There's no such thing as free speech, and it's a good thing, tooOwl speaks Dutch
Gijs van Oenen is senior lecturer in
practical philosophy at the
Department of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The
Netherlands. He was born in 1959, and studied political science
at the University of Amsterdam. After getting his M.A. in 1986,
he was awarded a research appointment in philosophy of law, and
received his Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam in 1994.
Next to the Erasmus University, he has been affiliated with the
University of Amsterdam, Webster University Leiden, and the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and
He heads the research program Interpassive metal fatigue, sponsored by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
lecturer in practical philosophy, Department of
Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands,
* Project leader of research program Interpassive metal fatigue sponsored by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), 2007-2012.
* Lecturer at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design, spring 2007
* Adjunct professor, Webster University Leiden, summer 2002.
* Post doc researcher, Department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam, 1996-1998 (part time). Subject: justification of Dutch immigration policy, as part of the Ethics and Public Policy project of NWO, sponsored jointly by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Dutch government
* Lecturer in legal philosophy, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam, 1995
* Ph.D. degree in law/philosophy, january 1994, University of Amsterdam. Thesis (in Dutch): Convention and law's intrigue. A vision on Ronald Dworkin's legal philosophy
* Research assistant in legal philosophy, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam, 1987-1993
* Lecturer in political science at the Haarlem Polytechnic, 1987 and 1988
* M.A. degree in political science, University of Amsterdam, august 1986 (cum laude).
* Assistent lecturer in Political Science, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam, 1984-1986
Also available is an overview of my professional public activities.
I teach primarily in the field of practical philosophy, that is to say, legal philosophy, ethics, and social & political philosophy. In addition, I teach on the humanities and its history.
Most of my courses are in Dutch, but as a rule I teach at least one course a year in English.
Next to courses in the Faculty of Philosophy, I also teach an interdivisional 'minor'' on the history of the social sciences and the humanities, an 'Honours Course' for excellent bachelorstudents (2009-2012), and one of the courses in the first year of the new Erasmus University College (2013 onwards).
Take a look at the list of all
my courses over the years (in both Dutch and English
niet! Over de interpassieve samenleving. Van Gennep, Amsterdam
[Not right now please! On interpassive society]
Anders denken over de rechtsstaat. Boom Juridische
uitgevers, Den Haag 2004
[Unfit law. Thinking through the rule of law] [A collection of essays ]
surplus van illegaliteit. De Balie, Amsterdam 2002
[Illegality's surplus. An essay on the social, political, and philosophical (surplus) value of illegality]
orde. Gedogen en de omgang met wilde praktijken. Boom,
Amsterdam 2002 [edited volume]
[Unruly order. On forbearance and how to deal with unruly practices]
en rechtsintrige. Een visie op de rechtstheorie van Ronald
Dworkin. W.E.J. Tjeenk Willink, Zwolle 1994
[Ph.D. dissertation on Ronald Dworkin's legal philosophy]
Some of my shorter English-language texts are
[for other - longer - online texts try my list of publications]
Ups and downs of interpassivity. Email dialogue between Geert Lovink and Gijs van Oenen. In: Theory & Event, 15/2, 2012
Revisiting Benjamin's artwork essay after 75 years. In: Krisis 2011/3
ambiguous securities. Essay for catalogue of exposition Konspirative
/ Conspiracy dwellings, curated by Pam Skelton, Erfurt
(Germany), 28 september till 16 november 2007; South Hill Park,
Bracknell (UK), 1 december 2007 till 20 januari 2008.
a research project. Presentation at Studiedag
Theaterwetenschap 2007, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, 31
Flexible man can no longer keep up. In: Happy. Magazine, catalogue accompanying
the exposition Pursuit
of Happiness in Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht. Published by
november 2005, Utrecht, p.
Languishing in securityscape. The interpassive transformation of the public sphere. In: Open, no.6, 2004, p. 6-16
The art of
unsettling. Mobile architecture and its political surplus
value. In: Parasite
Paradise. A manifesto for temporary architecture and
flexible urbanism. SKOR (Foundation for art and public space)
and NAI publishers 2003., 14-19
Prepare to be assimilated! Resistance is futile (comments on Will Kymlicka, april 2000)
Identity time! Being yourself without really trying (originally published in Dutch in Krisis, winter 1999)
Take it easy. How underenforcement of law can benefit the rule of law (originally published in NRC Handelsblad, september 20, 2000)
address Faculty of Philosophy, Woudestein
campus, H-building, room H5-27,
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
postal address Faculty of Philosophy, P.O. Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands
telephone +31.10.4088999/8963. Fax: +31.10.4089030