CS Ubuntu Newsletter January 2018
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CS Ubuntu Newsletter January 2018

In this newsletter, please find:

Enjoy the read!

CS Ubuntu activities
29 January

Meet the Masters
7 February

Monthly Drinks
12 February
Lecture: Contested Space - The Case of Kashmir

21 February
General Assembly

Update from the Board

Dear members,

First of all: Happy New Year and best wishes for 2018! Hopefully, the holidays have treated you well and you are as excited for the new year as we are.   As a final note for 2017, CS Ubuntu's last month was eventful, insightful, and a huge success, due in great part to the Human Rights Week. Thank you to all attendees, organizers, and speakers. Recaps are found below!

Looking forward to the new year, we have exciting news and dates to share: 
  • If one of your resolutions is planning ahead, we’ve got you covered. On 29th of January, it’s the annual Meet the Masters. Furthermore, as you are planning your next holiday, consider joining CS Ubuntu's study trip in April, which is a journey through a conflict-related destination with a wonderful mix of academic events, field experiences, and fun. The location will be revealed TONIGHT during the Monthly Drinks, so make sure to come!
  • If one of your resolutions is getting more out of your studies or gaining relevant (and fun) experience, it is now possible to join a CS Ubuntu committee as the next semester approaches. For more information, visit or send us an email via Furthermore, if you have bigger ambitions, consider a board year experience next year. More information will follow later, but know that the current board is always open to questions! 
  • Plus a 'save the date': the next General Assembly is planned for Wednesday, February 21st!
But first, it’s time for the Monthly Drinks at our good old bar Café De Stadsgenoot. Feel free to bring your friends too, we see new faces all the time and are always open to new people, and what better way to start this year than by meeting celebrating it with other like-minded people? And as stated before, the destination for the big Study Trip of 2018 will be revealed tonight... all the more reason to come!

Let's make 2018 a good one and hope to see you tonight!

Best wishes,
On behalf of the board,

Anouk Pietersen
CS Ubuntu President 2017-2018​



We are looking for new Committee Members!

Because there are some people leaving in February, some of our committees are looking for new members. We need two people for our Activities Committee, and two for our Lecture Committee. For more information or applications for these committees, you can send an email to or check out our website.


Upcoming CS Ubuntu Events

29 January: Meet the Masters

Almost done with your Bachelor and don’t know what to do next? Looking for a Master’s program that really suits you? In need of some inside information on the different programmes?
Then come to our conflict & global studies-related Master Mixer! Master students from all over the Netherlands will tell you about their studies and answer all of your questions.
Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to get first-hand information on your academic future.
When: January 29th, 7 p.m.
Where: Drift 21 003
Who: students interested in doing a conflict or global studies related Master’s program. Internationals welcome!
The event is free!
12 February: Lecture - Contested Space: The Case of Kashmir


One of the lesser-known but oldest conflicts existing in the world is the conflict in Kashmir, a region in the northern border area of India and Pakistan. 

With the withdrawal of the British, the former colony was divided between a majority Hindu and Muslim state. This contested space became the arena for decades of conflict between the two states and developed its own call for independence, resulting in a complicated struggle with many different actors involved, including the international community.  While tensions, protests, and violations of human rights are still taking place on a regular basis, few media attention is given to the conflict. In this lecture event, we would like to shed more light on this conflict and the consequences for the contested space itself as well as for international relations.

The event will take place on Monday the 12th of February. The walk-in will be from 7pm on. Location and speakers will follow soon, as well as the opening of the registration.

21-29 April: CS Ubuntu presents: Big Study Trip - Basque Country and Catalunya

Dear all,

The Study Trip Committee is proud to announce the destination of the Big Study Trip! During the last Study Trip, we fixed bayonets and charged the Huns across Flanders Fields under the sound of the British Grenadiers and we emerged victorious! During the next trip, we won’t go to war, but… we very well may start one, in not one.. but two destinations: Basque Country and Catalunya!
     During our nine-day trip to Spain, we will not only become familiar with the great cities of Bilbao and Barcelona, the history of Spain, the local histories of Basque Country and Catalunya, but also get the change to speak to important spokesmen of both sides of the recent conflict. During our trip, we hope to combine much-earned relaxation (read: beach trips, delicious food, sangria (omg) with interested conflict-related topics.

