November 28 | NICA invites you to an afternoon of debates on humanities research funding in the Netherlands. We will share our experiences in applying to NWO subsidies and serving on NWO commitees, and discuss general obstacles, challenges, and possibilities.
November 23 | What is ecocriticism? What are its promises? Can ecocritics be useful in the Benelux – this often heavily industrialized region, where wildernesses are scarce? We need to radically rethink the relation between humanity, technology, and the environment. Traditionally romantic or pastoral notions of nature have become less than useful. Do contemporary art and literature offer more productive imaginations?
Reading Group, starting November 6 | Friedrich Kittler’s Gramophone, Film, Typewriter (1986) has gained much notoriety (and criticism) in the field of media studies. But, as questions concerning media and mediality become almost unavoidable, Kittler’s particular brand of media-archaeology and broad, far-reaching arguments may also prove fruitful to other fields of research, for instance into music, literature and the visual arts.
Informal PhD exchange on workflow apps, December 13 | Which (more efficient or better) ways are there to organize your research literature, interviews, and notes so that they don’t just end up forgotten in a pile/file?
Symposium, March 26-28 | This conference sets out to articulate the meaning of the ‘event’ in relation to artistic, media-based and performative cultural practices. We invite presentations articulating the range of performative, conceptual, media-based, game-based, relational, participatory and other practices that can be approached as events.
ASCA/NICA Soirées, starting March 15 | To prevent ourselves from assuming that affect is now so ubiquitous that it must have some meaning, and consequently becoming embarrassed to inquire what this meaning actually is, we propose to trace some of the routes (rather than roots) of affect by looking at the different, yet highly particular, ways in which it has been approached by different theorists.
Seminar 2012-13 | Because of the fundamental importance for subjectivity traditionally attributed to love, love appears to be a tremendously political subject from the very beginning. It coincides with affectionate forms of political solidarity, has to do with forms of commitment and with the shaping of affects to produce forms of concord. In gender and queer theoretical perspectives, intimacy is politically loaded in yet another respect: which forms of intimacy will be legitimized? And, more fundamentally: How have they been constituted in the first place?
Crash-course | This course revolves around basic terms such as ‘object,’ ‘culture’, and ‘concept.’ In what sense is cultural analysis object-based? What place does ‘culture’ take in the practice of cultural analysis? And how to mobilize (and restrain) ambitious theoretical concepts?
Seminar 2012-13 | If we are being asked to believe that globalization produces new knowledge, should we also look for specific blind spots: do old paradigms haunt the present and does this haunting manifest itself (case studies: coloniality vs planetarity)? Do new figures of knowledgeable subjects gain power while others are gradually discredited (the intellectual vs. native informant, the believer vs. the Cartesian subject)?
Seminar 2012-13 | Technology, techne, and technique have become central terms across disciplines in exploring the subject/self. Further, transformation has been central to the history of technology, and takes on an even more intense form today. This term “technology” – whose centrality in television studies is also related to the fields of cinema, literature, and philosophy – will be the starting point for an in-depth investigation of a cross-disciplinary and intermedial understanding of the evolving relation between the mediated self and technological transformations.
BASCE, June 19 | Many scholars, artists, and activists in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg are committed to exploring the changing relations between culture and the environment. BASCE wants to offer those scholars a platform for dialogue and exchange. Tom Idema, Catherine Lord, and Rob Zwijnenberg offer presentations on their work. The talks will culminate in an open discussion of each participant’s investment in the broad interdisciplinary field of ecocriticism, bio-art, environmental philosophy, nature writing, landscape poetry, environmental activism, etc.
Crash Course, June 22 | NICA is the abbreviation of the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis. But what, exactly, is this beast called “cultural analysis”? This one-day “crash course” offers a quick and practical introduction into the research practice of cultural analysis. Throughout, the assumptions, habits, preferences, blind spots, and foreclosures of cultural analysis will remain under review. Our guiding questions will be whether, to what extent, and in what respect cultural analysis may work for your research objects and aims. Or not, as the case may be.