Welcome to my personal website. My name is Inge van Nistelrooij. I am a mother and partner, care ethicist, dialogical self theorist, and book fan. This site offers information about the concept of liminality that is central to my work, my publications and presentations, me and my fields of interest, and about how to get in touch.
I recently gave my inaugural lecture (in Dutch) with which I officially accepted my chair as professor by special appointment ‘Dialogical Self Theory’. You can find it below. In the lecture I elaborate upon my research plans for this chair, that I focus upon ‘the self as mother’. I aim to enrich the Dialogical Self Theory with experiences and self-understandings of mothers and parents. For this I draw upon a phenomenology of pregnancy, a relational ethics of care and interruption, and upon ideas of collective responsibility for future generations, expressed by the old Dutch concept of ‘baarzaam zijn’ (meaning ‘being able to bear’, which can pertain to fruit, future life, and a livable planet).