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.

Transnational Literary Projects

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.

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.

Embodying Modernization: Representations of Fat Women in Modern Greek Culture

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.

The Relationship Between Art and Technology

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.

Constructing threats and modeling security in a data risk society

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’.

Governmentality in Cultural industries of China

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.

Corporate Collections

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, […]

Gift Economy in Contemporary “Artivism”

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.