CS Ubuntu Newsletter February 2015
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CS Ubuntu Newsletter February 2015

In this Newsletter, please find:
  • an update from the Board
  • Save the Dates for the CS Ubuntu events for February
  • A calendar with events that might be of interest to CS Ubuntu members
  • An interview with Diederick... who joined the Bosnia Fieldtrip last year
  • Some food for thought if you want to continue reading
  • A heads up on the next March
Enjoy the read!

Wieke, Leonie, Olivier
CS Ubuntu Activities
February:              Sign up Bosnia Fieldtrip
18 February:          Meet the Lecturers Pubcrawl
23 February:          General Assembly
Other activities
February - May:    Movies that Matter
3 February:            Hague Talks
3 February:            Docu: Greencard Warriors
4 February:            UU Master Evening
16 - 20 February:   
UvA Master Week 
20 February:          Stories of Change
- 31 May:          
23 February:          Application Deadline
                                Humanity in Action
Update from the Board
It’s winter, people – time for some hot chocolate and conflict studies conversations!

The Board held its Mid-Term Board Meeting during a windy weekend in Rotterdam. At this Board meeting, we reflected on the first half of our term and looked forward to the year ahead. We also prepared for our next General Assembly, which is taking place on February 23 - more about it later in this newsletter.
At the end of Jan, the Activities Committee took us on an interesting excursion to The Hague, where we visited the International Criminal Court and the Binnenhof, the heart of Dutch politics. At the ICC, we got a guided tour and a presentation by one of the staff members of the Office of the Prosecutor. Afterwards, we attended some of the hearings of the Court in a case on post-election violence in Kenya. During the afternoon, we spotted the Austrian Minister of Defence, who was taking a similar yet-slightly-more-priviliged tour through the Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights) and the Eerste Kamer (Senate). At the Tweede Kamer (House of Representatives) we saw Minister Lodewijk Asscher and a few politicians specialised in child care live in action. 
On the 2nd of February, Utrecht University’s second semester will start. This means that from now on, new members can opt for CS Ubuntu’s Semester Membership, which will be valid till the end of August. We currently have 50 members and hope to welcome at least 50 more during the second half of our term. Please note that you can still use your membership card to gain a 10% discount on the readers of the Minor Conflict Studies for blocks 3 and 4.

With this Newsletter, we would also like to say goodbye to all of our international members that are going home after their stay in Utrecht. If you know of any new internationals – or Dutchies, for that matter – that might be interested in joining CS Ubuntu, please let them know that we around and about to bring some more excitement to your conflict studies and human rights endeavours.

Moreover we are looking for two CS Ubuntu members who are willing to join the Auditing Committee. As Auditing Committee you will meet with Olivier, our treasurer, prior to the General Assemblies (this year there will be three more GA's). Your task will be checking the study association's budget and attending the General Assemblies to present the association's budget. Members that are already active within one of CS Ubuntu's committees are welcome as well. Furthermore there are two functions open within the  Cultural Committee. Interested? Send an email to

One last thing to bring to your attention is the field trip to Bosnia-Herzegovina, that is taking place from 11 to 19 April. Deadline for applications is February 28. If you missed the Information Night and want to know more, please contact the Study Trip Committee at You can also request a subscription form over e-mail, so we know that you are joining. Please note that there’s 18 spots available for the trip – one of which will be taken by a staff member of the Centre for Conflict Studies, who’ll help us out with understanding what is happening in this post-conflict area.

See you at our General Assembly or any of the other activities in February!

Save the Date: upcoming CS Ubuntu events
11 February, 7:15 - 9:00 PM, Meet the Lecturers-Pubcrawl, Stadscafé Broers (and more)
Participant observation, fieldwork, in-depth interviews, thick descriptions... Probably you have all heard these terms and research methods. But how do you put this into practice? How do you get into contact with the population you want to examine? What problems do you encounter when doing such research or writing a PhD? During this pubcrawl, various staff members of the Centre for Conflict Studies will lecture on their expertise, their research and the problems they encounter. Moreover the floor is open for questions.
This  event has the form of a pubcrawl; every mini-lecture will be given in a different café in the city centre, while enjoying a drink and some snacks. Promises to be very interesting and fun.
Please send an email to if you want to attend.

