Entries by Chantal

Body and Soul

The symposium is an annual point of assembly and an exchange of knowledge in the field of food history. It intends to stimulate debate and research that bridges the gap between different disciplines. Submissions are encouraged to use an interdisciplinary approach, in which theory and methods from diverse (social) sciences are appropriated or from other disciplines that take a historical stance. Another aim is to transfer academic research to a wider public and stimulate research using the Special Collection of the University of Amsterdam. The symposium is therefore targeted at both an academic and a professional audience.

Unpacking Residencies: Situating the Production of Cultural Relations

“Everyone I’d encounter on my journey asked me: ‘Where are you based?’ I said: ‘On my feet.’ ‘Then where are your feet based?’ I say: ‘Feet are never based.’” Hiwa K – Pre-Image (Blind as the Mother Tongue), 2017 — Call for Papers: Unpacking Residencies: Situating the Production of Cultural Relations [working title] Kunstlicht Vol. […]

The NECS 2018 Conference | Media Tactics and Engagement

Call for Papers: The NECS 2018 Conference | Media Tactics and Engagement
27-29 June 2018
The changing media landscape requires continuous (re)invention of the ways in which photography, film, television, digital media, and the arts are produced, distributed, accessed, and consumed. Back in the past like today, the question of media tactics and engagement is crucial once more. Today the question seems even more urgent, since large corporations provide platforms and services that foster the desired behaviour of the average media viewer/user/consumer and produ(c/s)er; nevertheless, in previous decades, ways of planning long-term strategies, tactical reactions to unforeseen circumstances and engagement have determined media practices and discourses. The NECS 2018 conference will explore the various – both intended and/or subversive − ways in which media are currently developed, deployed and distorted.

Unhinging the National Framework

8 December, 2017 | Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Symposium Unhinging the National Framework: Perspectives on Transnational Life-Writing

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The Icon as Cultural Model: Past, Present and Future

25-26 January 2018, Amsterdam | Journalists, artists and scholars, among others, tend to refer to iconic events or images from the past in order to better understand present-day developments. For example, in the wake of the American elections media repeatedly referred to the iconic ‘years of crisis’ of the thirties of the last century. Also, they recalled George Orwell’s iconic depiction of a dystopian society from his novel 1984 to contextualize the use of ‘alternative facts’. In this respect, the icon functions as a model that generates cultural meaning by connecting past and present. But the icon not only shapes our (collective) image of the present, nor does it merely re-evaluate our image of the past. It also opens up potential scenarios for the future – be it brilliant or gloomy.