We very much hope to have stirred your enthusiasm and curiosity for our next and more than awesome event!  
What you need to know further:

-    We travel by plane from Schiphol Airport to Bilbao Airport on the 21st of April. 
-    In Bilbao, we stay at the All Iron Hostel, located in the city centre, at the Jose Maria Ugarteburo 2, 48007 
-    Between Bilbao and Barcelona, we will travel by train (lasting approximately 7 hours.)
-    In Bilbao, we stay at the SafeStay Barcelona Sea, located at the Plaça del Mar, 1-4, Ciutat Vella, 08003. 
-    We travel by plane from Barcelona Airport to Schiphol Airport on the 29th of April.

A Recap of Last Month's Events

10 December: AISU's Writing Marathon 

At the international day of Human Rights, we participated in a Writing Marathon together with AISU (Amnesty International Students Group Utrecht). After taking up the courage to go outside at this (very) snowy day, we were welcomed with warm coffee and snacks and went writing letters at the beautiful old prison building (de Lik).  Every December, Amnesty supporters across the globe write millions of letters for people whose basic human rights are being attacked. There are two kinds of letters written (or copied): on to a person in authority, and one to a person (or group) that they are fighting for. Thanks for all of you who have participated in the event, together we can make a change. For some of the succes stories from last year, check out this website: 

See you next year!

11 December: Lecture with Red Cross Students Desk: Human Rights in Times of Conflict [CANCELLED]

Due to the extremely bad weather (Snow, Code Red), the Utrecht University buildings were closed down all day. This meant that we had to cancel the lecture and reschedule it. The new date will probably be the 5th of February, but follow the Facebook event to stay up to date.

12 December: PAX Balkan Borrel

On the 12th of December, we joined the Balkan Borrel organized by PAX for Peace (a Dutch NGO). In the light of the closure of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, three panellists from the region (Croatia and Bosnia) talked with us about the future of criminal justice in the Western Balkans.  It was very interesting to hear the different perspectives of the discussants, who also answered a lot of questions from the audience. Afterwards, our conversation was continued informally over some free drinks!

13 December: CS Ubuntu & AISU: Interactive lecture: Right to a Safe Nation

On December 13th, both experts and experienced shed light on how human rights function in The Netherlands in the case of undocumented people who do not have access to Dutch citizenship and civil rights.

International human rights, history of Dutch policy and personal stories were shared, ending in a thought provoking discussion. All in all, an incredibly inspiring evening, thanks to all speakers and attendees!

14 December: Guided Tour @ Wij Zijn Hier (We Are Here)

On the 14th of December, we got a guided tour by a group of undocumented refugees called 'Wij Zijn Hier' (We Are Here). First, we visited the Asylum Centre at the Bijlmer Bajes in Amsterdam were the documented refugees life and work. This former prison building is restyled and painted in order to look - slightly - like a home (including a Hammam build in former isolation cells). They are also trained by volunteers to get a job in hospitality or to design and make art in order to integrate as soon as possible in the country. How different were the living circumstances of the undocumented refugees who don't have opportunities to get a house, a job or even medical care. At the moment, they were squatting an old warehouse (the 29th place they had to move to in 5 years) with about 40 people. With no prospects of getting better circumstances, leaving the Netherlands (going home or to another country) since they have no documents and being forced to live on the street, they want to raise awareness for their inhumane circumstances. It was very interesting to learn about their lives first hand and showed once again that many still face a lot of problems even after they left areas of conflict.

Website & Next Newsletter

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Expect our next CS Ubuntu newsletter the second week of February 2018! If you have any input, feedback or updates on interesting events, please let us know at We love to hear from you!  For now we hope to see you at one of our upcoming events. 
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