Fotograaf: Eduard Lampe

dhr. dr. S.M. (Sudeep) Dasgupta

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
    Capaciteitsgroep Media & Cultuur
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    BG 1
    Turfdraagsterpad 9  Kamernummer: 225
  • Postadres:
    Turfdraagsterpad  9
    1012 XT  Amsterdam
    T: 0205258136

 ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, Department of Media & Culture


Critical theory and Visual Culture, Aesthetics and Politics, Media Studies, Philosophy, Postcolonial, Feminist and Queer Studies, Globalization

Publications (see relevant section) focus on the following research interests:

- The analysis of transformations in visual culture (aesthetic practices, technologies, crossmedia developments) as they impinge on questions of perception, experience and representation

- Interdisciplinary engagements with Television and Film theory in the context of textual, technological and inter-active dimensions of media culture (film, television, photography, new media)

- The theorization of aesthetics and its relation to political thought in modernity (e.g. Adorno, Jameson, Rancière, Derrida, Spivak)

- Critical engagement with the Frankfurt School (e.g. T.W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin), Continental philosophy (e.g Jacques Rancière, Jacques Derrida), Feminist and Queer theory (Judith Butler, Bracha Ettinger), around aesthetics, political thought and experience

- Postcolonial Studies and Globalization studies in relation to aesthetics, history, critical theory and sociology (e.g. European, gender/sexual and postcolonial constructions)


Institutions: Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (ASCA), Amsterdam Centre for Globalization Studies (ACGS), Cultural and Social Critique research constellation (ASCA)


Book projects

What's Queer about Europe: Productive Encounters and Re-enchanting Paradigms, co-edited with Mireille Rosello, Fordham University Press, New York, forthcoming 2014.

 (Completed) Constellations of the Transnational: Modernity, Culture, Critique, (edited) Rodopi, New York and Amsterdam, 2007.

Collaborative Projects

 Europeanizing Spaces: Cultural Encounters and Entangled Histories (Joint ASCA - Institute of Culture and History)

Cultures of Mobility, ACGS

Cultural and Social Critique, ASCA

Crossmedia Research Group, ASCA



 1. Visiting Marie Jahoda Professor at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, Germany, 2011.

 2. Visiting Scholar, Summer Institute in Critical Theory, Northwestern University, United States, 2011.


Teaching (selection): 2001 - 2013

 Bachelor Program

 Transformations in Media Culture

 Media, Culture, Identity

BA Research seminars:

The Frankfurt School and Postmodernism 

Postmodernism: Jameson and Lyotard

Cultural Studies and Postmodernism

 Masters Program

Aesthetics and Practices MA core course in Television Studies

Television theory and practices MA core course in Television Studies

MA Humanities seminar: The Culture of Spectacle - Benjamin, Debord, Rancière

Research seminar in Cultural Analysis (co-taught with M. Rosello, MA in Cultural Analysis)


Flesh of Images - Rancière

Postcolonial Theory and Media

Benjamin, Adorno and Critical Theory

MA theses supervision

Research Masters Program

Manifestoes, Media and Politics core course

Postcolonial Identity and Media

Media Archaeology and New Film History

RMA thesis supervision

Ph. D Program

ASCA PhD Research Seminar

Crossmedia Research Seminar (co-taught with M. Stauff)

PhD Supervision: Hugh McDonnell "Europeanizing Spaces in Paris ca. 1945-1962"


Invited Lectures

 (Plenary) An Aesthetics of Movement and the Politics of the Neutral. Cultural Escape conference, University of Vienna, 2012

 (Plenary) Adorno/ Rancière: Obtuse Reality and the Double Poetics of the Image. Critical and Cultural Theory Symposium, Södertorn University, Stockholm, 2012

Excentric Interiority and the Politics of the Neutral: Wildside, Barthes and Rancière. Transnational Interiors Conference, Trinity College, Cambridge, 2012. 

 (Keynote) Dissensual Configurations: The Politics of Literarity across Cultural Forms. Literature and Intervention HERMES Symposium, Amsterdam, 2012

(Plenary) Disidentification, Anticipation and the Aesthetics of the Popular. Critical Theory Summer Institute symposium, Northwestern University, Evanston, 2011.

