Between Bios and Art: Aesthetic and Ethical Significance of Art Working with Living Materials

Agnieszka Anna Wolodzka | Leiden University | Promotor: Prof. dr. R. Zwijnenberg In my research I investigate the aesthetico-ethical implications of art as practice and vehicle of meaning production. I am focusing in particular on how art comes with ethical concerns and responsibilities within its creative practice. This aesthetico-ethical dimension of art expresses a quest […]

Affect and Urbanity: Single Migrant Woman in Shanghai

Penn Ip | My research studies how spaces control and enable lower class single migrant women’s intimate lives in contemporary Shanghai. The project focuses on single migrant women at the age of 20-35, in Shanghai who work in 3 distinctive sectors: factories, bars/night clubs, and domestic services. By employing affect theory to bridge city spaces to […]

Political animal voices

Eva Meijer | The view that nonhuman animals cannot be political actors because they cannot speak is common in both philosophical tradition and political practice. This view seems to be false in two respects. It refers to a flawed conception of political agency and, second, it ignores the fact that animals clearly do communicate, with […]

Pretty Smart Wearables: Theories of the Body, Fashion and Technology

Lianne Toussaint | Several Dutch designers and companies experiment with the possibility to integrate electronics, solar panels, smart materials, LEDs, or interactive interfaces into fabrics and clothing. The central aim of the research project ‘Pretty Smart Wearables: Theories of the Body, Fashion and Technology’ is to academically and thoroughly reflect on the socio-cultural implications of this integration of fashion and technology.

A History of the Construction of the Idea of Dutch Design, 1945-2010

Joana Ozorio de Almeida Meroz | This research examines the history of the construction of the idea of Dutch Design, 1945-2010. It advances from the premise that Dutch Design is the product of a discursive construction rather than the natural result of a ‘typically Dutch’ identity or culture. Accordingly, this research traces the development of ideas about Dutch Design as well as the actors involved in the production and institutionalisation of those ideas.

From Myths to Memes: Transnational Memory and Ukrainian Social Media

Mykola Makhortykh | My project deals with World-War-II memory in Ukraine and its transformations in our digital age. If many Western-European societies have experienced a boom in World-War-II and Holocaust commemoration, Ukrainian war memory is marked by ambiguous relationships between processes of collective remembering and forgetting. This ambiguous stance to war memory does not stand on […]

Noise Identities. Toward a Noise-Based Concept of Identity in Recorded Music

Melle Jan Kromhout | ‘Noise’ is often referred to in opposition to ‘sound’ and ‘music’: an abject, transgressive or disruptive element, a threat to identity. Contrary to this view, recording practices, musical developments and listening habits show that noise is actually an important feature of recorded music. Based on this, the project argues noise is not just […]

Non-Visibility and the Politics of Presence: a spatial analysis of contemporary Iran

Pedram Dibazar | This project is a cultural study of tactics of presence in the present-day Iranian public sphere. It refers to a multiplicity of spheres of socio-cultural presence of within and beyond the city. The concept of the city encompasses numerous spatio-temporal formations, including public appearances, power relations, social interactions, urban configurations, cultural representations, societal sensibilities, […]

Map Art: Alternative Visions of Globalisation

Simon Ferdinand | The use of cartography as the thematic and formal substance of artistic production has become increasingly prevalent amongst a very diverse set of visual artists over the last century. This project aims to establish the significance of this developing genre within the context of the ongoing theoretical debates over the nature, future trajectory and […]

Latinidades 3.0, Renewed Aesthetics of Transculturalism

Latinidades 3.0, Renewed Aesthetics of Transculturalism Karine Barbot | This research project aims to enquire how US Latinos make use of hypermedia resources to reconstruct and express their ethno-linguistic identity based on multi-lingual content. Generally of mixed background, their identity emerges out of the dynamic negotiation of a blurred “otherness” from within, rooted in a daily […]

Emancipation in Postmodernity: Political Thought in Japanese Science Fictional Animation

Mari Nakamura  |  My PhD research project studies the intersections between animation and political thought. Specifically, it explores the ways in which the philosophical notion of ‘emancipation’, along with its related concepts such as ‘domination’ and ‘resistance’, have been conceptualised in Japanese science fictional animation. Considering animation as an expressive medium, and science fiction as a […]

Neuroarcheologies of the Present

Timothy F. Yaczo | My project aims to intervene in the methodologies, discursive deliveries and implications of cognitive neuroscience. What concerns me most about contemporary neuroscience is the seductive apophenia at play; in a quest to capture and predict ‘the brain’, consciousness and affect are annexed— and abbreviated—into patterns of data always already observable and intelligible.

Beirut in Contemporary Art

Judith Anne Naeff | This research project aims at analysing contemporary artistic and literary productions as a reflection of the urban experience of post-civil-war Beirut within the framework of the efforts at reconstruction initiated by the Lebanese authorities

Freezing Fertility

Lucy van der Wiel | The basis of my research is the triangulation of the technology of oocyte cryopreservation, its representation in the popular imagination and a concept that is surprisingly under theorised in the study of culture: ageing. Reshuffling the abilities of the reproductive body, oocyte cryopreservation reveals the modes of thinking employed to give cultural and political shape to biotechnologies and the bodies they engage with.