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Amsterdam Centre for European Studies - ACES

Brought to you by the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies, ACES Cast features conversations with the Centre’s affiliates. In each episode, the podcast host, Gulnaz Sibgatullina, talks to early-career scholars and recognised experts about their research, academic journey and favourite books. Join us and get to know scholars who address the dynamics and direction of contemporary Europe.

0. Trailer

In this episode, the academic co-director of ACES, Luiza Bialasiewicz, introduces the podcast.

1. Conversation with Christian Noack

Russian soft power, European spas and intricacies of bottled water

In this episode, we chat with Christian Noack about his research on Russia’s language promotion programmes and discuss  how the  European Spa functioned as a stage for the negotiation of political, social and cultural issues of European relevance.


2. Conversation with Hanna Muehlenhoff

EU security policy, Turkey and challenges of advocating a feminist perspective

This episode features Hanna Muehlenhoff, who explains the concept of feminist security policy and shares her experiences of working with Turkish NGOs.

3. Conversation with Sophie Dura

On the European Pillar of Social Rights, writing a PhD thesis and tips for surviving academia

In this episode, Sophie Dura explains what it means to write a PhD thesis on the European Pillar of Social Rights amid the global pandemic

4. Conversation with Kati Cseres

On EU competition & consumer law and its authorities in the EU member-states

In this episode, Kati Cseres discusses her research on EU Competition and Consumer law and how the concept of 'Consumer' is connected with the Rule of Law and Democracy especially connected to the current developments in Hungary. 

5. Conversation with Floris Vermeulen

On migrants, integration and Dutch Elections

In this episode, Floris Vermeulen discusses his research on migrant integration, diversification in the recent Dutch elections, and how scholars can influence public debate.

6. A conversation with Polly Pallister-Wilkins 

On humanitarianism, everyday borders, and humanitarian borderwork 

In this episode, we talk with Polly Pallister-Wilkins of the history of humanitarianism, the myth of an all-welcoming Europe, everyday borders, and her research on humanitarian borderwork.

7. A conversation with Beste İşleyen

On Turkish borders, fieldwork, EU-Turkey 

This episode features Beste İşleyen, who recalls how events such as the migration crisis and the 2016 Turkish coup shaped her path as a researcher, discusses the realities of doing fieldwork on Turkish borders, and shares her thoughts on EU-Turkey relations and Turkish accession.  

8. A conversation with Guido Snel

On Slavic studies, Srebrenica genocide, translating

In this episode, we talk to Guido Snel about his experiences on Slavic studies during the Cold War, researching the Srebrenica genocide through photographs, and how we need to translate literature to understand our neighbors.