After Existentialism – UK Sartre Society conference registration

After Existentialism: UK Sartre Society conference

Tuesday 18th July 2017

Maison Française, Oxford

9.00am – 5.00pm

Keynote Speaker

Professor Christina Howells (Oxford)

Submitted Papers

The Second Sex: from idealism to materialism and back

Katja Čičigoj (Justus-Liebig-University Giessen)

Mindfulness after Existentialism – Through the Mind’s Eye

Ruth Kitchen (EHESS Paris)

Seriality and the Crisis of Democracy. Taking Sartre into Democratic Theory

Matthias Lievens (KU Leuven)

The Body is a Situation: Beauvoir outside the Sex-Gender Distinction

Emma Jane McNicol (Monash)

The Existential Subject and Freedom in Learning: a Dialogue with Sartre

Miranda Matthews (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Sartre’s Theory of the Author-Reader Relationship

Marieke Mueller (University of Paris Nanterre)

The Critique of Presence: Sartre’s Influence on Derrida

Gavin Rae (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

Untenable Positions: Existentialism and the Case against the Unconscious Mind

Ian Scrannage (South Gloucestershire and Stroud College)

Alain Badiou: A Student of Sartre

Chingshun Sheu (National Taiwan Normal University)

Authenticity Beyond Existentialism: A Socio-Existential Approach

Kyle Shuttleworth (Queens University Belfast)

Existentialism and Political Failure: Lessons for Today

Michael Sigrist (George Washington University)

Sartre’s Conceptions of Agency and Its Value for the Philosophy of History

Sina Talachian (Kings College London)

Inauthenticity and Violence: The Case of Antisemitism

Dror Yinon (Bar-Ilan University)

Registration includes lunch and refreshments.

Accessibility and dietary requirements can be specified at online registration.

Registration fees:

Standard registration: £40.

UK Sartre Society members and Sartre Studies International subscribers: £30.

Students and unwaged registrants who are not members or subscribers: £30.

Students and unwaged registrants who are members or subscribers: £20.

Registration deadline: Friday 30th June

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Gilles Deleuze’s Movement-Image as a Theoretical Prism for Historical Analyses of Cinematic Works

Having achieved a status of a classical philosophical work, Gilles Deleuze’s Cinema 1: The Movement-Image, though still cryptic, serves as a backdrop for reconsiderations of contemporary cinema.1

A Blog Article by Pablo Markin.

Deleuze’s notion of the movement-image ostensibly owes a debt to Henri Bergson’s work Matter and Memory in which it was originally proposed in the context of the latter’s psychological critique of cinema. 2

However, in contemporary cultural and critical thought the movement-image is considered a part of Deleuze’s theoretical vocabulary, not least because he used this concept to analyze key works in cinematic history, in order to organize its empirical elements along the diagrams of philosophical reflection that both emerges from their close reading and imposes its own logic on their semiotic interpretation. Not accidentally, Deleuze mentions, however playfully, Charles Saunders Peirce’s works as his sign- and image-reading vademecum, in his effort to propose the history of cinematic classics in the form of their phenomenological classification.

In doing so, Deleuze reduces cinema to its most basic semiotic elements, e.g., a mechanical transition from one momentary shot to another that creates an illusion of movement or non-movement. From this perspective, the cinematic movement is, thus, what emerges between two immobile snapshots as their virtual interrelation. Therefore, the movement-image is a particular type of image, its virtual aspect, that Deleuze contrasts with the time-image on which he expounds in his second work on cinema.3 These two notions describe the two poles of the dialectic between movement occurring within an imagined or experienced period of time and duration that serves as its contrasting background simultaneously enabling the movement to register as such.

For this reason, this work of Deleuze is repeatedly taken recourse to by scholars seeking to wed film history to its philosophical revaluation, such as Emoke Simon’s consideration of Stan Brakhage’s cinematic oeuvre in Deleuze’s poststructural terms and Slavoj Žižek’s texts on films as texts lending themselves to philosophical analysis.4

Likewise, Anne Hurault-Paupe extends Deleuze’s typological disquisitions on the history of world cinema in the direction of genres and works that have attained the status of cultural phenomena in recent decades, such as road movies originating in American cinema and achieving genre-status internationally.5

Featured Image Credits:  Maya Deren, Dance, and Gestural Encounters in Ritual in Transfigured Time, March 7, 2012 | © Courtesy of bswise.

