CFP ‘Re-Contested Sites/Sights’ PhD Researcher Conference



A Multidisciplinary Research Conference at Chelsea College of Art & Design Supported by the Transnational Art, Identity, & Nation Research Centre (TrAIN), CCW Graduate School, University of the Arts London

Conference Date: May 8th 2013, 10:00am- 5:30pm, Banqueting Hall and Red Room, Chelsea College of Art and Design.

Following on from a highly successful symposium in 2012, doctoral candidates affiliated to the TrAIN research centre at CCW Graduate School are issuing an ‘open call’ for papers on the theme of spaces of re-contestation to encourage dialogue between PhD researchers inside the University of The Arts London and outside in the wider research community.

‘Our keynote speaker last year, Eyal Sivan, urged us to ‘re-vision’ these spaces, through acts of appropriation and re-appropriation.’

Submitted papers (which could include practice based research material) will hopefully raise questions around and build on either or both themes, in their various interpretations. Interdisciplinary contributions will be encouraged. Though this list is not exhaustive, research topics relevant to this year’s conference might explore multiple imaginings and articulations of ‘re’-contested sites/sights in relation to the following:

  • Revisiting : Histories and memories of place making
  • Belonging and ownership: Constructions of private vs. public spheres
  • “Safe” spaces of consensus versus spaces of conflict
  • “Transgendered”/“queered” spaces
  • The Body

The purpose of this conference is to meet with other University researchers and exchange knowledge on themes and issues, which are relevant to our own, shared practices. We are hoping for a response from a diverse range of doctoral researchers.

Keynote speaker to start off the day, followed by presentation Panels chaired by senior TrAIN members.

Wine reception to follow conference

Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. The selection committee encourage traditional and non-traditional presentations, which avoid a lecture and slide show format (for example, special consideration will be given to performances, conversation and interactive workshop style presentations).

Responses to the open call

Please send an abstract of maximum 200 words and include details about your affiliation and research topic.

Deadline: March 8th 2013

Send to:

You will be notified by Thursday 21st March 2013

Contested Sites/Sights Committee

Ope Lori, Pamela Kember, Idit Nathan, Corinne Silva, Caroline Rabourdin


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