Credits at NICA 2015-16


Graduate students are required to obtain a number of EC credits at the national schools. Here is a quick overview of what’s on offer at NICA

Research in Progress: Methods and Practices


Course, 6 EC, 1st semester (November, December) | Cultural Studies and Cultural Analysis are no longer the young and rebellious upstarts they once were. To some extent, they have become canonized and institutional fields, even while the (critical, hermeneutic, theoretical) Humanities at large are presently under attack. At the same time, some of the political promises of the field (e.g. the emancipatory claims associated with identity politics and popular culture) seems no longer quite warranted, or at least demand new forms of confrontation and engagement. All this suggests it is now all the more urgent to ask ourselves anew how we want to inhabit or relate to the field. How do we wish to situate ourselves in, or perhaps rather vis-à-vis, Cultural Studies academically, institutionally, intellectually, and politically

Critical Issues in the Cultural Industries: Media and Place


Course, 9 EC, Spring 2016 (Feb-April) | This seminar addresses the entanglements of space, place and media from a variety of perspectives. Starting point is the spatial turn in media studies as this runs parallel to the increasing importance of location-based mobile media in diverse fields of application: in advertising, Google navigation, on-site social networking such as Foursquare, but also in artistic projects, urban games and in the context of social activism. We will ask how to interpret these current media developments in theory and practice as these are situated in the tensions between power and play. We will learn that location-based media practices have a genealogy of their own (involving different kinds of media) and that the academic reflections on them have a long history that can be traced back to 20th-century French thought and (post)Marxist geography

Aesthetics of Crisis


Course, 2nd semester 2015-16, 6 EC | The course is dedicated to the question of representing societal and economic crisis in contemporary art: How can a society characterised by processes of virtualisation, abstraction and instability be represented at all?

Cities Seminar 2015-2016: Visualising the Street


The 2015-2016 Cities seminar seeks to explore the impact of new technologies and cultures of image-making on contemporary practices of visualizing the street. Our discussions will focus on the social and cultural significance of new forms of production, circulation, storage, performance, and use of imagery in and of the everyday space of the street

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