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Comparative Cultural Analysis (Arts and Culture)

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The Master's in Comparative Cultural Analysis explores culture in the broadest sense - from art, film and new media, to popular culture and social movements - in relation to contemporary issues such as globalisation, technology and social and cultural conflicts and identities. The programme is dedicated to critical examination of a wide variety of cultural phenomena from an explicitly theoretical and interdisciplinary perspective. It investigates the many possible dialogues between cultural phenomena and critical theory, while focusing on the socio-political significance of theoretical and interdisciplinairy study.

Language of instruction
Full-time, part-time

Master's Week: 18-24 Nov
Master's Week: 12 -16 Feb
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Why Comparative Cultural Analysis at the UvA
Amsterdam's vibrant, multicultural environment, which includes diverse cultural institutions, serves as a backdrop for the programme, enabling students to critically engage with contemporary culture.

Ideal study environment

Questions concerning the programme literature are combined with a broader perspective from various subjects such as Continental Philosophy, Environmental Humanities, Posthumanism, Queer Studies, Comparative Literature, and Art Theory.

Interdisciplinary and theoretical approach

Electives will allow you to specialise in your field of choice. You will also have the opportunity to do internships in Amsterdam’s vibrant cultural sector.

Choose your interest

The programme comprises professors with diverse research areas, integrating perspectives from fields including Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, and Media Studies, thus enhancing its interdisciplinary character.

Multidisciplinary professors

Is Comparative Cultural Analysis right for you?

  1. You want to engage with contemporary critical discourses such as philosophy, environmental humanities, posthumanism, decolonial studies, and queer studies.
  2. You are interested in cultural phenomena, in particular art works and literature, cinema and new media, and in academic and popular culture.
  3. You want to examine the intersections between cultural phenomena and critical theory, emphasising the socio-political implications of interdisciplinary and theoretical study.

Degree certificate

Comparative Cultural Analysis is an accredited degree programme of Arts and Culture. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Arts and Culture and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Facts & Figures
Degree programme
MA Arts and Culture
Regular study programme
Full-time, part-time
60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction
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CROHO code
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