Rethinking Cross-Media: Intermediality, Convergence, Assemblage, Post-Media etc.

Cross-Media Research Seminar 2019-20

Rethinking Cross-Media: Intermediality, Convergence, Assemblage, Post-Media etc.

This year’s Cross-Media Research Seminar is going back to its basic concept and taking stock: What concepts and tools are available (and newly emerging) to understand a culture whose aesthetics and politics are decidedly cross-media: enabled by and circulating across a number of highly heterogeneous media constellations, each combining formal conventions, practices, technologies, and political economies in particular ways. The latest discussion, if fake news is a problem of social media or rather of the established mass media, shows the shortcomings of a compartmentalized approach to media, which is not least fostered by disciplinary boundaries (film studies, new media etc.). Concepts like form or affect, media logics or affordances still often get discussed in relation with a single media item (be it a platform or an individual ‘text’). Catch-all terms like ‘mediatization’, on the other hand, too sweepingly insinuate a growing relevance of media in general, while culture never existed independent of mediating technologies.

Between these alternative poles, we want to discuss approaches that allow for analyzing how culture – think of: structures of feelings, situated knowledges, struggles of meaning, uneven distribution of visibility, access and participation – is entangled with dynamics that emerge because of the ongoing re-articulation and transformation of different media.

This topic asks for an open research strategy. Instead of presenting a fixed list of topics or readings for the entire seminar, we will decide together throughout the course of the semester, what new publications and which seemingly outdated concepts offer inspiration to critically map the ongoing cross-media transformations.

RMA Students can earn ECs. Please contact the organizer for details. Register at:

Organizers: Sudeep Dasgupta, Abe Geil, Markus Stauff (contact: )

Meetings are on the following Fridays 15-18h (dates for semester 2 will be determined later): Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 13

Site specific theatrical performance/boat trip

UvA faculty and students can avail of discounted tickets of 15 EUR each for the performances on 23 June 20.00 hrs and 27 June 19.00 hrs.

On 27 June 2019 at 19hrs there will be a short introduction in the University Theatre, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16, 1012 CP Amsterdam.

Fill in the code UVA-SITESOFMEMORY2019 when booking the ticket.

Sites of Memory is a project by Jennifer Tosch (founder of the Black Heritage Tours Amsterdam) and Katy Streek (theatre maker and programmer). Since 2016 they create a new performance, a theatrical boattrip about the ‘hidden’ stories about the history of slavery and colonialism in Amsterdam. The audience is taken past historical sites whilst spoken word artists, dancers, musicians and visual artists bring history to the present. This year they will research the theme ‘Emerging Memory’.

The performances dates: 22nd of June to 4th of July 2019

Made possible with the generous support of Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis (NICA) and Amsterdam Heritage and Memory Studies (AHM).

Visualising the Archive: A Workshop with elin o’Hara slavick

Location and date: Groningen, 10 September 2019, 10-17

Organizers: Jan van Egmond (Academie Minerva), Camilla Sutherland (RUG), Ruby de Vos (RUG) in collaboration with elin o’Hara slavick

Credit: 1 EC

What is the archive, and what role does it play in contemporary art and culture? Which historical, institutional, and political ideas shape our understanding of the archive? What are the ethical implications of engaging with the archive as an artist, and how do they play a role in the creation and reception of the artwork? And which methodologies and concepts are helpful to study these practices as a researcher of art and culture? These are some of the questions this workshop will explore in collaboration with visual artist elin o’Hara slavick, through a theoretical as well as a practice-based workshop.

In critical theory the archive has long been an object of interest, most notably through the work of Foucault and Derrida. Both connect the archive to knowledge production and discursive processes of inclusion and exclusion through practices of organisation and categorisation. The archive is thus a potent site for reflections on memory and forgetting, even as its material dimensions are changing in an age where the logic of the archive is affected by increased digitisation and online access to the database (Dekker 2013). In contemporary art and culture, at the same time, we can witness what Hal Foster has called an “archival impulse” (2004), as the archival, both as a practice and as an aesthetic, is increasingly visible in the gallery and the museum (Van Alphen 2014). Against this background, this workshop asks: what kind of transformation does (or doesn’t) the archive undergo in the artistic process?

