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idea alumni magazine for humanities scholars

16 December 2022
idea is the alumni magazine from the Faculty of Humanities. Alumni end up in the most diverse places. Where? And in what roles? With interviews, columns, articles and images, we give the stories of today's humanities scholar a well-deserved stage.

With pride, we present the new alumni magazine of the Faculty of Humanities – idea. The word is borrowed from Plato and refers to the whole range of meanings that Plato's notion of 'idea' has acquired over time. Just as our education and research always seek to connect with the social reality of today's world.”

Read the foreword by Susan Legêne, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities


Frédérique ter Brugge studied Art and Architectural History and is director of the Amsterdam Light Festival. “We take visitors out of the everyday, out of their familiar thinking patterns. Open your mind and let your imagination soar!” Read the interview with Frédérique ter Brugge


No) idea. “Philosophising is a practice. Ideally, even an art form. The idea/de idee and the idea/het idee can both be material. Mixed media. As long as you thoroughly know the materials and the craft and want to get to know them better. Also – or precisely – outside working hours, lecture hall, study room. The opposite of non-committal musing and brainstorming and not focused on success.” Read the column by Philosophy alumna Désanne van Brederode, writer, philosopher and essayist


His room is littered with books, photographs and archival documents. Shortly before this interview, he got his hands on some old pieces from alumni from the 50s. University historian Ab Flipse is, in short, the right person to talk about where the Faculty of Humanities came from and where we are going. Read the article about the history of the Faculty of Humanities


Guido Scholten (1994) is an alumnus of MKDA and a scientific trainee at the Liberna Collection (Draiflessen Collection in Mettingen, Germany). The Liberna Collection, built up by Bernard Brenninkmeijer (1893-1976), contains a beautiful collection of manuscripts, incunabula, printed books, prints, drawings and paintings. In 9 images he shows his work week

There's more. Read the magazine idea, edition December 2022

idea is a semi-anually publication of the Faculty of Humanities. The next edition will be published in June 2023.

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