Entries by

Art, Culture, and the Environment

BASCE, June 19 | Many scholars, artists, and activists in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg are committed to exploring the changing relations between culture and the environment. BASCE wants to offer those scholars a platform for dialogue and exchange. Tom Idema, Catherine Lord, and Rob Zwijnenberg offer presentations on their work. The talks will culminate in an open discussion of each participant’s investment in the broad interdisciplinary field of ecocriticism, bio-art, environmental philosophy, nature writing, landscape poetry, environmental activism, etc.

Emancipation in Postmodernity: Political Thought in Japanese Science Fictional Animation

Mari Nakamura  |  My PhD research project studies the intersections between animation and political thought. Specifically, it explores the ways in which the philosophical notion of ‘emancipation’, along with its related concepts such as ‘domination’ and ‘resistance’, have been conceptualised in Japanese science fictional animation. Considering animation as an expressive medium, and science fiction as a […]

How To Survive the Neoliberal University?

Atelier | Over the past decade, universities worldwide have changed profoundly. Some have referred to the new University as the corporate university, others as the neoliberal university. It is often claimed that the university has become a place that is driven by output and profit making and ever increasing levels of competition. Simultaneously, academic jobs have become precarious, in particular for junior faculty members, who often shoulder the heaviest workload on the basis of unreliable short-term contracts. What role, then, does the university play today in forming and distributing knowledge and critical thinking, and what role could it play in the near future?

Eco-Poco: the Ecocritical Turn Through Postcolonial Eyes

Atelier | How can we analyse postcoloniality and globalization without taking the vitally important and truly global dimension of the environment into account? Under the influence of the booming field of ecocriticism, the environmental aspects of colonialism and globalization are increasingly foregrounded.

Mediterranean Revolutions, Postcolonial Questions

Atelier | Iain Chambers’ study on the postcolonial Mediterranean (2008) suggests a daringly new way to rethink European, Arab, Middle Eastern and North African identities as intertwined. It ties in with the larger project of the theory of globalization, which invites us to see and think the world differently. The conceptualization of the world as radically, though ambivalently, interconnected, seems to have great potential. Postcolonial theory lay the groundwork for this new imagination, but it also reminds us that we should take into account the specific (geopolitical) power dynamics that are bound up with all imaginations of the world. Political accounts of the efforts to create a Mediterranean identity (European Mediterranean Project, Barcelona Process, 1995) point at the Arab distrust of such projects.