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.

Apocalyptic Reckoning and Visualizations of Obligation: A Genealogy of Debt and Its Representations in Art, Media and Culture

Stephen Clark | University of Amsterdam
With this proposed research I intend to examine the intersection between chiliastic visions and the emergence of a debtbased economy. My project would entail a genealogical survey of debt and its representations in media and culture, which are frequently depictions shaded by apocalypse and doom.

The Politics of the Dreamscape

Seth Nathaniel Rogoff | University of Amsterdam
Dreams have played an important role in cultures from the Hebrew bible to modern sleep science. The otherness and uncertainty of the dreamscape have given it a screen-like quality, reflecting and/or driving dynamics of political, social and cultural power.

The Baby on the Fire Escape: Motherhood and Creativity

Julie Phillips | University of Amsterdam
Family responsibilities destroy artistic careers. The selflessness of a mother cannot coexist with the ego of a writer. You can have children or books, but not both. This separation or negation is a common view of the relationship between creativity and motherhood

Queer Chronotopes in Contemporary Fiction

Andrés Ibarra Cordero | University of Amsterdam
This comparative research project examines queer chronotopes in contemporary English and Spanish fiction. This analysis draws on Mikhail Bakhtin’s concept of the chronotope to analyse textual configurations that, following recent queer theory’s turn on “temporalities”, are at odds with normative and hegemonic spatiotemporal world-views.

Melodramas of Identity: James Purdy in the American Context

Looi van Kessel | Leiden University
In this dissertation I scrutinize the novels, short stories and plays of the American author James Purdy, written between 1956 and 1967. Writing during the Cold War in which identity politics became increasingly important to discussions about American citizenship, Purdy shows in his work how these identities are always constructed through narrative procedures.

Between Europe and North Africa: Contemporary Francophone Jewish writers from the Maghreb

Patricia Llorens | University of Amsterdam
This research project focuses on the writings of three Francophone Jewish writers from North Africa: Albert Memmi, Edmond El Maleh, and Jean Daniel. Born in the second decade of the twentieth century, all three experienced the trauma of permanent or temporary exile from their countries of origin around the time of decolonization.