Creaturely Ethics and Poetics. Vibrant Possibilities of Human-Animal Organization and Culture

CFP Conference Stream 37 11th Critical Management Studies Conference
June 27-29, 2019, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

The domination-exploitation of human beings begins with animals, wild beasts and cattle; the humans associated with these inaugurated an experience that would turn back against them: killings, stockbreeding, slaughters, sacrifices and (in order better to submit) castration. All these practices were put to the test and succeeded. The castration of beasts, what power! And what a symbol of anti-nature…the living (except those who accepted domestication, such as cats and dogs) provided a raw material, a primary substance [matière prémière] that each society treated in its own way. After which human beings separated themselves from each other: on the one hand the masters, men (sic) worthy of this name – and on the other, the subhumans, treated like animals, and with the same methods: dominated, exploited and humiliated.

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A Score, A Groove, A Phantom

This exhibition reconfigures two recent bodies of work by artist Evan Ifekoya, Ritual Without Belief (2018), an immersive sound installation recently commissioned by Gasworks London, and the project A Score, A Groove, A Phantom (2016 – ongoing), both of which investigate topics of polyvocality, subjectivity, authorship, and collaboration. A Score, A Groove, A Phantom explores archives of blackness, sociality, and inheritance as they diffract through queer nightlife and trauma in the present moment. Ritual Without Belief introduces “an algorithm across generations, locations and political affiliations,” with vocal samples that draw from literature and theory, music, conversations with friends, and more intimate thoughts and reflections. For this iteration, Evan Ifekoya will be drawing on legacies of black queer resistance in the Netherlands.

The exhibition will take place from 18 January until 16 February 2019, and will be on view Wednesdays – Saturdays from 14:00-18:00 at De Appel, Schipluidenlaan 12. More information can be find here:

Music, Performance and Politics: Tatming and the postcolonial ruins of Hong Kong

Music, Performance and Politics: Tatming and the postcolonial ruins of Hong Kong

A colloquium by

Jeroen de Kloet, Yiu Fai Chow, and Leonie Schmidt

Thursday 13 December 2018 at 15:30
In room 3.01 at Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16


In this colloquium De Kloet, Chow, and Schmidt will engage with two rounds of performances by the Hong Kong band Tatming. The Hong Kong pop duo Tatming Pair started in 1986 and has since built a reputation with their engaged lyrics, extravagant aesthetics, and electronic sounds. In 2012 Tatming Pair, vented in a series of concerts, their worries, frustrations and anger over the future of the city, giving voice to a deafening sense of disquiet. In the first part of our presentation, we will analyse this performance as a foreboding of the upcoming political protests, since in September 2014 thousands of people started occupying different areas of Hong Kong, demanding ‘true democracy’, ushering in what was known as the ‘Umbrella Movement.’ This attests, we argue, to the close alliance between the cultural and the political. It shows how popular music, in word, sound and image, both reflects, as well as impacts on, the city of Hong Kong.

In 2017 Tatming staged a round of three reunion concerts in the Hong Kong Coliseum. Building on a discourse analysis of the reports that have emerged in different media platforms before, during, and after the concerts, the second part of our presentation explores the production side of massive pop concerts. We do so also by way of conducting interviews with the band and their close collaborators, ultimately reflecting on the tension between political engagement and commercial entertainment. The 2017 concerts took the classic novel 1984 by George Orwell as the lynchpin. The performance was structured into three themes and sections: surveillance, brainwashing, and suppression. Using production ethnography as a method, we will investigate how on each level of the production makers and creative workers negotiate the tension between creating an appealing aesthetic spectacle on the one hand, while trying to convey a message on the other hand.

Jeroen de Kloet is professor of Globalisation Studies and Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS) at the University of Amsterdam. His work focuses on cultural globalisation, in particular in the context of East Asia. He is the principal investigator of a project funded by the European Grant Council (ERC), titled “From Made in China to Created in China. A Comparative Study of Creative Practice and Production in Contemporary China.

Yiu Fai Chow is associate professor, Department of Humanities and Creative Writing, at the Hong Kong Baptist University. Born in Hong Kong, Chow Yiu Fai received his PhD degree at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam. Aside from his academic work, Chow is also an award-winning lyric writer. He released his first lyrics in 1989. Since then he has penned some 1,000 lyrical works for a diversity of pop artists in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China. Lately, Chow has been increasingly involved in prose writing, multi-media and visual art projects.

Leonie Schmidt is assistant professor in the Media Studies Department of the University of Amsterdam and Associate Researcher at SOAS, University of London. Currently, she is working on a Veni project, which explores how in Indonesia Islamic ‘counter-terror pop culture’ helps to limit Islamic radicalisation and terrorism.


