As Slowly As Possible: Entangled Temporalities

The Netherlands Institute of Cultural Analysis (NICA) and The Free University of Amsterdam (VU) announce a workshop and invitation to the international Association of the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP) symposium ASAP/Amsterdam: “As Slowly as Possible.” RMA and PhD candidates from all disciplines in the Netherlands are invited to apply.

The masterclass on entangled temporalities will take place at The VU University of Amsterdam VU on the 8th floor (HG-08A20) on Thursday, 24 May 2018 from 10:00-12:00. The two-hour session, led by Prof. Dr. Katja Kwastek (Modern and Contemporary Art History) and Prof. Dr. Diederik Oostdijk (Literatures in English), will give participants an overview of the symposium goals as well as offer in-depth close readings of selected texts from the symposium’s four keynotes: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ernst, Prof. Dr. Mieke Bal, Dr. Jeremiah Day, and Dr. Maria Fusco.

In a comparative analysis, we will discuss the four keynotes’ different approaches towards the interrelation of the temporality of media on the one hand, and human temporality on the other. We will analyze how the different media these scholars and artists scrutinize (sound, moving image, literature, performance) are related to different approaches towards mediated, embodied, and experienced time, as well as towards natural, human, and technological concepts of time.

Credits: Participants will receive 3 ECs upon completion of the masterclass, attending all symposium events, and writing a 1500 word response paper on the notion of slowness in one (pre-selected) panel session. Participants should read the four texts in advance of the session and prepare a brief 3-minute response to one of the texts.

To Apply: Please send an email to NICA at by 26 April 2018. For more information, please see the ASAP/Amsterdam symposium website or contact NICA at Registration will be limited to 20 participants.

Texts: Will be made available to selected participants.