The Trade of the Teacher: BOOK LAUNCH + DISCUSSION June 27

Visual Thinking with Mieke Bal

Book description: Over a number of meetings Jeroen Lutters and Mieke Bal engaged in a conversation on the art of teaching. Lutters brought in paintings by Banksy, Rembrandt, Marlene Dumas, and George Deem as ‘teaching objects’ and asked Bal what these paintings might have to say about teaching. The result is a personal, meandering, and precise account of Bal’s way of thinking through visual art and literature, which makes clear how objects can speak, how we can use them, and how they teach us to find answers to important questions.

Event description: At the book launch, Mieke Bal and Jeroen Lutters will enter into conversation with Esther Peeren about the book and the practice of cultural analysis.


Wednesday 27 June – 17:00-18:00, followed by drinks
Doelenzaal, University Library, Singel 425, Amsterdam
Speakers: Mieke Bal, Jeroen Lutters, Esther Peeren

Mieke Bal is a cultural theorist, critic, video artist and occasional curator. She co-founded the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis and has published 38 books, including A Mieke Bal Reader (2006), Quoting Caravaggio (1999) and Narratology (1985). See

Jeroen Lutters is an art and cultural analyst and educational designer. He concentrates on the central role of the arts and humanities in the contemporary curriculum, and practice of art-based learning. He is a professor at ArtEZ, University of the Arts, Arnhem.

Esther Peeren is professor of cultural analysis at the University of Amsterdam and vice-director of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis.


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