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Congratulations to Andrea Muendelein

The Doctoral Platform is delighted to announce that  Andrea Muendelein has received her PhD. 

The title of Dr Muendelein’s PhD is ‘Re-thinking Stranger Through Photographic Practice’.

The Supervisory Team: Susan Trangmar (Director of Studies) Dr Daniel Rubinstein (Second Supervisor), Professor Anne Tallentire (Third Supervisor).

Referencing, Citation and Bibliographies

Get help and advice with any queries on referencing, citation and bibliographies from the CSM librarians, at the times /dates below. No need to book – just drop in!

Ask at the Information Desk, CSM Library 2nd floor.


Wed 9th Jan 2019: 13.00-15.00

Wed 16th Jan 2019: 13.00-15.00

Wed 30th Jan 2019: 13.00-15.00


4T Design and Design History Association, Biannual Symposium, 2019

May 2-4 2019, İzmir, Turkey

The coupling of design and authority in a google search, the “internet search authority,” surprisingly results in entries which have more to do with the procedural and legislative aspects related to design: The “authority” issues rules for which the product of design or the designer has to comply with, or claims privilege in shaping the design product. Authority is usually attributed to an agent of enforcement regulating products and to an extent, that those produce design. Understood as a form of legitimized power, authority is realized only by the mutual recognition of those who hold power and those who do not.

A cliché argues that Italians cannot leave their moka pots behind when they go on a holiday, or the Turkish obsessively want their tea served in a specific type of glass, Japanese cars will never reach the quality level of the Germans, the Chinese are the new rulers of the world of electronic gadgets and so on. Another recounts the obsession of those who hold possession of a unique or rare object carrying the signature of a famous designer and how it’s valued. How do we account for the authority of designed objects in our daily lives, or in the way we value other cultures?

Digital culture, on the other hand, independent of any geographical, national boundaries, has been enthusiastically embracing all kinds of sharing platforms and collaborative tools. Digital design culture seems to have built its own peculiar collaborative environment. This collaboration does away with authorship by way of open-source software (which are generally not de-vised by designers), or by acts like taking and modifying scripts, utilizing algorithms shared online by various designers. Our way of teaching is, therefore, heavily influenced by the way we learn, question, think about and produce design. Call it the “digital elimination of authorship” or the “digital design knowledge of many hands,” old authorial notions of intellectual property and copyright often remain meaningless in such a collaborative environment.

Taking these subject headings as possible strands we welcome contributions from all design-related disciplines and fields that address questions such as, but not limited to: In what ways do design and authority come together? How does design exert authority? How can design resist authority? How does authority shape design in shaping itself, its powers? How do products of design have authority over lives, cultures, countries, histories or how do they lose the authority they once had? When does design become complicit with authority in creating authoritarian structures? How does authoritarianism enforce design regimes that hold sway over the field of cultural production? In what ways can one explain the relationship of authorship, design and authority? Is it possible to talk about the authority of collective authorship in design?


Those who are interested in contributing papers to the thirteenth 4T Symposium are invited to submit a title and an extended abstract of 1000 words through EasyChair ( conferences/?conf=4t2019) by January 25th 2019.

Registration to Easy-Chair is essential in order to submit abstracts. The symposium language is English, therefore all abstracts, presentations and papers should be in English. For any further questions please contact Işılay Tiarnagh Sheridan ( Selected proposals will be announced on February 25th, 2019.

Organizing Committee

Derya Irkdaş Doğu

Bahar Emgin

Erdem Erten

Batuhan Taneri

Emre Yıldız

Art and Activism Debate


Debate   THURSDAY 29 NOVEMBER, 5.30–7.30PM |  ROOM C202
This event marks the finale of a two-week residency at CSM, conducted by Priscila Mastro, Fábricas de Cultura and Sheyla Maria Alves de Melo, Arte Maloqueira. These Brazilian artist activists are involved in setting up communications networks in São Paulo favelas with the aim of linking vulnerable groups and communicating across, within and between different communities. The discussion will be moderated by Alex Schady, Art Programme Director, accompanied by Paul O’Kane, Fine Art Critical Studies lecturer. It will be conducted in Portuguese and English with translation. This event is part of the Resistances in Residence programme funded by British Council Brazil.

Competition – win 300 pounds

Competition: Design our 2018 festive campaign for the chance to win £300

Extended Deadline: Friday 30 November

CSM is commissioning a student to design our 2018 festive digital visual! This can be a static or animated image, and will be used on the landing page of our website, on screens around the College and in our end-of-year email campaign.

Prize: the student who wins the commission will receive £300 as well as a few celebratory mentions across the College’s social media channels (and of course, your work will be seen throughout the building and by all those on our mailing lists). Find out more.

Featured above: last year’s winning design by Ben Chan and Malone Chen

Future Factory


Symposium and Workshop   30 NOVEMBER AND 1 DECEMBER | DESIGN MUSEUM
Join leading designers and material researchers to rethink sustainable production for the 21st century. Find out more

Symposium | Friday 30 November
In partnership with Central Saint Martins’ Material Futures and the Design and Living Systems Lab, this symposium brings together leading designers to explore how production might be re-designed for the future.

Workshop | Saturday 1 December
Join designers and students from the MA Material Futures course as they create a series of future factories, exploring new systems of manufacture that address some of the profound challenges we face in this age of environmental challenges. Through discussions and hands-on activities, you will learn about a range of different production models and ‘future factories’, from bio-hacking to automation. 

Two Rooms


Performance    29–30 NOVEMBER | STUDIO THEATRE
Two Rooms is a devised performance piece consisting of nine separate fragments. For each fragment, the text is a piece of music, the performers are non-actors, members of staff from Central Saint Martins and the directors/devisors/designers are second-years students from the BA Performance: Design and Practice course at Central Saint Martins.

Tickets are free but booking is essential, visit the event page to find out more.

The Age of New Babylon


The Age of New Babylon is the Lethaby Gallery’s first student-led exhibition. Through a series of actions and interventions, this evolving exhibition examines notions of ‘otherness’ through the lens of difference and seeks to go beyond the frame of an image. Curated by Central Saint Martins alum Samboleap Tol and final-year student Sara Gulamali, it features the work of 22 artists, including students and graduates from colleges across London.

The Age of New Babylon will be accompanied by a programme of public events – find out more.

Open-Oxford-Cambridge DTP funded PhD Studentship

The Open University is collaborating with Sanderson/ Morris & Co. in hosting a collaborative doctoral research project examining the cultural context of William Morris’s wallpaper production:

Open-Oxford-Cambridge DTP funded PhD Studentship

Utopian collaboration? William Morris, Jeffrey & Co and the Morris & Co wallpapers 1864-c.1928






Burlington Magazine: Modern and Contemporary

We have been delighted with the response we have had to Burlington Contemporary, which the Burlington Magazine launched in October ( This ambitious online publishing platform comprises a weekly reviews section, and will launch in 2019 a quarterly, open-access academic journal.

For the academic journal, we are seeking submissions on new research on art made during the current century. We aim to encourage good, accessible writing, which retains its clarity even when dealing with complex topics. In addition to bringing together the best research from around the world, we hope to reconsider how art history might be written for the art made today.


Our deadline for contributions to the inaugural issue is 1st January 2018.

The deadline for the following issue is 1st February 2018

If you would like to hear more about the platform, or discuss any proposals for articles, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.

With many thanks and best wishes,

Martha Barratt

Martha Barratt

Digital Editor and Commissioning Editor,

Modern And Contemporary Art

The Burlington Magazine

14-16 Duke’s Rd, London, WC1H 9SZ

020 7388 8157


Burlington Contemporary