Cite this article as: Pablo Markin, "Gilles Deleuze’s Movement-Image as a Theoretical Prism for Historical Analyses of Cinematic Works," in Open Culture, 20/06/2017,


  1. Deleuze, Gilles. Cinema: 1. The movement image. London: Continuum, 2008. []
  2. Bergson, Henri. Matter and Memory. Translated by Nancy M. Paul, and W S. Palmer, 2012. []
  3. Deleuze, Gilles. Cinema: 2The time-image. Translated by Hugh Tomlinson and Robert Galeta. London: Bloomsbury, 2013. []
  4. Simon, Emőke. “(Re) framing Movement in Stan Brakhage’s Visions in Meditation N° 1.” Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Film and Media Studies 6, no. 1 (2013): 35-48. DOI: []
  5. Anne Hurault-Paupe, « The paradoxes of cinematic movement: is the road movie a static genre? », Miranda [Online], 10 | 2014, Online since 23 February 2015, connection on 20 June 2017. URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/miranda.6257 []

Cultures of Capitalism

Massey University, Wellington Campus

Aotearoa/New Zealand

December 6-8, 2017


Keynote Speakers:

Professor Patricia Hill Collins (University of Maryland),

Professor Jodi Dean (Hobart and William Smith Colleges),

Professor Jeremy Gilbert (University of East London),

Professor Wendy Larner (University of Victoria, Wellington).


Culture is increasingly positioned in economic and political discourse as the solution for ailing communities, industries, and cities. In a global environment riven by climate change, war, and migrations, we are told that communities with the right culture will adapt and sustain while others will be left behind. Labour and manufacturing have undergone radical shifts due to post-industrialisation, with knowledge economy paradigms creating new cultures of work and working identities. Culture is also increasingly valorised in urban planning and municipal infrastructure as key to revitalising city economies through creativity and social participation. Transformations in labour and its value are also linked to the reification of racialised, sexualized, and classed populations and their management through technologies of capital. How labour is valued contributes to an affective economy of precarity and risk that is differentially distributed throughout society.


The 2017 Cultural Studies Association of Australasia conference will focus on the work that cultures do in constructing, contesting, and constituting capitalism. We seek to critically examine the role of culture in both enabling and articulating new capitalist formations. While culture has been situated as the opiate through which economic dominance is propagated (for instance in the culture industries critique), new capitalist formations indicate the multiple and heterogeneous ways in which culture/s can mediate contemporary economic conditions. In doing so, we seek to return to one of the key concerns of early cultural studies: to make sense of the mutually-determining relation between culture and its capitalist context. If, following Stuart Hall, we understand ‘culture’ as the production of meaning through language and representation, what are the modes of communication through which capitalism/s are created? How are capitalism/s materialised in different spaces? How is it embodied in different identities and communities? What is the role of economy in shaping the possibilities for culture? What is the role of Cultural Studies as critical praxis in the present economic time?

Papers are invited to address, but are not limited to, the following themes:


.         The cultural politics of neoliberalism

·         Precarious and/or immaterial labour

·         Digital capitalism

·         Capitalist affects

·         Trump, Brexit and the resurgence of capitalist nationalisms

·         Capitalism, culture and technology

·         The cultural and creative industries

·         Capitalism, culture and sustainability

·         Cultures of surveillance and war

·         Cultural identity and globalisation

·         Cultural resistance and activism

·         Productive and unproductive cultures

·         Base, superstructure and mediation

·         Formal and real subsumption of culture

·         Representations of capitalism, class and markets

·         Political economies of online, digital and social media

·        Anticapitalist, Socialist, Anarchist and Communist cultures

·         Racial capitalism

·         Critical theory, Cultural Marxism and Cultural Studies

The conference also accepts papers that fall within the general disciplinary area of Cultural Studies.

If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please send a 250 word abstract with your name, e-mail address and affiliation to by August 1 2017. Any other enquires regarding the event should also be addressed to

Organising Committee: Nicholas Holm (Massey University), Sy Taffel (Massey University), Holly Randell-Moon (University of Otago)

Representations of Home: Conflict and/or (Be)longing: Thinking with Stories and Images

16-17 November 2017

School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, 

People not only think about stories; far more consequentially, people think with stories.

