June 29-30 | Gothic Modernisms

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Gothic Modernisms: 29 & 30 June, 2017, The Rijksmuseum

A two-day international conference discussing the legacies, histories and contested identities of European Gothic/early-modern visual cultures in (global) modernity, in particular modernism and the avant-gardes. Papers, lectures and discussions will explore the reception, construction and invention of Gothic and early-modern art in modern museums and institutions, art, architecture, art historiographies, and broader visual-cultural contexts (1880s – 1950s).

Early Bird registration until 31 March, 2017.

Special discounted tariffs for students!

Organized by: the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University: the

Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture, University of Amsterdam; and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Partners:      Radboud University, Nijmegen; the Ateneum Art Museum / Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki; the Huizinga Institute; NICA (Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis); and OSK (Dutch Research School for Art History).

Supported by:  NWO (the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research); and KNAW (Netherlands Royal Academy for the Sciences).

More information and the programme on Gothic Modernisms.

For more information, contact dr. Tessel M. Bauduin (t[dot]m[dot]bauduin[at]uva[dot]nl)

This conference is part of a trilogy. For earlier events see ‘Visions of the North

CFP, deadline April 13 | NOG: Borders and Bridges

Doing Gender in The Netherlands:

Borders and Bridges: Cultural Translation and Travelling Theories

National Research Day for Faculty and PhD students in the fields of

Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Sexuality and Diversity

Friday June 2, 2017 – Utrecht University

The Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG) hosts the annual National Research Day. This year it will be located at the Graduate Gender Programme at Utrecht University. The NOG Research Day is a dedicated platform for sharing the work of junior and senior researchers of Dutch universities in the fields of Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Sexuality and Diversity Studies.

Call for Papers:

Borders matter, and not only in theory, as it is proved by the catastrophic consequences of the current migrant and refugee crisis, as well as by the resurgent temptation for closure and protectionism that spreads across the world with Europe’s rightwing populisms, US Trumpism and nationalist, confessional and ethnic conflicts in many other areas of the globe.

Yet, borderlands, as Gloria Anzaldúa recalls, do not merely represent sites of exclusions; they testify also to the relative porosity and transformability of the borders themselves. Feminist conceptualisations of the body, queer approaches to gender and postcolonial reflections on translation can all be interpreted as different theoretical and political experiments for engaging with borders, boundaries and the issue of liminality. Thus, bodies – sexualised, racialised, aged, dis/abled – incarnate borders that may also stand for bridges, enabling connections to be traced; and the very category of gender epitomizes one of most eloquent paradigms for thinking of a border that can be transgressed in many ways.

In postcolonial studies, the experience of borders is very much connected to the practice of translation and to the ordinary paradox of untranslatability. Both translation and untranslatability occupy a very meaningful place within the postcolonial field revolving around key questions of difference, identity, hybridity and conflict. Both concepts also immediately relate to the constitutive kernel of the “postcolonial condition” that derives – and cannot completely abstract from – the colonial entanglements in which it originates.

The 2017 edition of this NOG Research Day approaches the theme of ‘border and bridges’ through the lenses of cultural translation. Cultural translation represents a complex and multilayered phenomenon that reminds us of both the existence of borders and barriers and the urge of traversing and transgressing them. In other words, cultural translation recalls the (un)predictable effects resulting from the increasing mobility to which bodies and languages, thoughts and beliefs, tastes and values are constantly exposed in our global world.

The research day will provide the space and the opportunity to bring to the fore and collectively discuss the multiple and multifaceted aspects of cultural translation across different disciplinary arenas.


–          How are borders imagined and materialized in the contemporary European political arena? And how can cultural translation help us envision Spivak’s concrete utopia of a “borderless world”?

–          How does feminism speak beyond the boundaries of Eurocentrism? And how do feminist scholarship and activism connect differences across gender, race/ethnicity, class, sexuality?

–          Are sexuality and sexual practices translatable?

–          What is the impact of new technologies and digital media on facilitating cultural translation?

–          Do religious differences constitute ‘borders’ and how may these be bridged?

–          How can translation help decolonise the canon? Or, in Lorde’s words, can the master’s tools help dismantling the master’s house ?

We welcome scholars from all disciplines who are researching cultural translation, cultural conflicts, cultural anthropology, secular and post-secular debates, postcolonial and comparative literatures, decolonial epistemologies and migration from queer and/or feminist perspectives. We will be happy to showcase works situated within a variety of fields and conducted by adopting ethnographic, historical, philosophical, semiotic, linguistic, literary, artistic and digital approaches.

The Doing Gender in the Netherlands Research Day is open for presentations by Faculty, Postdoctorate fellows, PhD candidates and Research MA students registered at Dutch universities. All are cordially invited to participate in this event and send proposals for paper presentations.

There are several options to participate:

– As a presenter of a 15 min. paper

– As a session moderator

– As a participant without paper presentation

Through the presentation of work-in-progress from the current generation of gender scholars, the NOG research days seek to both monitor and critique national developments and contemporary discussions within the field. It is not required to be a member of NOG in order to participate, but we do encourage new members to join by emailing the NOG office. Membership includes a monthly newsletter and access to NOG events (including earning graduate training credit).