Unhinging the National Framework: Perspectives on Transnational Life-Writing

Unhinging the National Framework: Perspectives on Transnational Life-Writing
Symposium Friday, 7 December 2018, 9.30 – 17.00
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

09.30 – 10.00 Welcome with coffee/tea
10.00 – 11.00 Opening keynote address: Prof. dr. Ann Phoenix, University College London: “Changing life stories? The place of intersectionality in narratives of transnational lives”
Introduction: Prof. dr. Sawitri Saharso, University of Humanistic Studies Utrecht; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Respondent: Dr. Katrine Smiet, Utrecht University
Chair: Prof. dr. Susan Legêne, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

11.00 – 11.30 Research pitches

– Prof. dr. Giles Scott-Smith, Leiden University
– Yvette Kopijn, University of Amsterdam
– Widya Fitria Ningsih, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

11.30 – 12.00 Coffee/tea

12.00 – 13.00 Prof. dr. Ismee Tames, Utrecht University and NIOD Amsterdam, “’For our freedom and yours’: Transnational resistance against fascism, 1936-1948”
Respondent: Dr. Marleen Rensen, University of Amsterdam
13.00 – 13.30 Lunch and poster presentations

13.30 – 14.30 Dr. Pia Wiegmink, Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, University of Mainz: “Mobility, belonging, and antislavery critique in antebellum African American women’s travel accounts“
Respondent: Dr. Marijke Huisman, Utrecht University

14.30 – 15.30 Dr. Leonieke Vermeer, Groningen University: “Little crosses in the margins. Self-censoring in diaries as international practice”
Respondent: Dr. Ernestine Köhne-Hoegen, independent researcher
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee/tea

16.00 – 17.00 Panel Discussion: Transnational Celebrities
Dr. Jaap Kooijman, University of Amsterdam: “Not just a country, but an idea: Bono’s promotion of the American Dream”
Dr. Dennis Kersten, Radboud University: “There’s a place in Beatle biofiction: John Lennon’s Irish odyssey in Kevin Barry’s Beatlebone.”
Dr. Gaston Franssen, University of Amsterdam: “Geert Wilders as a transnational celebrity politician.”
Lonneke Geerlings, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Prof. dr. Maaike Meijer, biographer and emerita professor Maastricht University
Dr. Anneke Ribberink, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Chair: Prof. dr. Diederik Oostdijk, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Venue: OZW Building, De Boelelaan 1109 (the rounded, red-brick building next to the Main Building) Room 6A01 (6th floor)
Free of charge but please register before 4 December 2018 by sending an e-mail to


Conference dates: Thursday 4 and Friday 5 July 2019
Location: Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Organisers: Dr. Dennis Kersten (RU), Dr. Usha Wilbers (RU) and Prof. Antony Rowland (ManMet)

Deadline abstracts: 1 February 2019

Metamodernism registers how artists across different disciplines have recently responded to the ways in which postmodernism appears increasingly unable to account for recent developments in history and culture. Critics differ, however, in their response to this phenomenon, which can be roughly divided into two main perspectives. Tim Vermeulen and Robin van den Akker – working in the areas of fine art and cultural studies rather than literary criticism – propose that Metamodernism attempts to account for the emergence of a wider “structure of feeling” in the twenty-first century which responds to our historicity, bound up with the aftermaths of 9/11, the financial crash and austerity. David James and Urmila Seshagiri, on the other hand, present Metamodernism as a concept that explains the resurfacing, and reworking, of Modernism in contemporary fiction. This conference seeks to bring together the various strands in this debate by focusing on the question how Metamodernism, in the terminology of Vermeulen, Van den Akker and Alison Gibbons, upcycles “past styles, conventions and techniques.”

We welcome abstracts for presentations about case studies of Metamodernism—in various disciplines, genres and cultural contexts—which explore the way in which they relate to earlier ‘isms’, art movements and aesthetic legacies. We are specifically interested in papers which explicitly address issues of:

  • Interdisciplinary Metamodernism
  • Architecture and Metamodernism
  • Poetry and Metamodernism
  • The resurfacing of Modernism and / in Metamodernism
  • Metamodernism and visual art
  • Metamodern music
  • Metamodernism and the ‘new sincerity’
  • Metamodernism and ‘Up Lit’

We also welcome proposals for joint panels (three papers maximum).

Please send a 250 word proposal, including a brief CV, by 1 February 2019 to: Dennis Kersten: / Usha Wilbers: / Antony Rowland: