Did you know that the University of Amsterdam has the largest collection of petunia genotypes in the world? In April 2023, together with the faculties of the Humanities and Natural Sciences we presented CROSS-POLLINATIONS, a digital heritage project encompassing both an online platform as well as a physical exhibition at VOX-POP. During this exhibition you had the chance to marvel at a part of UvA’s unique petunia collection. In addition, the exhibition was accompanied by an extensive public programme, including panel talks, a lecture series, guided tours, botanical drawing workshops and more. The programme further explored the richness of the University of Amsterdam’s scientific research on flowers and plants, from a variety of perspectives – artistic, historical, cultural and scientific.
In the academic year 2022-2023, VOX-POP hosted the public lecture series: Eastsplainers. As the Russian war in Ukraine and imperialist Kremlin rhetoric continue to disturb world media, Eastsplainers offers a counterweight to 'westsplaining' – the habit of looking at developments in Central and Eastern Europe through Western lenses. In this public lecture series, we listen to intellectuals and artists who fled from the Russian war in Ukraine or who fled or migrated from Łódź, Minsk, and Moscow, among other places, to the Netherlands.
In 2023, we organised the first edition of "Diversity Day" in VOX-POP in collaboration with UvA student Ibrahim Kamara. On Diversity Day we celebrate all different cultures, backgrounds and norms and values of our students. This year, the theme was prejudice: everyone has it. Why does prejudice exist and what can you do about the negative consequences it can have? We started the conversation on this topic with the participating students and discussed their personal experiences.