International Placement Schemes – AHRC and ESRC

International Placement Scheme Showcase Invitation

The AHRC and ESRC invite you to a showcase of funded fellowship opportunities for PhD students and
early career researchers (ECR), through our International Placement Scheme (IPS), at these world-leading international research institutions:

Harry Ransom Center, at The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Huntington Library, California, USA
Library of Congress, Washington D.C., USA
National Institutes for the Humanities, Japan
Shanghai Theatre Academy, China
Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA
Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut, USA

IPS fellowships run for up to six months and include a travel and living stipend; unparalleled access to collections, facilities,
curators and other scholars; and opportunities to present work, network and make international contacts.

The showcases will include presentations from IPS alumni and AHRC staff.
Lunch will be provided, during which all speakers will be available to discuss the scheme.

The IPS is open to ECRs and AHRC & ESRC-funded PhD students. ESRC candidates may only apply to Library of Congress.
The events are primarily aimed at eligible candidates, but relevant RO staff such as BGP/DTP co-ordinators would be welcome.

The two showcase dates are:
Monday 2nd November 2015, 11.00 – 15.00 at University of Westminster, Regent Street, London
Friday 6th November 2015, 11.00 – 15.00 at University of Manchester, Sackville St Campus, Manchester
Registration opens from 10.30.

More information on the IPS, including host and eligibility information, agendas for each showcase and
how to register to attend can be found via the main AHRC IPS webpage.

We will email you within five working days of registration to confirm whether you have been allocated a place.

Please direct queries not answered by our webpages to or call Allie Brown on 01793 416074.

Description: cid:image005.png@01CFED45.127A6050We are also holding an IPS Twitter chat with IPS fellows, alumni and AHRC staff from
2-3pm on Wed 11th Nov 2015 – @ahrcpress, #AHRCIPS.
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Exhibitions: Histories, Practices – Victor Wang and Sakina Dhif/Rachel Pafe

Dear friends and colleagues,

Please join us for the next gathering of the ‘Exhibitions: Histories, Practices’ research group at Central Saint Martins. I am delighted we will be able to share film footage of the first Stars exhibition (Beijing, 1979) and a performative lecture reflecting on the curatorial historicisation of The International Art Exhibition of Palestine (Beirut, 1978).

More information below and, with a great image, here online:

If based outside of University of the Arts London, please contact me about getting access on the day.

All best,


Victor Wang on the first Stars Exhibitions and Sakina Dhif/Rachel Pafe on ‘Past Disquiet’

Wednesday 18 November 2015, 2pm to 4pm

Room KX A002, Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA

Victor Wang will share his research on a pivotal moment in Chinese exhibition histories: the 1979 and 1980 Stars Exhibitions (星星画会). Accompanied by documentation, the presentation will consider the importance of the public sphere and civil resistance with the beginnings of a contemporaneity in post-Cultural Revolution China.

Victor Wang (王宗孚) is a curator and exhibition-maker based between London and Shanghai. Most recently he was appointed the K11 curator of the travelling and collaborative exhibition between Palais de Tokyo and K11 Art Foundation, ‘Inside China – L’Intérieur du Géant’ at the chi k11 art museum, Shanghai. Victor is also a Curator in Residence at Contemporary Art Heritage Flanders (CAHF): a knowledge platform initiated by and built around the collections of four contemporary art museums in Flanders, Belgium: S.M.A.K. (Ghent), Mu.ZEE (Ostend), MUHKA & Middelheimmuseum (Antwerp).

Sakina Dhif and Rachel Pafe will present part of an ongoing project that examines the historically repetitive desires behind archival exhibition making. They will present the second version of a performative reading that will first be given at the PARSE Biennial in Gothenburg. Using an exhibition earlier this year at MACBA, ‘Past Disquiet’ (curated by Rasha Salti and Kristine Khouri), as an entry point, they will discuss messianic time, archival impulses, haunting, withdrawal and the place of fiction in exhibition studies.

Rachel Pafe and Sakina Dhif are researcher/writers/artists based between London, Washington DC, Brussels and the floating world. Graduates of the MRes Art: Exhibition Studies programme at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, they began to collaborate in 2014. Jointly they experiment in order to question the concepts of fiction, ghosts and repetition in fiction and academic writing. Sakina’s latest research looked at the Arab Image Foundation, in Beirut, Lebanon, to explore the relations existing between an art institution’s space, its collection and possible procedures. Rachel’s practice centers on iterative ideology, desire and associated politics, juxtaposing the mundane, absurd and ideal through the lens of messianism. She examines this within the exhibition format: through academic writing, fiction and a hybrid involving spoken word.

This is a gathering of the Exhibitions: Histories, Practices Research Group at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

Places are limited, so please contact Lucy Steeds if you are interested in attending:


The Effectiveness of Symbols


Interdisciplinary Conference at the Freud Museum London
Saturday 24 October 2015, 9.30am – 5pm

The shaman’s art is like a dramatic performance, and drama can be thought of as a kind of shamanic ritual. What unites the two domains of experience is the impact of symbols, words and narrative on the body and emotion. This conference is for anyone interested in ‘the effectiveness of symbols’, the title of a seminal essay by French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss.

