Fascism? Populism? Democracy? Critical Theory in a Global Context

Critical theory has never contented itself with describing surface appearance—and there is no reason why it should today. Fascism, capitalism, and inequality have assumed new forms, and taken on different significance in novel social conditions. This conference aims to reinvigorate critical and theoretical approaches to the present, devoid of dogmatism, but committed to a politics of equality.  


SUMMER SCHOOL 2018: THE CYBERNETIC ADVERTISING AGENCY West Summer School for Art and Activism in the Algorithmic Attention Economy 13.08.2018 – 18.08.2018 As a follow-up to the ‘Winter School of Discontent’, West is pleased to invite you to a new Summer School program for 2018, the Cybernetic Advertising Agency! The course will be led by Shailoh Phillips […]

Media in Transition @Utrecht University

In four plenary sessions scholars such as William Uricchio, Henry Jenkins, Lisa Parks, Vicky Mayer, Amanda Lotz, Erkki Huhtamo, Jussi Parikka, Jennifer Holt, Lynn Spiegel, and Roberta Pearson will address topics such as datafication, changing media infrastructures, public values, participatory empowerment, and niche strategies in conversation with discussants from VPRO, Mediawijzer, EYE Filminstitute Netherlands, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Beeld en Geluid), and the European Broadcasting Union.

Monumental Novels: Big Books in Times of Big Data

The last MAP Lecture of this series, will be on Wednesday 25th of April (17:00-18:30) in LIPSIUS 236, with Inge van de Ven’s Monumental Novels: Big Books in Times of Big Data (Tilburg University) What do the works of the authors Roberto Bolaño, Karen Tei Yamashita, Karl Ove Knausgard, Mark Z. Danielewski and books artists like Irma Boom have in […]


The Exhibition and Publication Launch of the  Honours Programme ART and RESEARCH Opening Friday 13 April 17:00 – 20:00 Exhibition 14 – 15 April | 12:00 – 20:00 Location Exhibition Centre Looiersgracht 60 Public Programme 14 April | 15:00 Performance programme 15 April | 13:00 – 14:00 Uncharted Territories: Finding our Way (Together) Lecture by art critic and curator […]

Lethal Repetition: Serial Killing in European Cinema (BFI 2015)

05 April 2018
Richard Dyer is Professor Emeritus of Film Studies at King’s College, London, and Professorial Fellow in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews, UK. He has been honoured by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies, and Turku and Yale Universities, and is Fellow of the British Academy. His many books include Stars (1979), Heavenly Bodies (1986), Now You See It (1990), Only Entertainment (1992), The Matter of Images (1993), White (1997), The Culture of Queers (2002), Pastiche (2006), Nino Rota (2010), In the Space of a Song (2012), and Lethal Repetition (2015). This year, he published La Dolce Vita in the BFI Film Classics series.

Posthuman Ethics, Pain and Endurance

The 2018 summer school, titled “Posthuman Ethics, Pain and Endurance: How to Lead an Antifascist Life in Brutal Times,” which will take place between the 20th-24th of August 2018 at Utrecht University, in Utrecht, the Netherlands, combines an introduction to the basic tenets of  Braidotti’s brand of critical posthuman theory with an overview on contemporary […]

MAP Lectures: The Network is not the Territory

MAP Lecture series on Wednesday Feb 28 in LIPSIUS 227 (one floor above our usual location), with Florian Sprenger (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main), who has just send us a new title and abstract that looks very exciting indeed. Here it is: The Network is not the Territory. On Capturing Mobile Media – Florian Sprenger (Goethe-Universität […]

Cold Cold Ground

Master of Artistic Research University of Amsterdam De Punt, Frans de Wollantstraat 84 17th of February The first-year students of the Master of Artistic Research of the University of Amsterdam invite you to a presentation of their ongoing research at De Punt (Frans de Wollantstraat 84) on the 17th of February. The doors are open […]

Body and Soul

The symposium is an annual point of assembly and an exchange of knowledge in the field of food history. It intends to stimulate debate and research that bridges the gap between different disciplines. Submissions are encouraged to use an interdisciplinary approach, in which theory and methods from diverse (social) sciences are appropriated or from other disciplines that take a historical stance. Another aim is to transfer academic research to a wider public and stimulate research using the Special Collection of the University of Amsterdam. The symposium is therefore targeted at both an academic and a professional audience.

Unpacking Residencies: Situating the Production of Cultural Relations

“Everyone I’d encounter on my journey asked me: ‘Where are you based?’ I said: ‘On my feet.’ ‘Then where are your feet based?’ I say: ‘Feet are never based.’” Hiwa K – Pre-Image (Blind as the Mother Tongue), 2017 — Call for Papers: Unpacking Residencies: Situating the Production of Cultural Relations [working title] Kunstlicht Vol. […]

ICI BERLIN: 12 postdocs 2018-20

ERRANS environ/s The ICI Berlin announces 12 postdoctoral fellowships for the Academic Years 2018-20 If what begins already finds itself in the thick of it, in the midst of something else, and among others elsewhere, what emerges, in the middle, at this mid-place or mi-lieu, does not thereby constitute a centre. Without starting or end point, […]

Masking the Race-Religion Constellation in Europe and the US

NOSTER Grand Course 2017 Course description: The NOSTER Grand Course is a biannual intensive two-day course in which junior researchers gain in-depth knowledge on a specific theme that is relevant for both; theologians and religious studies scholars. This year’s theme will be ‘Masking the Race-Religion Constellation in Europe and the US’. ‘Masking the Race-Religion Constellation […]

Activating the Archive

Amsterdam, The Netherlands | 26 to 29 May 2018
Deadline for submissions: 15 December 2017
The conference will serve as a platform for exchange on developments in the fields of audio-visual archiving and presentation. It will consider those developments among others – but not exclusively – from the perspective of those with a connection to the P&P programme. The conference will also be an occasion for P&P alumni to reconnect, and for students and staff of audio-visual archiving and curation programmes worldwide to get in touch and to reflect together on past and future endeavours.

The School of Criticism and Theory

Cornell University 2018 Summer Session: June 17 – July 26 An international programme of study with leading figures in critical thought The School of Criticism and Theory was founded in 1976 by a group of leading scholars and critical theorists in the conviction that an understanding of theory is fundamental to humanistic studies. Today, in […]

Urban Friction

Seminars: 8 November 2017, 31 January, 28 February, 9 May 2018 (15.00-17.00) | Workshop: two-day “pressure cooker” workshop: February 27-28
Urban processes have been impacted by frictions all throughout history. The remarkable pace and dynamics of the current phase of global urbanization in the age of mediatization, datafication, and pervasive connectivity suggest a new age where insular, political boundaries have come to shift radically. Perhaps to a larger extent than before, people are identifying as global citizens. However, as a result of this spatial accumulation social, political and cultural frictions within our cities manifest themselves on a wide scale.

Furthering, Nurturing and Futuring Global Art Histories? (working title)

Deadline proposals: 26 November 2017 | Issue release: Spring 2018
‘Art history’ as we know it in the west is traditionally closely linked to its institutions. In various essays, American art historian Donald Preziosi has stressed the inextricable relations between art history, museography, and the modern nation-state. Art history needed archives to depart from; the museum provided such archives, and both added luster to the collective imagination of the nation-state based on the fabrication of a national (Christian) cultural past.