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Utrecht University Humanities Graduate Conference

Impact within Academia (11.04)

Humanities Graduate conference presents one of the two parallel panels of the first day of the conference (11 April):

Impact within Academia

This panel is focused on the role “impact” plays in the research projects of people currently working in Academia. How do they relate to society in their research and educational practices? Is impact something that is taken into account before writing a research proposal or is it added afterwards? In this panel, various impact practices will be shown and discussed. The discussion will focus on how these practices can be placed in the bigger picture of current developments in the organisation of higher education and research.

The information on the parallel panel, ‘Impact outside Academia’, is accessible here.


Dr. Ingrid Hoofd 
Utrecht University

Ingrid Hoofd is an Assistant Professor and Lecturer at the Department of Media and Culture Studies.  In her latest book,  Higher Education and Technological Acceleration – The Disintegration of University Teaching and Research, she examines the relationship between new media technologies, research ethics, and pedagogical strategies within the contemporary university. It debates whether recent transformations of higher education, rather than an effect of neo-liberalization, are actually an outflow of the technological acceleration of the university’s own contradictory ideals around knowledge and democracy.

Dr. Mirko Tobias Schäfer
Utrecht University

Mirko is co-founder and the project lead of the Utrecht Data School, an entrepreneurial research platform where students investigate big data commissioned by companies, non-profit organizations and governments.  His research interest revolves around the socio- political impact of media technology. His publications cover user participation in cultural production, datafication, politics of software design and communication in social media.

Prof. Dr. Aoju Chen
Utrecht University

Aoju Chen is full professor of Language Development in Relation to Socialisation and Identity. Her research is concerned with both fundamental research questions on phonetics, phonology and the prosody-pragmatics interface and the issue of how the acquisition of such linguistic abilities in a first or second language interacts with the learner’s development into a socially functional individual in a familiar or new culture. In her current research project,  Where do I belong? Children in multi-resident families, she investigates what happens when children grow up in multi-resident families, are not raised by both biological parents, or live in two different homes and neighbourhoods.