Recording of the Oration: 'On the threshold of the city.' - Femke Kaulingfreks

Wibaut Chair

On November 30, 2023, Femke Kaulingfreks will give her speech 'On the threshold of the city. How the city takes shape in in-between spaces'. Kaulingfreks, lecturer in Youth and Society at Inholland University of Applied Sciences, was appointed to the Wibaut Chair at the UvA in February 2023. She thus takes over from Zef Hemel. The inaugural lecture is publicly accessible. You can also follow it via a live stream. The links for more information can be found down below. The oration will be held in Dutch.

We often depict urban inequality in terms of a growing gap, Femke Kaulingfreks outlines in her inaugural lecture. A gap between the city inside and outside the ring, a gap between poor and rich Amsterdammers, but also a gap between the living and system world. The image of the divide helps to highlight that people feel alienated or disadvantaged by policies that do not take their experiences into account, but it does not help to understand more precisely how inequality arises, and how we can combat inequality.

Reality is more complex than you can grasp in the image of two worlds with a gap between them. We will have to jump into the gap, says Kaulingfreks, and study what is happening there. How are certain policy decisions and experiences of residents made, and how do they relate to each other? Kaulingfreks aims to investigate how communities form in urban interstices, how practices of solidarity arise in those interstices to protect people against the negative effects of urban inequality, and what role intermediaries (often social professionals) play in working on solutions for urban inequality.

Watch the oration via the livestream recordings: webcolleges.uva.

Join the oration in person: Op de drempel van de stad. Hoe de stad vorm krijgt in tussenruimtes - Universiteit van Amsterdam (

Discover the Portfolio van Femke Kaulingfreks.

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