(Plenary) Staging Europe and the Dialectics of Disclosure. Current Issues in European Cultural Studies, Narköpping, Sweden, 2011 

Cultural Difference and Paternalism: Lecture-Conversation with Judith Butler. International Institute for Visual Arts, London. 2011

Another Turn of the Screw: Dialectical Contradictions, Critical Aesthetics and Unthinking the Political. Politics and Aesthetics: With and Around Jacques Rancière, University of Amsterdam. 2006.  

Conferences (Selected)

 Quality Television: Cultural Studies and the Discursive Staging of "the People". Cultural Studies and the Popular, Conference at the American University in Paris, 2011 

 Virtual Palimpsests: Memorializing Otherness through an Aesthetics of Transiency. The Afterlives of Monuments Conference, Central St. Martin's, London and TRAiN, London, 2010.

 Encountering Frames of War between the Politics of Detachment and attachment. "Frames of War" Intensive Programme (under the direction of Judith Butler), Centre for the Humanities, University of Utrecht

The Power of the Relation: Art and Emancipation in Rancière, Adorno and Benjamin. NECS Conference, University of Lund, Lund, 2009. 

Relational Thinking and Migrancy: The Politics of Space and the Image of Europe. Migratory Politics conference, ASCA/Cendeac, Amsterdam, 2007. 

 Migratory Aesthetics/ Aesthetic Migrations: Contrapuntal Notes on the Aesthetics of Displacement. Migratory Aesthetics conference, Murcia/Cendeac, Spain. 2007

Signatures of the Invisible: Postmodernism, Technology and the Convergence of the Cinematic Subject.Second Congress of the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies. Vienna. 2007

Postcolonial Screens and Queer Re-Visions: Modernity, Media and the Sexualized Body. Screen Studies Conference, Glasgow. 2007

Time, Space and the Political: The EU and the Partition of History. Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Istanbul, 2006. 

Ethics, Politics and the Visuality of the Other. Migratory Aesthetics Conference, ASCA and CentreCATH, Leeds, 2006. 

The Memory of Hope: Migratory Aesthetics in the Politics of Before Night Falls. Migratory Aesthetics Conference, ASCA and CATH, Amsterdam,  2005  

Digging for Television in the Multimedia Age: Media Archaeology , TV and the Elusive Object of Quality. First Alpe-Adria Cultural Studies Conference: The Landscapes of Cultural Studies, Klagenfurt, 2005.

Between the Retina and the Body: Regimes of Visuality and the Truths of Modernity. Visual Knowledges Conference, Edinburgh, 2003.

Between the fences: Postcolonial culture and the Aestheticization of Politics. Accented Cultures Conference, Amsterdam, 2003.

Media, Postmodernism and the Place of Identity. Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Tampere, 2002.

Nation on Fire: Gender, Sexuality and the Politics of Disrobing in Indian Cinema. Mediatizing Privacy: Conference organized by University of Amsterdam and Centre d'Études Recherches Internationale, Paris, Amsterdam, 2002.

Hindu (Trans)Nationalism: The Aura of Modernity and the Promises of Globalization . International Conference: Religion, Media and the Public Sphere, ASSR, University of Amsterdam and ISIM, Leiden, 2001 .

Profane Illuminations: Intellectual Visuality and Images of Sacrality Under Globalisation. Political Theologies Conference, Amsterdam ( Harvard University-University of Amsterdam), 2001.

Producing Culture, Consuming Identity: Contemporary Globalisations and the Production of "Indian Culture". Annual South Asia Studies Conference, Madison-Wisconsin, 2000.



