Living with Toxicity: Mapping the Toxic in Contemporary Culture

Ruby de Vos | University of Groningen | Living with Toxicity: Mapping the Toxic in Contemporary Culture | Supervisors: Vera Alexander, Pablo Valdivia Toxicity is an urgent concern in today’s world, affecting bodies and environments (Alaimo 2010). At the same time, it presents ambivalent challenges in the context of cultures and the arts as it […]

Past Nature in Contemporary Art. How Art and Philosophy Interact

Monique Peperkamp | University of Amsterdam | Past Nature in Contemporary Art. How Art and Philosophy Interact | Supervisors: Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, Miriam van Rijsingen, Peter Sonderen. Nature is a key concept in modern culture, related to the romantic-modern idea of the subject and the rationale of art in modernity. Many contemporary works of art […]

Secret Theatre: Off-the-grid Performance Practices in Communist Poland and Czechoslovakia (1945 – 1989)

Olga Krasa-Ryabets | University of Amsterdam | Secret Theatre: Off-the-grid Performance Practices in Communist Poland and Czechoslovakia (1945 – 1989) | Supervisors: Ellen Rutten, Kati Röttger This study examines the home as a site of dissent, subversion and social change by way of theatrical performance. It investigates understudied instances of theatre/performative activity produced within private […]

Digital Deaths: The Affects and Arts of Online Mourning

Nadia de Vries | University of Amsterdam | Digital Deaths: The Affects and Arts of Online Mourning | Supervisor: Prof. dr. Ellen Rutten, Dr. Joyce Goggin The grieving process is one of the many aspects of our lives that the Internet has changed. Dead relatives are mourned through remembrance profiles on Facebook, lost loved ones […]

Non-heteronormative Cultural Practices of Sexual Citizenship in Curaçao and Bonaire under conditions of (post)coloniality

Julian Isenia | University of Amsterdam | Non-heteronormative Cultural Practices of Sexual Citizenship in Curaçao and Bonaire under conditions of (post)coloniality  | Supervisors: Sruti Bala, Rivke Jaffe This PhD project examines how citizenship is practised under conditions of fragmented national sovereignty. Departing from the recognition that citizenship is not only a legal status based on […]

Civil Disobedience under Illiberal Conditions: The Radically Democratic Potential of the Kurdish Movement in Turkey

Özgür Yalçin | Univeristy of Amsterdam | Civil Disobedience under Illiberal Conditions: The Radically Democratic Potential of the Kurdish Movement in Turkey | Supervisors: Robin Celikates, Yolande Jansen Civil disobedience, in the literature, is interpreted in different ways that all propose various kinds of understanding of the concept, justification and role of this political practice. […]

Traveling Caribbean Heritage

Joeri Arion | Erasmus University / KITLV | Traveling Caribbean Heritage  | Supervisors: G. Oostindie  (KITLV) A. van Stipriaan (EUR) Centuries of migrations have deeply impacted the development of the creolized Papiamentu/o-speaking cultures of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. The islands’ asymmetrical relation to the Netherlands begs many questions regarding insular identities. Mass tourism became a […]

Memory and Materiality: Multisensory Ethnography of Culturally Diverse Urban Settings

Elisa Fiore | Radboud University Nijmegen | Memory and Materiality: Multisensory Ethnography of Culturally Diverse Urban Settings | Supervisors: Anneke Smelik, Liedeke Plate My PhD research develops a multisensory ethnography of gentrifying multicultural urban settings to investigate how gentrification contributes to the inclusion or exclusion of certain cultural expressions in those areas. The two selected […]

Sublime Imperfections: Post-Soviet Trash Aesthetics

Fabienne Rachmadiev | University of Amsterdam | Sublime Imperfections: Post-Soviet Trash Aesthetics | Supervisors: Ellen Rutten, Joost de Bloois The purpose of this research is twofold: to provide an analysis of influential cultural objects in post- Soviet Russia through a theory of ‘imperfection’, from the perspective of the maker, i.e. why choose imperfection as an aesthetic […]