Arthur W. Frank, Letting Stories Breathe: A Socio-Narratology, 2010: 47.

The idea of home was something they lived so completely that they would have been at a loss to define it. But they would have known to be inadequate phrases such as: ‘It’s where you’re from,’ ‘It’s the place you live,’ ‘It’s where your family are.’
Deirdre Madden, One by One in the Darkness, 1996: 75.

Keynote speakers:

Rhian Atkin (Cardiff University, UK)

Simone Lazaroo (Murdoch University, Australia)

Lee Maracle (University of Toronto, Canada)

José Pedro Serra (University of Lisbon, Portugal)

In a world deeply marked by conflicts, persecutions, and scarce and/or poorly distributed resources, where some are driven out of their homes by war and poverty, while others feel that their (national) homes and ways of living are under threat, it is important to reflect about the notions of home that underpin personal and communal behaviour.

This conference focuses on representations of home in literature and the visual arts as the site where dynamics of conflict and/or (be)longing are played out. Home, particularly the imagined home, is a quintessential space of refuge from an external, unknown and potentially threatening, but also enticing, world. In Classical as in religious texts, home is both a place of departure and of quest and arrival, and throughout history the longing for home has persisted in the midst of the recurring challenges of belonging. Conflict has also elicited concerted efforts to find viable frameworks for coexistence, as epitomized by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), in the wake of the Second World
War, or the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (2016), in response to current concerns about our collective home.

If homes are often sites of tension and conflict, to what extent does the imagined home shape, and to what extent is it shaped by, our experience of homes?

We invite contributions that reflect on representations in literature and the visual arts of the experience of home, the longing for home and the challenges of belonging. Topics addressed may include but are not limited to:

• Home as a space of conflict and/or reconciliation;
• The challenges of (non)belonging;
• Home, community and the representation of gender identity;
• Longing for home and utopia;
• Home and exile;
• Home as refuge / seeking refuge from home;
• Home as prison / home at war;
• Home and trauma;
• Home and family;
• Home and nation;
• Home and language;
• Home and cosmopolitanism;
• Glocal homes / identities;
• Home and nature;
• Home and memory;
• Home and spirituality;
• Home and creativity;
• Home, objects and affect;
• Home and myth;
• Home in folktales and fairy tales.

The conference language is English. Speakers should prepare for a 15-minute presentation followed by questions. Please send a 250-word abstract, as well as a brief biographical note (100 words) to by the 15th May 2017.

Proposals should list the paper title, name, institutional affiliation, and contact details.
You will receive notification of abstract acceptance or rejection by the 30th June.

Organising Committee:

Teresa Casal
Ana Cristina Mendes
Ana Raquel Fernandes
Jean Page
Margarida Pereira Martins
Maria Luísa Falcão
Mariana Pires
Marjike Boucherie
Mary Fowke
Paula Horta
Sara Paiva Henriques
Zuzanna Sanches

Scientific Committee:
Teresa Casal
Ana Cristina Mendes
Ana Raquel Fernandes
Isabel Alves
José Pedro Serra
Margarida Pereira Martins
Marjike Boucherie
Maria de Jesus C. Relvas
Paula Horta
Zuzanna Sanches

A Book Review of Mario Perniola. Über das Fühlen. Translated by Sabine Schneider. Berlin: Merve, 2009

A Book Review by Pablo Markin.

This German translation of Mario Perniola’s (2002) Del Sentire brings his philosophical inquiry into feeling as an aesthetic category to the German speaking audience.1 Furthermore, it puts into a single volume writings that have been dispersed across several different English-language volumes, such as Extreme Beauty: Aesthetics, Politics, Death (2003) edited by James Swearingen and Joanne Cutting-Gray that explores interconnections between aesthetics and philosophy.2

Indeed, in this book, Perniola’s aim is to reclaim the notion of feeling from its conventional conceptions for the purposes of aesthetic analysis that does away with subject-oriented categories in favor of feeling as an impersonal experience that by eliding the philosophical distinction between the notions of subject and object recovers by the same token the uncanny aspect of feeling as an experience per se occurring not so much in the inter-subjective space between the sensing subject and the aesthetic intentions of the artist, writer or composer, but in the inter-objective field of sensible intensities that obtain between individuals as sensing objects and the inanimate subjects of their perceptions, while thereby reversing the locus of aesthetic apperception from the theoretically hypothesized subject to the physically felt object.3 This also endows sensual perception with the aesthetic status independent of the Enlightenment categories that have historically governed aesthetic theory.

