We live in strange times. Isis, an international terrorist organization, uses kitten pictures to soften its public image. A right wing ideologue rises to the U.S. presidency via Twitter, a media platform that miniaturizes public speech and thrives on one liners. Meanwhile, nations wage war using tiny flying cameras that are also bombs, and the iconic symbol of resistance is a pink knitted hat with ears.
Join us for an afternoon of presentations and discussion with an international group of cultural critics. And learn about two important new books: Compact Cinematics (Bloomsbury) and The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness (Routledge). At 17.00, following the presentations, there will be a wine reception.
Michael DeAngelis, DePaul University
Jeremy Druker, NYU Prague
Pepita Hesselberth, Leiden University | University of Copenhagen
Yasco Horsman, Leiden University
Anthony McIntyre, University College, Dublin
Anna McCarthy, New York University
Diane Negra, University College, Dublin
Maria Poulaki, University of Surrey
Jaroslav Svelch, Charles University