NICA Core Program 2016-2017


In the academic year 2016-17, NICA will offer three 6 EC courses: Cultural Studies Then and Now: Cultural Analysis and Disability; and Philosophy and the Critical and Decolonial Humanities

Wildness without Wilderness


Conference panel, October 27-29, no EC | The Benelux have always been invested in transnational, postcolonial approaches in the humanities on the one hand, and in post-humanism, new materialism, and bio-art on the other. Adding to this, there is an increasing interest in (artistic) practice as a form of thinking and doing research that allows for fruitful ‘contamination’ between these domains. Two panels discuss the insights produced by predominantly young and upcoming scholars and writers in these fields

Unnecessary, Unwanted, and Uncalled-For


ASCA International Workshop, March 28-30 | In this workshop we seek to interrogate the notion of uselessness in culture, politics and aesthetics both empirically and theoretically through four broad interconnected themes; the everyday, space, the body and objects. By approaching uselessness through these four themes, we zoom in on the four main factors that create utility, take it away again, and are at the receiving end of being classified as useless

Cross Media Seminar: Forms of Attention


Research Seminar/Tutorial, 6 ECTS, Starting September 16 | The 2016/17 Cross Media Seminar will focus on the concept of attention in relation to media experience. The seminar will focus on the relation between the growing ubiquity, overlap and divergence between different media, and issues of politics, aesthetics and subjectivity.

Urban World Making


Seminar, Tutorial, Starting September 30, 6 ECTS | We are interested in examining how processes of world-making feature in the production of urban environments and across creative, cultural and political practices under conditions of globalisation. In what ways are global processes bound up with lived experience and affective geographies? How is the imagination of world systems or global connectivity articulated in creative praxis? And which methods – including and extending beyond visualisation – can be used to track urban processes, relations or temporal flows?

Cultural Studies Then and Now


NICA Course, Starting November 3, 6 ECTS | In this course, we will revisit the main genealogies and methodologies of Cultural Studies in relation to current developments, exploring the following five areas of contestation: conjuncture, politics, reality, interdisciplinarity, culture. How did Cultural Studies start out? What can it now be

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