Perniola arrives at this perspective via an archeology of philosophical, sociological, economic, political and cultural thought, such as crystallized in the notions of Max Weber’s bureaucracy, Karl Marx’s ideology and Giambattista Vico’s sense. This also allows Perniola to perform a diagnostic reading of the present period of the aestheticization of everyday life that combines the bureaucratic management of everyday experiences with a psychology-aided optimization of individual-level reactions, such as through media spectacles, that effectively pre-program feeling.

In this respect, Mario Perniola’s radical disquisition on the phenomenon and notion of feeling represents a post-structural line of flight that seeks to uncover the foundations of aesthetic sensations in machine-like, object-oriented and depersonalized experiences that escape the mechanisms of social and cultural manipulation.

This makes Perniola’s thought relevant to cultural, urban and art studies, as Paula Cristina Moreira da Silva Pereira and Fernando Manuel Brandão Alves’ critique of urbanity demonstrates.4

Featured Image Credits:  Esprit Urbain.I | City Spirit.I – #DH593 Post-traitement | Post-processing, February 8, 2015 | © Courtesy of Didier Hannot Photography.

Cite this article as: Pablo Markin, "A Book Review of Mario Perniola. Über das Fühlen. Translated by Sabine Schneider. Berlin: Merve, 2009," in Open Culture, 10/06/2017,
  1. Perniola, Mario. Del Sentire. Torino: Einaudi, 2002. []
  2. Swearingen, James, and Joanne Cutting-Gray. Extreme Beauty: Aesthetics, Politics, Death. Textures. Continuum International Publishing Group, 2003. []
  3. Perniola, Mario. Über das Fühlen. Translated by Sabine Schneider. Berlin: Merve, 2009. []
  4. Paula Cristina Moreira da Silva Pereira e Fernando Manuel Brandão Alves, « The Eulogy of Urbanity », Cultura [Online], Vol. 28 | 2011, posto online no dia 09 Maio 2013, consultado a 09 Junho 2017. URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/cultura.277 []

Alain Médam’s Notion of Diaspora between the Articulation in French and English Translations

A Blog Article by Pablo Markin.

In his 1993 French-language essay, Alain Médam has addressed the generalization of the notion of diaspora beyond its historical association with the dispersion of Jews as exiles around the world toward its reinterpretation as a general condition descriptive of multiple groups with shared memory of points of origin, geographical traversations and arrival experiences.1

In this regard, the phenomenon of diasporas as plural, fluid and deterritorialized entities cannot be restricted to the mass movements of populations sharing common identity in the modern period, e.g., the European immigration to the United States, since history is rich with counterexamples, such as international slave trade routes and illegal refugee movements. This demands the examination of diasporicity between the two poles of clear-cut cultural identities and their ever-changing displacements across cultural, geographic and social contexts.

As a later interrogation of the concept of diasporas, Lisa Anteby-Yemini and William Berthomiere both recontextualize the original notion of diaspora with respect to its cultural origin in the Hebrew and Greek languages and traditions, while seeking to inscribe it into a theoretical dispositive of globalization, struggles for inclusion and transnational or cosmopolitan studies, in their 2005 essay in French.2 Its English-language translation both enables broadening the corresponding discussion around the term diaspora beyond the confines of the French language and allows tracing the intellectual sources of this notion, such as in the works of Alain Médam, James Clifford, and Paul Gilroy.3.

Especially in the domain of postcolonial studies, such as in Cristina-Georgiana Voicu’s monograph on cultural identities in Jean Rhys’ fiction, the phenomenon of diaspora becomes a conceptual point of reference for inquiries into bodies of literary works from global margins.4 In her theoretical introduction, Voicu maps the notion of diaspora upon the processes of cultural hybridization, post-colonial identity formation and their theoretical and literary articulation.5

In this respect, French thought, such as that of Médam, plays a significant role in the exploration of the theoretical antinomies of the notion of diaspora in different languages.

Featured Image Credits:  To scatter, to sow, October 23, 2010 | © Ade Oshineye.