Dutch Design, Glitches, Misfits: Why Western Europeans Crave the Imperfect

Jakko Kemper | University of Amsterdam | Dutch Design, Glitches, Misfits: Why Western Europeans Crave the Imperfect | Supervisors: Ellen Rutten, Marie-Aude Baronian Today’s world is marked by a complex intermingling of digital information technologies, neoliberal capitalism and precarious modes of living (see e.g. Bardot & Laval 2013, Berlin 2011, Liu 2004). In relation to […]

The Representations of Sexuality in Contemporary Chinese Cinema

Jiyu Zhang | The Representations of Sexuality in Contemporary Chinese Cinema | Supervisor: Prof. dr Ernst van Alphen As a PhD researcher in film and literary studies at Leiden University, I have proceeded my research project since September 2015, currently entitled The Representations of Sexuality in Contemporary Chinese Cinema. Hereby I would like to provide a […]

Globalization, charity fundraising and mediated suffering

Wouter Oomen | Utrecht University| supervisors: Sandra Ponzanesi & Markus Stauff Contemporary images used in charity fundraising aimed at the abolition of poverty are ingrained with a notion of a ‘common, global humanity’ (Boltanski 1999). This assumed shared base can be thought of in terms of shared values (Njoh 2006), universal human rights (Sliwinski 2009), […]

The Performative Force of Accented Speech: Language, Body, and Violence

Tingting Hui | Leiden University | supervisors: Ernst van Alphen en Yasco Horsman In the contemporary globalized world, the accent marks a distinction between insiders and outsiders, and can sometimes lead to hostility and bodily attack. Such violence typically performs a gesture of othering based on the conflation of ethnicity and language, and further raises […]

Post-rationalisation: Openness in Contemporary Social Organisation

Jan Overwijk | University of Amsterdam | supervisors: Boomkens, Celikates The question of modernity is as old as modernity itself. Philosophically, Kant studied modern thought in a critique of reason; sociologically, Weber used the parallel tactic of examining modern society in a critique of rationalisation. The wave of postmodernism in the 1970s and ‘80s has attempted […]

‘Errors’. Exposing the Endless Construction and Deconstruction of Digital Media

David Gauthier | University of Amsterdam | supervisor: Robin Boast Current discourses on digital media display a fascination with the linguistic, numeric, algorithmic, social, and material aspects of technology, from which several new domains of study have emerged in the past several years, including Digital Methods, Software Studies, Digital Humanities, and Media Archeology, to name […]

The Foundations of Criticism: The Case of October

Noortje de Leij | University of Amsterdam | supervisors: Mia Lerm-Hayes & Johan Hartle As Modernist ideals of authenticity, autonomy and aesthetic purity gradually unraveled from the 1960s onwards, artistic discourse paradigmatically shifted its attention to the socio-political and economic realities that lie at the basis of art and its institutional systems. An implicit preposition […]

Missing Limbs

Major General Daniel Sickles’ lower leg bone. (Image courtesy: National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington DC.)

Moosje Goosen | Universiteit van Amsterdam  | Promotors: Patricia Pisters and Esther Peeren I am a PhD fellow at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. My research, titled ‘Missing Limbs’, focuses on the discursive formation of the phantom limb. While there have been several accounts of sensations and pain in missing body parts from the Middle […]

Postdating the Post: Examining (Neo)Epistolary Practices in Contemporary Culture

Emma de Vries | Leiden University | Promotor: Yra van Dijk In my interdisciplinary PhD-research Postdating the Post: Examining (Neo)Epistolary Practices in Contemporary Culture, I signal and scrutinize a remarkable phenomenon: today’s simultaneous dis- and reappearance of the letter. Over the last decades, digital communication media has ousted the letter into disuse, and the postal […]

Affect and Urbanity: Single Migrant Woman in Shanghai

Penn Ip | My research studies how spaces control and enable lower class single migrant women’s intimate lives in contemporary Shanghai. The project focuses on single migrant women at the age of 20-35, in Shanghai who work in 3 distinctive sectors: factories, bars/night clubs, and domestic services. By employing affect theory to bridge city spaces to […]