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January 2020 Newsletter

🎉 Happy New Year !🎉 


As we wave farewell to 2019, I can’t help but be excited for everything CS Ubuntu has lined up this year. Keep reading for a recap on December and what we have in store in the upcoming months, starting off with the Conflict Academy! 

I am also happy to announce we are now taking merchandise orders! Whether you already own one of our super plush, 100% comfy sweaters or are eager to get your hands on one, now is the time. Mouad has also been finessing Photoshop to create a brand new sweater design, so check it out below! Of course, our classic sweater design and tote bags are also up for grabs. You can place your order via this form.

Best of luck in the new year!

On behalf of the 9th board,

Azalea Roseli
President CS Ubuntu 2019 - 2020


Events Recap


Visions of Peace Thesis Prize & Ceremony

On December 6, the Visions of Peace Thesis Prize and Ceremony was held at Utrecht University, hosted by Stichting Vredeswetenschappen and the Centre for Conflict Studies in collaboration with CS Ubuntu. 

Every year, Stichting Vredeswetenschappen offers a prize of EUR100 for the best Master’s thesis related to Peace Studies. This year, the finalists included Utrecht University's very own Marrit Woudwijk with her thesis: "The lesser truth: Truth construction on remote warfare and the case of the US-led anti-ISIS coalition in Syria". Read more about the other finalists and their work here.

Before the finalist presentations however, the Centre for Conflict Studies and CS Ubuntu organised a seminar on remote warfare in Syria, titled “War/Truth”. Speakers included Laurie Treffers (Airwars), Marrit Woudwijk, Ali Al-Jasem, and Mohammad Kanfash with Jolle Demmers and Lauren Gould as moderators.

Covering issues such as the Hawija case, methods of researching civilian casualties, and Syrian perspectives on the anti-IS coalition's cooperation with local forces, the seminar ended with a lively Q&A session for the speaker’s panel. 

Interested in the Visions of Peace Thesis Prize? Check out

ACTIVITIES: Christmas Party
If you weren’t there, you were missing out! On Dec 14, the Activities Committee hosted CS Ubuntu’s 2019 Christmas Party! We celebrated with festive sweaters, sparkling fairy lights, and lots of Christmas sweets at Cafe de Stadsgenoot. 

LECTURE: Cultural Heritage in the Russian Federation
The Lecture Committee squeezed in the event of 2019 with a lecture on Cultural Heritage and Ethnic Identity Politics in Russia by Gertjan Plets! Covering the case study of the Altai people, the lecture built upon Conflict Studies themes such as identity formation as well as pulling knowledge from Archaeology, History and Governance to challenge mainstream perceptions of Putin's style of government.


This Month

Interested in international conflict? Always wanted to brush up your negotiation skills? Do you think you have what it takes to find a way to resolve a realistic crisis? Then you must join our crisis simulation ‘Conflict Academy’! This edition will simulate an international humanitarian crisis in Somalia.

A crisis simulation works as follows: every participant assumes the role of a political, military, humanitarian or civilian actor in times of (armed) conflict. This fictitious scenario takes place in the year 2050 so that current-day circumstances cannot be used to argue certain decisions taken by participants: you are completely dependent of your own negotiation skills!

Not feeling fully prepared for this sort of thing? Not an issue! Participation in the Conflict Academy comes with free negotiation training, designed by a professional diplomatic trainer! The training session will take place on January 22 to prepare you for the day of simulation.

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JAN 21:
Conflict Studies Minor Block 2 Course Evaluation

JAN 23 & 24:
Conflict Academy 2020 - Somalia

FEB 05:
Board Information Evening

FEB 13:
V-Day Pubcrawl

FEB 17:
General Assembly II
Humanities CareerNight 2020

Save the date, the Humanities CareerNight 2020 will take place on Tuesday February 11 from 17:30 to 22:00! 

During this evening, the study associations of the Humanities faculty invite their alumni to share their post-graduation work experience. This year's theme of "Wanted: Humanities Graduates" will focus on unlocking the value of the humanities scholar. So if you're curious about what some of our former members have done with their degree, definitely come meet them!

Every study association has been asked for extra help on the night itself. If you're interested in volunteering to help logistics and setting up the event, send an email to!


If you've been itching to get your hands on official CS Ubuntu merchandise, now's the chance! 

Choose between our Classic Sweater (in Navy or Grey), the handy Tote Bag, or the newly designed Barbed Wire Sweater (in Black) to rep your favourite study association! Place your order before January 31st and have your merchandise ready for the start of Block 3. 

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