LGBT-refugees: a critical perspective

Invitation for the Riek Stienstra lecture

Date: 6 June 2017
Time: 18.30 – 22.00
Location: Universiteit van Amsterdam, room REC C0.01, building REC C, Roetersstraat 11, Amsterdam

Join us on June 6th for the Riek Stienstra lecture on LGBTQI+ refugees. Key speakers include Hakeem (Uganda Gay on Move), who will talk about his experiences with the asylum procedure, and Nassr Eddine Errami, human rights activist and Queer Muslim theologian, who will speak about  pinkwashing of LGBTQ refugees and asylumseekers. An expert panel moderated by Amna Durrani will discuss current themes such as safety in refugee shelters, the asylum procedure, and homonationalism. Because of Ramadan, there will be food and drinks afterwards in ‘De Krater’. The lecture will be in English.

Many refugees are limited in their ability to travel because of financial barriers. Do you want to help someone out by covering their train ticket? Then please consider donating to Queer Welfare Foundation. Donations are welcome in this account: NL28ABNA0589184458, F.A.M. Joemmanbaks , under ‘Treinkaartje Riek Stienstra’.

Find more information about the location here and here.

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The Riek Stienstralezing is organised by Queer Welfare, Secret Garden, COC the Netherlands en VUmc, department of Medical Humanities.

Digital Democracy: Critical Perspectives in the Age of Big Data

Joint Conference of two ECREA Sections: Communication and Democracy; and Media Industries and Cultural Production

10 & 11 November 2017
Södertörn University, Stockholm
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Keynote speakers

  • Helen Kennedy (University of Sheffield)
  • Joseph Turow (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Mikkel Flyverbom (Copenhagen Business School)

The coordinates of democracy, civic engagement and political participation are being fundamentally reconfigured in the context of digital media, Big Data and algorithmic culture, and so too are the media industries. This joint conference of the ECREA Communication and Democracy and Media Industries and Cultural Production Sections provides the opportunity to analyse and assess these changes.

The constant need to measure and capture our behavior and attitudes has consequences for our political agency and subjectivities. What do big data and algorithmic culture mean in the context of democratic participation and engagement? What are the consequences of ubiquitous surveillance, preemptive policing and social bots for our understanding of democracy and exercise of civic rights? How do current discussions of political agency in the digital age compare to previous moments of disruption in terms of the introduction of media technologies?

Big data and issues related to algorithmic governance have become a major topic of enquiry in the context of media industries as well. ‘Legacy media’ are trying to respond by integrating new digital services with their existing ones and new data-driven journalistic and media production practices emerge. This presents policy challenges, as, for example, public service media need to adapt to a situation in which data is increasingly commercialized. There are implications too for media workers in this new moment. In this context, we wish to explore issues related to the integration of Big Data and the media industries as well as online production, creativity and digital labour.

During this section conference, we aim to engage with questions concerning datafication, media industries and (digital) democracy through addressing topics such as (but not limited to):

  • Political subjectivities and political agency in the age of Big Data
  • Political consequences of storing, processing and organizing of data
  • Civic engagement and political participation in times of Big Data
  • Surveillance and preemptive policing
  • Materiality and environmental issues of Big Data and algorithmic culture
  • New actors and discourses in the context of datafication
  • Democratic potential of Big Data and algorithmic culture
  • Algorithmic taste management in the media industries
  • Archives and archiving of cultural production and civic engagement
  • Media work and labour in datafied media industries
  • Data Journalism

YECREA workshop on Digital methods for studying algorithms: complicating the socio-technical relation is organized. More information here

Connecting to the Masses: 100 Years from the Russian Revolution

From Agitprop to the Attention Economy

Call for Abstracts
November 13th, 2017 at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam

The relationship between governments and the people they govern has been always hostage to rhetoric, propaganda, and strategic public relations, as well as aggressive marketing and the influence of contemporary media industries, altering the dynamics of healthy political communications. Often, this relationship has thrived on charismatic leaders, the “avant-garde”, who could feel the pulse of their population’s grievances, demands and hopes for the future. Whether the Russian revolution of 1917 is interpreted as a product of class struggle, as an event governed by historic laws predetermined by the alienation of the masses by monopoly industrial capitalism, or as a violent coup by a proto-totalitarian Bolshevik party, the Russian revolutionaries understood and connected to the masses in a way that the autocracy, bourgeois elites and reformists alike failed to do.