Lévi-Strauss opened up new ways of thinking about the symbolic dimension of human life, offering a subtle reformulation of the Freudian unconscious and putting forward a theory of symbolic function that continues to resonate within psychoanalysis and anthropology. It is still to be widely appreciated in art theory, theatre studies and performance.

This conference brings together eminent speakers to reflect on Lévi-Strauss’ paper and its influence, and to discuss symbolic effectiveness in their own research and practice.

£60 Full Price / £45 Students/Concessions
£5 reduction for Members of the Freud Museum 

How Institutions Think: The Bard Seminar

Monday 26 October 2015

2pm to 5pm, Room C303, Central Saint Martins

Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA, UK

For all students on the MA Culture, Criticism and Curation and MRes Art: Exhibition Studies programmes and open to Stage 3 students in BA Culture, Criticism and Curation, to doctoral students across CSM and welcoming invited guests.

In November 2014, Central Saint Martins collaborated with international partners on a symposium about curatorial and exhibition studies, which took place at Bard College in the US. Please investigate the recordings of this event online here:


This academic year there will be a follow-up symposium – at the LUMA Foundation in Arles, South of France, 25 to 28 February 2016 – looking at institutions for contemporary art historically and as a future proposition. In preparation, this October seminar will reflect on the short book that gives its name to both events: How Institutions Think (1986) by Mary Douglas.


In How Institutions Think, Mary Douglas writes as an anthropologist, considering institutions in general as a social phenomenon to be analysed and understood. Please familiarize yourself with the book before coming to the seminar and be ready to discuss how we might take up its insights into current thinking about institutions for contemporary art. A week ahead of the class, you will be assigned a specific chapter of the book to prepare in particular.


This seminar will be jointly led by:

  • Michaela Giebelhausen, Course Leader for BA Culture, Criticism and Curation
  • Alison Green, Course Leader for MA Culture, Criticism and Curation
  • Yaiza Hernández, co-Pathway Leader for MRes Art: Exhibition Studies
  • Lucy Steeds, co-Pathway Leader for MRes Art: Exhibition Studies


Those attending the seminar will become eligible to apply for a scholarship to visit Arles for the February symposium. Interested applicants will be asked to explain what questions they would take to the event and how it would fit within their research and career plans. One scholarship across the 3 courses – BA Culture, Criticism and Curation; MA Culture, Criticism and Curation; and MRes Art: Exhibition Studies – will be awarded.


CSM’s partners for the ‘How Institutions Think’ symposium in Arles in 2016 are:

  • Centre for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson
  • De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam
  • Goldsmiths College, London
  • LUMA Foundation, Arles
  • V-A-C Foundation, Moscow
  • Valand Art Academy, University of Gothenburg


PLEASE REGISTER your intention to take part in the seminar: simply email your name and affiliation (e.g. BA CCC, MA CCC, MRes ES) to Karina Lee ( by Friday 16 October




Spotlight 2015: PhD Research at CSM – Exhibition and Symposium

Spotlight 2015
Spotlight 2015


23 February to 11 March, 2015

We are delighted to be exhibiting the work of:

  • Elena Brebenel
  • Joana Casaca Lemos
  • Adriana Cobo
  • Slawa Harasymowicz
  • John Miers
  • Andrea Muendelein


Thursday 5th March 2015- 2pm – 7pm

(2.00pm – 7pm Learning Hub A / CSM Library)

Spaces are very limited, so please RSVP to

2:00 – 3:00pm Sara Buoso
The Space of Light in Painting: A comparison between Mark Rothko and James Turrell`s paintings

3:15 – 4:45pm Lucy Russell
WHAT EYE SEE I OWN: (re) drawing body-images from fashion and beauty [ Workshop]
5:00 – 6:15 Joana Casaca Lemos
Tell Them Like It Is [ Workshop]

6:15 – 7: Drinks

Spaces are very limited, so please RSVP to

All PhD students welcome!


Design PhD Conference 2015

We would like to make you aware of the above event, co-hosted by the Imagination Lancaster Creative Research Centre at Lancaster University and the Centre for Design Research at Northumbria University.
Conference theme: Better by Design: Environment, Society & Self

Design in the 21st century has a responsibility to address the critical issues affecting society and the natural environment while also striving to create more personally meaningful notions of material culture. The last century’s ideas of progress and innovation yielded an ever-growing culture of waste, pollution and social inequity. This model still dominates our culture. As populations grow and the natural environment continues to degrade, with little political will for substantive change, there is a need not only to develop new, better ways forward, but also to manifest and demonstrate alternative possibilities. The applied arts can play an important role in this arena in visualising a world that is Better by Design – better for the environment, better for society and better for each of us as individuals.

The conference will be held in the LICA Building, Lancaster University on the 2nd and 3rd July 2015 and offers an opportunity to meet, exchange knowledge and ideas, and learn about the latest developments in design thinking, methods and research projects.

It would be much appreciated if you could please circulate the above information to your colleagues, students, graduates, business contacts and any other interested parties. In particular, we have launched a call for presentations and a call for posters which your students and graduates may be interested in submitting to.

Further information can be found at


The Doctoral Platform at CSM offers PhD candidates the space in which to meet, share research, as well as co-ordinate, curate and participate in a variety of events.

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