This workshop takes the exhibition of US-artist elin o’Hara slavick’s work at Galerie Block C in Groningen as a starting point to engage with the questions about the archive outlined above. In her work After Hiroshima, slavick works with objects from the archive of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, creating fragile works that paradoxically attest to the violence of the atomic bomb that was dropped on the city in 1945. Starting with a discussion session of set texts in the morning, lead by Sutherland and De Vos (RUG), participants will also engage in a practice-based session in the afternoon lead by O’Hara slavick and Van Egmond (Academie Minerva). To further encourage connections between theory and artistic practice, the session will be open to RMA and PhD students from NICA as well as to students from the Frank Mohr Institute in Groningen.

Visualising the Archive is part of the programme of After Hiroshima: Cultural Responses to the Atomic Bomb, a series of events about the atomic bomb that will take place in Groningen from 7 until 14 September 2019. More information can be found here.

Registration & practicalities

6 places are available for RMA and PhD students. Participants are asked to write a brief motivation letter (350 words max.) in which they outline their interest in the topic, by reference to one case study that interests them (for example a physical/virtual archive, a cultural practitioner engaged in archival praxis, personal experiences with the archive as research tool etc.). Deadline: 27 June 2019

Applications and questions to: and

The workshop will take place at various locations in the city center of Groningen, including a visit to O’Hara slavick’s exhibition in Galerie Block C. Readings will be announced and distributed closer to the date.

Image courtesy of elin o’Hara slavick.

Sites of Memory – Emerging Memory

Tickets available now!

After the great success of the past three years, with sold out shows, we are bringing a new edition within the theme Emerging Memory; what stories from history do we share, document or archive, by whom and from who’s perspective? What do we rather forget? The audience is taken past historical sites whilst spoken word artists, dancers, musicians and visual artists bring history to the present. It’s a quest for our shared cultural heritage and encounter through stories between 22nd June till 4th July.

By Jennifer Tosch and Katy Streek in collaboration with Raul Balai, Buhlebezwe Siwani,  Zino Schat, Robert Thomas Villedieu, Mirte Hartland, Sjaan Flikweert and Jörgen Gario.

Sites of Memory is a collaboration between Amsterdam Roots, Afrovibes, Poetry Circle Nowhere and Black Heritage Tours. It is made possible with support by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Amsterdam Heritage and Memory Studies & Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis.

Language: English (with partly Dutch text)
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Dates & times

Saturday 22 June, 16:00 & 20:00
Sunday 23 June, 16:00 & 20:00
Thursday 27 June, 20:00
Friday 28 June, 20:00
Saturday 29 June, 16:00 & 20:00
Sunday 30 June, 16:00 & 20:00
Wednesday 3 July, 20:00
Thursday 4 July, 20:00

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Gender and Open Science

Call for papers

Special Issue Dutch Journal of Gender Studies (Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies)

“Gender and Open Science”

Editors: Margriet Fokken (UU), Looi van Kessel (LUCAS), and Fleur Praal (LUCAS)

‘Open Science’ is a movement that strives for open sharing of research data, publications, code, and other research related products with society. This is intended to enhance the transparency of knowledge production and stimulate the circulation of knowledge within and outside academia (Bosman & Kramer, 2017; European Commission, 2018; Vicente-Saez & Martinez-Fuentes, 2018). Open access publishing, where the published article is freely available for everyone, is a well-known offshoot of the open science movement. But, its branches extend much further: to the publication and/or sharing of data, and alternative forms of peer review that are more transparent (i.e. ‘open’), among other things. It has been argued that that open science practices could make scholarship more democratic, encourage civil engagement, and increase participation of marginalised groups (Bosman & Kramer, 2017; GENDERACTION, 2018, 2019).

In this special issue we ask the question: how are current practices and policies aimed at openness related to the position of marginalised individuals and groups in academia? How are gender, age, class, citizenship, culture, ethnicity/race, language, religion, and sexuality playing their part?

For full details see the Online Call for Papers

Deadline for abstracts is 1st of July 2019