Eco-Poco: the Ecocritical Turn Through Postcolonial Eyes

Atelier | How can we analyse postcoloniality and globalization without taking the vitally important and truly global dimension of the environment into account? Under the influence of the booming field of ecocriticism, the environmental aspects of colonialism and globalization are increasingly foregrounded.

Media and Performance

Reading Group | The seminar provides an opportunity for PhD students and others who do research in Media and Performance Studies to share extensive lectures of theoretical texts that touch upon key concepts and methodologies of the field.

Mediterranean Revolutions, Postcolonial Questions

Atelier | Iain Chambers’ study on the postcolonial Mediterranean (2008) suggests a daringly new way to rethink European, Arab, Middle Eastern and North African identities as intertwined. It ties in with the larger project of the theory of globalization, which invites us to see and think the world differently. The conceptualization of the world as radically, though ambivalently, interconnected, seems to have great potential. Postcolonial theory lay the groundwork for this new imagination, but it also reminds us that we should take into account the specific (geopolitical) power dynamics that are bound up with all imaginations of the world. Political accounts of the efforts to create a Mediterranean identity (European Mediterranean Project, Barcelona Process, 1995) point at the Arab distrust of such projects.

Masterclass Catherine Malabou: What To Do With Our Brain?

Masterclass | In October (28-29), NICA hosts a masterclass and lecture with Catherine Malabou, organized by Adam Chambers, Thijs Witty, Gianluca Turricchia, and Baylee Brits. The masterclass is open to graduate students and interested staff, and is designed as an intensive workshop to question, extend, and experiment with Malabou’s important theory of plasticity. In addition to the workshop, there will also be a lecture by Professor Malabou, followed by a response from Professor Patricia Pisters from the University of Amsterdam. Catherine Malabou is a French philosopher who is currently professor at the Université Paris-X Nanterre and the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at London’s Kingston University.

Pinkwashing: Homonationalism and Gay Tourism in Palestine/Israel

Lecture, June 20, 2011 | Haneen Maikey, director of alQaws, lectures on the current discourse of homonationalism in Israel from the perspective of marginalized Palestinian queers. The strategic pinkwashing of Israel’s image that is used in the campaigns of gay tourism in Tel Aviv is exposed as a cover up to the exclusionary politics of the Israeli state.

Toppling Times: Cultural Activism

Atelier, May 31 2011 | The encounter between the insights of political, social and critical theory on the one hand, and activist visions and struggles on the other, is urgent and appealing. Indeed, there is much to gain from a productive dialogue between the theorizations of the intricacies of our time and the subversive practices that deal with them.

New Urban Aesthetics

Seminar | How are cities – and city life – changing in response to developments such as globalization, transnational migration, new media culture, and environmental engineering? How does cultural production – ranging from literature and the visual arts to architecture and design – inform or contribute to those changes? What value do critical concepts such as the cosmopolitan, the global, the exurban, and the postmetropolitan have in current debates about cities?