Masterclass, June 20, 1 EC | This masterclass will offer a theoretical approach to cartographies of knowledge, and rethink the relationship between orientalism and occidentalism, as well as the split Arab/Jew figure.
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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.
Public Talk and Masterclass, May 4, 1 EC | From 2012 to 2016 the Everyday Analysis collective ran a successful blog and website (https://everydayanalysis.com) dedicated to exploring everyday life, culture and politics from the perspective of literary and cultural theory, taking inspiration from earlier projects such as Roland Barthes’ Mythologies. The talk will explore the origins and philosophy of Everyday Analysis, and will present extracts from Politactics selected for their relevance to recent (and ongoing) political development in Europe and America. Presenting will be Dan Bristow, co-editor of Everyday Analysis and author of Lacan and Joyce: Reading, Writing and Psychoanalysis (2016), along with Ben Moore (Department of English), a regular contributor. Preceding the talk is a masterclass aimed at master students, which will explore ways of engaging with the work of Jacques Lacan (and psychoanalysis in general) as a tool of cultural analysis, taking as case studies a selection of pieces from Everyday Analysis and Bristow’s work in progress on 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968).
CFP, Symposium May 23-24, 4 ECTS | We call for researchers, artists and activists to reflect on how Twitter has expanded, complicated and advanced the concept of free speech. We are especially interested in explorations of Twitter’s potential as a site for social change, and of the unique forms of political and cultural expression that this space makes possible.
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)?
- The Anthropocene: Ecologies, Tensions, Futures November 24, 2020
- New PhD Candidate: Shekoufeh Behbehani,(Un)screened Narratives: Non-Normative Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Iran November 16, 2020
- Unhinging the National Framework: Platform for the Study of Transnational Life Writing November 13, 2020
- CALL for Benelux students interested in the Environmental Humanities November 13, 2020
- Imagining the Image 2020-2021 November 12, 2020