23 February, 6:30 - 10:00 PM, General Assembly, Location to be announced
At this GA, we will discuss, amongst other things, membership fees and the application procedure for the new board. You’ll receive an official invitation with our semester report, including updates from our activities, shortly. Most important for now: please do save the date as we hope to see all of you at our GA to discuss these important organizational development issues.

Announcement: 11 - 19 April, Fieldtrip to Bosnia-Hercegovina
The Study Trip Committee is super busy organizing an awesome ten-day fieldtrip to Bosnia-Hercegovina - which will take place from 11 - 19 April 2015. During the trip Sarajevo, Mostar and Srebrenica will be visited. Moreover organizations that are concerned with the reconstruction and reconciliation of and within the county, such as the United Nations Development Program and the Nansen Dialogue Centre, will be visited. Ofcourse there will also be free time for some sightseeing, souvenir shopping and partying. Not unimportantly, it is very likely that you will be able to earn 4 ECTS by joining the trip and making an additional assignment. 

In the "Member of the Month"-rubric of this newsletter you can read about Diederick van den Ende's experiences during last year's fieldtrip to Bosnia-Hercegovina. If you would like to have more information or if you want to sign up for the fieldtrip, email to: There are only 17 spots, so be quick! Deadline for application: Saturday 28 February 2015.

Other Activities that might be of interest to CS Ubuntu members
February - May, Movies that Matter
Movies that Matter, an Amnesty International, raises awareness for human rights through movies. In the next months, Movies that Matter tours through the Netherlands and screens some very interesting movies and documentaries. For more information about the movies and locations, see:

3 February, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Hague Talks: Human Rights Violations and International Justice, Humanity House
Interactive Debate: The economic prominence of States on the world stage does not always align with their stance on international justice. China, for example, often considers international justice and human rights to be Western inventions and interventions. Chinese international lawyer and human rights expert Michael Liu wants to change that because he is fascinated by the multilayered impact of international law, which is a framework for international relations, that has the capacity to bind states and nations. After his talk, Michael Liu will start a dialogue with the audience and with seven human right experts who come from all over the world. The event is free of charge. 
For more information, check:

3 February, 7:00 PM, Documentary + Lecture Greencard Warriors, Filmtheater 't Hoogt Utrecht
In the United States illegal immigrants, mostly youths, are being recruited for the national army. The promise of a legal existence for them and their families in the USA often turns out to be false. The documentary "Greencard Warriors" sheds light on the consequences of these false promises by following a poor Latino family. After the screening of Greencard Warriors, the documentary maker, Mariam Kruishoop, will elaborate on her work and answer your questions. The documentary screening will start at 7:00 PM at Theater 't Hoogt. The screening is free for SIB-members, €8,- for students and €9,- others. For more information, see:

4 February, 5:00 - 8:15 PM, Master's Information Evening University Utrecht
Are you thinking about doing a master at Utrecht University? But you do not know which one yet? The next-scheduled Master's Programme Information Evening takes place on 4 February 2015 from 5 pm. During this evening you can attend different information sessions, and furthermore you have the possibility to speak with lecturers, students, alumni or Study Advisors.
You can sign up for the Master's Information Evening here:

16 - 20 February, Master Week University of Amsterdam
The University of Amsterdam organizes a Master Week from 16 - 20 February 2015. You can sign up for the Information Evenings here:

20 February - 31 May, Stories of Change - Beyond the 'Arab Spring'. Humanity House, The Hague
Our image of the Arab revolutions is shaped by international news organisations. Those images of demonstrators demanding change will be remembered forever. Four years after the start of the Arab Spring, however, the media rarely talk about ‘democratisation’ and ‘change’. Has hope disappeared? Is Egypt a military regime and is Libya in chaos? What are the stories behind the reports on TV and the newspaper headlines? With the multimedia exhibition Stories of Change – Beyond the ‘Arab Spring’, the World Press Photo, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Humanity House offer a unique glimpse of daily life in five North African countries: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. These insider perspective challenges our perception and provides us with new and surprising insights into the North African region after the Arab Spring.

