Conversation with Annemarie Mol

This year’s honorary doctoral degrees at UHasselt are framed in the theme of Kindness, exploring caring relations between people, and people and their environments in challenging times. In this framework we have invited two keynote speakers: Stella Nkomo (May 23rd) and Annemarie Mol (May 24th), followed by a panel debate.

24 mei 2022
10:00 - 12:00
Z33, Huis voor Actuele Kunst, Design & Architectuur Bonnefantenstraat 1, 3500 Hasselt
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DESIS Philosophy Talk #7.6:
The Politics of Nature - A Conversation with Annemarie Mol

In this “DESIS Philosophy Talk #7.6 The Politics of Nature - A Conversation with Annemarie Mol”, organised by UHasselt, LUCA School of Arts (EMA Genk)/KU Leuven, PXL-MAD and Z33, we explore the idea of “Valuing in Practice”. It re-frames the idea of values in design and artistic research as being closely connected to the situated context in which one operates, as proposed by Mol in her paper “Not quite clean: Trailing schoon and its resonances” (2020).

The question we put forward concerns how designers and artists can engage with the complexity of meanings, values, and different forms of materiality, embodiments and wordings belonging to different actors that together shape the situated context in which they work. How can they shape processual, open-ended, situated, embodied, patchy forms of knowledge?

The debate will be followed by a presentation of the newly released book “Reframing the Politics of Design”, published by Public Space with support from the Flemish Government, UHasselt, the cities of Hasselt and Genk (BE) and LUCA School of Arts.


  • 10h00 - 10h30: Welcome by Liesbeth Huybrechts (ArcK, UHasselt) and Virginia Tassinari (EMA, LUCA School Of Arts)
  • 10h30 - 11h30: Conversation with Annemarie Mol, followed by a debate with: Griet Verbeeck (Sustainability, ArcK, UHasselt), Andrea Wilkinson (LUCA School of Arts, EMA), Francesco Vergani (POLIMI DESIS Lab, Politecnico di Milano), Anneleen Swillen (PXL MAD), Ils Huygens (Z33), Breg Holemans, PhD candidate (RAAD/KU Leuven), Patrizia Zanoni (Faculty of Social Sciences, UHasselt) 
  • 11h30 - 12h00: Launch of book: "Re-framing the politics of design"
  • 12h00 - 13h30: Lunch


Annemarie Mol is professor of Anthropology of the Body at the University of Amsterdam. With a background in medicine and philosophy, she takes inspiration from original ethnographic research to address philosophical concerns in novel ways.

Her most recent books are Eating in Theory (Duke, 2021) and On Other Terms: Interfering in Social Science English (co-editor; Sociological Review Monograph, 2020).

This programme will take place at Z33, House for Contemporary Art, Design & Architecture in Hasselt. The deadline for registration deadline is May 16th 2022. The programme can be followed in person or online.

On Tuesday May 24rd 2022, in the afternoon, the programme is followed by the Dies Natalis Ceremony awarding the honorary PhD degrees at UHasselt Campus Diepenbeek (separate registration - to be announced).

Practical information:

  • Location: Z33, House for Contemporary Art, Design & Architecture, Bonnefantenstraat 1, 3500 Hasselt (Belgium)
  • Language of the lectures is English
  • This conversations is open to all
  • Registration is closed - online participation is possible
  • Deadline: May 16th 2022
  • This conversation is part of a two day programme from the faculty of Architecture and Arts and School voor Sociale Wetenschappen

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