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mw. N. (Natasha) Basu MA

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Capaciteitsgroep Philosophy and Public Affairs

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  • Profile


    I am a PhD Researcher currently working on the Transformations of Civil Disobedience project under the supervision of Dr. Robin Celikates and Prof. dr. Beate Roessler. My project focuses on rethinking civil disobedience against the backdrop of political and economic globalization. At the moment I am researching how notions of civility and citizenship feed into the "civil" in civil disobedience. Other interests include hermeneutical injustice, decoloniality, feminist disobedience and migration.  I am a member of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, the Dutch Research School of Philosophy, and the Amsterdam Center for Globalization Studies. Prior to starting my PhD I completed my MSc in Global Politics at the London School of Economics, focusing on Global Civil Society and gender and globalization.


    Basu, N; Caycedo, B. (2018) "A Radical Reframing of Civil DIsobedience: "Illegal" Migration and Whistleblowing." In Peeren, E., Celikates, R., de Kloet, J., Poell, T. (eds), Global Cultures of Contestation: Mobility, Sustainability, Aesthetics & Connectivity (pp. 93-112) Cham, Switzerland: Palgave MacMillan.


    Selected Talks/Conferences

    ASCA Conference Organizing Committee 2018, DIssecting Violence: Structures, Imaginaries and Resistances, University of Amsterdam, April 4-6, 2018

    Panelist and chair for panel discussion, Getting Respect in the Netherlands: between identity and redistribution. Conference in honor of Erasmus Prize 2017, Amsterdam School for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam, November 23, 2017

    "Illegal" Migration as Civil Disobedience: The Case of the Citizen-Smuggler, Philosophy and Public Affairs Colloquium, University of Amsterdam, February 16, 2017

    Invited speaker for panel discussion, Borders, What's Up With That? Fuchsbau Festival, Hannover, August 13, 2016

    Can Black Lives Matter to Rawls' Theory of Justice? Racial Liberalism and the Practice of Civil Disobedience, Philosophy of 'Race' and Racism, University of Oxford, June 27-29, 2016.

    Can Black Lives Matter to Rawls' Theory of Justice? Race and Revolution in the Practice of Civil Disobedience, Association for Legal and Political Philosophy Annual Conference on 'Resistance, Rebellion, Revolution', The London School of Economics and Political Science, June 27-29, 2016.

    Discussant, Transformations of Civil Disobedience, Barnard College, Columbia University, May 7-8, 2016

    "Where Are Our Human Rights?" The Problematic Taxonomy of the Migrant, ASCA Conference Transparency/Opacity, University of Amsterdam, March 21-23, 2016.

    Discussant, Civil Disobedience Beyond the State III, Oxford University, November 25-26, 2015. 

    Challenging Global Informal Imperialism: "Illegal" Migration as Civil Disobedience? ACGS Global Cultures of Contestation Conference, University of Amsterdam, October, 15-16,  2015.

    Challenging Global Epistemic Violence: "Illegal" Migration as Civil Disobedience?   Critical Theory Summer School, Dubrovnik,  June 4-7, 2015.



    BA Seminar, Power, Violence and Resistance in Contemporary Political Thinking, November-December 2016

    Guest Lecture on Intersectional Feminist Theory, "Gender Development and Human Rights" taught by Dr. Luara Ferracioli, December 2, 2016

    Guest Lecture on Precarity and Contestation, "Going Global: Globalisation and the Cultural Imaginary?"taught by Dr. Esther Peeren, October 20, 2016

    Guest Lecture on Intersectional Feminist Theory, "Gender, Sexuality and Institutions" taught by Dr. Luara Ferracioli, September 2, 2015.





  • Publicaties


    • Basu, N., & Caycedo, B. (2018). A Radical Reframing of Civil Disobedience: “Illegal” Migration and Whistleblowing. In E. Peeren, R. Celikates, J. de Kloet, & T. Poell (Eds.), Global Cultures of Contestation: Mobility, Sustainability, Aesthetics & Connectivity (pp. 93-111). (Palgrave Studies in Globalization, Culture and Society). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63982-6_5 [details]


    • Basu, N. (2019). Is this civil? Transnationalism, migration and feminism in civil disobedience. [details]
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