Towards an alternative database management system: structuring film archives as social networks

Geli Mademli | University of Amsterdam
The research proposal stated hereafter will try to articulate a new critical approach to the theory and practice of the collection, archiving, documentation and presentation of the moving image. As an attempt to specify and clarify the possible aspects in which digital technology and new media intervene in the way we classify and evaluate visual information, the proposed study will retrace the origins of the audiovisual archives, describe the technological, social and sociological parameters that imposed the paradigm shift and return to the present, to give prominence to the contemporary methods of digitizing and screening film / video, which depart form the logic of storage and verge on the construction of narratives.

Burning Desires: An Analysis of Gay Youth Coming Out Stories, Masculinity, and Violence in Film

Paris Cameron-Gardos | Burning Desires: An Analysis of Gay Youth Coming Out Stories, Masculinity, and Violence in Film
My thesis will explore the ways in which different types of masculinities are constructed by different kinds of coming out stories in film. In particular, I wish to examine the links between violence, in all its forms and masculinities in these stories of sexual self-recognition.

The Making of Composers

Fani Konstantinidou | University of Amsterdam
This artistic research project aims at developing new teaching methods in contemporary and electroacoustic music composition. It will start from a comparative analysis of undergraduate/postgraduate study programs at music conservatories in the Netherlands, Greece, and Great Britain.

Planning, Public Space and Identity in Latin America

Alejandra Espinosa | University of Amsterdam
This project analyzes the methodologies used in Latin American public space planning processes. It explores innovative public space planning proposals that consider and assume a cultural and local identity approach. Some central questions of the research are: On what kind of epistemological perspectives and idea of “development” are such planning processes based? Which parameters and notions of human being do they predispose? How do notions of culture and identity inform the planning of public space in Latin America?

From Musical Performance to the Worldly Text: Potentials and Deficiencies in Edward Said’s Musical Concepts

Wouter Capitain | University of Amsterdam
Although Edward Said’s writings have stimulated much debate in musicology, the influence of musicology upon postcolonial theory remains scarce. The central aim of this project is to clarify ambivalences in Said’s theoretical framework and to offer alternative approaches to postcolonial theory through a reading of Said’s publications on music. By exploring the potentials and deficiencies of Said’s use of the musical concepts counterpoint and performance, this study will formulate new interpretations of his writings on cultural theory.

Living with Toxicity: Mapping the Toxic in Contemporary Culture

Ruby de Vos | University of Groningen | Living with Toxicity: Mapping the Toxic in Contemporary Culture | Supervisors: Vera Alexander, Pablo Valdivia Toxicity is an urgent concern in today’s world, affecting bodies and environments (Alaimo 2010). At the same time, it presents ambivalent challenges in the context of cultures and the arts as it […]

Past Nature in Contemporary Art. How Art and Philosophy Interact

Monique Peperkamp | University of Amsterdam | Past Nature in Contemporary Art. How Art and Philosophy Interact | Supervisors: Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, Miriam van Rijsingen, Peter Sonderen. Nature is a key concept in modern culture, related to the romantic-modern idea of the subject and the rationale of art in modernity. Many contemporary works of art […]

Secret Theatre: Off-the-grid Performance Practices in Communist Poland and Czechoslovakia (1945 – 1989)

Olga Krasa-Ryabets | University of Amsterdam | Secret Theatre: Off-the-grid Performance Practices in Communist Poland and Czechoslovakia (1945 – 1989) | Supervisors: Ellen Rutten, Kati Röttger This study examines the home as a site of dissent, subversion and social change by way of theatrical performance. It investigates understudied instances of theatre/performative activity produced within private […]

Digital Deaths: The Affects and Arts of Online Mourning

Nadia de Vries | University of Amsterdam | Bodies in (E)Motion: The Physical Corpse in Virtual Space| Supervisor: Prof. dr Ellen Rutten, Prof. dr Esther Peeren  The human corpse has been converted to virtual imagery since the invention of the daguerreotype in the early nineteenth century, a technology that, in turn, gave rise to post-mortem […]