Cite this article as: Pablo Markin, "Alain Médam’s Notion of Diaspora between the Articulation in French and English Translations," in Open Culture, 03/06/2017,


  1. Médam Alain. Diaspora/Diasporas. Archétype et typologie. In: Revue européenne des migrations internationales, vol. 9, n°1,1993. pp. 59-66. DOI : 10.3406/remi.1993.1049. []
  2. Lisa Anteby-Yemini et William Berthomière, « Les diasporas : retour sur un concept », Bulletin du Centre de recherche français à Jérusalem [En ligne], 16 | 2005, mis en ligne le 17 septembre 2007, Consulté le 03 juin 2017. URL : []
  3. Lisa Anteby-Yemini et William Berthomière, « Diaspora: A Look Back on a Concept », Bulletin du Centre de recherche français à Jérusalem [En ligne], 16 | 2005, mis en ligne le 09 octobre 2007, Consulté le 03 juin 2017. URL : []
  4. Cristina-Georgiana Voicu, Exploring Cultural Identities in Jean Rhys’ Fiction. Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG, 2014. []
  5. Cristina-Georgiana Voicu, Identity in the Postcolonial Paradigm: Key Concepts in Voicu, Cristina-Georgiana. Exploring Cultural Identities in Jean Rhys’ Fiction. Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG, 2014. []


Uni Koblenz-LandauGreenwich

 1st to 3rd December, 2017

University of Landau, Germany

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: 

Ov Cristian Norocel

CEREN, University of Helsinki , FInland & Department of Government Uppsala University, Sweden

Tatiana Zhurzhenko
Research Director: “Ukraine in European Dialogue” &  “Russia in Global Dialogue”, IWM, Vienna, Austria

Call for Papers

The conference aims to encourage and develop diverse understanding concerning the relationship between the concepts of political masculinities and populism. In the current political and social climate where media debates are often heated and analysis is in danger of taking second place to (political) opinion, we hope to provide an arena in which to consider the gendered functioning of populist politics and politicians – both past and present – and thereby contribute toward understanding the rise of populism globally in the 21st century.

Populism, which is a modern phenomenon that can be traced back to Russia and the United States of the late 19thcentury, is a contested political concept, in which some even question its analytic utility (Mudde and Rovira Kaltwasser, 2017: 2). Whilst the term is most often linked with the political right, it has also been associated with left-wing politics. Moreover, scholars from different backgrounds use the term to describe different phenomena. For example, there is a tradition of “liberal populism” in the United States, whereas in Europe this expression would be “a blatant contradiction” (Müller 2016: 9). An understanding of populism as “genuine egalitarian left-wing politics” (ibid: 8, original emphasis) is an anathema in much of Europe given liberalism’s alternative association with pluralism.

It is possible, though, to identify some of the concept’s key characteristics. Jan-Werner Müller usefully argues that populists are mostly critical of elites, antipluralist and lay exclusive claim to represent an imagined “people” (4). In short, Müller defines populism as “a particular moralistic imagination of politics, a way of perceiving the political world that sets a morally pure and fully united – but […] ultimately fictional – people against elites who are deemed corrupt or in some other way morally inferior” (19-20, original emphasis).

We define the concept of ‘political masculinities’ broadly. This can relate to any potential actor in the political sphere, including for example, individuals such as activists, insurgents, politicians, political journalists and voters; groups such as political parties, lobbyists, think tanks, trade unions, and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs); and the state, its institutions as well as representatives. We also emphasise ‘hidden’ political masculinities, such as those associated with global businessmen, as well as political processes and structures and their relation to masculinities.

The most overt link between the concepts of populism and political masculinities lies in the figure of the populist leader. This leader is associated with the “charismatic strongman”, ruling on the basis of “a cult of a leader” and is usually portrayed as masculine and potentially violent (Mudde and Rovira Kaltmwasser 2017: 63). Thus, there is an emphasis on action and the courage to take difficult decisions, which relies on anti-intellectualism and urgency and is often completed by highlighting the leader’s virility, the use of simple and vulgar language, and, of course, the leader’s charisma (ibid: 64-68). And yet there are also female populist leaders such as Eva Peron (Argentina), Marine LePen (France), Sarah Palin (Unites States) or Frauke Petri (Germanny). Questions therefore arise as to the masculine qualities of populist leaders and populism. How is it possible that women can also embody a populist “strongman”? In addition, there are many studies claiming that particularly the populist right draws its electorate from men (e.g. Harteveld et al. 2015). But, we have just witnessed a large proportion of women voting for the 45thPresident of the United States, and there are also studies claiming that the gender gap in voting for right-wing populists is often overemphasised (Spierings & Zaslove 2015). How do we begin reconciling such seeming contradictions?This conference aims to explore some of the following questions:

  • To what extent are the concepts of populism and masculinities co-constructed and mutually reinforcing?
  • Does masculine populism also exist outside party and/or national politics?
  • Does populist charisma differ in its masculinity from other forms of charisma?
  • What role do masculine identities play for supporters of populism?
  • Is populism more masculine in some (national/historical) contexts than others?
  • How is populist masculinity/masculine populism performed?
  • Where does populist masculinity originate historically?
  • In what way do different national populisms produce similar or diverging forms of political masculinities?
  • What (political) masculinities are excluded by populism and how is this achieved
  • In how far is populist governance masculine?

This list is not exhaustive. We aim to stimulate debate within and between disciplines and welcome the submission of empirical and theoretical papers from across the full spectrum of gender studies. This may include, but is not limited to, work in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences.

Open Access Funding Guide

There are numerous research funders and institutions worldwide that  provide authors with the financial support to cover Open Access publishing charges (APCs and BPCs). For an overview of the available funding per country, please see the list below. The information on Open Access funding possibilities is updated regularly. If you would like to help us the list below more complete and up-to-date, please contact our Open Access Funding Manager Magda Dolińska-Rydzek:


Country Name of Institution

Funding Institutions:
Australian Academy of Science
Australian Research Council (ARC)
Council of Australian University Librarians
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Australian Catholic University
Australian National University
Bond University
Charles Sturt University
Griffith University
Macquarie University
Queensland University of Technology
University of Adelaide
University of Cranbera
University of Newcastle
University of Queensland
University of South Australia
University of Technology Sydney
Victoria University

Funding Insititutions:
Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
Commission for Development Research at the OeAD-GmbH (KEF)
Institute for Science and Technology
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Technische Universitat Wien
University of Salzburg
University of Vienna

Funding institutions:
Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique
University of Leuven

Funding institutions:
Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Canadian Research Knowledge Network
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Universities & Libraries:
Brock University
Carleton University
McGill Library
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Ryerson University
Simon Fraser University
Trent University
University of Calgary
University of Concordia
University of Ottawa
University of Saskatchewan
University of Toronto
York University
Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance
Canadian Cancer Society
Genome Canada
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC)

Funding Institutions:
Chinese Academy of Sciences
National Natural Science Foundation of China
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Cyprus University of Technology
University of Cyprus

Funding Institutions:
Danish National Research
Aalborg University
Aarhus University
Copenhagen University
University of Southern Denmark

Funding Institutions:
Estonian Research Council
Tallin University of Technology
University of Tartu
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Academy of Finland
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Lappeenranta University of Technology
Tampere University of Technology
University of Jyväskylä
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Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
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Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
European Molecular Biology Laboratory
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Universität Potsdam
Universität Regensburg
Universität Stuttgart
Universität Tübingen
Universität Ulm
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The Icelandic Centre for Research
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Human Frontier Science Program
World Cancer Research Fund International
World Health Organization
Worldwide Cancer Research
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Health Research Board
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Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy, and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA)
National Research Council (CNR)
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Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Japan Science and Technology Agency
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Research Council of Lithuania
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Luxembourg National Research Fund
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Funding Institutions:
Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU)
FOM – Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter
Technology Foundation STW
The Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development
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Delft University of Technology
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Erasmus University Rotterdam
Maastricht University
Radboud University
Tilburg University
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University of Groningen
University of Twente
Utrecht University
VU University Amsterdam
Wageningen University
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Research Council of Norway
BI Norwegian Business School
Hedmark University of Applied Sciences (HiHM)
Nord University
Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Oslo and Akershus University College
Sogn og Fjordane University College (HiSF)
University College of Southeast Norway
University of Agder
University of Bergen
University of Oslo
University of Stavanger (UiS)
University of Tromsø
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New Zeland
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University of Auckland
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Narodowe Centrum Badań i Rozwoju
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Funding Institutions:
National Research Foundation
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The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
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University of Limpopo
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FECYT Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología)
National Research Council (CSIC)
University of Barcelona