Deadline for abstracts:

Abstracts for papers (300 words maximum) can be sent to NOG@uu.nl until Thursday April 13, 2017. Please mention the following details: your name, university and if applicable supervisor(s). By Wednesday April 26, 2017, we’ll let you know whether your abstract has been accepted.

Accepted papers are due Wednesday May 24, 2017 and should be submitted to NOG@uu.nl. The final paper should be no more than 2,500-3,500 words (excluding footnotes and references), and will be sent to the moderator and co-presenters of the session in advance.

Format of the day:

The day will start with a welcome speech by Rosemarie Buikema, Director of the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG) and also Director of the Graduate Gender Programme (GGeP) at Utrecht University.

A keynote panel with inter/national speakers will then open the thematic program of the day. Afterwards, the second part of the morning as well as the afternoon will be dedicated to parallel sessions with paper presentations.

The thematic parallel sessions will run in 90-minute slots. Presenters should prepare a 15 minute presentation based on their full paper, and 5 minutes of feedback for fellow presenters, for instance linking to their research approach(es), method(s) and concept(s). Full papers will be distributed in advance among the panel participants and the moderator. Each session will be moderated by a NOG staff member, who will respond to the panel presentations and facilitate discussion.

Next to the thematic sessions we also organise workshop-session(s) for MA and PhD students about pursuing a PhD education in the context of the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (to be confirmed).

The Research day will be concluded by a final plenary session in which we recapitulate what was most inspiring and thought-provoking in this year’s NOG Research day. We then invite you all to continue the discussion over drinks with the NOG community.


The language of the day is English.


Please reply to this email if you wish to attend the National Research Day Doing Gender in the Netherlands as a paper presenter, participant or moderator before April 13, 2017.

To organize this National Research Day we ask for a contribution of €15 from every attendee (presenter or participant) for tea, coffee, lunch and drinks, to be paid in cash at the registration desk on the day.


Members of the board of the Dutch Journal of Genderstudies (Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies) will be present to select some of the best papers to be further developed for publication.

More information:

The Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG) hosted at Utrecht University (The Netherlands) provides a platform for gender sensitive and postcolonial research. Since 1995, the NOG has offered a highly successful training programme and research environment for postgraduate students, PhD students and senior researchers. The NOG teaching and research staff consists of an international team of professors and senior lecturers from various universities. The NOG is a top European programme and plays a central role in European cooperation on research and training in the area of Gender and Postcolonial studies. It has an excellent, long-standing international reputation for its pioneering work in the field of literary, cultural, philosophical, anthropological and epistemological feminist studies. It offers one of Europe’s most advanced interdisciplinary teaching and research programmes in the humanities and social sciences, with a core curriculum on feminist theory, issues of difference and diversity, gender and postcolonialism. In addition, the NOG is involved in European and international projects such as the InterGender network (coordinated by Linkoping University, with other Swedish partner universities and international universities such as Humboldt University and Helsinki University) RINGS, Marie Curie GRACE and ATGENDER, to establish a European joint PhD curriculum in Gender Studies.

See more at:http://www.graduategenderstudies.nl/

The NOG Board consists of Prof. Rosemarie Buikema (Utrecht University, Graduate Gender Programme and scientific chair of the NOG), Prof. Lies Wesseling (Maastricht University, Centre for Gender and Diversity), Prof. Marieke van den Brink (Radboud University Nijmegen, Gender and Diversity Studies), Dr. Liza Mügge (University of Amsterdam, Research Center for Gender and Sexuality) and Dr. Liesbeth Minnaard (Leiden University).

We look forward to an inspiring day, and hope to see you all on the 2nd of June!

On behalf of the board,

Utrecht conference organizers,

R. Buikema, L. Ftouni, J. Mascat, E. Midden, T. Oorschot, K. Smiet, K. Thiele

Nederlandse Onderzoekschool Gender Studies – NOG | Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies | Faculty of Humanities | Utrecht University | Muntstraat 2A, 3512 EV Utrecht, The Netherlands | T. (+31) 030 253 8319 | F. (+31) 030 253 6134 | Office is closed on Friday | nog@uu.nl | www.graduategenderstudies.nl

April 5-7 | Butler on “Bodies That Still Matter” at VU

On 5-7 April 2017, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will host the international conference ‘Critical Theory in the Humanities: Resonances of the Work of Judith Butler,’ organized by research institute CLUE+ and co-financed by KNAW.

