ASCA Theory Seminar

From 15:00-18:00 (location t.b.a.): 28 September 2017, 16 November 2017, 15 February 2018, 22 March 2018, 26 April 2018, 14 June 2018 Convernors: Patricia Pisters and Esther Peeren. Coordinator: Eloe Kingma

The aim of the ASCA Theory Seminar is twofold:

First, we propose to explore broad theoretical and methodological paradigms, and discuss influential texts (suggested by the participants) in relation to ASCA PhD projects. Participants of the Theory Seminar will become acquainted with current practices in cultural analysis and learn how to integrate them in their own work.

The second important aim of the Theory Seminar is community building. The seminar aims to bring together PhD candidates from the diverse disciplines within ASCA to learn about each other’s research projects, struggles and joys, and to make new friends. To serve this latter purpose, each session will end in a café with drinks.

The ASCA Theory is a collective initiative of the PhD candidates and the ASCA directors. The ASCA directors, Patricia Pisters and Esther Peeren, will be involved as ‘guides’. The sessions will be prepared and chaired by a team of three (or two or four) PhD candidates from different disciplines. They can decide to present their own work in connection with the readings, prepare topics for discussion or invite a guest to shed light on a particular text or theoretical/methodological issue.

In terms of determining the content of the sessions (the readings), the PhD community is in charge. You are invited to come up with theoretical/methodological paradigms, authors or specific texts broad enough to be of interest to other ASCA PhD candidates and difficult enough to make it productive to discuss it in the Seminar.

We recommend that all PhD candidates in their first and second year follow the ASCA Theory Seminar integrally, preferably for two years. We want to create a regular group for all six sessions, so if you register you are making a commitment to participate in all sessions. PhD candidates who are in their third year or further are very welcome to join, too, as are ASCA staff members.

Over the summer, the ASCA directors will collect your suggestions and come up with a provisional program for the six sessions. Please send your suggestions for the content of the seminar to Eloe ( before 14 July 2017 and register for the ASCA Theory Seminar before 14 September by sending an email to Eloe (

Published by  ASCA

5 July 2017