Age of Action

Industry Forum Moderators

Linda Duits
Linda is a social scientist specialized in popular culture. This means that she is interested in the interplay between media, meaning and identity. She obtained her PhD in Communication Science (University of Amsterdam) in 2008 with a dissertation on girls in the multicultural society. Since 2010, she has been self-employed and focuses on the dissemination of academic knowledge. She does this as a columnist (Folia, Brainwash) and podcast maker (Among Media Actors, Geeky Stuff). As an expert and opinion maker, she can regularly be heard in the press and on debate evenings. She also gives freelance media and gender studies at various universities. Linda is affiliated with the Institute for Cultural Inquiry of Utrecht University. She published ‘Girls Watching’ (2013, with Pedro de Bruyckere), ‘Dolle Mythes’ (2017) and ‘Seks op z’n Duits’ (2018). Her new book ‘Finally Know What Sex Is’ is in bookstores on October 13.

On Tuesday, 20 October Linda is our host of the day, moderating all sessions.

Fadoua Alaoui
Born and raised in Utrecht, as a child of a Moroccan father and Dutch mother, Fadoua always had a large interest for other cultures and languages. When her choice for university appeared the wrong one, she applied to becoming an intercontinental flight attendant for the Dutch Airline, traveled the world and fulfilled her desire to experience different cultures. After more than ten years she decided it was time for a new adventure and moved to Curaçao where she lived about thirteen years. In the last three years of that period she discovered her passion as a TV host for a new local channel and presented a daily morning show. Since she returned to the Netherlands three years ago, she has been presenting, interviewing and moderating all kind of events.

Fadoua will be our host of the day on Wednesday, 21 October. 

Hugo Emmerzael
Hugo Emmerzael is a film critic and curator based in Amsterdam. He is an editor of monthly independent Dutch film magazine, De Filmkrant, with other writings published in MUBI The Notebook, Senses of Cinema, VPRO Gids, Electric Ghost Magazine and Frame.Land. Through his programming and curation work he is aligned with Het Ketelhuis, Stadsschouwburg Velsen, CinemAsia Film Festival and Netherlands Film Festival of which he’s the Directors’ Forum curator together with Inge de Leeuw.

Hugo will be joining us on Monday, 19 October.