NOISE Summer School

The NOISE Summer School is an advanced training course, which offers a diversified, but coherent programme of study from an interdisciplinary perspective. It is meant for advanced MA students and PhD students and provides special and separate tuition seminars to these two groups.

  • Two lectures in the morning
  • Separate MA- and PhD-specific seminars in the afternoon
  • Social programme
  • All participants are expected to fully participate in the entire programme during the two weeks
  • Students prepare before the summer school by reading and collecting material for assignments (approx. 70 hrs of work). After fulfilment of all requirements (preparation of assignments and reading, active participation and final essay of 10 – 15 pages), participants receive the NOISE Certificate for 210 hours of work, equalling 7.5 ECTS

Previous Noise Summerschools

2009: Utrecht, the Netherlands
2008: Utrecht, the Netherlands
2007: Bologna, Italy
2006: Utrecht, the Netherlands
2005: Linkoeping, Sweden
2004: Ljubljana Graduate School of Humanities ISH, Slovenia
2003: University of Antwerp, Belgium
2002: Utrecht University, the Netherlands
2001: Madrid, Spain
2000: Pisa, Italy
1999: Utrecht University, the Netherlands
1998: Universities of Abo/Turku, Finland
1997: Universities of Dortmund and Bielefeld, Germany
1996: Utrecht University, the Netherlands
1995: Odense University, Denmark
1994: University of Bologna, Italy


Performing European Feminist Futures: 1968 & 1989
The 2010 edition of the NOISE Summer School goes back to the future. It revisits events that structured European feminist historiographies in a future-oriented way. Having recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the events that shook the world in May ’68 and the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, it is time to reflect upon these events and their relation to each other, and to the here and now from a European feminist perspective. How did these events shape European feminist futures? How did they affect the notions of (former) East and (former) West in Europe? How are they represented in our current-day feminist academic, artistic, and activist projects? These questions require an interdisciplinary approach, central to the NOISE Summer School tradition. A selection of European theorists, scholars, artists, curators, and activists will be asked to reflect upon the events from their disciplinary, political, and personal perspectives in the series of lectures, seminars, and workshops provided. The school will build upon the different national histories of the events, inviting students to bring in their own experiences and/or those of their family. How did May ’68 and November 1989 shape feminist futures in the different European countries and regions? How were they brought to us back then and has their mediated character changed now? How are those events generational, that is, how do they make themselves felt amongst second- and third-wave feminists? Other events (such as the death of Franco on November 20, 1975, the attacks on September 11, 2001 in the U.S., March 11, 2004 in Spain, and July 7, 2005 in London, and the Yugoslav War in the 1990s) will be examined as seminal to current generations of feminists. The 2010 Summer School will draw upon recent texts about 1968 and 1989, historical texts from that period, and also upon materials that the students will be invited to bring from their home countries (media coverage, family journals, visual art, literary texts, music).

1968 – Feminist Historiography between Generation and Nation

Coordinated by Dr. Iris van der Tuin (Utrecht University, the Netherlands) and Prof. Maria Serena Sapegno (Universita di Roma 1 ‘La Sapienza’, Italy).

Feminist historiography not only refers to the activity of describing feminisms of the past. It also reflects upon beneficial ways of capturing past feminisms, and upon their connection to the present and the future. In this cluster we will revisit feminist ways of writing ‘herstories’ by concentrating on the performance of feminist futures in 1968. 1968 has affected an entire generation of feminists, the baby boomers were defined by the revolutionary events of the era and got to produce new academic spaces (women’s studies, black studies), artistic products (music, new experimental ways of novel writing, art), and grassroots activism (women’s lib, student revolts). How have these events been written about and documented in other ways? How did said events, which mainly took place in Western Europe and the U.S., affect future generations, and has what happened in other nations and outside of the big cities around the same time? What kind of feminism was constructed around 1968, and to what extent can we say that ‘1968’ has become, next to an endless source of inspiration, an origin story that is generally told in an un-situated manner? By applying recent insights from feminist historiography to the case of 1968, this cluster will not only situate 1968, but also study the generational, and (inter)national politics of the epistemic practices of gender studies in general. The consequences of our different historiographical choices have a direct bearing on how we do our scholarly work today.

Confirmed teachers for this cluster are:

  • Dr. Iris van der Tuin (Utrecht University, the Netherlands)
  • Prof. Maria Serena Sapegno (Universita di Roma La Sapienza, Italy)
  • Dr. Andrea Peto (Central European University, Hungary)
  • Dr. Birgit Kaiser (Utrecht University, the Netherlands)
  • Dr. Kathrin Thiele (Potsdam University, Germany)
  • Alessia Ronchetti (Cambridge University, United Kingdom)
  • Dr. Geraldien von Frijtag Dabbe Kunzel (Utrecht University, the Netherlands)
  • Prof. Liliana Ellena (Turin University, Italy)
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    1989 – Feminist Imaginations and the Politics of the Visual

    Coordinated by Dr. Marta Zarzycka (Utrecht University, the Netherlands) and Prof. Adelina Sanchez Espinosa (University of Granada, Spain).

    Feminist visual studies have always aimed to critique visual regimes of domination and regulation, the laws of inclusion and exclusion, and issues of normativity and canonization in the visual sphere. In this cluster, we engage with the field of artistic practice, curating, media coverage, and other representational strategies to map out the meanings of events around 1989 and their consequences for the public imaginary. Prompted by the need for reflection surrounding the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we will also interrogate how these events helped to form art, philosophy, critical thinking, as well as shaping the understanding of terms such as feminism, liberal democracy, migration, sovereignty, and nation state, both at the level of representation, and as political formations. The goal of this cluster, therefore, is to apply the tools and concepts of feminist critique to the representational structures of specific historical, and geo-political events in (former) Eastern and (former) Western Europe, as well as on a global scale (the Tiananmen Square massacre in China, or the death of Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran). Moreover, in this cluster we hope to create concepts and practices that offer an adequate response also to today’s realities: global warfare, structural injustice, racism, and gender inequality. Nowadays, there is no way for us to separate the material reality of such realms from the representational regimes it generates, and through which it operates.

    Confirmed teachers for this cluster are:

  • Dr. Marta Zarzycka (Utrecht University, the Netherlands)
  • Prof. Adelina Sanchez Espinosa (Granada University, Spain)
  • Dr. Dorota Golanska (Lodz University, Poland)
  • Dr. Anna Feigenbaum (Richmond University London, United Kingdom)
  • Dr. Aurora Morcillo (Florida University, United States)
  • Prof. Ruth Holliday (Leeds University, United Kingdom)
  • Maria Hlavajova (Utrecht University and BAK, the Netherlands)
  • Agata Ignaciuk, MA (University of Granada, Spain)
  • Sharon Stewart, MA, Hands-on Piano (the Netherlands)