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

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

Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka: Zoopolis


Masterclass, March 2, 2015, 1 EC | This masterclass for PhD candidates and RMA students will focus on Sue Donaldson’s and Will Kymlicka’s political theory of animal rights. In their groundbreaking book Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights (2011), Donaldson and Kymlicka propose to shift the debate about nonhuman animals from moral theory and applied ethics to political theory. In their political theory of animal rights, nonhuman animals are seen as political actors. Zoopolis offers a new agenda for both the theory and practice of animal rights, as well as a new perspective on animal agency and human-animal relationships

Four PhD Fellowships at NICA


The Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis (NICA) is inviting applications for four fully-funded PhD fellowships, starting September 1, 2015. The positions cover four years in total, culminating in the dissertation defense. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2015.

The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness


Two-day workshop, April 9 and 10, 2015 | One key goal of our project is to situate this aesthetic in the current phase of neoliberal capitalism in which uncertainty and contingency are keynotes of worker subjectivities and technological change at once offers greater connectivity yet delivers further atomisation. Additionally, we see cuteness as central to complex negotiations in the terrain of human-animal subjectivities. Key changes in the culture surrounding “companion species” frame depictions of animal cuteness in important ways that are also inextricably linked to an increase in emotional precarity and neoliberal logics of consumption

Conjunctures of the Image: Disciplinarity and Mediality


ASCA Cross-Media Seminar 2014/15/Tutorial (6 ECTS) starting September 24 | Because the image is a central category that cuts across media and disciplines alike, there is a temptation to search for an essential conception of the image as such, one that remains constant across these domains and might even, perhaps, provide a unified ground for a newly capacious interdisciplinary. Against this temptation, the Cross-Media Seminar proposes a genealogical approach to the image. Thus, rather than asking: What is the image? This seminar will ask: What is the image for…

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