My book 'Practicing the Plastic Brain: popular neuroscience and the good life' now available online

The Book is online! My dissertation, titled Practicing the Plastic Brain: popular neuroscience and the good life, is finally available online. For free! Soon after I received my PhD at Maastricht University in 2018, I signed a book contract with…

Commissie Wetenschappelijke Integriteit Onderzoek (WIO), Zuyd Hogeschool

In april ben ik benoemd als lid van de adviescommissie Wetenschappelijke Integriteit Onderzoek (WIO), bij Zuyd Hogeschool. Een interessante en belangrijke taak: sinds 2018 onderschrijven ook Hogescholen in Nederland de integriteitscode, zoals opgesteld door de universiteiten (VSNU, KNAW). Ethiek van…

Upcoming talk at conference 'Performing, Engaging, Knowing', Lucerne University (Switzerland)

Last week, I should’ve been in Prague. This week, I should’ve been in Lucerne, Switzerland for the conference Performing, Engaging, Knowing. Alas, we’ll be having the conference online, in my own living room. The conference, organised by the Studygroup for…

Upcoming Talk at EASST/4S: Ethics of Intervening in a Symphony Orchestra

I should have been in Prague right now. Moving from room to room to see presentations of fellow-researchers in the broad field of Science & Technology Studies, present my own work, meet people and enjoy delicious beers. But this year…

Upcoming talk at Duisburg University: Working Well and the Plastic Brain

My dear friend and colleague Sarah Weingartz invited me as guest lecturer for her sociology of technology-class at Duisburg University (Germany). Giving guest-lectures at Universities abroad might be the one pleasant feature of online working! I talked with the students…

Interview door Observant over impact corona op klassieke muziekpraktijk

De Observant, het magazine van Universiteit Maastricht, interviewde me over de impact van corona op klassieke muziekpraktijken. En over ons onderzoek naar publieksparticipatie bij een symfonisch orkest. Lees het artikel hier.

New publication: Music in the Making: an open and collaborative experiment at Conservatorium Maastricht

Inge Pasmans, teacher at Conservatorium Maastricht, and me wrote a chapter on a research studio we did at the Conservatorium. In this educational course, Inge experimented with relevant non-musical learning skills that evolve around collaboration, creativity and engagement. In the…

Upcoming talk at 'Enough Room for Space' in Brussels, February 1st

I’m invited (by artistic researcher Antye Guenther) to join a discussion on brain alteration and enhancement, at the Enough Room for Space (ERforS) in Brussels. ERforS is an interdependent art initiative that initiates and coordinates events, residencies, research projects and…

Mahler am Tisch: the video

There is a now a video available of our first experiment in classical music, which took in November Mahler am Tisch. In many of his symphonies and vocal music, the composer used folk music, sometimes literally, sometimes edited. In Austria,…