Machiel Keestra is assistant professor (UD) with tenure at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He teaches in the Beta-Gamma (Natural & Social Sciences) Bachelor program, Interdisciplinary Honours program, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Master program, and other interdisciplinary courses. His research interests are a.o. history of philosophy and hermeneutics, philosophy of action, the philosophy of cognitive neuroscience and philosophy of interdisciplinarity. His PhD thesis "Sculpting the Space of Actions. Explaining Human Action by Integrating Intentions and Mechanisms" covers the overlap between philosophy of science, cognitive neuroscience, hermeneutics and ethics and presents a novel framework for the interdisciplinary explanation and understanding of human action (http://dare.uva.nl/record/463110 ).
Keestra is member of the research group Neuroaesthetics & Neurocultures of the UvA (and co-organizer of its series of 'Worlding the Brain' conferences) and member of the research group Logic and Language at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation.
He is elected board member of the US based Association for Interdisciplinary (formerly: Integrative) Studies since Fall 2010 and has been AIS's President from 2014 to 2016. He was co-chair of the first AIS conference outside of North America in October 2019 at the University of Amsterdam: http://www.aisconference2019.nl/ . In addition, Keestra is member of the editorial advisory board of the peer reviewed journal Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies. He is also founding board member of the Global Inter- and Transdisciplinary Alliance, an network of organizations and individuals established in 2021 that aims to strengthen and promote the global capacity and the calibre of collaborative modes of boundary-crossing research and practice.
April 2019, Keestra was appointed Diversity Officer of the department of Science (FNWI), in addition to his other position. As such he offers sollicited and unsollicited policy advize to the department's community, shares expertise, brings together engaged department members in the Diversity Sounding Board, aiming to broaden and strengthen the diversity and inclusiveness of the department. As such he can be reached at Diversity-Science@uva.nl .
Most of Keestra's publications are available here.