The State of Diversity at UvA

Starting 8 November 2018 the CDO Team will be organizing monthly diversity events to raise awareness and promote diversity and decoloniality within and beyond our academic community. The CDO Team will also be introducing their members and collaborative work to the academic community for the first time. We aim to create safer, visible and interactive spaces where students, staff and bottom-up collectives can meet regularly to talk, exchange ideas and plan related activities. We will be centralizing the voices and work of marginalized communities and in doing so opening up spaces to actively do diversity and move beyond theorizing.

The UvA strives to be an inclusive university, a place where everyone may develop to their full potential and feel welcome, safe, respected, supported and valued. Through community involvement with the rich diversity of Amsterdam we work to make the UvA a place that embraces opportunities to engage with the complex questions of heritage and social responsibility. By cooperating with the university and local communities we facilitate and mobilize centralized and decentralized support for diversity of people and knowledges.

It is promising to be a very exciting and beautiful event in the history of the UvA and we hope you will join us.

Please sign up for our event via:

Thursday 8 November, 18:30 – 21:15
CREA Muziekzaal 

Nieuwe Achtergracht 170, 1018 WV Amsterdam

Doors open at 18:00
• 18:30 – 19:15 Presentation CDO Team
• 19:15 – 20:00 Panel Discussion CDO Team and guest speakers Inez Blanca van der Scheer and Zawdie Sandvliet
• 20:00 – 20:30 Q&A with the audience

Please join us for free drinks after the meeting 20:30 – 21:15

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Stuart Hall’s Voice: Intimations of an Ethics of Receptive Generosity

In cooperation with the Research Center for Material Culture, ASCA and NICA

Spui25, 30 October 2-4 pm, 2018

The Research Center for Material Culture is pleased to host Professor David Scott in a series of conversations that explore the question of new world slavery and its afterlives. A leading Caribbean intellectual, Scott is Ruth and William Lubic Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University, New York. He is also editor of ‘Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism’, and director of the Small Axe Project.

Professor David Scott will present on his recent publication Stuart Hall’s Voice: Intimations of an Ethics of Receptive Generosity. Focussed on the life and work of cultural theorist, academic and public intellectual Stuart Hall, and written as a an exchange of letters between himself and Hall, the book explores voice as the fundamental characteristic of Hall’s ethos and style. Stuart Hall’s Voice is an exploration of notions of the ‘critical self’ and the ‘listening self’, concepts of friendship, contingency and identity, and the responsibility we owe to the work “of those whom we know well and, moreover, admire and honor”. The book presentation will also provide opportunities for thinking about the wider ranging influence of Stuart Hall’s work today.

About the speakers

David Scott‘s ongoing work has been concerned with reconceptualizing the way we think the story of the colonial past for the postcolonial present. He has developed these ideas in a number of key publications, including Refashioning Futures (1999), Conscripts of Modernity (2004), Omens of Adversity (2014), and Stuart Hall’s Voice (2017). Scott’s current research and writing focusses on the question of reparations for the historical injustice of New World slavery.

Francio Guadeloupe is a social and cultural anthropologist and development sociologist by training. He is associate professor in Social and Cultural Anthropology Department of the University of Amsterdam and part of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Programme group: Globalising Culture and the Quest for Belonging. Guadeloupe’s work can be described as a scholarship of possibilities, seeking to undo the guiding fictions of ‘race’, sexism, and the naturalization of class hierarchies that have become entrenched in our thinking, behavior, and institutional arrangements.

Wayne Modest is the head of the Research Center of Material Culture. He is also professor of Material Culture and Critical Heritage Studies (by special appointment) in the faculty of humanities at the VU University Amsterdam.


You can sign up for this program for free. If you subscribe for the program we count on your presence. If you are unable to attend, please let us know via | T: +31 (0)20 525 8142.


Visual Story Telling – Thinking and Making

Masterclass with Simon Grennan, 14 November 2018
 and invitation to Amsterdam Comics’ 2nd international conference
Drawing Yourself In and Out of It

15-17 November 2018
Free University Amsterdam

From 15-17 November 2018, Amsterdam Comics, in cooperation with NICA, CLUE+, VU, and ASCA, will organize its 2nd International comics conference, “Drawing Yourself In and Out of It.” Hosted at the Free University Amsterdam, the conference will bring together comics artists and scholars from around the world to discuss ongoing research on the topics of documentary comics, graphic medicine, and the poetics of the medium.

Keynote lectures will be given by world-renowned comics journalist Joe Sacco and documentary comics scholar Nina Mickwitz. Students and researchers participating in the masterclass will receive free entrance to all conference events.

Masterclass and Workshop with Dr. Simon Grennan:  14 November, 13:00-16:00 | Room BV-0H53, VU, De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam

In conjunction with the conference, Amsterdam Comics and NICA will organize a masterclass and workshop focusing on visual story telling. In the masterclass, students will be introduced to the various terminology, definitions, and debates in the discourse and practice of visual storytelling. In the workshop, students will become familiar with comics scholarship and visual storytelling, and will be challenged to create visual stories of their own.

Existing drawing skills aren’t required: the workshop component is about making stories, not Rembrandts (although if anyone is a Rembrandt, that’s great)!

Please also note that all drawing materials will be provided. You are also welcome to bring your own, should you so choose.


