Research

Current research project
2019 – 2023
Against the fat relentless ego: love at the centre of morality (FWO grant)
University of Antwerp, Centre for Ethics
Supervisor: dr. Katrien Schaubroeck

I investigate whether we can make sense of the argument that we should love one another. In light of societal challenges such as polarization and hate for ‘outgroups’, we might be in need for a contemporary secular moral call for love, if we have in mind the goal of an inclusive, embracing society.  This project aims to develop an account of love and morality inspired by the ideas of Iris Murdoch to defend that ‘loving is the moral thing to do’, thereby rejecting the widely held claim that love and morality are somehow in tension. The project focuses on what Murdoch’s idea of love could bring to (intersectional) feminist philosophy, particularly feminist ethics and feminist epistemology. Murdoch argues that ‘love’ is attending to the other, which I suggest is useful for a feminist project of ‘redistributing attention’. In this sense the project has taken an increasing activist turn in arguing for solidarity and the visibility of minority experiences. I’m inspired by the works of Iris Murdoch, bell hooks, Audre Lorde, Kate Manne, Sara Ahmed, Gloria Wekker, Marilyn Frye, Rosa Luxemburg and many more.

2019
Visiting Researcher at the University of Liverpool
Supervisor: dr. Rachael Wiseman

2017 – 2019
(How) Ought Parents and Children to Love Each Other? (BOF-grant)
University of Antwerp, Centre for Ethics
Supervisor: dr. Katrien Schaubroeck

Teaching

BA Feminist philosophy (UA), with dr. Petra van Brabandt and Katelijne Malomgré, 2020.

BA seminar Contemporary Authors: Kate Manne ‘Down Girl, the logic of misogyny’ (UA), with prof. dr. Katrien Schaubroeck and Martha Claeys, 2019.

MA seminar Philosophy of love (UA), with prof. dr. Katrien Schaubroeck, 2019

Guest lectures

The mythical norm, ‘white is a color, too’, and identity politics. MA Seminar, University of Antwerp, 2021.

Reading Kate Manne’s Down Girl, The logic of misogyny. MA Seminar, Tilburg University, 2021.

Love, attention and white innocence. BA Advanced Ethics, Radboud University Nijmegen, 2020.

Identity: gender, culture and individuality, at Rotary summer school for international bachelor students.

Non-academic teaching

In 2014 I earned my Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Education of Social Studies after which I taught ‘maatschappijleer’ (social studies) en ‘burgerschap’ (civics) at both ROC Tilburg and Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam (2014-2017).