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FORTE – Swedish Council for Health, Labor and Welfare
Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
Östersjöstiftelsen – The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies (Sweden)
Swedish Research Council
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Nato Fuori Posto: Exploring Placelessness in Dean Serravalle’s “The Buried Tree”

Gianluca Agostinelli

Published online: 2017-04-05 | DOI: 10.1515/culture-2017-0002


Building on the seminal scholarship of humanistic geographer, Edward Relph, this paper explores the postmodern notion of placelessness in Canadian-Italian literature. The author argues that placelessness can afford bi-cultural writers, and their literary protagonists, a degree of productive peripherality that works to deconstruct and undercut the authoritative dynamic of a culturally dominant place. Working with the concept of placelessness, the author analyzes, critically, “The Buried Tree,” a short story composed by Canadian-Italian author, Dean Serravalle, to suggest that the metaphysical state is not one of precarity and dearth but, rather, one of purposeful resistance to the traditional, often oppressive notions of cultural hybridity. While Serravalle’s text focalizes the strong senses of home and cultural rooting as fundamental markers of ethnic identity, placelessness, a space associated primarily with exclusion, can offer refuge and escape for the protagonost, Michele, who seeks both ethnic dissociation from the familial traditions into which he is born, and detachment from his innate, immigrant history. By exploring Michele’s identity crisis, Serravalle seems to challenge the traditional narrative of lifelong, oppositional pluridimensionality, and posits placelessness as a productive, and perhaps necessary, personal state to establish, rather than to reclaim, one’s cultural roots.

Keywords: Italian-Canadian; placelessness; cultural roots

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Cultural Experiences and Successful Adjustment—A Case Study of Two Foreign Educators in Taiwan

Curtis S. Chu

Published online: 2017-04-24 | DOI:


Due to globalisation, Asian countries have been pressed to improve their English skills to maintain international competitiveness. Though foreign educators heeded the call to meet the high demand of English learning in Taiwan, their turn-over rate remained persistently high. Assuming cultural differences might be a crucial cause, this study inquired into the cultural experience and adjustment of two foreign educators in Taiwan from a narrative inquiry approach. In addition to an extensive review of local literature, the narratives of the participants revealed the following: (1) strong motives and low/ inaccurate expectations might benefit cultural adjustment; (2) self-initiated relocation could imply more challenges than organizationally assigned relocation; (3) support and social network seem beneficial to cultural transition; (4) cultural differences were found in food, living environment, transportation/traffic, and social interactions; (5) required cultural adjustments include perseverance, trial and error, learning local language, acceptance, and contentment. Such findings not only shed light on Taiwanese culture but also bear implications for successful adjustments through the lens of foreign educators.

Keywords: cultural experience; cultural adjustment; foreign educator; narrative inquiry; Taiwan

Featured Image Credits:  Thomas Tucker, Taipei City, Taiwan  | © Courtesy of Unsplash 

Caspar David Friedrich, Ancient Rome and the Freiheitskrieg

Richard Warren

Published online: 2017-04-26 | DOI: https// 

Abstract: This article considers four paintings by Caspar David Friedrich of a national romanticist nature. It examines the role of Rome and Germania’s ancient conflict in these, and briefly considers what may have influenced the artist’s national take on ancient history, including his personal experience of the Napoleonic invasions of his homeland. Friedrich’s transformations of the ancient in his national paintings are an important example of the reception of classical literature in German romanticism.

Keywords: Caspar David Friedrich; Nationalism; Rome

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Driving, not Losing, the Plot: Narrative Patterns in Implicit and Explicit Fictional Representations of Dementia

Malte Völk

Published online: 2017-04-18 | DOI:


This essay examines representations of dementia in literary works. It draws a distinction between those representations of dementia symptoms that can be understood as implicit and those that can be understood as explicit. Whereas implicit representations do not treat dementia as a distinct, clearly identified disorder, they nonetheless display a certain similarity to the explicitly medicalized discussion of dementia symptoms. This similarity lies in the fact that dementia symptoms are used to drive forward the narrative action. The essay traces this pattern by analysing different literary works with this feature in common and discusses the significance of this narrative’s dynamic potential for the plasticity of cultural narratives of dementia and old age.

