Nanna Bonde Thylstrup: Mass Digitization

MAP Lecture, March 22 | In this talk media scholar Nanna Bonde Thylstrup (University of Copenhagen) will discuss the politics of mass digitization, focusing in particular on its legal, cultural and ethical implications drawing on analyses of Google Books, Europeana and the emerging phenomenon of “shadow libraries”, that is, platforms that amass illegal text collections in the name of open access.

The Aesthetic Turn in Post-Colonial Studies

Platform for Post-Colonial Readings, March 10, 1-3EC | Can we speak of a typically post-colonial aesthetics? If so, what would be its hallmarks? Are there ways to ‘provincialize’ Western aesthetic theory? How do aesthetic considerations contest and/or mediate the socio-political function of post-colonial texts? Can such a focus help to diversify our scholarly practice and enable us to tend to artistic expressions in the field that do not primarily address post-colonial ‘issues’? What could be the possible merits and limitations of a postcolonial aesthetic (to-be)?

Rose Mary Allen: Contesting Respectability, Unheard Voices

Lecture and workshop, 2 EC, March 27-31 | The lecture examines the ways in which colonial politics of respectability, aimed at shaping ideal Curaçaoan male and female behavior, formed a response to racist representations of black sexuality and character in Curaçaoan society. Workshop: Researchers are often confronted with the fact that certain key information is not in written form but stored in people’s memories. This is particularly the case in societies where written information represents colonial or other dominant views while alternative views are silenced. In this workshop, participants will look at oral history research findings, issues around reliability, transcription, interpretation and analysis.

Herschel Farbman: Sports and Corporate Capitalism

Leiden MAP lectures, February 22 | Herschel Farbman (UC Irvine) elaborates a critical commentary on the process by which the sportstalking fan, often troped ironically as player, figuratively extends the physical game far beyond the highly restricted limits of the field of play proper, forging, in the process, the lingua franca of advanced corporate capitalism.

Ayanna Dozier: The Counter-Poetics of Beyoncé’s Lemonade

April 10-11, Masterclass and lecture, 1 EC | Beyoncé’s Lemonade (2016) uses the rich diasporic pool of Black cultural production to signify liberation, as a “self-making” act, through resistant performance in the audiovisual form. This master class and talk will analyze the staging, performance, and use of Black cultural production made in Lemonade as a pedagogical tool for resisting colonial spaces and domination.

Wildness without Wilderness

Conference panel, October 27-29, no EC | The Benelux have always been invested in transnational, postcolonial approaches in the humanities on the one hand, and in post-humanism, new materialism, and bio-art on the other. Adding to this, there is an increasing interest in (artistic) practice as a form of thinking and doing research that allows for fruitful ‘contamination’ between these domains. Two panels discuss the insights produced by predominantly young and upcoming scholars and writers in these fields.

Cultural Studies Then and Now

NICA Course, Starting November 3, 6 ECTS | In this course, we will revisit the main genealogies and methodologies of Cultural Studies in relation to current developments, exploring the following five areas of contestation: conjuncture, politics, reality, interdisciplinarity, culture. How did Cultural Studies start out? What can it now be?

The Moving Image in the Museum

Lecture series, starting October 16, 3 ECTS | Stedelijk UNIVERSITY annually offers a short lecture series on the Sunday afternoon on current topics in contemporary art theory and the museum world. This first edition is provided by Professor Thomas Elsaesser. Elsaesser will investigate the way in which contemporary art is increasingly making use of film, video and the history of cinema.

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian: Occupation of the Senses

Public Lecture and Masterclass, September 14, 1 ECTS | Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian is a longtime anti-violence, native Palestinian feminist activist and scholar. Her research focuses on femicide, state crime, child abuse, and other forms of gendered violence, crimes of abuse of power in settler colonial contexts, surveillance, securitization, and trauma in militarized and colonized zones. discuss the aesthetic of violence in occupied East Jerusalem. Colonial and settler colonial dispossession is performed through various forms of violence, justified by cultural, historical, religious and national imperatives. In this masterclass, I approach one of these forms of violence as the occupation of the senses, referring to the sensory technologies that manage bodies, language, sight, time and space in the colony.

Voicing Refugee Experiences in Art, Literature and Cinema

Workshop, September 23, 1-3 ECTS | The upcoming workshop of the Platform for Postcolonial Readings will be devoted to a postcolonial reflection on the capacities and limitations of art, literature and cinema when it comes to giving a voice to refugees. According to literary scholar Bishupal Limbu “[t]o be a refugee is to lose certain rights, and in the absence of these rights, a person is no longer recognizable as such, devoid of significance, and meaningless to prevailing schemes of representation” (2009). Taking this claim as our starting point, we will ask ourselves if, and if so to what extent, literature, art and cinema can artistically represent lives that are severed from representation politically.