In the midst of rage, desperation and harsh everyday life conditions, due to the pressure and failures of WW1 against Germany, food shortages, growing poverty, inequality and alienation, the Bolsheviks felt the undercurrents in the seas of history and spoke to the people, exactly when the relationship between the Tsar and the population, and between the Provisional government and the Soviets were at a crucial tipping point. The Bolsheviks grasped the opportunity to change the world for themselves in the here and now, rather than waiting to reform in the future for their children. They did so violently and unapologetically with the effects of their move running through the Cold War and the confrontation with the West, all the way to the complex and intense relations between Russia and the United States, in terms of failed engagements of the past 25 years since the fall of the USSR, the first socialist state in the world.

Connecting to the masses is critical for the success of any movement, resurrection, protest, and revolution. The communication mechanisms for this connection have some times evolved and other times undergone revolutions of their own. Since the Russian centennial, scholars have examined how media and communication affects this connection to the masses in a double yet complimentary dynamic: how governments connect to the masses and how masses connect to their governments.

Therefore, we invite participants to debate this relationship and the strategies and lessons of “connecting to the masses”, in light of the development in media, technology and communication strategies over the last century.

Potential questions include: Is it still about charismatic leadership and movements that connect to the general population or has algorithmic communication intervened to amplify and commodity populist leaders, without bringing into fruition claims of digital democracy/reform or radical socio-political change? Are the social media protests we witness a flash in the pan or able to sustain movements, parties, organizations in the long durée? What communication and what technologies do contemporary movements need to advance their goals?

Areas the conference addresses are the following:

  • Evolution of propaganda: From leaflet bombs to Twitter
  • Artificial attention, political packaging and the so-called attention economy
  • Tactical media and tech activism in the 20th and 21st centuries
  • Strategies and lessons for the use of ICTs in mobilization
  • Impact of technology on revolutionary social change in the macro-perspective
  • Revolutionary-era media and communist rhetoric and transition to post-communism
  • Mediated contestation, surveillance, censorship and systems of control
  • From journalism to social media gatekeepers
  • Spheres and systems of political deliberation
  • Evolution of the ownership of means of communication, processes of labour reproduction in the media, culture and communication industries
  • (R)evolution of technology at work, digital labour, alternative production models
  • Intelligence and cyberespionage in the 100 years span.
  • Technosocial infrastructures and the politicization of health, illness and biopolitics.

Invited Participants*
Richard Aldrich, Anton Allahar, Franco Berardi, David Berry, Sebastien Broca, David Chandler, Cholpon Chotaeva, Cristiano Codagnone, Gabriella Coleman, Lina Dencik, Anastasia Denisova, Mats Fridlund, Myria Georgiou, Goodwin, Andrji Gorbachyk, Galina Gorborukova, Baruch Gottlieb, Jason Hughes, Arne Hintz, Gulnara Ibraeva, Anastasia Kavada, Olessia Koltsova, Garnet Kindervarter, Iliya Kiriya, Mathias Klang, Maros Krivy, Adi Kuntsman, Adele Lindenmeyr, Geert Lovink, Peter Lunt, Jacob Matthews, Dan Mercea, Galina Miazhevich, Peter Mihalyi, Gerassimos Moschonas, Phoebe Moore, Zenonas Norkus, Alex Neumann, Jonathan Ong, Tamás Pál, Despina Panagiotopoulou, Korina Patelis, Thomas Poell, Vincent Rouzé, Maria Rovisco, Paul Reilly, Ellen Rutten, Michael Schandorf, Markus Schultz, Nikos Smyrnaios, Serge Sych, Irina Tjurina, Marc Tuters, Giuseppe Veltri, Anastasia Veneti, Stefania Vicari, Alex Wood.

*To be updated as attendance is confirmed. Please follow us on Facebook and on Twitter (@cttm_conference) for regular updates.

The conference is organised through a collaboration between Athina Karatzogianni from the School of Media, Communication and Sociology of the University of Leicester; Stefania Milan from the DATACTIVE research group at the Media Studies department of the University of Amsterdam; Andrey Rezaev from the Department of Sociology at St. Petersburg State University; the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam; and the State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki.

Please email abstracts (250w max) and/or any inquiries to Athina Karatzogianni by July 1st 2017 latest.

