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In Medias Res. A Tribute to Mieke Bal

Symposium * Book Launch * Exhibition, organized by ASCA and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

It is a great pleasure to invite you to the special symposium ASCA and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam are organizing as a tribute to Mieke Bal. This symposium also marks Mieke Bal’s official departure from the University of Amsterdam.

In Medias Res, ‘in the midst of the action’, seems a particularly appropriate way to describe Mieke’s career. Her unstoppable energy, curiosity and creativity drove her across borders between academic disciplines to invent interdisciplinary methodologies, found new academic programs and inspire generations of young scholars. Even after her official retirement, she remains more active than ever, continuing her scholarly work but also having great success as an artist, curator and filmmaker. At the symposium, colleagues from the wide range of fields Mieke has intervened in will highlight the influence of her work.

Mieke Bal


14:45 Opening Room
15:00 Opening by Patricia Pisters, Director ASCA
15:10 Introduction of the speakers by Mieke Bal
15:30 Jon-Ove Steihaug (Munch Museum Oslo): Curating
15:40 Jonneke Bekkenkamp (Religious Studies, UvA): Bible Studies
15:50 Jonathan Culler (Comparative Literature, Cornell University): French Literature and Narratology
16:00 Maaike Meijer (Gender Studies Maastricht University): Feminism
16:10 Michelle Williams Gamaker (Filmmaker, Goldsmiths College London): Filmmaking
16:20 Griselda Pollock (Social and Critical Histories of Art, University of Leeds): Art Studies
16:30 Ria Lemaire (Latin-America Studies, Université de Poitiers): Founding Interdisciplinary Programs
16:40 Esther Peeren (Vice Director ASCA): Cultural Analysis
16:50 Closing by Mieke Bal


In Medias Res (17:00)

In Medias Res. Inside Nalini Malani’s Shadow Plays is the title of Mieke’s recent book on Indian artist Nalini Malani, which will be launched, by Mieke herself, after the symposium.


Opening Exhibition Nalini Malani: Transgressions

We are pleased that in conjunction with the appearance of Mieke’s book and the symposium, the Stedelijk Museum is organizing an exhibition of Malani’s work: Nalini Malani: Transgressions. You are invited to enjoy a sneak preview of this exhibition before the official public opening later that evening.

We cordially invite you to this festive event and look forward to greeting you there.

Please confirm your attendance to Entrance is free if you register before 10 March.

The next day, March 18th, an exhibition of Mieke’s video installation Reasonable Doubt will be opened in Castrum Peregrini, Herengracht 401 Amsterdam, at 5 pm.


ASCA : Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis

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