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

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

Bio-culture and Eco-analysis: The Affective Intellectual


Amsterdam Theory Seminar 2014-15, 6 or 12 ECTS | The idea is that there is no incompatibility between thinking bio and eco (beyond the human, beyond the nation, beyond gender, beyond abilities, beyond species or even beyond globalization) and being committed to contemporary issues or precarity, disability, refugees, or violence. Bio-culture and Eco-analysis might be new knowledge, or perhaps a fashionable extravagance that will be last year’s flavour in a few months. But it is meant as an experiment, a challenge that will enable us to continue to think about the place of the “intellectual” today

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