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

Imagining the Image: Post-Visual Culture?


Course, 2014-15, 2nd semester (9 EC) | The central question is: to which extent do we (still) inhabit what could feasible be characterized as a visual culture? In his book 24/7, Jonathan Crary argues that to “be preoccupied with the aesthetic properties of digital imagery … is to evade the subordination of the image to a broad field of non-visual operations and requirements.” In this course, we will study historical and contemporary cultural and media theory, well as artistic practices, in order to come to terms with our post-visual or proto-visual culture

Luc Boltanski: Lecture and Masterclass


Lecture and masterclass, September 24-25 (1 ECTS) | Luc Boltanski is Professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, and one the leading figures of the pragmatic turn in contemporary social theory. Boltanski will give a lecture on ‘Critical Sociology and Sociology of Critique: A Journey Through French-Style Critique’. He will teach a masterclass based on his most recent book ‘Mysteries and Conspiracies: Detective Stories, Spy Novels and the Making of Modern Societies’

Mark B.N. Hansen: Masterclass and Lecture


Masterclass and lecture (1 ECTS), September 2-4 | Mark B. N. Hansen is Professor of Literature and Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Duke University. He published Bodies in Code: Interfaces in Digital Media, a study on the effects of the cyberspace on the civilization predicting an increasing virtualization of the human being, which won the Ars Electronica Book Prize in 2008. The title of the masterclass is “Feed-Forward: On the Future of the 21st-Century Media.” The title of his lecture is “Entangled in Media: Towards a Speculative Phenomenology of Microtemporal Operations.”

Research in Progress: Methods and Practices


Course, 2nd semester (6 EC) | Cultural Studies, Cultural Analysis. Something with culture, and something with studying and analyzing—so much seems clear. But what is it, really? And: how to do it? In this 6 EC-course, scholars from different universities, disciplines, and research communities try to explain why and how they “do” Cultural Studies or Cultural Analysis

Leiden Lectures in Media, Art, and Politics


Lecture Series, September-June, 1 or 2 ECTS | Speakers from various academic backgrounds and in different stages of their career are invited to reflect on the diverging ways in which contemporary technological and social developments are challenging and transforming the cultural and political conditions of our current existence

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