Research in Progress: Methods and Practices

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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

Credits at NICA

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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

Frederik Tygstrup: Speculation and the End of Fiction?

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December 17, Lectures in Media, Art, Politics | In my talk, I will try and diagnose the fate of fiction in an age of hypertrophied speculation, how practices of fiction-making migrate, how the functions of fiction transform, and eventually how our present notion of fiction is due for a conceptual makeover.

Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka: Zoopolis

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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

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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 Young: What Matters?

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International Postgraduate Symposium, February 6-7, 2015, 1 EC | In his essay ‘Research: The Young’ (1989), Roland Barthes refers to research processes that are based on the unity of their groups of authors, rather than a theme, and he specifically focuses on groups comprised of postgraduate students. The success of a piece of research, he posits, does not lie in its ‘result’ (publication), as is usually believed, but in its reflexive nature. Drawing on Barthes’ ideas, ‘The Young: What Matters?’ constitutes a public platform dedicated to critical voices who are at early stages of their research, aiming to facilitate an exchange of thoughts and practices related to performance, performativity, media, and arts and the humanities at large

The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness

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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

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