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

Blandine Joret: Film Language: A Matter of Form


Lectures in Media/Art/Politics, February 17 | Taking Bazin’s prescient views from the 1950s on three-dimensional cinema as its starting point, Joret, in this lecture proposes that Bazin’s acknowledgement of film as language, ultimately, surpasses the traditional distinction of content over form. If realism is often understood as the polar opposite of formalism, the “imaginary image” of 3-D cinema, as Bazin termed it, offers a synthesis of these two diverging views. Looking at recent 3-D films, such as Adieu au langage (Godard, 2014), Every Thing Will Be Fine (Wenders, 2015) and Love (Noe, 2015), the talk will elaborate on the possibilities of a “realist grammar” in cinema

Interrogating the Postcolonial Paradigm


Symposium, February 26, 1-3 EC | Having emerged in the 1970s as a revolutionary field of academic specialization that questioned the hegemony of western thought, history and culture, postcolonial studies soon occupied a position of legitimacy. However, as it became institutionalized in universities within and beyond the former colonial centres and helped to establish what is often labelled the ‘postcolonial paradigm’, the field has increasingly been subjected to scrutiny. Twenty years after the heydays of this debate, we would like to look at its consequences for our scholarly practice today. How can we (claim to) be postcolonial scholars in the 21st century

Music and Cultural Analysis Reading Group


Reading group, starting February 4 | 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



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

Cybernetic Personhood in Law, Cinema, and Politics


Leiden Seminar in Law, Literature, Rhetoric, starting October 27 | This term’s seminar focuses on a new type of actor that is playing a growing role in the political and military conflicts of our contemporary world: namely, machines operated by algorithms – or software – that are programmed to make independent decisions and to act on those decisions. The emergence and increasing prominence of machines that can make semi-autonomous decisions pose problems for international, military and human rights law.

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