NICA presents a book launch of the first two titles in the new series in Media / Art / Politics at Leiden University Press, the 21st March 17.15-19.00, in collaboration with LUCAS and Leiden University Press. We will be joined by Inge van der Ven (Tilburg University) who will pitch her book Big Books in Times of Big Data (2020) and Ali Shobeiri (Leiden University) who will reflect on his Place: Towards a Geophilosophy of Photography (2021).
Place: Lipsiusgebouw 0.19, Cleveringaplaats 1, 2311 BD Leiden or online.
Place: Towards a geophilosophy of Photography
By examining photography through geography and philosophy, this book makes evident that place is not the content of a definite representation. To do this, it breaks down the participatory elements of photography into six tropes: the photographer, the camera, the photograph, the image, the spectator, and the genre. Read more >
Ali Shobeiri is Assistant Professor of Visual Art Theories in the Departments of Art History and Media Studies at Leiden University. He is co-editor of Animation and Memory (2020).
Big books in times of Big Data
Big Books in Times of Big Data examines recent trends of size and scale in the novel in terms of the shift from the bound book to the newer materialities of the digital. Using a wide-ranging international archive of hefty tomes by various authors, Van de Ven reflects on the place of big book-bound literature in a media genealogy that includes film and television but also online databases, social media, selfies, and Global Information Systems. Read more >
Inge van de Ven is Assistant Professor of Online Culture in the Department of Culture Studies at Tilburg School of Humanities & Digital Sciences. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Utrecht University, where she also completed postdoctoral research on creativity in education. She was a 2018-’19 Core Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Budapest.
NICA, Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analyses, is the Dutch national research school dedicated to the academic study of contemporary culture from an interdisciplinary, theoretical, and critical perspective. The school offers graduate courses for research master and Ph.D. students and serves as a professional network for affiliated scholars. Presently based at Leiden University, the school welcomes the participation of scholars and students of all Dutch universities. More information>
LUCAS, Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) is dedicated to ground-breaking research that explores the multifaceted relationships between the arts and society. More information>