B&P Academy

The B&P Academy is a platform for events and activities that take place within the department of Political Science and Public Administration (Bestuurswetenschap & Politicologie). On this page, you will find all our upcoming events and ways to register. If you want to stay posted on news from our department, please follow us on Twitter: @VU_PSPA. Are you interested in organizing an event for our community of students and staff? Please send an email to communicatie.bp@vu.nl. You can find past B&P Academy events in our archive


The storming of the US Capitol was an effort to disrupt the formalization of Joe Biden’s new presidency. The rioters entered the building, vandalized the offices and were finally evacuated. Five people were killed. The world watched these happening bewildered. What would this imply for the US politics and for the various European populist movements? On January 18th, a student panel and expert panel will try to answer these questions and discuss the future of American power. 

The expert panel consists of Dr. Amit Gupta (International Security Studies at the USAF Air War College, Alabama), Prof. Catherine de Vries (Department of Social and Political Science, at Bocconi University, Milan) and Dr. André Krouwel (Comparative Political Science VU Amsterdam, Founder Election Compass). The lecture will be moderated by Dr. Caroline van Dullemen (Political Science VU Amsterdam). 

Join us for the first B&P Academy event of the year on January 18th, 16:30 - 18:00 CET. Register here to receive the zoom credentials.

On January 19th (13:30-15:30), Alvaro Oleart will present his book 'Framing TTIP in the European Public Spheres: Towards an Empowering Dissensus for EU Integration'. Chaired by Prof. Ben Crum (VU), with commentary provided by Louisa Parks (University of Trento) & Luis Bouza Garcia (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). Please sign up here. This is an event organized by The VU Interdisciplinary Centre for European Studies (VICES).

Michael Saward (University of Warwick) has upended studies into political representation with his notion of the representative claim. In his latest book, Making representations (2020), he advances key aspects of political representation understood as the performative act of claiming to act for others.

During this colloquium in collaboration with the The Amsterdam Centre for Political Thought, professor Saward will reflect on the reception of his innovative work over the last decade. Thereafter, students and faculty members will be able to ask questions pertaining to his work.

Location: Online via Zoom
When: May/June 2021, exact date t.b.a.
Open to: Interested students and faculty members
Registration: to pre-register for this event, please send an email to Thijs Bogers