ASCA Theory Seminar 2017: Classic Texts and their Legacies - First session

28Sept2017 15:00


Convenors: Patricia Pisters and Esther Peeren. Registration:

The ASCA Theory Seminar is open to all ASCA PhD candidates and will take place on the following Thursday afternoons, from 15:00 to 18:00 (locations t.b.a.): 28 September 2017, 16 November 2017, 15 February 2018, 22 March 2018, 26 April 2018, 14 June 2018

The aim of the ASCA Theory Seminar is twofold: First, we propose to explore broad theoretical and methodological paradigms, and to discuss influential texts (suggested by the participants) in relation to their current legacies and/or 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.

The First Session:

Over the summer, we received many interesting suggestions for the six sessions of the Theory Seminar. On the basis of the suggestions, we decided to focus this year’s seminar on classic texts and their legacies. The idea for each session is to read a classic text that has influenced later thinkers from diverse disciplines, as well as one or two very recent texts engaging with this classic text and/or its legacies. In the first session we will focus on the work of Frantz Fanon, which will allow us to continue to probe the postcolonial and decolonial responses to (neo)colonialism and structural racism that came up during last year’s ASCA Biennale seminar around the work of Wendelien van Oldenborgh and her Cinema Olanda project at the Venice Biennale, as well as in many current ASCA PhD projects. The focus and readings for the other sessions will be discussed and determined in the first session, so that all participants can have input in the program.

Right after the seminar, we will walk to theBushuis for the beginning of the year ASCA Borrel.

Please register for the ASCA Theory Seminar by sending an email to Eloe Kingma ( by 14 September. 

Nina van Leerzaal

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