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.
Ozge Calafato | University of Amsterdam
My research project focuses on photographic representations of the urban middle class in Turkey between the 1920s and the 1950s in the context of a society undergoing rapid secularization and Westernization.
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.
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.
Anouk Zuurmond | University of Amsterdam
As financial and political crises make issues of a shared European identity more pressing, the question of what binds us together is currently discussed with an increased sense of urgency. To facilitate such reflections on a shared identity, different transnational projects have been instigated by cultural organizations, promoted by and mostly with generous financial support from EU-programs and institutes.
Stacey Vorster | University of Amsterdam
In this research, I aim to draw on the theoretical frameworks of Jacques Rancière, Carrol Clarkson, Mieke Bal and Carli Coetzee to critically evaluate the art collection of the South African Constitutional Court, its history and the ways in which it reflects the potential of “aesthetic acts” to contribute to the “long ending of apartheid”.
Wang Shuaishuai | University of Amsterdam
This project is concerned about the media representations of gay men and their own perceptions and identity in China, topics around this group such as safe sex, intimacy, social status, pressure from marriages and the birth of a child and the like will be explored in an anthropological perspective and methods.
Alix Rübsaam | University of Amsterdam
Posthumanism deals with borders that demarcate the human from the nonhuman, aims to decentre the human as the main actor of ratio and intelligence, and investigates the relation between the human (academic) subject and nonhuman actors. But what is the practice of Posthumanism? How does the concept become concrete? What are the possibilities and limitations of the theory?
Argyrios Emmanouloudis | University of Amsterdam
This project deals with online user-generated content and the way it impacts traditional practices of community shaping on the one hand, and media production on the other: whether audiovisual content created by fans of a specific franchise is appropriated by big media companies and used as a part of a creative industry or just remains as a means to bring users together and assist them in fostering a common identity, web content needs further examination on its cultural and production aspects.
Matt Cornell | University of Amsterdam
I analyze a recent and perhaps troubling turn in Western culture: infantilization. Economic precarity and the rise of immaterial labor have coincided with an explosion of infantile aesthetics and affects, found in everything from “cute” cat photos to childish YouTube videos.
Sofia Apostolidou | University of Amsterdam
In my MA thesis I explored the relationship between biopolitics, disability studies and posthumanism, using fatness as my concept. Employing Michel Foucault and his theory on the homo economicus as the ideal neoliberal subject I analysed the fat subject, as an irrational, irresponsible and immoral subject, and thus a failed economical subject, condemnable in its entirety.
Bart Barnard | University of Amsterdam
As a result of the increasing reliability of contemporary transport and communication technologies, a new relationship between art and technology is emerging. It seems that both the art work and these technologies bring forth their own world; a world that is independent of the direct physical environment that surrounds it.
Becky Kazansky | University of Amsterdam
Information security problems are said to be ‘wicked’ due to their sociotechnical complexity. In recent years, governmental security actors, open source developers of security and privacy enhancing technologies, and human rights defenders have all played a part in developing a dialogical practice to help mitigate against information security ‘threats’.
Lin Jian | University of Amsterdam
The main question of this study is what kind of governmentality the academia, policies and practices of cultural industries reflected in contemporary China. This would consist of three objects: the outcomes of cultural industries studies in Chinese mainland, the policies of cultural industries, and the agents (cultural workers and entrepreneurs, namely creative class) in cultural industries.
Jan de Groot | University of Amsterdam | Corporate Collections | Supervisors: Nachoem Wijnberg & Arno Witte | 2015-2019 Corporate art collections form an important part of the demand for contemporary art in the Netherlands. Many corporate collections, from multinationals to non-profit organizations, showcase ‘avant garde’ art produced by artists just entering the art market, […]
David Gauthier | University of Amsterdam
Current discourses on digital media display a fascination with the linguistic, numeric, algorithmic, social, and material aspects of technology, from which several new domains of study have emerged in the past several years, including Digital Methods, Software Studies, Digital Humanities, and Media Archeology, to name a few.
Daniël de Zeeuw | University of Amsterdam
Anonymity as an ideal has been and continues to be of crucial importance to the practices and self-understanding of popular web and hacker cultures (Stryker 2013). These practices have crystallized into what I propose to call a ‘political aesthetics of anonymity’.
Simone Kalkman | University of Amsterdam
This research investigates the increasingly popular practice of contemporary art projects in Rio de Janeiro favelas (slums). In recent decades, many (professional) artists have worked in marginalised communities, making the interaction with disadvantaged groups an essential part of their work.
Alexandre Poulin | University of Amsterdam
For this PhD project, I want to focus on gift economy in the age of global capitalism. In the social sciences, following the pioneering work of Marcel Mauss, the notion of gift has been studied as a ‘‘giving-receiving returning’’ cycle.
Mimi Mitchell | University of Amsterdam
I propose to examine the history of the baroque violin revival through interviews with the baroque violin pioneers. An oral history of these violinists will be my subject and the interviews with them will be my primary research tool.