Dramaturgies of Cultural Translation

Symposium, October 11-12 2016, 1 EC |This symposium explores performance as a site of cultural translation. The concept of cultural translation extends beyond the common understanding of translation as the transference of meaning from one language into another and the process of finding linguistic equivalences. It includes corporeal, historical, and epistemological aspects of cross-cultural communication, and inquires into its conditions and limits. These pose complex challenges in the performing arts, as the endeavour of cultural translation is inseparable from poetic and dramaturgical conventions of staging.

Cultural Analysis and Disability Studies

May 26 | This spring, the University of Amsterdam offered a seminar in Cultural Analysis of Disability. This event will bring some of the discussions that took place during this seminar to the wider public. We will create a space for discussion and exploration of how disability is represented and constructed through normalising discourses in all sorts of texts, from films to textbooks to novels and beyond—and the ways in which disabled people and their allies can and do challenge these practices.


European Summer School for Cultural Studies (ESSCS), 20-24 June 2016, % EC | In Margins of Philosophy, Jacques Derrida notes that “it is a mistake to believe in the immediate and ahistorical legibility of a philosophical argument.” The 2016 European Summer School for Cultural Studies departs from the idea that this warning pertains not just to philosophical inquiry, but across academic disciplines, from literary and media studies to law, architecture and the social sciences.

Kama La Mackerel: From Thick Skin to Femme Armour Tour

June 10, performance | Kama La Mackerel is a Tio’tia:ke/Montreal-based community organizer, movement builder, writer, poet, story-teller, curator and multi-disciplinary artist whose work focusses on narration and cultural production as modes of anti-colonial resistance. The From Thick Skin to Femme Armour Tour is an extensive multi-disciplinary art and research project that seeks to visibilize and honour trans femme of colour resistance and resilience across history and in contemporary everyday life.

MAP: Maria Poulaki: Mind, Evolution, and Film

Public Lecture, May 11 | In this talk Maria Poulaki (University of Surrey) will discuss the implications of ‘ecological psychology’ for film theory, in particular for the understanding of film reception, both in terms of scene perception and cognitive interpretation. Poulaki’s paper focuses on the implicit link between a particular understanding of film form, and a specific way of theorizing film reception.

Cary Wolf: Posthumanism, Biopolitics, and the Animal Turn

Lecture, Q&A, and Masterclass, June 8, 9, 10 | Founding Editor of the series Posthumanities at the University of Minnesota Press, Cary Wolf will visit Utrecht University and participate in various activities around the topics of animal studies, immunity, biopolitics, and posthumanism. “Human beings are not the constitutive elements of either the social or the political.”

Understanding Evil

Conference, 2 ECTS, May 17-18 |The prevalence of evil as well as our struggle to come to terms with the phenomenon is the starting point of the 2016 Conference on the Philosophy of Evil. This two-day conference – hosted by the University of Manchester and the University of Amsterdam – will bring together eight leading international speakers on the topic of evil. Three themes will be at the centre of attention: (1) evil in the history of thought, (2) conceptual debates regarding evil (i.e., evil as a secular idea, the quantitative/qualitative discussion, evil as a substantive concept), (3) evil in relation to specific normative and political topics (i.e., forgiveness, freedom, justice).

Jeffrey A. Bell: “What is Philosophy?”

Workshop, May 19, 2 EC | Professor Jeffrey A Bell will be present to guide as through Deleuze and Guattari’s famous construction of a tri-partite setup of philosophy, science and art, and to help grasp the many difficult philosophical, scientific and artistic lines that they pick up on while developing this construction. While the workshop aims to investigates the necessity for this book, equal attention will be given to the development and distinction of certain concepts, to their relation to the other fields and to their specificity in regard to the planes whereupon Deleuze and Guattari see them work.

MAP: Cissie Fu, Cycling Chronicities

Public Lecture, April 20 | In this talk philosopher and political theorist Cissie Fu invites us to test the limits of presence and luminance in telematic art through recent expansions of protest repertoire in Hong Kong, Spain, and South Korea.


Summer School, 20-24 June 2016, 5 EC | In Margins of Philosophy, Jacques Derrida notes that “it is a mistake to believe in the immediate and ahistorical legibility of a philosophical argument.” The 2016 European Summer School for Cultural Studies departs from the idea that this warning pertains not just to philosophical inquiry, but across academic disciplines, from literary and media studies to law, architecture and the social sciences.