  • Dasgupta, S. M. (2018). Entanglements and Dispersals: Occidental Power and the Vicissitudes of Displacement. In A. Webber, K. Bystrom, & A. Harris (Eds.), South and North: : Contemporary Urban Orientations Routledge India.
  • Dasgupta, S. M. (2018). Marx and Queerness. Krisis, (2).
  • Dasgupta, S. M. (2018). Radical Equality and the Politics of the Anonym:: A Counterdiscourse toward Postcolonial Europe. In S. Ponzanesi, & A. J. Habed (Eds.), Postcolonial Intelectuals in Europe: Critics, Artists, Movements, and Their Publics (pp. 231-247). [14] London and New York: Rowman & Littlefield Int..
  • Dasgupta, S. M. (2018). Subaltern Studies: Marx and Subaltern Studies. Krisis.


  • Dasgupta, S. (2017). 'The Brilliance of Invisibility': Tracking the Body in the Society of the Spectacle. In S. Gandesha, & J. Hartle (Eds.), The Spell of Capital: Reification and Spectacle (pp. 91-110). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details] 
  • Dasgupta, S. (2017). Sensing the Opaque: Seriality and the Aesthetics of Televisual Form. In F. Kelleter (Ed.), Media of Serial Narrative (pp. 183-203). (Theory and interpretation of narrative). Columbus: Ohio State University Press. [details] 
  • Dasgupta, S. (2017). The Aesthetics of Indirection: Intermittent Adjacencies and Subaltern Presences at the Borders of Europe. Cinéma & Cie, 17(28), 41-50. [details] 
  • Dasgupta, S. (2017). Uncomfortable Ethnographies: The Politics of Race and the Untimeliness of Critique [Review of: G. Wekker (2016) White Innocence]. Krisis, 2, 50-54. [details] 


  • Dasgupta, S. (2016). Fragments in Relation: Trajectories of/for an Unbound Europe. In E. Peeren, H. Stuit, & A. Van Weyenberg (Eds.), Peripheral Visions in the Globalizing Present: Space, Mobility, Aesthetics (pp. 60-74). (Thamyris Intersecting/ Place, Sex, Race; Vol. 31). Leiden: Brill. [details] 


  • Dasgupta, S. M. (2015). The Aesthetics of Neutrality, or Escape from the Identical. In F. D. T. I. F. T. F. U. M. D. U. W. (Ed.), ESCAPE!: Strategien des Entkommens (pp. 1-17). Vienna.
  • Dasgupta, S. M. (2015). Toward a Media Archaeology of Inscription, Temporality and Experience. In A. Beltrame, G. Fidotta, & A. Mariani (Eds.), At the Borders of (Film) Theory: Temporality, Archaeology, Theories (pp. 223-232). Udine: Forum.


  • Dasgupta, S., & Rosello, M. (2014). Introduction: Queer and Europe: An Encounter. In M. Rosello, & S. Dasgupta (Eds.), What's Queer about Europe? Productive Encounters and Re-enchanting Paradigms (pp. 1-23). New York: Fordham University Press. [details] 


  • Dasgupta, S. (2013). Detours, delays, derailments: La Petite Jérusalem and slow training in culture. In C. Lindner, & A. Hussey (Eds.), Paris-Amsterdam underground: essays on cultural resistance, subversion, and diversion (pp. 65-75). (Cities and cultures). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details] 
  • Dasgupta, S. (2013). Permanent Transiency, Tele-visual Spectacle, and the Slum as Postcolonial Monument. South Asian Studies, 29(1), 147-157. DOI: 10.1080/02666030.2013.772826  [details] 
  • Dasgupta, S. (2013). The spiral of thought in the work of Jacques Rancière. Theory & Event, 16(1). [details] 


  • Dasgupta, S. (2012). Policing the people: Television Studies and the problem of 'quality'. NECSUS, 1(1), 35-53. [details] 


  • Dasgupta, S. (2011). The Aesthetics of Displacement and the Performance of Migration. In M. Bal, & M. Á. Hernández-Navarro (Eds.), Art and Visibility in Migratory Culture. Conflict, Resistance, and Agency (pp. 91-105). (Thamyris intersecting: place, sex and race; No. 23). Amsterdam: Rodopi. [details] 
  • Dasgupta, S. (2011). The Spare Image in an Unsparing World: Framing the soldier in an indeterminate war. Transformations, 19. [details] 