Next to Butler, who will speak on “Bodies That Still Matter,” there will be keynote lectures by:

  • Adriana Cavarero, “The Voice of Plurality”
  • Amelia Jones, “Intimate Relations: Queer Performativity and the Theatricalization of Filiation”
  • Achille Mbembe, “Negative Messianism and the Ethics of Consequences”
  • Jacqueline Rose in conversation with Judith Butler, t.b.a.
  • Aagje Swinnen, t.b.a.
  • Iris van der Tuin, “On Being (Becoming) a Feminist Philosopher”
  • Charlotte Witt, “Voluntarism about Gender”

In addition, there will be sixty paper presentations by international scholars on a wide range of topics, including:

  • art and gender
  • asylum and sexuality
  • bodies acting in concert
  • framing the image
  • journalism and performativity
  • limits of the nation state
  • liveable lives
  • mourning
  • performing the self
  • precarity
  • reading Butler
  • recognition
  • rethinking the human
  • terrorism and risk
  • vulnerability

The conference will close with a performance by the German artist Johannes Paul Raether at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. In the guise of his so-called self-sisters, named Transformella and Protektorama, Raether challenges conventional assumptions about identities, bodies, and technology.

For the full programme and registration, see http://www.butleramsterdam.com. Next to registering for the full three days, it is also possible to buy a separate ticket for the evening lecture by Achille Mbembe.

March 31, April 1 | Perception in Benjamin’s Philosophy


Perception is reading


As is well known, Benjamin’s thought is characterised by a micrological attention to neglected details.In its intensive scrutiny of the phenomenal world, it always sought to measure itself againstthe concreteness of experience–albeit not of the empiricist or positivist kind. This is confirmed by what is perhaps Benjamin’smost important methodological stipulation, according to which philosophy’s principaltask is to be understood asadouble movement that involves a“presentation of ideas” as much asa“saving of phenomena” (GS I.1, 214). Sinceit plays a decisive role in this saving of phenomena, perception (aisthesis) nolongerappearsas an impedimentthat could be overcome or sublated, but rather as an uncircumventable horizonfor philosophical thought. Certainly, Benjamin’s concept of perception is, like those of knowledge and experience, nota simple outcome of the history of ideas. In his writings –especially in his confrontation with Kant’s transcendental philosophy –these concepts are transformed througharecasting of the relation between thought and perception. On the one hand, this recasting consists of an examination of Wahrnehmungto language, which provides the basis for the later investigation of the historical metamorphoses of the concept of perception.On the otherhand, Benjamin’s engagement with the concept of perceptionattemptstodismantlethe longstanding tendency of the Western metaphysical tradition to subject aisthesisto the dominion ofreason(logos). Perhaps it isexactlythis attempt to liberate the potential of perception from its oppression by the logosout of whichBenjamin’s critique of modern subjectivity unfolds.

In our two-day workshop,we will trace the constellation of problemsthat evolves from Benjamin’s concept of PERCEPTION. The following questions will be at the centre of the discussion: To what extent can Benjamin’s thought be designated as an attempt to recast the conceptof perception? What is the position of perception in the elaboration of a theory of experience? How does Benjamin understand perception in his early writings on colours and fantasy? How did he critically appropriate the phenomenological concept of perception? How do perception and language relate to one another? What does it mean to understand perception as an act of reading?

This workshop is the fourth in a series of events that deal –directly or indirectly –with Benjamin’s concept of actuality (Aktualität). Because the workshop revolves around intensive reading sessions, a precise knowledge of the relevant texts is expected. In order to facilitate the discussion, the numberof participantsfor this workshopis limited.

If you are interested to participate, please send a message to the organisers before 5 March 2017 with a brief biographical note.

Organisation: Stefano Marchesoni,Nassima Sahraoui,Tom Vandeputte

Contact: marchesoni.stefano@gmail.com, nassima.sahraoui@gmx.org, tom.vandeputte@sandberg.nl

In collaboration with the Critical Studies department of the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, the Philosophical Colloquium/ Frankfurter Benjamin Lectures (Dr. Thomas Regehly),and the Walter Benjamin Archive, Academy of Arts, Berlin.

Workshop March 13 | Researching (Post)Colonial Globalization

Workshop, Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

‘Researching (Post)Colonial Globalization’ with Angelika Epple and Idesbald Goddeeris

On Monday 13 March, Peter van Dam and Liz Buettner of the Modern History Research Group invite you to a workshop that features presentations on 19th- and 20th-century colonialism, postcolonialism, and globalization by two leading international historians.  Professor Angelika Epple of the Universität Bielefeld’s research engages with comparative and global histories, spaces of entanglement, and asymmetries, transfers, and identities in global perspective; Dr. Idesbald Goddeeris of KU Leuven’s work encompasses late colonial and postcolonial history, the Cold War and East-West contacts, and the history of migration.   Both will give talks on research approaches to their subject matter, which will be followed by discussion based on the questions and reflections of the participants.

Time and Date:

Monday 13 March 2017, 11:00-14:00.  Lunch will be provided.

All are welcome, but please register beforehand by e-mailing p.h.vandam@uva.nl by Wednesday 8 March at the latest so that lunch can be ordered for all attendees.


Room E1.02

Bushuis/Oost-Indisch Huis

Kloveniersburgwal 48

1012 CX Amsterdam