Trained as interdisciplinary scholar in Science & Technology Studies (STS) and empirical philosophy, I am interested in the ethics of societal engagement practices – both in the arts and in the sciences. I see these practices as forms of encultured ethics.
Starting point is the changing role and place of ethics in our Western (affluent) society. Ethical deliberation is no longer limited to academia, special committees, or religious fora (if it ever was). In a society where continuous (technological) change is the imperative, reflection on what to do and how to live has become part of our daily busyness.
In my research, I especially focus on how we use (socially engaged) art and emerging science and technologies to address questions of what means to do and be good. My aim is to show how ethics is constitutive for these practices, and to encourage and cultivate a responsive attitude and ethical sensibility among designers, artists, scientists and engineers.
Moving between the loci of academia and the art world, I work as postdoctoral researcher at the department of Philosophy at Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (Maastricht University), and at the Research Centre for Arts, Autonomy and the Public Sphere at the Arts Faculty Maastricht (Zuyd University of Applied Sciences). I am currently working in the project Artful Participation, where we explore and design innovative forms of public participation in the contemporary symphony orchestra.
Next to my academic work, I am an editor of WeArePublic Brabant. And I frequently play the bass in the Eindhoven-based ska-jazz collective The Scattered Lights a.k.a. The Skat-a-likes. I live in Eindhoven with my daughter.