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

Mieke Bal, Interculturality: Travelling Concepts and Moving Cultures


Masterclass, October 7-16, 5 ECTS, deadline for applications June 25, 2015 |Interculturality is the basis of an open-minded, globalized world consisting of migratory cultures. It helps to develop key competences that are urgently needed in Western cultures of the Third Millennium. The program focuses on various kinds of intercultural entanglements within research fields of the Humanities from an interdisciplinary perspective, including selected aspects of art theory and history, as well as literary studies, film studies, and European cultural history, brought together as “cultural analysis”.

Comics Interaction


Workshop, June 5, 3 ECTS | This workshop will give participants an overview of the major strands of research in the burgeoning field of comics studies, including (the often overlapping) discourses on trauma, memory, history, space, art, genre, and politics

Four New PhD fellows at NICA


April 28, the selection committee for the four new NICA PhD fellows — facilitated by a NWO Graduate Grant granted in 2014 — finalised its proceedings. The committee consisted of Pepita Hesselberth (Leiden), Javier Gimeno (Free University Amsterdam), Stephan Besser (University of Amsterdam) and Iris van der Tuin (Utrecht), and was chaired by Murat Aydemir (NICA programme director). From the 211 applications received, the committee interviewed 15 candidates and selected four projects for the fellowships. The NICA fellows will be appointed starting September 1.

DARKMATTER: It Gets Bitter Tour


Poetry and Performance Lecture, June 12 | DARKMATTER is a trans south asian performance art duo compromised of Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian. When we were told as queer youth that it was supposed to “get better,” What they forgot to tell us is that gay rights are often only for gay whites. With an increase in racist and queerphobic violence and a state that uses our bodies to advance its imperialist agenda at home and abroad, what’s become apparent is that LGBT rights have become co-opted. JOIN DarkMatter fora night of poetry, polemic, and healing as we not only critique — but also imagine new queer futures

Global Grief and Local Iconoclasms: What in God’s name happened in January 2015?


Workshop, May 21-22, 1 ECTS | On Charlie Hebdo, mourning, and silence. With a keynote by Yasco Horsman, titled “Charlie, à suivre”

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