Non-heteronormative Cultural Practices of Sexual Citizenship in Curaçao and Bonaire under conditions of (post)coloniality

Julian Isenia | University of Amsterdam | Non-heteronormative Cultural Practices of Sexual Citizenship in Curaçao and Bonaire under conditions of (post)coloniality  | Supervisors: Sruti Bala, Rivke Jaffe This PhD project examines how citizenship is practised under conditions of fragmented national sovereignty. Departing from the recognition that citizenship is not only a legal status based on […]

Traveling Caribbean Heritage

Joeri Arion | Erasmus University / KITLV | Traveling Caribbean Heritage  | Supervisors: G. Oostindie  (KITLV) A. van Stipriaan (EUR) Centuries of migrations have deeply impacted the development of the creolized Papiamentu/o-speaking cultures of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. The islands’ asymmetrical relation to the Netherlands begs many questions regarding insular identities. Mass tourism became a […]

Memory and Materiality: Multisensory Ethnography of Culturally Diverse Urban Settings

Elisa Fiore | Radboud University Nijmegen | Memory and Materiality: Multisensory Ethnography of Culturally Diverse Urban Settings | Supervisors: Anneke Smelik, Liedeke Plate My PhD research develops a multisensory ethnography of gentrifying multicultural urban settings to investigate how gentrification contributes to the inclusion or exclusion of certain cultural expressions in those areas. The two selected […]

Sublime Imperfections: Post-Soviet Trash Aesthetics

Fabienne Rachmadiev | University of Amsterdam | Sublime Imperfections: Post-Soviet Trash Aesthetics | Supervisors: Ellen Rutten, Joost de Bloois The purpose of this research is twofold: to provide an analysis of influential cultural objects in post- Soviet Russia through a theory of ‘imperfection’, from the perspective of the maker, i.e. why choose imperfection as an aesthetic […]

Dutch Design, Glitches, Misfits: Why Western Europeans Crave the Imperfect

Jakko Kemper | University of Amsterdam | Dutch Design, Glitches, Misfits: Why Western Europeans Crave the Imperfect | Supervisors: Ellen Rutten, Marie-Aude Baronian Today’s world is marked by a complex intermingling of digital information technologies, neoliberal capitalism and precarious modes of living (see e.g. Bardot & Laval 2013, Berlin 2011, Liu 2004). In relation to […]

The Representations of Sexuality in Contemporary Chinese Cinema

Jiyu Zhang | The Representations of Sexuality in Contemporary Chinese Cinema | Supervisor: Prof. dr Ernst van Alphen As a PhD researcher in film and literary studies at Leiden University, I have proceeded my research project since September 2015, currently entitled The Representations of Sexuality in Contemporary Chinese Cinema. Hereby I would like to provide a […]

Globalization, charity fundraising and mediated suffering

Wouter Oomen | Utrecht University| supervisors: Sandra Ponzanesi & Markus Stauff Contemporary images used in charity fundraising aimed at the abolition of poverty are ingrained with a notion of a ‘common, global humanity’ (Boltanski 1999). This assumed shared base can be thought of in terms of shared values (Njoh 2006), universal human rights (Sliwinski 2009), […]

The Performative Force of Accented Speech: Language, Body, and Violence

Tingting Hui | Leiden University | supervisors: Ernst van Alphen en Yasco Horsman In the contemporary globalized world, the accent marks a distinction between insiders and outsiders, and can sometimes lead to hostility and bodily attack. Such violence typically performs a gesture of othering based on the conflation of ethnicity and language, and further raises […]

Post-rationalisation: Openness in Contemporary Social Organisation

Jan Overwijk | University of Amsterdam | supervisors: Boomkens, Celikates The question of modernity is as old as modernity itself. Philosophically, Kant studied modern thought in a critique of reason; sociologically, Weber used the parallel tactic of examining modern society in a critique of rationalisation. The wave of postmodernism in the 1970s and ‘80s has attempted […]