Posts from February 2017
UPDATE: This event is now FULLY BOOKED. Please complete the form in the link below if you would like to be added to the waiting list. We will be in touch if places become available:
Saturday 8th April, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW
Researching, Writing and Exhibiting Photography
We’re delighted to announce details of the upcoming Institute of Modern and Contemporary Culture’s one-day symposium on Researching, Writing and Exhibiting Photography.
Speakers: David Bate (University of Westminster); Benedict Burbridge (Sussex); Sara Davidmann (UAL); Anna Dannemann (Photographer’s Gallery); Christopher Morton (Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford); Russell Roberts (University of South Wales); Karen Shepherdson (Canterbury Christ Church); Kelley Wilder (De Montfort)
This one-day symposium seeks to explore current practices of researching, writing and exhibiting photography, three activities central to the production of knowledge about photography. The symposium will consider the intertwined relationships between these activities from two main standpoints. The first is the ways in which the practices of researching, writing and exhibiting photography draw from, influence and critique one another as they produce our understandings of the photographic. The second is the ways in which the photographic, understood here as technical forms and associated images, operates as a transformative force within society, and in doing so produces the field for researching, writing and exhibiting photography.
Organised into three successive panels – “Researching Photography”, “Writing Photography” and “Exhibiting Photography” – the event brings together researchers, writers and curators working in academic and commercial contexts, and whose interests span from photographic archives to contemporary photographic practice. The symposium will provide a platform to discuss conceptual, theoretical and practical approaches to the study, discourse and display of photography; and how their intertwined relationship(s) can offer reflections on approaching the opportunities and challenges presented by working in the arts and humanities today.
You can find further details of the programme, and can book your free ticket, on the RWEP website here.
Further information from Sara Dominici at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 27 February, 1.00 – 2.00
Room UG05, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW
The Chinese Experience in London
A Conversation with Derek Hird & Anne Witchard
Derek Hird: A Brief History of the Chinese in London, focussing on some of the interesting human stories of the Chinese presence in London over the centuries
Anne Witchard: British literary and cinematic depictions of the Chinese in the early twentieth century, including the silent film ‘Broken Blossoms’ (1919) which is to be shown in the Regent St Cinema on Friday 3rd March.
Book your free ticket for the event here.
Part of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Westminster’s week-long Difference Festival.
Thursday 2nd March, 6.30 – 8.30
University of Westminster, Portland Hall, 4-12 Little Titchfield Street, London, W1W 7BY
Lampedusa: Debating the Representation of Migration in an Age of ‘Crisis’
Federica Mazzara (Modern Languages and Culture, University of Westminster) – Federica is currently writing a monograph for Peter Lang entitled Re-imagining Lampedusa which explores the geographical, legal, artistic and political framing of asylum seekers and migrants.
Côme Ledésert (film maker/PhD student at University of Westminster) – Côme is the author of Persisting Dreams, a short film about Lampedusa that questions our perception of migrants in Europe.
Maya Ramsay (artist) – An award-winning artist, Maya works with historically and politically important sites including, most recently, the graves of migrants who lost their lives whilst trying to reach Europe by sea.
Lucy Wood (artist) – Lucy set sail from Lampedusa to London in a rescued North African migrant boat on World Refugee Day, 20 June 2013.
Thursday 23rd February 2017, 5.00 – 6.30 pm
Room 351, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London
“When Concepts Become Norm: Copyright Law Through Conceptual Art”
Danilo Mandic (Law School, University of Westminster)
Respondent: Kaja Marczewska (IMCC)
The fourth of the new series of Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Cross-Disciplinary Research Seminars at Westminster is a talk by our good friend Danilo Mandic on copyright and conceptual, with a response from the IMCC’s Kaja Marczewska. One not to miss!
All very welcome. Followed by drinks …
Wednesday 22nd February, 5.00 – 7.00
Room 206, University of Westminster, 32-38 Wells Street, London W1T
“Shadows of the State: Mapping Intelligence Agencies”
Lewis Bush (University of the Arts, London)
Shadows of the State employs methodologies derived from espionage in order to investigate so-called ‘Numbers stations’. These are shortwave radio broadcasts transmitting coded messages and widely speculated that they are the means by which intelligence agencies communicate with their operatives overseas. In this talk I will discuss the origin of these stations, the process of locating them and their continuing role in today’s new Cold War.
Lewis Bush studied history and worked for the United Nations before retraining as a photographer. Since then he has developed a practice exploring the way power operates in the world. Recent works include Shadows of the State, which involved tracking the communications of intelligence agencies. Bush also writes extensively on photography for a variety of titles and maintains the Disphotic blog. He frequently curates exhibitions, and is lecturer in documentary photography courses at London College of Communication and a visitor on a number of other courses.
All welcome! Followed by the usual drinks in The Green Man.
Thursday 16th February 2017, 5.00 – 6.30 pm
Room 351, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London
“Transparency in International Relations, Law and Politics”
Matthew Fluck (Politics & International Relations, University of Westminster)
Respondent: Eleni Frantziou (School of Law, University of Westminster)
The third of the new series of Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Cross-Disciplinary Research Seminars at Westminster is a talk by Matt Fluck on transparency, with a response from Eleni Frantziou.
A reminder that the following seminar (with a particular IMCC flavour!) will be same time and place the week after:
February 23rd: Danilo Mandic, “When Concepts Become Norm: Copyright Law Through Conceptual Art”, with respondent Kaja Marczewska
All very welcome! Followed by drinks …
Monday 27th February – Friday 3rd March 2017
University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW
The Difference Festival
The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Westminster is hosting a week-long (and timely) celebration of Difference from February 27th to March 3rd that will pay homage to the history and roots of the institution, whilst showcasing the work of staff, students, alumni and friends, aspiring to ‘instruct and delight’.
Friends of the IMCC may be particularly interested in some events involving our members and affiliates – including Anne Witchard and Derek Hird discussing The Chinese Experience in London (Monday 27th, 1-2), Gwilym Jones on Shakespeare’s Storms (Tuesday 28th, 1-2) and Federica Mazzara, Côme Ledésert and the artist Maya Ramsay discussing the representation of the so-called ‘migrant crisis’ in the Mediterranean (Thursday 2nd, 6.30-8.30) – but there are a whole interesting events taking place during the week, including a screening on the Friday of the silent film Broken Blossoms (1919) at the Regent Street Cinema, with organ accompaniment.
All welcome! Full details here: https://www.westminster.ac.uk/difference-festival
The Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture
University of Westminster Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies
32-38 Wells Street, London W1T 3UW. United Kingdom.