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
Reading group, starting February 5 | The reading group is especially interested in intersections of music with other forms of human expression and communication: the visual arts, literature, popular culture, philosophy, religion and so on
Lecture, Leiden Lectures in Media-Art-Politics, December 16 | In the West, when we think of veiled Muslim women our imaginings have often emerged as a result of mediatized texts and images that are about Islam. In these representations we are offered particular views of how we are to think of Muslim women, to represent them, and as a result we are often limited by a particular vision of them – that is Orientalistic. This talk reflects on the ways that performance art can help viewers to negotiate dominant and minority constructions of ethnic identity and offer other possibilities for transformation
Masterclass (1 ECTS) and Public Lecture, December 14-15 | In December, Lauren Berlant will visit the University of Amsterdam. Berlant is George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University of Chicago. Her most recent books are Cruel Optimism (2011) addressing precarious publics and the aesthetics of affective adjustment in the contemporary U.S. and Europe and, with Lee Edelman, Sex, or the Unbearable (2014). Her public lecture is titled “Humorlessness/Politics.” The masterclass will address Cruel Optimism as well as more recent writings on precarity and affect.
CFP, European Summer School for Cultural Studies (5 ECTS), deadline January 17 | Given that legibility and traditional reading methods can no longer be taken for granted, we want to ask what it means for something to be (considered) legible and what the stakes and limits of such legibility are. What are the new conditions, forms and technologies of legibility and what is its temporality and spatiality in a globalizing world? How does cultural and historical difference impact legibility, traditionally considered as accessibility and assimilability? What new ways of reading (and kinds of readers) are emerging in relation to old and new media and what do they imply about the modes and aims of (il)legibility
NICA Winter School, 3 ECTS, January 20-22, 2016 | A small but increasing number of scholars has homed in on an important blind spot: the night and life after dark, which, in its social and symbolic constructions, is the focus of this seminar. The legal, political, economic, ecological, psychological, cultural thresholds that mark the transition between night and day provide instigating new perspectives on human social and community life and psychological and emotional experiences. We will thus consider a selection of critical and theoretical texts related to the theme and look at a number of case studies from cultural studies, literature, film, human geography, law, politics and anthropology