Keywords: cultural narratives; dementia; old age; literature

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Mobility and Insurgent Celebrityhood: The Case of Arundhati Roy

Pramod K. Nayar

Published online: 2017-04-24 | DOI: 


Indian novelist and Booker winner Arundhati Roy is a celebrity author, but her celebrityhood is a cross-genre and cross-domain one. This essay argues that a certain insurgent celebrityhood emerges in the case of Roy through her mobility into and across many public domains. In this process of mobility, Roy also mobilises in her rhetoric and her polemics, the precariat public sphere by her participation in it. There is, first her generic mobility (across genres). Then, Roy moves from the cosmopolitan domain to the vernacular when she employs her cosmopolitan cultural capital of the English language, but also political ideas of citizenship, in order to alter her vernacularisation. Third, Roy’s activism enables her mobilisation of “ínsurgents,” those with political views opposed to the state’s and involved with social justice struggles.

Keywords: Arundhati Roy; mobility; insurgent celebrityhood; cosmopolitanism; vernacularization

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Getting Multiculturalism Right: Deontology and the Concern for Neutrality

Matthew Johnson

Published online: April 15, 2017 | DOI:


In recent years, the notion of pluralism or, as it is often termed, “multiculturalism,” has been subject to critique by a range of public figures on the right of the political spectrum, such as David Cameron, Angela Merkel and Donald Trump. While “multiculturalism” is presented as being antithetical to the traditions of Western societies, it is, in fact, grounded in the same liberal tradition of individual rights as that invoked by those on the right. This article aims to outline the intellectual tradition of deontological or rights-based pluralism, demonstrating that it is an inherent part of the liberal political tradition upon which modern liberal democracies are formed. By tracing ideas derived from John Locke and Immanuel Kant and developed in the modern world by Will Kymlicka, John Rawls and Chandran Kukathas, this article seeks to enable those beyond the discipline of political philosophy to understand the ways in which rejecting pluralism means rejecting core commitments to equality, neutrality, respect and fairness.

Keywords: multiculturalism; pluralism; liberalism; deontology; neutrality

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Open Cultural Studies: Victorians Like Us – Domesticity and Worldliness



Dr Ana Cristina Mendes (University of Lisbon)  

Dr Iolanda Ramos (Nova University of Lisbon)



From novels to government reports, the Victorians attached unprecedented significance to domesticity. The household was a central institution  , and their occupants played out their different roles according to custom and circumstance. Within its sphere, gender, class, economic and political conflicts were played out as the household provided the background for important social practices. These practices ranged from the kitchen to the       parlour, from the street to the Houses of Parliament, from the colonial metropole to the British colonial outposts in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific.

The discourses of Victorian domesticity have been the subject of quite a few publications over the last decades. These approaches stress the interdisciplinary potential for interpretation of the characteristics of the period and often underline the strands of radical thought which encouraged aspirations for upward social mobility. However, the inquiry into the performance of domesticity and the management of privacy by, for instance, some of the leading figures of the Victorian period remains still rather unexplored, with untapped critical potential.

Bringing domesticity into the big picture and foregrounding paradoxes of historical continuity and disruption, the focus of this special issue will be on the various forms, objects and modes of circulation that have been invested in the Victorians’ unprecedented attachment to domesticity, across a wide range of literary, artistic, cultural and political texts. This issue aims to reclaim texts that have been heavily trespassed by earlier readings structured around the public/private and virtue/vice antinomies, across disciplinary boundaries (literature and history; cultural, gender and film studies; English literature, postcolonialism and transnational contexts). Furthermore, this issue also intends to bring the Victorians to the present by examining post-Victorian revisitation of both earlier texts and leading protagonists in fictional and real-life stories. We welcome contributions from established scholars in Victorian studies and researchers who are newer to the field.

Suggested topics for articles for the special issue include:

  • Practices of reading – paper and book circulation, the publication of popular fiction and anthologies
  • Practices of collecting  and the emergence of art galleries and museums
  • Art and interior decoration
  • Gender roles and familial relations
  • Democracy, party politics and parliamentary reform
  • Revisitations of the empire and imperial expansion in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries

Contributions beyond the scope of those listed here will also be considered on a case-by-case basis, where a clear argument for strengthening the diversity of the issue can be made.


Those interested in contributing should contact Dr Izabella Penier at De Gruyter Open (  with the suggested subject for their submission.

All submissions should follow the guidance at the below link:

The deadline for submitting  final manuscripts  is 1 July 2017.

Contributors should note that, as this special issue will be published online, so it will be possible to include any colour images included in submissions.

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