NAFAE Research Student Conference

Posted: 19 Nov 2018
By Andrew Sheridan
Submission date:
6 January 2019
Event date:
Friday, 15 March 2019 (All day)
Research Student Conference

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What does arts and humanities research have to offer in our current socio-political climate? This conference for research students takes as its focus the way arts research methods and practices might be put to use in our contemporary moment. We ask, what ‘work’ can a PhD do? By this we do not mean how might our research be instrumentalised or applied, but rather how might it lead our interactions with, and understanding of, the world.

Call for proposals; 300 word abstracts to be submitted on proforma  downloadable from and emailed to by  6th January 2019

Hosted by the Royal College of Art, London, the Living Research conference will run six strands of thinking around creative propositions engendered by a single word. The categories; Collaboration, Documents, Entanglement, Environment, Me and Reenactment, are currently in use within the RCA’s School of Arts and Humanities, bringing together researchers across disciplines, developing creative methods to explore terms that demand urgent enquiry. It is hoped they will allow for a wide range of responses, in both content and form.

Beginning with Environment as both concept and site, we examine its multiplicity, as hostile, or in distress. In Reenactment we explore methods of return, repetitions and copying that often allow a habitation of the past in order to forge future encounters. The pleasures and difficulties of living and working together may be explored in Collaboration and further complicated as a kind of passagenwerk of erotic praxis, artificial intelligences and quantum consciousness in Entanglement. The traces, artefacts and the problematic and violent histories of living with ourselves may be exposed in Documents, taking us through to a spotlight on Me and the slippery subject of subjectivity, with the potential of subversive tactics and shifting, multiple positions and voices.

The conference is open to all research students in UK and the rest of the world, at any stage of their studies. There is no conference fee but delegates’ institutions should be a member of NAFAE or they should take an individual annual student membership subscription.