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Recurrent seminars in the ASCA program are the ASCA Theory Seminar, the Cross Media Seminar, the ASCA Cities Seminar, and the Philosophy and Public Affairs colloquium.

  • Cities Seminar: Cultures of Urban (In)Justice

    ASCA Cities Seminar 2019-2020 | Organized by Carolyn Birdsall, Jeff Diamanti, Simone Kalkman and Kasia Mika. Contact: | Semester 1 dates: Friday 20 September, Friday 18 October, Friday 1 November, Friday 6 December | We are interested in examining dynamics of spatial (in)justice from the vantage point of creative, cultural, aesthetic and political practices in contemporary urban environments.  

  • New Political Ecologies

    Organizers: Joost de Bloois: and Jeff Diamanti:

    This year’s New Political Ecologies Workshop explores emergent practices in the humanities and social sciences that help refigure disciplinary boundaries amidst social and environmental precarity.

  • Rethinking Cross-Media: Intermediality, Convergence, Assemblage, Post-Media etc

    Cross Media Seminar 2019-2020 ? Organized by Sudeep Dasgupta, Abe Geil, Markus Stauff (contact: ) | Meetings are on the following Fridays 15-18h (dates for semester 2 will be determined later): Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 13 | This year’s Cross-Media Research Seminar is going back to its basic concept and taking stock: What concepts and tools are available (and newly emerging) to understand a culture whose aesthetics and politics are decidedly cross-media: enabled by and circulating across a number of highly heterogeneous media constellations, each combining formal conventions, practices, technologies, and political economies in particular ways. 

  • Philosophy and Public Affairs

    Colloquium organized by Beate Roessler and Henri Wijsbek. | If not noted otherwise: Wednesdays, 4-6 pm, Department of Philosophy, Faculteitskamer, Oude Turfmarkt 147 | 11, 25 September; 9, 23 October; 6, 20 November; 4, 18 December |  With this series of seminars with prominent moral and political philosophers from both inside and outside the Netherlands, we want to shed light on different aspects of the broad problematic, from both more theoretically oriented as well as more concretely social and political perspectives.

  • Critical Cultural Theory Seminar

    What do we need to still argue for a normative concept of culture or good life? How is it reconcilable with the liberal-democratic and “postmodern” pluralism of ways of living and thinking? How does critique work at all under conditions where there are no transcendent criteria any more? What is the distinct value of certain forms of art for philosophy and society? Can we learn something from certain cultural phenomena – be it from distinct art, pop-art or everyday life - about our epoch? And, finally, what is the specific value of the Humanities for societal self-reflection?

  • Aurality: Musical Modes of Knowledge Inscription

    Music and Culture Seminar organized by Barbara Titus | Keywords: aurality, sound studies, epistemic privilege, musicking, postcolonial studies | Programme: t.b.a. | The seminar intends to raise questions about technologies of transmission, dissemination and inscription of knowledge (sounds, imagery, speech, writing, performance, etc.) and the material on which they inscribe: memories, (human) bodies, paper, hard drives, or songs.

  • Online Contention

    Bimonthly seminar organized by Stefania Milan and Thomas Poell | This interdisciplinary group is composed of scholars whose work explores the interplay between the ‘political’ and the ‘digital’. One of the key interests of the group is how major online platforms, mostly operated by global corporations affect and reshape popular contention around the globe. 

  • Artistic Research

    Organized Paula Albuquerque: Contact: Emilija Angelovska - | The Artistic Research Research Group focuses on Artistic Research as a new approach to tackling research questions and it aims at promoting the exchange of ideas between artists and scholars from a wide range of fields and disciplines. 

  • Moving Images: Preservation, Curation, Exhibition

    Organized by the research group ‘Moving Images’, which brings together scholars and professionals concerned with the preservation, curation and exhibition of moving images. Coordinators: Eef Masson and Giovanni Fossati. Contact Eef Masson ( | Participants share the common goal of bridging theory and practice: research concerns concrete cultural and economic praxes, but is also geared towards informing those, both through scholarly insights and tools developed as part of public-private partnerships.