  • Dasgupta, S. (2010). Alterity and identities: the paradoxes of authenticity. In A. Hoffmann, & E. Peeren (Eds.), Representation matters: (re)articulating collective identities in a postcolonial world (pp. 33-46). (Thamyris intersecting: place, sex, and race; No. 20). Amsterdam [etc.]: Rodopi. [details] 


  • Dasgupta, S. (2009). Conjunctive times, disjointed time: philosophy between enigma and disagreement. Parallax, 15(3), 3-19. DOI: 10.1080/13534640902982553  [details] 
  • Dasgupta, S. (2009). Jacques Rancière. In F. Colman (Ed.), Film, theory and philosophy: the key thinkers (pp. 339-348). London: Acumen. [details] 
  • Dasgupta, S. (2009). Resonances and disjunctions: matrixial subjectivity and queer theory. Studies in the Maternal, 1(2). [details] 
  • Dasgupta, S. (2009). Words, bodies, times: Queer Theory before and after itself. Borderlands E-Journal, 8(2). [details] 


  • Dasgupta, S. (2008). Between the aesthetics of migration and migratory aesthetics. In G. Watson, A. Dasgupta, & M. Szewczyk (Eds.), Santhal Family: positions around an Indian sculpture (pp. 98-105). Antwerpen: Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen. [details] 
  • Dasgupta, S. (2008). Managing the contradictions of culture. In H. Weeda, O. Chenal, G. Chierchia, L. Mathol, & G. Wagner (Eds.), Managing diversity? Art and (the art of) organisational change (pp. 171-175). Amsterdam: Mets & Schilt. [details] 
  • Dasgupta, S. (2008). The visuality of the Other: the place of the migrant between Derrida's Ethics and Rancière's Aesthetics in 'Calais: the last Border'. In M. Aydemir, & A. Rotas (Eds.), Migratory settings (pp. 181-193). (Thamyris/Intersecting: place, sex and race; No. 19). Amsterdam [etc.]: Rodopi. [details] 
  • Dasgupta, S., & Staat, W. (2008). Of surfaces and depths: the afterlives of ''Tales of sound and fury''. In J. Kooijman, P. Pisters, & W. Strauven (Eds.), Mind the screen: media concepts according to Thomas Elsaesser (pp. 43-59). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details] 


  • Dasgupta, S. M. (2007). Jacques Ranciere en de spiraal van het denken over politiek en esthetiek. In S. de Boer (Ed.), Het esthetisch denken (text & context). Amsterdam: Valiz.
  • Dasgupta, S. (2007). Constellations of the transnational: modernity, culture, critique. (Thamyris/intersecting: place, sex, and race; No. 14). Amsterdam/New York: Ropodi. [details] 
  • Dasgupta, S. (2007). Cultural constellations, critique and modernity: an introduction. In S. Dasgupta (Ed.), Constellations of the transnational: modernity, culture, critique (pp. 9-22). (Thamyris/intersecting: place, sex, and race; No. 14). Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi. [details] 
  • Dasgupta, S. (2007). Running a(g)round: migratory aesthetics and the politics of translation. In S. Durrant, & C. M. Lord (Eds.), Essays in migratory aesthetics: cultural practices between migration and art-making (pp. 191-203). (Thamyris intersecting: place, sex, and race; No. 17). Amsterdam: Rodopi. [details] 
  • Dasgupta, S. (2007). Whither culture? Globalization, media and the promises of cultural studies. In S. Dasgupta (Ed.), Constellations of the transnational: modernity, culture, critique (pp. 139-175). (Thamyris/intersecting: place, sex, and race; No. 14). Amsterdam: Rodopi. [details] 


  • Dasgupta, S. (2008). Art is going elsewhere: and politics has to catch it : an interview with Jacques Rancière. Krisis, 9(1), 70-76. [details] 
  • Dasgupta, S. (2008). The politics of contamination [Review of: P. Cheah (2006) Inhuman conditions: on cosmopolitanism and human rights]. Krisis, 9(3), 47-52. [details] 
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