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’.

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.

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.

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]