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.

South Africa’s Constitutional Court Art Collection: Curating Postapartheid

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”.

Media Discourse of Gay Men in their Everyday Practices in China

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.

Humanist Boundaries in Posthuman Practice: Technology as Nonhuman Other

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?

From the Vastness of the Web to Mainstream Production and Vice-Versa: Fan Identities, User-Generated Content and Corporate Appropriations/Producer Communities

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.