13:00-13:30 Introduction to the masterclass, conference, assignment, and Dr. Grennan
13:30-14:30 Illustrated Introduction to Visual Storytelling
14:30-15:00 Activity 01 – “Who, What, Where, Why, How?” – individual work (30 minutes)
15:00-15:30 Activity 02 – “Story Jam” – collaborative work (30 minutes)

15:30-16:00 Closing remarks

To Apply:

Interested participants may apply for the masterclass by sending an email to NICA (nica-fgw @ by 15 October with the subject line: Visual Storytelling. The masterclass will be limited to 25 participants.


Students and researchers will earn 2 ECTS for their participation in the masterclass, attendance at the conference, and final paper reflection (1000 words on a keynote lecture or panel of their choice, due 23 November, 17:00, via email).

Dr. Simon Grennan is a scholar of visual narrative and graphic novelist. He is author of A Theory of Narrative Drawing (Palgrave Macmillan 2017), Drawing in Drag by Marie Duval (Book Works 2018) and Dispossession, a graphic adaptation of a novel by Anthony Trollope (Jonathan Cape and Les Impressions Nouvelles 2015 – one of The Guardian Books of the Year 2015)He is co-author, with Roger Sabin and Julian Waite, of Marie Duval: Maverick Victorian Cartoonist (Manchester University Press 2019), Marie Duval (Myriad 2018) and The Marie Duval Archive (, among others. Since 1990, he has been half of international artists team Grennan & Sperandio, producer of over forty comics and books. Dr. Grennan is Leading Research Fellow at the University of Chester and Principal Investigator for the two-year research project Marie Duval presents Ally Sloper: the female cartoonist and popular theatre in London 1869-85, funded by an AHRC Research Grant: Early Career (2014).


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Drawing Yourself In and Out of It

Drawing Yourself In and Out of It

The 2nd International Amsterdam Comics Conference

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 15-17 November 2018.

Amsterdam Comics is pleased to announce its 2nd international conference, “Drawing Yourself In and Out of It,” which will take place 15-17 November 2018 at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Comprised of parallel panel sessions, keynote lectures, and a roundtable discussion, the conference aims to encourage interdisciplinary connections between comics scholars from various disciplines, comics artists, publishers, and cultural workers from museums and other heritage sites.

Keynote Speakers are Joe Sacco, comics artist and Nina Mickwitz, University of the Arts London.

“So, where does a story begin? And if you are inside that story right now, in that situation and it hurts and say you can draw, then you must try and draw yourself out of it.”
–Miriam Katin, Letting It Go

To draw in can suggest an attraction, engagement, or involvement with an object, narrative, or cause, or can point to literally drawing someone or something into a work of art. To draw out can suggest an enticement to speak or act, a revelation of things hidden, or an extension of time, but can also be a literal or figural removal of one thing from another. Thus, drawing in and out speak to an engrossment in and an examination of a politics of affect.

“Drawing Yourself In and Out of It” seeks to explore the notions of drawing in and drawing out in terms of the capacity to affect and to be affected. Such a consideration allows us to interrelate the politics of affect with the reading and production of comics in a variety of genres—including biography, autobiography, memoir, and fiction, and fields—including journalism, history, and the Medical Humanities. With this conference we aim to encourage an interdisciplinary dialogue from which to further engage with and reflect upon the power of this culturally shifting medium.

The conference encourages papers exploring the notions of drawing in and/or out in relation to, for example:

  • Graphic Medicine
  • Art/Narrative Therapy
  • Journalism
  • (Micro)Politics and/or Art as Activism
  • Individual or Collective Memory and/or Trauma
  • Gender and/or Sexuality Studies
  • Genre Considerations (Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, Fiction, etc.)
  • Style (Abstract, Clear Line, Photorealism, etc.)
  • Poetics and/of/in the Medium of Comics
  • Comics Production Processes

Abstract Submissions:

Applicants to the conference are invited to submit a 250-word abstract and short biographical note by 15 September 2018 (extended deadline for ASCA/NICA members) to info{at}

Registration is €75 for full-time/tenured professionals and €50 for students/artists, which includes all conference events. The keynote lectures and roundtable are open to the public. Registration for each event is €10.

Organizing Committee:

Erin La Cour, Rik Spanjers, Freija Camps, and Nick Burman (intern). Should you have any questions, please contact us at info{at}

Pipeline Politics

Presentation in the ASCA Cities seminar by Dr. Imre Szeman, University of Waterloo.

Date and Time: 13 November 15:00-18:00
Place: Bushuis/OIH, Kloveniersburgwal 48, Amsterdam, room D 306

Pipelines were never meant to be involved in politics. Over the past decade, however, pipelines have entered the mainstream of political discussion and debate as never before. Around the world, the new visibility of pipelines is due to intensified anxieties about the impact of fossil fuel use on the planetary ecosystem and its repercussions for the future of the environment. If pipelines now figure politically in ways that they never have before, it is because they index and figure the means by which infrastructure helped produce fossil fueled modernity and its consequences: a global society fueled by dirty energy, whose quotidian operations constitute a threat to existence.

What are the new politics of pipelines and how do these play out amidst the new set of complex sovereignties that have emerged in 21st century Canada? And what lessons do Canadian pipeline politics have for other sites and spaces of resource extraction?


  1. Szeman and Boyer, “Introduction” to EH
  2. Havrelock, “1917: Oil and the Origins of Middle Eastern Sovereignty”
  3. Szeman, “On the Politics of Region,” e-flux 

Imre Szeman is University Research Chair and Professor of Communication Arts at the University of Waterloo. Most recently, he is author of On Petrocultures: Globalization, Culture and Energy (2019) and co-author of After Oil (2016), and co-editor of Energy Humanities: An Anthology (2017) and Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment (2017), among other books. He is currently at work on a book called Theory After Energy (MIT Press).