Credits at NICA


Starting from the academic year 2014-2015, new graduate students are required to obtain a number of EC credits at the national schools. This post explains what you will need to know

Post-Snowden Media Empiricism and Secondary Social Media


Digital Methods Summer School, 6 ECTS, June 29-July10, application deadline May 7 | This year’s Digital Methods Summer School is devoted to what we call ‘post-Snowden media empiricism’ and ‘secondary social media’. Post-Snowden media empiricism refers to how to study online media since the revelations in June 2013 about the breadth and scope of NSA surveillance activities. Writing about the future of media theory, post-Snowden, scholars are closing the age of Internet innocence. For years one would study the extent to which cyberspace is an alternative space, a realm of new politics, corporealities and identity play, cleared of reputation, institutions and regulatory legal regimes. Such a point of departure is long dated, but the post-Snowden dates others too, with the likely exception of surveillance studies, once a branch or sub-field. Such is the context these days for calls for post-media as well as post-digital studies. In considering how to rethink the study of online media, post-Snowden, there are a series of proposals for new theory, but there is not the concomitant attention to the empirical project. What may be the agenda for a post-Snowden media empiricism? Are there digital methods for a post-Snowden surveillance studies

Writing Art and Creating Back: What Can We Do With Art (History)?


One-day conference, June 5, 1 ECTS | We are asking what it may mean for art historians that artists have more and more adopted the written word as a means of their visual art practice. At the same time, art historians create back, they collaborate with artists, write in poetic and performative ways, and consider their work as mobile in what can be called the art eco system. What are the meanings and politics of this double development? With Gregory Sholette, Marieke Barnas, Alastair MacLennan, James Elkins, and Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes

W.J.T. Mitchell: Seeing Madness


Public Lectures, June 7 and 10 | What is at stake in the visibility of madness? What do movies, as well as pre-cinematic media and extended cinema, bring to the subject of madness, and what does madness bring to them? W.J.T. Mitchell is Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago. A scholar and theorist of media, visual art, and literature, Mitchell is associated with the emergent fields of visual culture and iconology (the study of images across the media). He is known especially for his work on the relations of visual and verbal representations in the context of social and political issues

ReThink NICA

Love and Politics: Passion, Affection, Community

— NOW JOINED BY HUIZINGA AND OSL — We, the undersigned members of the national research school NICA (Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis), express our solidarity with the national and interdisciplinary ‘Rethink’ movement and emphasize the following principles and demands

Bracha L. Ettinger, Fragilizing the Self: The Matrixial Borderspace


Masterclass, May 29, 1 ECTS | Bracha Ettinger is a renowned and influential cultural theorist, psychoanalyst, feminist scholar and artist. Her theories have been studied in diverse disciplines, from gender studies to visual studies. Schooled in psychoanalyst theory in Paris, she moved beyond the limitations of Lacanian thought by developing her original theories about the matrixial, with concepts such as metramorphosis or borderlinking. She is the author of seminal works such as The Matrixial Borderspace. The seminar will provide a unique opportunity for students to discuss her ideas, as well as the research interests of the students, with Bracha Ettinger in person

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