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

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

Politics of Attachment


ASCA/NICA International Workshop March, 25-27 2015 | The workshop calls for a reflection on politics of attachment by engaging with the decolonial, the ecological and genre. Attachments pertain to individual lives as much as they are invested in systemic and structural exercises of power (e.g. nationalism, imperialism, colonialism, doctrines of the good life, capitalism, racism, classism, sexism). Attachments also entail blind spots, since they follow from the turns not taken in the formation of perspectives. Yet, attachments can be called into question once other knowledges and feelings disorient our prior entanglements. Although detachments can lead to anxiety, immobility, and apathy —they can even traumatize us,— detachments can also be thought of as modes of resistance to familiar and dominant territories of world-making. How can detachments possibly inspire resistant alliances and forms of organization? In other words: what are the politics of our attachments

New Sincerity and the Aesthetics of Engagement


PhD Seminar Film-Philosopy 2014-2015 | Over the past few years, a lively debate has taken place in newspapers and journals over the question if ‘postmodern irony’ is good for our modern Western society and if more ‘sincerity’ is needed to counteract detrimental social apathy. One of the goals of the seminar is to explore the philosophical and cultural-historical dimensions of this return to sincerity, particularly in how it marks a renewed interest in Romantic conceptions of ethico-political subjectivity, engagement and communal belonging. Central will be the inquiry into cinema (Western and non-Western) and visual aesthetics (film, video, visual art etc.) and the way these prompt us to reconsider philosophical concepts of sincerity, authenticity, belonging and the desire for engagement

Archiving Ephemera

DCF 1.0

Workshop, October 6, 2014, 1 EC | Cultural objects produced and circulated in counter publics, like T-shirts, match-boxes and flyers, were once considered to be the inconsequential detritus of the everyday. Increasingly, however, these objects and texts are gaining importance through preservation in institutional and community archives, and as focus of scholarly analysis. In this workshop, we will explore zine archiving and research as a case study of the archival and material turn in cultural and literary studies

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