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Round about    Gijs van Oenen

Gijs van Oenen


Gijs van Oenen is associate professor in practical philosophy
at the Erasmus School of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He was born in 1959, and studied political science at the University of Amsterdam. After getting his M.A. in 1986, he was awarded a research appointment in philosophy of law, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam in 1994. .
He headed the research program Interpassive metal fatigue, sponsored by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), from 2007-2012. Next to the Erasmus University, he has been affiliated with the University of Amsterdam, Webster University Leiden, and the
Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design.
From 2013 on, he is also a fellow of Erasmus University College.

* Associate professor in practical philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2010-present
* Assistant professor in practical philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1994-2010
* Fellow and lecturer at Erasmus University College, 2013-present
* Project leader of research program Interpassive metal fatigue sponsored by
the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), 2007-2012.
* Lecturer at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design, spring 2007
* Adjunct professor, Webster University Leiden, summer 2002.

* Post doc researcher, Department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam, 1996-1998 (part time).
* Lecturer in legal philosophy, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam, 1995
* Ph.D. degree in law/philosophy, january 1994, University of Amsterdam. Thesis (in Dutch): Convention and law's intrigue. A vision on Ronald Dworkin's legal philosophy
* Research assistant  in legal philosophy, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam, 1987-1993
* Lecturer in political science at the Haarlem Polytechnic, 1987 and 1988
* M.A. degree in political science, University of Amsterdam, august 1986 (cum laude).
* Assistant lecturer in Political Science, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam, 1984-1986


My main research areas are: political theory, rule of law, 'gedogen' (forebearance), multiculturalism, architecture, (art &) public space, interpassivity, and thing politics.

My research program Interactive metal fatigue, sponsored by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), ran from 2007-2012.
My list of publications contains items in Dutch and English, often with summaries and/or online texts (which sometimes require authorization).

Also available is an overview of my professional public activities.

  I teach social and political philosophy, legal philosophy, and ethics, as well as philosophy of arts & humanities and their history, both at the Faculty of Philosophy and at Erasmus University College.
As of 2015, m
y courses are almost exclusively in  English.
Next to courses in the Faculty of Philosophy and the University College, I also taught an interdivisional 'minor'' on the history of the social sciences and the humanities (2001-2014), and a university-wide 'Honours Course' for excellent bachelorstudents (2009-2012).
In the Erasmus Graduate School for Social Sciences and Humanities, I teach two Ph.D. courses, on Philosophy of the humanities and social sciences, and on Great thinkers of the last 50 years.

Take a look at the list of all my courses over the years (in both Dutch and English language).

    books published 

    Overspannen democratie. Hoge verwachtingen, paradoxale gevolgen. Boom, Amsterdam 2018
    [Stressed-out democracy. High expectations, paradoxical consequences]

     Nu even niet! Over de interpassieve samenleving. Van Gennep, Amsterdam 2011
     [Not right now please! On interpassive society]

     Ongeschikt recht. Anders denken over de rechtsstaat. Boom Juridische uitgevers, Den Haag 2004
     [Unfit law. Thinking through the rule of law]  [A collection of essays ]

     Het surplus van illegaliteit. De Balie, Amsterdam 2002
     [Illegality's surplus. An essay on the social, political, and philosophical (surplus) value of illegality]

     Ongeregelde orde. Gedogen en de omgang met wilde praktijken. Boom, Amsterdam 2002 [edited volume]
     [Unruly order. On forbearance and how to deal with unruly practices]

     Conventie en rechtsintrige. Een visie op de rechtstheorie van Ronald Dworkin. W.E.J. Tjeenk Willink, Zwolle 1994
     [Ph.D. dissertation on Ronald Dworkin's legal philosophy]

Some of my shorter English-language texts are available online:
[for other - longer - online texts try my list of publications]

Ups and downs of interpassivity. Email dialogue between Geert Lovink and Gijs van Oenen. In: Theory & Event, 15/2, 2012

Revisiting Benjamin's artwork essay after 75 years. In: Krisis 2011/3

Conspirative sympathies, ambiguous securities. Essay for catalogue of exposition Konspirative Wohnungen / Conspiracy dwellings, curated by Pam Skelton, Erfurt (Germany), 28 september till 16 november 2007; South Hill Park, Bracknell (UK), 1 december 2007 till 20 januari 2008.

Interpassivity as a research project. Presentation at Studiedag Vlaams-Nederlandse Theaterwetenschap 2007, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, 31 augustus 2007.

Interactivity fatigue. Flexible man can no longer keep up. In: Happy. Magazine, catalogue accompanying the exposition Pursuit of Happiness in Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht. Published by  Bureau Beyond, november 2005, Utrecht, p. 73-75

Languishing in securityscape. The interpassive transformation of the public sphere. In: Open, no.6, 2004, p. 6-16

The art of unsettling. Mobile architecture and its political surplus value. In: Parasite Paradise. A manifesto for temporary architecture and flexible urbanism. SKOR (Foundation for art and public space) and NAI publishers 2003., 14-19

Prepare to be assimilated! Resistance is futile (comments on Will Kymlicka, april 2000)

Identity time! Being yourself without really trying (originally published in Dutch in Krisis, winter 1999)

Take it easy. How underenforcement of law can benefit the rule of law (originally published in NRC Handelsblad, september 20, 2000)



(new) address   Erasmus School of Philosophy, Woudestein campus, H-building, room J5-43,
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
postal address  Erasmus School of Philosophy, P.O. Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands
telephone  +31.10.4088996/8963.   Fax: +31.10.4089030

Last revision: August 6, 2020