Cultural Studies and Cultural Analysis are no longer the young and rebellious upstarts they used to be. They have become canonised and institutionalised fields at a time in which the (critical, hermeneutic, theoretical) Humanities are under attack. At the same time, the political promises of the field — e.g. the emancipatory claims associated with identity politics and popular culture — seem no longer warranted, or at least demand new forms of confrontation and engagement. All this suggests it is now all the more urgent to ask ourselves anew how we want to inhabit or relate to the field. How do we wish to situate ourselves in, or perhaps vis-à-vis, Cultural Studies academically, institutionally, intellectually, and politically? In this course, we will revisit the main genealogies and methodologies of Cultural Studies in relation to current developments, exploring the following five areas of contestation: conjuncture, politics, reality, interdisciplinarity, culture. How did Cultural Studies start out? What can it now be? With key readings by Stuart Hall, Mieke Bal, Paul Smith, Lawrence Grossberg, and many others.
Dates: Thursdays November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1 and 8.
Place: Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, building and room(s) see below
NOV 3 – OMHP A1.18C
NOV 10 – OMHP A1.18C
NOV 17 – OMHP A1.18C
NOV 24 – OMH D1.18B
DEC 1 – PCH 3.01
DEC 8 – PCH 3.01
DEC 15 – PCH 3.01
FEB 24 – PCH 4.22
OMHP: Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, Amsterdam
PCH: PC Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134, Amsterdam