PhD defence ceremony Manja Coopmans (UU) @ Utrecht University Hall
Mar 16 @ 12:45 pm

Manja Coopmans (ICS-UU, year group 2013) will defend her dissertation on Friday 16 March at 12:45 PM in the Utrecht University Hall. The title of her dissertation is: Rituals of the past in the context of the present. The role of Remembrance Day and Liberation Day in Dutch society


Every society has its own commemorations and celebrations, the commemoration of the Second World War being perhaps the most widely recognised one due to its major impact worldwide. Manja Coopmans gains more insight in the role of national commemorations in contemporary Western societies by empirically examining determinants and consequences of Dutch citizens’ participation in the activities organised in commemoration of the Second World War. Specific attention is paid to citizens further removed from the historical event that is commemorated, either in time (i.e. later generations) or in geographical distance (i.e. citizens with a migration background). Numerous ways are identified to familiarise citizens with national commemorations. The potential of commemorative participation to positively impact citizens’ broader civic engagement is found to be activity-, audience- and outcome-specific.

PhD defence ceremony Paul Hindriks (UU) @ Utrecht University hall
Mar 23 @ 2:30 pm

Paul Hindriks (ICS-UU) will defend his dissertation on Friday 23 March 2018 at 03:30 PM in the Utrecht University Hall. The title of his dissertation is: The struggle for power: Attitudes towards the political participation of ethnic minorities.


James Coleman Symposium @ Utrecht University Hall - Belle van Zuylenzaal
Apr 13 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The symposium will take place in the Academy building in Utrecht, in the “Belle van Zuylenzaal” and is titled:

Is that true? Replication and Meta-analysis in the social sciences

Science has currently been confronted with a so-called ‘replication crisis’, meaning that scientists have found that the results of many scientific studies cannot be replicated upon subsequent investigation. This crisis not only concerns the social sciences, but many other disciplines such as economics, biology, and medicine. It raises fundamental issues on the importance of replications, the generalizability of findings and theories, study design, the use of statistics to combine and interpret results, and the publication culture of empirical findings.

Five speakers address these fundamental issues raised by the replication crisis. Daniel Lakens of Eindhoven University of Technology and member of the programme committee of the NWO Grant Replication Studies, will address the importance of replications and the difficulty of combining and interpreting findings of original and replication studies. Jelte Wicherts of the meta-research center at Tilburg University will discuss how significant and non-significant replication findings should affect our belief that a hypothesis is true, and how these findings actually affect researchers’ beliefs of this hypothesis being true. Eric-Jan Wagenmakers of the University of Amsterdam and founder and director of the free statistical software JASP will tell about his experiences with pre-registered replication studies and how to interpret their findings. Fred Hasselman of Radboud University Nijmegen and co-author of several papers on ManyLab projects will discuss the implications of these projects for the generalizability of findings and the heterogeneity or contextual dependence of effects. Marcel van Assen of Utrecht University and the meta-research center at Tilburg University will demonstrate that the optimal design of replication studies, but of original studies as well, includes heterogeneous contexts rather than a few experimentally controlled conditions.

The program starts at 13:00 (Belle van Zuylenzaal Utrecht) and ends with drinks at 17:00. Please register via Saskia Simon (

Dag van de sociologie
Jun 14 all-day

On June 14, 2018 the Dutch Sociological Association (NSV) and the Flemish Society for Sociology (VVS) will organize their annual meeting “Dag van de Sociologie” (DvdS). The 17th DvdS will be organized by the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The call for papers and more information about te DvdS 2018 can be found at