Fathers of the Nation: White Masculinities and Fatherhood in Contemporary U.S.-American Television Series (2001-2015)

Sandra Becker | University of Groningen | Fathers of the Nation: White Masculinities and Fatherhood in Contemporary U.S.-American Television Series (2001-2015) | Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Michael Stewart Foley (Université Grenoble Alpes), Dr. Dan Hassler-Forest (Utrecht University), and Dr. Tim Jelfs (University of Groningen) | 2015-2019

The Politics of Depression. A critical analysis of the political-epistemological limits of major depressive disorder

Joe van der Eerden | University of Amsterdam
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 6.7% of adults in the United States suffered from a major depressive episode in 2014. The goal of this research will be to argue that this prevalence of depression should be understood as a function of the operation of contemporary knowledge about depression, and of the normative forces that underlie, and arise from, this knowledge.

Middlebrow Musical Misogyny

Rebecca Erickson | University of Amsterdam
Between 1945 and 1970, film musicals ranged among the most popular film genres made in the United States of America. The stereotypical consumer of this music was the “middle brow” American, as caricatured for Life magazine by Russell Lynes (1949).

Performing theory: Radical creative machines for post-capitalist politics in Chile’s Multitude

Nicolás Muñoz Saldaña | University of Amsterdam
In this research, the focus will not be on a delimited “object” -in the canonical cultural analysis sense- but in the study of an atmosphere, a chaosmos or more precisely radical agencements machiniques (Deleuze & Guattari, 1987), which existed before, but gained potential after the emergence of the 2011 student movement protests against neoliberal education and society in Chile.

The Uprising of Auspicious Apocalypse in US and UK Popular Culture

Alexandra Nakelski | University of Amsterdam
For centuries, the Apocalypse has been referenced as not only a source of dread, but also one of elation. Cultural optimism at the prospect of the End of Days is perhaps best summed up by Revelations – the believers of which wait in anticipation for God to set man-kind straight by ending the “world” as we know it.