Posthuman Ethics in the Anthropocene

Summer School Course by Prof. Rosi Braidotti
21-25 August 2017


The field of posthuman scholarship is in full expansion. The posthuman turn is triggered by the convergence of anti-humanism on the one hand and anti-anthropocentrism on the other. Anti-humanism focusses on the critique of the Humanist ideal of ‘Man’ as the universal representative of the human, while anti-anthropocentrism criticizes species hierarchy and advances ecological justice. Both these strands enjoy strong support, but they refer to different genealogies and traditions. This course rest son the French philosophical tradition of critical Spinozism, which defends a monistic Life philosophy based on non-dialectical processes and is best represented by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. This course explores the interconnection between the posthuman predicament and the condition of the Anthropocene. It argues for the need to develop a more ethical and more complex relationship to our planetary dimension and to our relationship to non-human others, both animals, plants and technological artefacts. The Anthropocene as a concept was coined in 2001 by Nobel Prize winner for chemistry, Paul Crutzen, to describe our current geological era in terms of human impact upon the sustainability of the planet. It was officially adopted as a scientific term by the International Geological Association in Cape Town in August 2016 and its official starting date has been set at 1950, the dawn of the nuclear era. Posthuman critical theory argues for the pertinence of posthuman ethics as a way of re-framing the question of life in the Anthropocene, striking a balance between vulnerability and affirmation.


Prof. Rosi Braidotti


This interdisciplinary course is aimed at research-minded advanced master and PhD students with a critical and curious intellectual disposition; post-docs in the Humanities and Arts practices; starting researchers but also practitioners and media activists. A strong background in at least one of the following disciplines is required: critical theory, Continental philosophy, gender studies, media and technology studies, social and political theory, postcolonial and race studies, cultural studies.


To provide an introduction to contemporary critical scholarship about the posthuman, the Anthropocene and ethics in the French Continental philosophical tradition through the exploration of debates about contemporary subjectivity, globalization and power, and the politics of affirmation.


participants of the course are expected to have read compulsory texts for tutorials and lectures before the course. They are also expected to actively take part in tutorials, prepare questions and discussion points for plenary sessions, both the morning ones following Braidotti’s lectures and the closing plenaries after the afternoon tutorials. A special emphasis will be placed on participants’ contribution to the panels and the plenary discussions.


• € 500 – Course + course materials + housing • € 300 – Course + course materials

Your application should include: – Motivation for your application (submit through your account) – Curriculum vitae (submit through your account) – Recent set of transcripts (marks/grades) in English, German, French or in Dutch for Dutch students (submit through your account) – One letter of reference letter Whenever possible the applications will be evaluated as they come, and applicants will be informed about the results accordingly. However, due to a large amount of applications, we might not always be able to provide a speedy evaluation and response. At the latest, the final results will be known one month after the submission deadline.

Course dates: 21-25 August 2017
Deadline for registration: 01 June 2017
Location: Utrecht City Campus, the Netherlands
Costs: 500 EUR (course + course materials)
Read more and apply online via the Utrecht Summer School website:

Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory

Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory is a peer-reviewed, open access online journal published by the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs with the aim of foregrounding contemporary critical theory operating within a global frame. The journal will publish its first issue in October 2017 and invites submissions for its first year of publication.

The journal seeks to reflect upon and enact forms of transnational solidarity that draw upon critical theory and political practice from various world regions, calling into question hemispheric epistemologies in order to revitalize left critical thought for these times. Critical Times publishes essays, interviews, dialogues, dispatches, visual art, and various platforms for critical reflection. It occasionally reprints classical key critical texts from various world regions, re-envisioning the foundations of critical theory and mapping its future possibilities.

Critical Times fosters transnational encounters between critical theory and related traditions of intellectual critique from various world regions. It hopes to redress missed opportunities for critical dialogue between the Global South and Global North and to generate contacts across the current divisions of knowledge and languages in the South. This includes translated works from authors working in languages other than English who may not circulate widely in the Western academy. We encourage various formats of articles and essays, belonging in different regional and intellectual traditions.

Critical Times seeks to publish perspectives that shed light on contemporary practices of authoritarian and neo-fascist politics, nativist and atavistic cultural formations and forms of economic exclusion, as well as spaces and forms of life where different, emancipatory social worlds might be imagined and articulated. Hence, we aim at publishing essays that analyze emerging forms of authoritarianism and fascism; occupation and dispossession; race and racism; war and apartheid; neo-liberal legal and economic formations; sovereignty and post-national power; articulations of law and violence; technology; nature/climate change/environmental justice; biopolitics/necropolitics; religion; intellectual work in and of social movements; as well as socialism, ideals of transformation, equality, resistance, transnational solidarity, radical democracy and revolution.

For inquiries and submissions, please contact

More information, including editorial policies, author guidelines, and deadlines for submissions, is available at