netherlands (RUG, RU, EUR, UU, UvA, and VU) with representative samples of the philosophical research carried out at Dutch universities. It will moreover contribute to their professional development and give them an opportunity to meet one another.

Aim / objective

The speakers, who are active at different universities, will give a lecture on a topic linked to their current research. On Friday afternoon, two panel sessions will be held on career prospects within and beyond academia. In the first panel a number of guests will talk about their own experience in obtaining a PhD or a post-doc position or in finding a job outside academia. In the second panel the guests will exchange ideas on the role of philosophy and  the humanities in academia and society.


Friday, March 25
Kromme Nieuwegracht 80, room 006

9.30-9.45 Coffee and Registration

9.45: Opening and Welcome

10.00-12.15: Research Session 1
10.00-11.00: Daniel Cohnitz (Utrecht): Conspiracy Theory” Reconsidered: Generalism vs Particularism
11.15-12.15: Monique Roelofs (UvA): Decoloniality, Identity, and Aesthetic Publicity


14.00-15.00: Lodi Nauta (Groningen): Locke and Natural Kinds

15.00-18.00: Issues in the profession and beyond

  • Becoming and Being a PhD student (reports from the trenches)
  • Rankings of journals and getting published in them
  • Career paths in/beyond/with philosophy
  • Philosophy that engages the wider world
  • How (not) to use social media for networking and philosophizing

Publications, PhD, career: Barbara Bziuk (Utrecht), Annemarie Kalis (Utrecht), T. Fossen (Leiden)
Philosophy in the world, and the social media: Jeroen De Ridder (VU), ), Sven Nyholm (Utrecht), Noemi van Steenbergen (Utrecht)

19.30 – dinner, social event

Saturday, March 26
Theaterzaal at Parnassos Cultural Centre (Kruisstraat 201, 3581 GK Utrecht)

 9.30-13.00: Research Session 2

9.30-10.30: Susanna Lindberg (Leiden): What is continental philosophy today?
10.30-11.00: coffe break
11.00-12.00: René van Woudenberg (VU): The Epistemology of Reading and Interpretation
12.00-13.00: Tamar Sharon (Nijmegen): Empirical ethics for a digital age


Susanna Lindberg (Leiden)
René van Woudenberg (VU)
Monique Roelofs (UvA)
Lodi Nauta (Groningen)
Daniel Cohnitz (Utrecht, TF)
Tamar Sharon (Nijmegen, PF)

Required preparations

Reading List

  1. M. Baurmann – D. Cohnitz, ‘Trust No One? The (Social) Epistemological Consequences of Belief in Conspiracy Theories’, in S. Bernecker, A. Flowerree, T. Grundmann (eds.), The Epistemology of Fake News (Oxford 2021)
  2. M. Roelofs, Aerts of Address. Being Alive to Language and the World (New York 2020)
  3. P.R. Anstey, John Lock and Natural Philosophy (Oxford 2011)
  4. C. Colebrook, ‘The Linguistic Turn in Continental Philosophy’, in A.D. Schrift, The History of Continental Philosophy (Chicago 2010), vol. 6
  5. R. Van Woudenberg, The Epistemology of Reading and Interpretation (Cambridge 2021): introduction, chapter 5 (and possibly also chapter 7)
  6. T. Sharon, ‘From hostile worlds to multiple spheres: towards a normative pragmatics of justice for the Googlization of health’, Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 24 (2021): 315-327

Certificate / credit points

Students can earn 2.5 EC by completing the readings accompanying the lectures and handing in an essay (max. 2000 words) discussing one of the questions discussed in the talks.
The essay should be emailed to Prof. Mauro Bonazzi (, with the email title “Name.OZSWessay”. The deadline for submission is Sunday 3 April 2022. Papers are not graded but assessed as follows: sufficient or insufficient.

There is no requirement to participate in the Winter School for credits. However, all participants are expected to read the assigned literature beforehand, and to actively participate in the workshop.

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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 euro excluding accommodation.

There will be two lunches and a dinner included in the winter school. We can arrange for vegetarian, vegan, gluten- lactose- or nut-free alternatives if asked in advance.

Please note that no-shows may be charged for the actual expenses incurred by the organizers.


How to apply / register

Registration is closed.

Registration/application form

If registration has been closed because the maximum amount of participants has been reached, you can submit your name to the waiting list by sending an email to Please also indicate whether you are a ReMa student or PhD candidate and whether you are a member of the OZSW or not.

Cancellation and registration policy


Prof. Dr. Mauro Bonazzi
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Utrecht University

Contact info

Please contact Prof. Dr. Mauro Bonazzi for questions regarding the contents of the Winter School, and the OZSW office for practical inquiries (