Marieke de Goede, professor of Political Science, with a focus on ‘Europe in a global order’, has been appointed dean of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) by the Executive Board. The appointment will commence on 1 March 2022 and is for a period of five years. De Goede will succeed Fred Weerman, who has been dean since 2016 and who will remain in the position until De Goede takes office.
The appointment was made in consultation with the Faculty Works Council and the Faculty Student Council. De Goede is also being appointed professor of Politics of Security Cultures at the Faculty of Humanities.
‘Marieke de Goede is an inspired academic with a very good reputation and outstanding administrative capabilities,’ says Geert ten Dam, chair of the Executive Board and chair of the appointments committee. ‘Marieke has a long history with the humanities and she has a keen eye for their importance, while also being able to think across the traditional boundaries between disciplines and faculties. She approaches every task conscientiously, and always with an open mind. This makes her an excellent choice for the post of dean, and so I’m delighted that she is willing to take on this role for the Faculty of Humanities.’
De Goede: ‘The humanities are crucial to all of today’s societal issues, from the ethics of technology, to the language and visual culture of artificial intelligence, to analyses of colonialism and decolonialism, and much more besides. I look forward to dialogue with the staff and students of the faculty and together setting priorities for the humanities of the future. The development of the inner-city campus and the links with urban partners and academic institutes will create room for new opportunities and initiatives. This appointment is an honour, and I am keen to start work on behalf of the faculty.’
Prof. Marieke de Goede was a member of the Faculty of Humanities for many years, first as an assistant professor and then as an associate professor of European Studies. In 2010, her appointment as professor of Political Science prompted her move to the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG), where, since 2020, she has been academic director of the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR) - the largest FMG research institute. Together with colleagues from the Faculty of Humanities, De Goede led the UvA research priority area Global Digital Cultures. From 2015 to 2021, she was academic chair of the academic-cultural centre SPUI25. She also holds administrative and advisory posts outside the university. Among other roles, she was a member of the editorial board of Security Dialogue and is a board member of the European International Studies Association (EISA) and the Human Security Collective in The Hague.
In her teaching and research, De Goede works at the intersection of the humanities and the social sciences, with a focus on security practices in Europe and the role of financial data in counterterrorism. Since 2015, she has been leading the research project FOLLOW: Following the Money from Transaction to Trial, for which she acquired a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council. Previously, she was principal investigator of the European Security Cultures research project, for which she was awarded a Vidi grant by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). In addition, she participates in various international and externally funded research networks, including the CRAAFT: Collaboration, Research and Analysis Against the Financing of Terrorism project, in collaboration with RUSI Europe, and, before that, the Datawars project, in collaboration with Durham University. De Goede’s articles have appeared in leading international journals, including Review of International Studies, International Political Sociology, Journal of Common Market Studies and South Atlantic Quarterly. She is the author and co-editor of several books, including Speculative Security and Virtue, Fortune and Faith (both University of Minnesota Press).
Besides her research and administrative tasks, De Goede has designed and taught a large number of courses in both the humanities and the social sciences at all levels of the curriculum, from first-year to Research Master’s programmes. She studied International Relations at the UvA and received her doctorate from the Department of Political Science of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK).