De Balie: Een Nuchtere Kijk op Psychedelica

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Naar aanleiding van Michiel van Elk's boek Een Nuchtere Kijk op Psychedelica (Das Mag, 2021),

een avond in De Balie Amsterdam over psychedelica, spiritualiteit, therapeutische toepassing, zingeving en esthetiek.

Met bijdragen van Michiel van Elk, Andre van der Braak, Renske Blom, Jim van Os en Patricia Pisters. 

Final Girls Berlin

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On Sunday 31 October Patricia Pisters will give a lecture "Growing Pains: Breasts, Blood, and Fangs" at the Final Girls Film Festival Berlin. Time: 14.30 - 16.00. Location: City Kino Wedding. 

In her lecture Patricia Pisters will talk about her latest book on female horror directors, focusing on new takes on vampires, werewolves and other contrived souls, especially in relation to tortured coming-of-age stories that address social pressure and traumas.

More information on the Festival's website

Embassy of the Free Mind: Alchemical Shadows in Artificial Intelligence

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Lecture by Patricia Pisters at Embassy of the Free Mind Amsterdam, 10 July 2021

In his famous poem ‘Eidolons’(1876) Walt Whitman extends the Greek concept for the idealized or spectral image of a person to include the soul of the Earth (‘the mighty Earth eidolon’) and even the stars and planets. In this presentation I will depart from Whitman’s cosmic interpretation of these mimetic eidolons and reframe these figures within contemporary debates on posthumanism where human fate is entangled with nonhuman forces beyond the nature/culture divide. I will focus on the question what our perception and interpretation of our high-tech and posthuman self-image can learn from ancient sources of the alchemical tradition, a tradition that is full of mythical images of human’s connections to the non-human. As such, alchemy itself can be considered as the low-tech (fore)shadow of our high-tech future that still holds infinite wisdoms that are worthwhile reconsidering and updating for the protean future of mankind.

See for more information the website of Embassy of the Free Mind, or here

MUBI Podcast" Turkish Delight Ignites the Netherlands

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MUBI's podcasts begins with Paul Verhoeven's infamous second feature Turkish Delight (1973). While one of Verhoeven's more underseen films by international audiences, at the time of its release it took the Netherlands by storm. It is the most well-attended domestic film in the history of the country and was later named the greatest Dutch film of the 20th century by the Netherlands Film Festival. In this episode, we explore the film's unique significance during the counterculture movement in 1970s Holland, while featuring exclusive interviews with director Paul Verhoeven, star Monique van de Ven, and cinematographer Jan de Bont, amongst others. The Podcast is here.


Film Club at Media Studies

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Organized by Blandine Joret, the film club from UvA's Media Studies (March-June 2021).

Below a few of the flyers.

Now is the time of Monsters: Roundtable on Contemporary Horror

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New Review of Film & Television Studies published on online round table on contemporary horror.

Contributions by Amanda Howell, Patricia Pisters, James Rendell, Emma Train, Johhny Walker, Harry Warwick and Brandon West.