RMeS Summer School 2018: New Materialism

See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me: Material and Affective Turns in Media Studies

When? 20, 21 & 22 June 2018
Where? Radboud University Nijmegen
For? PhD Candidates and RMa Students
Organizers? Prof. Anneke Smelik (coordinator), Dr Christophe van Eecke, Dr Vincent Meelberg, Dr László Munteán, Dr Martijn Stevens and Lianne Toussaint.

THE SUMMER SCHOOL IS FULLY BOOKED, please send an e-mail with your name, university and research school to rmes-fgw@uva.nl. We will put you on our waiting list.

Confirmed speakers: Professor Sean Cubitt and Dr Carolyn Pedwell

The past ten years have yielded a variety of changes in media culture. Ever new technologies of online and off-line communication, Internet-based participatory communities, the rise of television as an art form, the increasing accessibility of VR glasses and personal drones, to name only a few, have engendered new modes of communication, entertainment, and engaging with technology. Simultaneously, traditional distinctions between the digital and the material, human and non-human have become ever more untenable. The RMeS Summer School seeks to address these pertinent issues by focusing on two major theoretical movements within the humanities and the social sciences in the past decade: the new-materialist turn and the affective turn. What are the implications of theories of new materialism and affect for media studies? In what ways do these two trends help us conceive of recent developments in both old and new media?

A first major thrust challenging the conceptual framework of the linguistic turn comes from an array of theories collectively known as the material turn. Revisiting conventional understandings of matter as socially constructed and inert, the material turn – and new materialism in particular – studies matter in terms of its agential potential, not simply constructed by but also constitutive of social and cultural practices. Second, there has been a surge of scholarly inquiry into dimensions of the human experience that cannot be solely grasped through the theoretical apparatus of the linguistic turn geared towards structures of discourse and representation. Scholarship conducted in the spirit of the so-called affective turn foregrounds affect, feeling, and emotion as constitutive forces of human and non-human actions and interrelations. Although often used interchangeably, the polyvalent body of work on affect, feeling, and emotion by neuroscientists, psychologists, social scientists and humanities researchers demonstrates the diversity of approaches to these phenomena while offering new venues of interdisciplinary scholarship. It is the combination of new materialism and affect theory, in particular, that may shed new light on how the agency of singular objects as well as the affective, social and material connections between various bodies, forces and spaces influence the ways in which human subjects experience, shape, and express their world and ideas. The RMeS Summer School aims to be such a venue for exploring the triangular interrelation of new materialism, affect, and media.

Organized by the Department of Cultural Studies of the Radboud University in Nijmegen.
Organizing team: Prof. Anneke Smelik (coordinator), Dr. Christophe van Eecke, Dr. Vincent Meelberg, Dr. László Munteán, Dr. Martijn Stevens, and Lianne Toussaint.


Wednesday 20 June 2018
Campus Radboud University Nijmegen

Welcome with coffee and tea

Opening by Prof. dr Anneke Smelik, Radboud University Nijmegen

10.30 – 11.30
Keynote lecture Prof. Sean Cubitt, Goldsmiths, University of London

11.30 – 12.30
Keynote lecture Prof. dr Anneke Smelik, Radboud University Nijmegen

12.30 – 13.00

13.00 – 14.00

14.00 – 18.00
Parallel Workshops, Grotiusgebouw

14.00 – 15.30
Choose first workshop

  1. Christophe van Eecke, Touching Images: The Ethics of the Gaze in Contemporary Photography
  2. Vincent Meelberg, Creating Sonic Experiences: Sound as Affective Material
  3. Martijn Stevens, Production matters
  4. Rob Voerman, TBA

15.30 – 16.00
Coffee and tea break

16.00 – 17.30
Choose second workshop (see above)   

18.15 21.30
Evening programme: An evening at LUX

Thursday, 21 June 2018
ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem

Prof. dr Nishant Shah Introduction and framing the context | Prototyping for Survival

11.15 – 13.00
Prof. dr Danielle Bruggeman and Prof. dr Jeroen van den Eijnde | Experiences of design f(r)iction

13.00 – 14.00
Walking Lunch

14.00 – 15.45
Agnieszka Wolodzko | Science-Friction

15.45 – 16.30
Tea break and Performance

16.30– 17.15
Keynote lecture Iain Macdonald, ArtEZ University of the Arts  | A Future we don’t understand (yet)

17.15 – 17.30

17.30 Drinks

Friday 22 June 2018
Campus Radboud University Nijmegen

09.30                           |
Coffee and tea

10.00 – 11.00
Keynote lecture Dr Carolyn Pedwell, University of Kent

11.00 – 12.00
Keynote lecture Dr László Munteán, Radboud University Nijmegen

12.00 – 12.30

12.30 – 13.30
Lunch (for masterclass participants only)

13.30 – 15.00
Dr Maryn Wilkinson (UvA) and Dr László Munteán (RU): Master Class for RMA students who are planning to write a paper for the Summer School.