Archive | May 2014

Workshop: Funding and Research in Visual & Performance and Environmental Studies

On Thursday 29th May, 3pm to 5pm, the Visual & Performance Studies research group in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the Centre for Visual Arts and Cultures (CVAC) at Durham University are hosting a workshop and round table discussion on the topic of ‘Funding and Research in Visual & Performance and Environmental Studies’. The event will take place in A56, Elvet Riverside 1, New Elvet.


Thomas Struth, Semi Submersible Rig, DSME Shipyard, Geoje Island 2007
C-print, 285.7 x 355.2cm
© 2010 Thomas Struth

Speakers include:

Professor Janet Stewart – MLAC & CVAC
Dr Stefano Cracolici – MLAC & CVAC
Professor Mike Crang – Geography & CVAC
Thursday, 29 May 2014, 3.00-5.00 pm

For further details, please contact the organizer of this event: Dr Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián –


CFP: World Picture Conference, Berlin, 2014

World Picture Conference

ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry

7-8 November 2014



Manuele Gragnolati (Oxford University/ICI Berlin), Christoph Holzhey (ICI Berlin), Brian Price (co-editor, World Picture/University of Toronto), John David Rhodes (co-editor, World Picture/University of Sussex), and Meghan Sutherland (co-editor, World Picture/University of Toronto)

Keynote lecture:

Prof. Laurence Rickels, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe

This year’s conference marks the occasion of an exciting collaboration between World Picture and the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry.

The theme of this year’s conference is abandon, a term that encompasses radical renunciation and immersive indulgence in its oscillation between abandonment of and abandonment to, between restraint and luxury, mindfulness and neglect. When we speak of abandonment we indicate a situation in which we take leave of something, or disband a collective entity, or else act in a way that suggests a disaggregation of certain protocols of behaviour, or belonging (as when we “laugh with abandon”). Discourses and scenes of media and politics are generally highly invested in ideas of taking-leave, breaking apart or away, acting with abandon. In the present moment, we believe the term resonates in manifold ways. For instance: with often painful choices between theoretical and political models that have outlasted their effectiveness but to which there seem to be no alternatives; with turns to abandoned objects as new sources of ontologies in which the turn itself is a mode of abandoning an established political-theoretical project; with the obdurate “problem” of pleasure in aesthetics and aesthetic theory as either the obstacle or the medium of the aesthetic’s interface with the political; with the cathexis of the body and its phenomenology as an instrument and medium of political and aesthetic experimentation; with attempts to relinquish the human, and its attendant association with agency, as a category of experience; with contemporary experiences/fantasies of control and resistance to control; with theatricalizations of abjuration and gratification. We invite papers that explore abandon in any number of philosophical, theoretical, artistic, mediatic, generic, and disciplinary contexts.

This year’s conference on abandon supports and feeds into the upcoming ICI Core Project ‘Errans’, which takes the shifting and incompatible meanings of erring as a starting point to explore the critical potentials and risks of embracing error, randomness, failure, and non-teleological temporalities. For further details of that project, please see

Papers to be delivered should be 20 minutes in length.

Please email an abstract (250-500 words) and a short bio to by 30 June 2014.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by mid-July.

The conference is supported by the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry and the Sussex Centre for the Visual, University of Sussex.

John David Rhodes

Co-Editor, World Picture
Meshes of the Afternoon
Taking Place: Location and the Moving Image
Antonioni: Centenary Essays
On Michael Haneke
Stupendous, Miserable City: Pasolini’s Rome

Plotting the Crisis: Ecologies, Commodities and the Arts

Speaking to CVAC’s “Environments” theme, Kerstin Oloff (School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham) has organized a one-day workshop to be held at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Durham on 24 May 2014 on ‘Plotting the Crisis: Ecologies, Commodities and the Arts’.

Speakers include Jason Moore (Binghamton), Sharae Deckard (UCD), Treasa DeLoughrey (UCD) and Janet Stewart (Durham).

The workshop, which has been organized with the support of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Durham University, the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, Durham University, and the University of Warwick’s Global Research Priorities, seeks to interrogate the concept of the ‘crisis’ by setting it in the context of thinking about capitalism as ‘world-ecology’.

Read more about the workshop here:

PhD Funding Opportunity in Visual Culture at Durham

Newby Trust-Durham University Studentships for 2014 Entry

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University is inviting applications for TWO doctoral studentships for 2014 entry (starting October 2014). These awards are administered by Durham University and are offered thanks to support of the Newby Trust Ltd.

The studentships cover tuition fees at the home/EU rate (£3,900), a maintenance award of £13,726, and a small research travel fund. Studentships will be awarded initially for the first year of study, with the possibility of renewal for up to two further years, subject to receipt of good progress reports. All applications in fields for which we can provide expertise supervision will be considered, but we particularly welcome high-calibre applications in these three areas:

– The scientific humanities:research at the intersection between the ‘two cultures’ of the arts and sciences. This is supported in Durham by the Centre for Medical Humanities and the newly founded Centre for Humanities Innovation.

– Primary texts and the modes of their production, transmission and reception. Durham provides a unique research environment for doctoral students wishing to work in this important field, with a wide range of world-class expertise in textual scholarship and the conservation and exhibition facilities at Palace Green.

Visual culture: in particular research on the Sacred, Environments, and the Visual Construction of Knowledge. The recently launched Centre for Visual Arts and Cultures supports the well-established interdisciplinary research on this area across a number of disciplines at Durham.

Candidates should apply via the University’s on-line application system ( and state that they wish to be considered for a Newby Trust doctoral studentship. The deadline is 5PM, Friday 30 May 2014. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have already submitted a PhD application or have already applied for other funding schemes at Durham earlier this year, please send an email to Ms Lucy Cawson ( by the deadline stating that you wish to be considered for a Newby doctoral studentship.

As well as the standard Durham online application for postgraduate admission, applicants should upload the following documentation:

– An up-to-date CV highlighting academic and (if relevant) professional achievements.

– A 750-word case for support (PhD proposal including details of how the project fits proposed supervisory team, the School and its research environment

– Transcript of marks of BA degree or equivalent and MA if completed (if in progress please include an official list of results achieved to date issued by your university).

NB: Named referees should submit their letters by email ( by the deadline of 5PM on Friday 30 May 2014 at the latest.