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Mr A.C. (Alex) Thinius MA

Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities

Visiting address
  • Oude Turfmarkt 141
  • Room number:2.11
Postal address
  • Postbus 94201
    1090 GE Amsterdam
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  • Profile


    I am currently conducting PhD research on what it means to be of a particular gender, supervised by Prof. dr. Beate Rössler and Prof. dr. Robin Celikates (FU Berlin). The research project is supported by the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. In this context, I am coordinating a reading group on Gender & Ontology.



    Guest lectures on Judith Butler and Hannah Arendt (ReMA Philosophy at UvA; and BA program at Ciee), and conceptions of gender (with Dr. Katrine Smiet, at NOG).

    2019 UvA, Bachelor Philosophy thesis supervision (with dr. Karen Vintges), “Seksueel geweld en hegemonische mannelijkheid: Een analyse aan de hand van het begrip 'hegemonische mannelijkheid' van Connell.”

    07/2018   University of Bochum: with Laura Martena MA (Uni Köln), Department of Philosophy, BA introduction to philosophy of science "Conspiracy theories -- introduction to theory and practice of critical thinking" ["Verschwörungstheorien -- Einführung in die Theorie und Praxis kritischen Denkens"]

    04-08/ 2016   University of Münster: with Dr. Matthias Freise, Department for Political Science, BA general studies “Interpretations of Sex in Philosophy & Cultural Studies” ["Interpretationen von sex in Philosophie und Cultural Studies"]

    04-08/ 2016   University of Münster: Center for Philosophy of Science, BA general studies “Scientific Facts or Artefacts of Science? Scientific Realism Contested” ["Wissenschaftliche Fakten oder Artefakte der Wissenschaft? Wissenschaftlicher Realismus und seine Herausforderungen"]


    Short Curriculum Vitae

    Since 2016   PhD researcher at ASCA, Universiteit van Amsterdam

    2016 Lecturer (Lehrauftrag) Uni Münster, and guitar teacher at music school in Hagen.

    2015   Research Master of Arts in Philosophy, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

    2012-2015   Study Philosophy, Musicology, and Music at Universities Münster, Bochum, ArtEZ Arnhem, and RU Nijmegen

    2012   Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and in Cultural- & Socialanthropology, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

  • Publications


    • Seidel, M., & Thinius, A. (2016). A Snowslide of Entities: Does Sosa’s Existential Relativism Provide a Barrier Against Being Buried? In A. Bahr, & M. Seidel (Eds.), Ernest Sosa: Targeting His Philosophy (pp. 101-118 ). (Münster Lectures in Philosophy; Vol. 3). Cham: Springer. [details]


    • Thinius, A. C. (2019). What Kind of Situation is the Body in de Beauvoir?. Paper presented at Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex. UK Sartre Society Annual Conference 2019, Oxford, United Kingdom.


    • Thinius, A. C. (2018). Caring in two modes of slowness: Existentialism and masculinities in Qu Xiao-Song’s Ji #3 and Bohren & der Club of Gore.. Paper presented at AS SLOWLY AS POSSIBLE, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Thinius, A. C. (2018). Ethnopluralism and the concept of plurality: Continuities and discontinuities with ALT. Paper presented at 2018 OZSW Graduate Conference in Theoretical Philosophy, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Thinius, A. C. (2018). If everything is violence is anything? Bodies and subjectivities as candidates for structural violence.. Paper presented at ASCA International Workshop 2018: Dissecting Violence, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Thinius, A. C. (2018). Social kinds, Hermeneutics, and Historical Essentialism: Bach, Mikkola, Stone. 15. Paper presented at Summer University 2018: The Biological and the Social between 1900 and Today , Budapest, Hungary.


    • Thinius, A. C. (2016). Diversity and Essence: How to rethink essentialism with Jean-Luc Nancy. Paper presented at The Future of Diversity, Tübingen, Germany.


    • Thinius, A. C. (2015). Perspectivism – Old wine in a new bottle? A philosophical view on the 'ontological turn' in cultural anthropology. Paper presented at OZSW Graduate Conference Theoretical Philosophy, Nijmegen, Netherlands.


    • Thinius, A. C. (2014). Pornographic Artefacts and Porn: Social recognition and successful intentions. Poster session presented at OZSW conference 2014, Nijmegen, .


    • Thinius, A. C. (Composer), Liesenfeld, J. (Composer), de Jong, N. (Designer), & Lütke, S. (Producer). (2017). Aleion: inzwischen. Digital or Visual Products, Fattoria Musica Records.


    • Thinius, A. (2017-2019). Representative for ASCA at AIHR PhD council, and board member of ASCA., .
    • Thinius, A. (2012-2021). Associate member, Zentrum für Wissenschaftstheorie (ZfW), Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.

    Talk / presentation

    • Thinius, A. (invited speaker) (3-7-2018). Rethinking gender and sexuality: What does it mean to be of a particular gender?, LOVA Summer School 2018 'Unschooling the Anthropologist', Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Thinius, A. (speaker) (14-7-2017). A kinder essentialism of gender? Gender classes, historical essentialism, and the meaning of sharing, Philosophy and Public Affairs colloquium, Department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam.


    • Thinius, A. (visiting researcher) (1-9-2019 - 31-12-2019). Massachusetts Institute of Technology (visiting an external institution).
    • Aytac, U. (organiser), Schaafsma, G. (organiser), Klarenbeek, L. M. (organiser) & Thinius, A. (organiser) (23-5-2019 - 24-5-2019). Amsterdam Graduate Conference in Political Theory 2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Thinius, A. (participant) (29-4-2019). Wijsgerig Festival Drift, Amsterdam. "What is gender, anyways? Existential, affective, and socio-economic aspects in a film by Xavier Dolan" Introduction to film screening of "Laurence (…) (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Nadkarni, D. (organiser), Thinius, A. (organiser) & de Vries, N. (organiser) (10-4-2019 - 12-4-2019). ASCA International Workshop 2019 "Realities and Fantasies: Relations, Transformations, Discontinuities", Amsterdam, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Thinius, A. (participant) (21-11-2018). Postgraduate Seminar Philosophy, Sheffield, United Kingdom. Paper presentation "Genders as types in pre-conceptual experience. Heinämaa's essential gender types and the influence of concepts on the (…) (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Thinius, A. (visiting researcher) (23-9-2018 - 20-12-2018). University of Sheffield (visiting an external institution).
    • Thinius, A. (visiting researcher) (1-8-2018 - 20-8-2018). University of Mumbai (visiting an external institution).
    • Thinius, A. (organiser) (12-4-2018). Masterclass with Mari Mikkola: Feminist metaphysics, and Pornography, Amsterdam, Netherlands. This is a masterclass with Mari Mikkola (Oxford) for PhD students and Master’s students to get to know and discuss in further detail some aspects of (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Thinius, A. (organiser) (11-4-2018). Humanist Feminism and the Wrong of Injustice, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Gender based injustice is wrong, but what exactly makes it wrong? In her 2016 book “The Wrong of Injustice”, Mari Mikkola defends and reframes a (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Kornel, A. (participant) & Thinius, A. (participant) (17-9-2017). "einfach, leicht, minimal? Simplizität in der Musik." Symposium of the Dachverband der Studierenden der Musikwissenschaften (DSVM) and the Department for Musicology at Münster University., Münster, Germany. Guitar performance of 'Ji#3 (Silent Mountain)' for Attila Kornel's paper "Chinesische Stille als musikalische Simplizität am Beispiel von 'Ji #3 (…) (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
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