25Oct2014 12:30 - 23:30


All current and former ASCA members are invited to join the celebrations for ASCA's 20th birthday,

ASCA 20 years

Academic workshop

During the day, there will be an academic workshop at the Tobacco Theater (Nes 75-87), where we will discuss what it means to practice cultural analysis in an increasingly globalized and digitized world where theory is regarded with some suspicion and interdisciplinarity has become the rule rather than the exception. The workshop will feature three international keynote speakers:

  • Wendy Chun (Brown University, USA)
  • Christoph Lindner (ASCA)

  • Eyal Weizman (Goldsmiths/University of London, UK)

ASCA PhD students will act as respondents. The keynote speakers will also conduct masterclasses for PhD students and RMA students on Friday 24 October. 

The programme for the afternoon looks as follows: 

12:30 welcome with coffee/tea
13:00 opening (Esther Peeren & Robin Celikates)
13:30 Chair: Anne Helmond
Keynote 1: Wendy Chun, Scaling Networks, Collecting Habits
Responses: Lonneke van der Velden & Daniel de Zeeuw
14:50 short break
15:00 Chair: Pedram Dibazar
Keynote 2: Eyal Weizman, FORENSIS: Architecture at the Threshold of Detectability
Responses: Mikki Stelder & Miriam Meissner
16:20 long break with coffee/tea/cookies
16:50 Chair: Marie Beauchamps
Keynote 3: Christoph Lindner,The Oblique Art of Shoes
Responses: Eva Meijer & Aylin Kuryel
18:10 closing academic programme
18:15 intermezzo over drinks (Catherine Lord)
18:30 start buffet dinner
after: eating, drinking, dancing .


Wendy Chun, Scaling Networks, Collecting Habits

Culture in the network age is allegedly fissured into many micro-segments, which defy the usual categories of class, race and gender. At the same time, however, we are apparently more predictable than ever, since this is the era of Big Data. To make sense of this paradox, this lecture turns to habits to understand phenomena that are too quickly classed as affects of viral spread.

Eyal Weizman, FORENSIS: Architecture at the Threshold of Detectability

In this lecture, Eyal Weizman will outline the program of his multidisciplinary investigation at the intersection of architecture, war and law. Weizman will present work undertaken with his Forensic Architecture teams in relation to urban and architectural destruction in Israel/Palestine, environmental violence in Guatemala and the research he has undertaken for the UN on drone warfare in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. Forensic Architecture, an agency composed of artists, filmmakers and architectural researchers, treats architecture as a sensor/agent that can detect political force-fields and respond to them. Weizman will show how architectural methods and new sensing technologies could be used to expose the logic of violent conflict while raising a host of conceptual problems to do with the thresholds of vision and law.

Christoph Lindner, The Oblique Art of Shoes

This talk addresses popular culture and the humanities. It uses shoes as an object of analysis to interrogate the place and function of aesthetic pleasure in critical thinking and cultural practice in the age of globalization and the neoliberal university.

Tracking contemporary articulations of the shoe as a popular cultural object - in visual art, museum exhibitions, urban space, and advertising billboards - I argue that analyzing the oblique art of shoes can make newly visible the extent to which aesthetic pleasure can inform, and sometimes even constitute, critical practice.


To register, please send an e-mail indicating your name and whether you want to register for the workshop, the dinner or both to

Do not miss this chance to reminisce about the good old days and to look ahead to a future in which ASCA will strive to remain the warm, intellectually stimulating and occasionally unruly community we all know and love.  We hope to see you in October!

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