Screens and Screams, The Wild and the Weird

Special ‘hors serie’ Seminar of the Film-Philosophy and Cross-Media Seminar on Media Ecologies, Ethics and Affect | Organized in collaboration with MIT, convened by Eugenie Brinkema. With Nadine Boljkovac and Julius Greve | BG1 Turfdraagsterpad 9, room 0016 |  8 February, 3-6 pm.

Hip Hop, Cop Voice and the Cadence of White Supremacy in the United States

NICA Masterclass with Dr. Jennifer Lynn Stoever (Binghamton University, SUNY) | Potgieterzaal, University Library (UB), Singel 425, Amsterdam | 10 December 2018, 10:00-12:00 hrs.
During this masterclass, we will discuss how police officers in the United States use a racialized and gendered way of speaking called ‘cop voice’ to provoke fear and extreme forms of compliance from people of colour.

Off the Grid

Call for Papers – Soapbox: Journal for Cultural Analysis 1.2 “Off the Grid” | Please submit your abstract (max 300 words) to submissions@soapboxjournal.com by December 1. The full papers (3000-5000 words) are due February 15. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

The Academy and the Idea of Decolonisation

Masterclass by Professor Toyin Falola (University of Texas), Amsterdam, 10 December 2018, 10:00-12:30. The aim of this workshop is to revisit the state of the art on theories of decolonisation of mind and knowledge. More information to be announced soon. Registration before: 1 November 2018.

Pipeline Politics

Pipelines were never meant to be involved in politics. Over the past decade, however, pipelines have entered the mainstream of political discussion and debate as never before. Dr. Imre Szeman (University of Waterloo) will discuss the issues in the ASCA Cities seminar.

May 22: Night of Protest

May 22 | For the third time, Humanities Rally is organizing a Night of Protest. As in 2014 and 2015 we will come together because unfortunately we still face the same problems. There are still cutbacks, different studies are being combined and the workload among teachers is too high. Room for choice disappears, lecturers are being fired and the representative advisory bodies can’t do anything about it. Invite all your friends and co-worker to come to Oudemanhuispoort on May 22 at 19:00h for a Night of Protest!

Thinking Through Things

Exhibition, June 1 and 2 | How can analysis take shape? The many different artefacts collected in Thinking Through Things together answer this question. As projects accompanying the theses of eleven rMA Cultural Analysis students from the University of Amsterdam, these artworks, images and objects are each products of individual thought processes, labour and archives: research in practice. Heterogeneous in both subject matter and form, the exhibition includes video essays, textiles, performance poetry, visual works, sculpture and photography — on topics as diverse as astrology, alt-right camp, smart cities, Islam Nusantara and drone cinematography.

PhD Work in Progress 2018

PhD Workshop, June 15, 2018 | Please join us for our annual ‘PhD Work in Progress’ meeting on Friday, June 15, 15:00-17:00, at the Oudemanhuispoort (room E1.08) in Amsterdam. Everyone’s welcome! Our PhD fellows Tingting Hui, Paris Cameron-Gardos, and David Gauthier will share samples of their current work in progress, with joint discussion (and drinks) to follow. 

Vanessa Agard-Jones: Decolonial Desires

Lecture and masterclass, June 6 and 7, 2018, 2 EC | In this lecture and masterclass, we reflect upon the meaning of decolonization in Caribbean contexts where political sovereignty is not the anticipated nor desired outcome. As we consider bitter contests over the etiology of same-sex desire in the region and the consistent framing of gender transgression and same sex desire as colonial imposition, we explore the forms of political maneuver that make desire the terrain for proxy debates about sovereignty, freedom, and decolonial futures.

Gina Dent: The Idea of Africa

Lecture and masterclass, May 16, 2018, 1 EC
THE MASTERCLASS IS FULLY BOOKED, please send an e-mail with your name, university and research school to NICA-fgw@uva.nl. We will put you on our waiting list.
Scholar and organizer Gina Dent will give a masterclass at the University of Amsterdam called The Idea of Africa (May 16). Besides a masterclass, she will present from her forthcoming book Anchored to the Real: Black Literature in the Wake of Anthropology (Duke University Press) in a lecture at the Black Archives (May 16) and participate in the Public Dialogue: Radical Solidarity and Intergenerational Coalitions at the Tropenmuseum (May 13). The masterclass, lecture, and public dialogue are part of the weeklong program Moving Together: Activism, Art and Education – A Week with Angela Davis. The masterclass —the title of which is taken from V.Y. Mudimbe’s classic text of the same name—will focus on the epistemological and political position of Africa in cultural studies, the role of anthropology,  and the simultaneous processes of over- and under-representation of the continent that mark enunciations of the global and the local.

The Energy Commons, with Ashley Dawson and Jeff Diamanti

Public event, May 24, 2018 | The struggle for democratic control over energy production, distribution, and use is consequently a key front in the fight for a better, sustainable world. In order to make this power shift, we need to stop thinking of energy as a commodity and instead conceive of it as part of the global commons, a vital element in the great stock of air, water, plants, and collectively created cultural forms like music and language that have traditionally been regarded as the inheritance of humanity as a whole.