The entrance fee is €2,50. Important: the exhibition is closed on Mondays. For more information, see:

23 February, Deadline application Humanity in Action Summer Programme
For Dutchies. Alvast een tip voor komende zomer: wil jij deel uitmaken van een internationaal netwerk van ambitieuze studenten en young professionals die zich inzetten voor o.a. mensenrechten en maatschappelijk betrokken leiderschap? Lijkt het je interessant om in de zomer van 2015 met een internationale groep jonge mensen te discussiëren en meer te leren over deze thema's? Dan is het zomerprogramma van Humanity in Action iets voor jou! Check hier het volledige programma:
Deadline voor inschrijving is 23 februari 2015.

Member of the Month: Diederick van den Ende
Diederick was active within CS Ubuntu's Lecture Committee last year; and he joined the Bosnia Fieldtrip in April 2014. Moreover, apart from studying Diederick is an awesome and popular DJ (check him out: The Stress ). We 
interviewed him to get and insight into his experiences and plans for the future.
1. How did you end up at CS Ubuntu?
To be honest, I didn’t know of Ubuntu’s existence until I almost finished my second course in Conflict Studies! One day my friend (and fellow Ubuntu member) Linda van de Rijt asked me whether I was going to join the Ubuntu information event later that day. It seemed cool, so I joined Linda and immediately I was asked to preside the lecture committee, which of course I couldn't resist. So basically it took twelve hours to go from unaware to hardcore member!

2. Last year you joined the Bosnia Fieldtrip. How did you like it? What did you find most impressive/mindblowing/...? Would you recommend it to others? 
When I think about Bosnia, I think about the story of Srebrenica. It’s the most horrific story, which had a heavy impact on me. Everybody has heard about the Srebrenica massacre of 1995 in school and maybe elsewhere, but whilst being in Bosnia you realise how little you actually know. Please note that your Dutch school books might not be that useful. During the field trip, very intense moments are not only intertwined with interesting trips to NGOs and the Dutch ambassador, where you can see the texts from Conflict Studies courses come to life. But also with dinners and beer (lots of that, actually), strangers that turn into friends, cheap-cigarette-talks and beautiful scenery—that’s also where you get reminded: bullet holes are everywhere. 

Would I recommend it? Well, if you want to study Conflict Studies you would be well on the wrong track if you don’t want to go to Bosnia! The only reason not to go was actually that people told me all the time that, as a vegetarian, I would die. Which, by the way, isn’t true.

3. You've almost finished your bachelor. What are your plans for the rest of this/next year? Big DJ plans?
Yes, I’m so happy! First it is time to celebrate my graduation with two months of holidays / work. I will DJ in Amsterdam three times but also in Milan (imagine eating risotto and tiramisu three times a day) and in Paris (imagine museums, just lot’s of museums) so that’s really nice. Then I’ll start interning at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Taskforce for Gender Equality and Women’s Rights, which is really exciting as I hope to put my major in Conflict Studies and my minor in Gender Studies into practice here. Also, I’m busy thinking about which master to take. Both the gender master here at Utrecht University and one in London seem really interesting and fun, yet I’m wondering how to make a final decision. 

4. What's the best career advice that you ever got? 
Do what you are most passionate about and don’t waste time thinking whether you should do what you like most. Just do it! Not only in terms of career advice, that is.

Food for Thought
Je (ne) suis (pas) Charlie
Interesting article on why we are - or why we are not - Charlie Hebdo and why these two responses are in fact totally wrong: Moreover this article gives an intruiging insight into ow Parisian artists have used the city as a canvas to create lasting tributes to victims of Charlie Hebdo:

Love as revolutionary practice

Q-zine, the first pan-African, bilingual art and culture LGBTQI magazine, explores in its newest edition the politcs and practice of love as a revolutionary force. This edition takes you all around Africa and its different cultures and customs.

Yemen crisis: Who are the Houthi rebels?
On 22 january 2015 Yemen's president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi en the cabinet have resigned. 'Another history-shaking episode in the breakdown of the Arab world seems to be playing out' according to The Telegraph. What exactly is going on in the country? This article gives a short overview of the actors and dynamic of the social unrest in Yemen:

Website and Next Newsletter
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