LGBT-refugees: a critical perspective

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

Digital Democracy: Critical Perspectives in the Age of Big Data

10 & 11 November 2017 | 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.

Connecting to the Masses: 100 Years from the Russian Revolution

Call for Abstracts
13 November 2017 | 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.

Posthuman Ethics in the Anthropocene

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.

Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory

Call for Papers | 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.

Underrated Understanding: On Multilingualism as an Artistic Expression

Image: Nara Bak, Esperanto (one who hopes), 2017

8 June 2017
Walking on the streets of Amsterdam, the city unfolds into a soundscape of different languages. The unfamiliar sounds of a foreign language elude me, interrupt me, touch me, and challenge me. The soundscape does not make ‘sense’ to me—if ‘sense’ means an immediate and unreflected decoding of words. The soundscape confronts the sense system that encloses me and protects me, while appealing for an aesthetic and sensory encounter with me.

Face and Speech: The Audiovisual Scene of Knowing and Encountering

Friday, November 10 – Sunday, November 12, 2017
The PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) 2017 Conference will be held at the lovely Chaminade University of Honolulu (with the official conference hotel being the Ala Moana) from Friday, November 10 to Sunday, November 12.

This session focuses on the epistemic, philosophical, and political implications of seeing and speaking. It starts from the image of a face that speaks—an image that solicits further thoughts about the relation between visual arts and literary texts, between representation and dialogue imagination, between being seen as the other and speaking as the other.

Art & Activism: Resilience Techniques in Times of Crisis

Call for Papers 13-15 December 2017, Leiden, the Netherlands Hosted by the Research Center for Material Culture of the Volkenkunde Museum (National Museum of World Cultures) Abstracts due: 31 May 2017 (300 words + bibliography of 3-5 key sources + short bionote). Notification by: 1 July 2017 Send to: artandactivismcon@gmail.com Website: https://artandactivismcon.wordpress.com/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Art-and-Activism-Conference-277116046067898/ […]

PhD Positions: Uncertain Archives

The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for one to two PhDs affiliated with the project Uncertain Archives. The position is for a three-year period to be filled by 1 September 2017. Data production, capture, and dissemination constitute key global themes and challenges today. We […]

June 29-30 | Gothic Modernisms

registration now open 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

WAHRNEHMUNG |PERCEPTION IN WALTER BENJAMIN’S PHILOSOPHY SANDBERG INSTITUTE, AMSTERDAM 31.3-1.4.2017 Perception is reading —Benjamin(1917) WORKSHOP THEME 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 […]

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 […]

April 3-May 5 | Eye College: This is Film!

Lectures on exceptional film restorations and film heritage projects From April 3 to May 15, EYE and the University of Amsterdam present This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice, a series of six public lectures at EYE devoted to notable projects in the field of film restoration and film heritage. Giovanna Fossati (chief curator at […]

November 18-26 | Huizinga Winter School: Cities, Borders, Identities

Cities, Borders and Identities Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach 18 – 26 November 2017 Deadline for applications: 15 May 2017 The ongoing refugee crisis, combined with the continuing aftershocks of the financial crisis of 2008 have seen the re-emergence of identity politics across Europe in a space that is increasingly divided in cultural, political, social and […]

July 3-5: Animal Intersections Conference

Van maandag 3 tot woensdag 5 juli (2017) vindt voor de zevende keer het AASA (Australasian Animal Studies Association) congres plaatst. Dit congres wordt georganiseerd door de universiteit van Adelaide en staat dit jaar in het teken van ‘Animal Intersections’. Voor meer informatie over dit congres en de themas die dit jaar worden besproken verwijzen […]

CFP: Materialities of Postcolonial Memory

AHM Conference 2017 Materialities of Postcolonial Memory Call for Papers 7 -9 December 2017 University of Amsterdam As questions of racism are prominent in public debate, the colonial and slavery pasts represent more than ever key sites of both social encounter and contestation. The fields of heritage and memory studies, however, have been slow to […]

Announcing the Critical theory Consortium

In December 2016, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a three-and-a-half year, $1,525,000 grant to the University of California, Berkeley and $1,020,000 to Northwestern University to establish the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP). The task of this international consortium is to document, connect, and support the various programs and projects that now represent […]

February 10: Waste Event

With Alice Twemlow, Rachele Dini, and Dave Hakkens Friday 10 February, 2017 At this event, we invite you to confront and ponder an object that we usually wish dispose of quickly. To examine waste in all its materiality, we invite 15 people to join us on a morning excursion to AEB, an Energy from Waste […]