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Symposium: Sensing Style: Today’s Global Subcultures

Friday 11 December 2020
West Den Haag
Lange Voorhout 102
2514 EJ Den Haag

Where do we find the subcultures that exist today?

Style and artistic expressions of subcultures are inseparably related to present-day social, cultural and political matters. They continually inspire and disrupt each other, changing the way we experience culture, identity, and public space. The 21st century is highly globalized and has a decidedly influential youth, consequently understanding contemporary subcultures lends greater understanding of more general cultural trends. The relationship between style and meaning as present in subcultures is the focus of the one-day symposium Sensing Style: Today’s Global Subcultures, organized by the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) in collaboration with West Den Haag. Speakers from diverse scholarly fields and backgrounds will share their latest research projects and findings on style and emerging subcultures within the globalized, virialized and mediatized popular culture of this century.

Presentation of papers

  • Dr. Stevie Suan (Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan), Anime’s Multiple Globalities: From Stylistics to Transnationality;  
  • Elliot Cardozo (Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), India) Gully Style: Hyperlocal performances of style in Bombay Hip Hop;
  • Dr. Nina Debruyne (Department of Culture, Heritage ant Tourism, University of Library Studies and Information Technologies, Sofia, Bulgaria), Subcultures as active participants in the transition in Bulgaria;
  • Sarvpriya Raj MA (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India), A Sociological Inquiry into the Music Subculture of Chamars in Punjab;
  • Dr. Jennifer Vanderpool (Independent researcher/ artist, Liverpool, UK), Eleanor Antin: Performing Imaginery Life.
  • Dr. Hamish Lonergan (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Viral Architecture: Understanding collective tacit knowledge in an online subculture.
  • Oleg Mindiak (Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, USA), Objects and Subcultural Group Membership in the Performative Photography of Nikki Lee

Furthermore, there will be two keynote lectures by Dr. Arthur Crucq and Professor Dr. Sybille Lammes from Leiden University, and a guest presentation by a visual artist/ designer.

For program details and registration

For further information mail Dr. Arthur Crucq

If the corona restrictions allow a hybrid form for the symposium there will be a limited amount of space for visitors to attend talks at West Den Haag. Check the website for regular updates.

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