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Afterlives of Monuments
South Asia is famous for its monuments, past and present. This research project has been developed through a series of international conferences and seminars, culminating in the publication of a special issue on The Afterlives of Monuments in South Asian Studies, published by Taylor and Francis as volume 29 issue 1, spring 2013. It builds on an international conference (CSM, London, 2010) funded by the British Acad...
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The Birth of Cool
The Birth of Cool considers the individual and group stylepractices in different parts of the African as prisms of cultural and social commentary. Based on case studies of either complete looks or a single garment, with a daterange from the late 19th century to the 21st century, thebook considers expanded notions of place, heritage and auto/biography.
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Translating and Writing Modern Design Histories in East Asia for the Global World
This project aims to develop a network of native design historians in East Asia (Japan, Korea, PRC, Hong Kong and Taiwan) led by the core members Yuko Kikuchi (PI at CCW), Wessie Ling (COI at LCF) and Yunah Lee (University of Brighton). The central concern is the re-examination of East Asian design histories from their local perspectives...
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Russel Wright and Asia: Inter-Asia Modernities and Transnational Design History During the Cold War
Dr Yuko Kikuchi has been awarded the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant for two years for her project work. She will investigate the influential American designer Russel Wright (1904-76) and his less well-known design projects in Asia (Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan and Hong Kong) during the 1950s-60s at the time of the Cold War.
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Research on the Art of Maud Sulter
Deborah Cherry has won a Grants for Arts award from Arts Council England for the research and development of an exhibition of the work of Maud Sulter.
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UK-Japan lecture series ‘Tokyo Futures, 1868-2020’
From the middle of the nineteenth century, Japan, like the rest of the world, was shaken by the transformations that followed its encounter with industry and empire. The country entered a new era, named after the Meiji emperor, and embarked on an ambitious programme of modernization, centred on Tokyo, its new capital.
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Black Artists and Modernism (BAM)
Black Artists and Modernism (BAM), is a three-year research project led by University of the Arts London (UAL) in partnership with Middlesex University, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). BAM will investigate the artworks of Black-British artists and the works’ relationship to modernism. The term ‘Black-British’ t...
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Ibrahim Mahama in Conversation at Chelsea College of Arts
Prior to the opening of his first UK solo exhibition ‘Fragments’ at White Cube Bermondsey, Ibrahim Mahama joins Professor Paul Goodwin, Director of TrAIN Research Centre, in conversation at Chelsea College of Arts.
This talk is a collaboration between White Cube and The Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) at The University of the Arts London; a cross-disciplinary forum for historical, theoretical and practice-based research in art and design.
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Historiographies of the Contemporary: Modes of Translation in and from Conceptual Art – Dr Michael Asbury with Response to Paper by Dr Fabrizio Poltronieri
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MA Documentary Film & TrAIN Research Centre Study/ Research Day: Visiting Artist and Filmmaker David Chung Chaired by Dr Pratap Rughani
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The first TrAIN Open Lecture in 2017 will be by Dr Azadeh Fatehrad:
Photography, Desire and Resistance in the Lives of Women, Following the 1979 Revolution in Iran
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Dr Yuko Kikuchi has convened the 10th Anniversary International Conferences on Design History and Studies (ICDHS) in Taipei on 26-28 October.
Reflecting her expertise in East Asian studies and transnational visual culture, the conference addressed the main theme ‘Making Contemporary Trans/national Design History’. Nearly 200 participants from 32 countries gathered to explore this theme of contemporary relevance.
Three keynote speakers: Prof. Shu-mei Shih (UCLA and University of Hong Kong), Prof. Shigemi Inaga (The International Research Center for Japanese Studies – Nichibunken, Kyoto) and Prof. Wu Micha
(President, Academia Historica), who are leading authorities in transnational theories, provided a pivotal impetus for the conference, captivating the audience with their proposition of transnational strategies from the perspectives of East Asia and inter-East Asia (YouTube videos for these three keynotes are available from https://www.facebook.com/ICDHS2016Taipei/).
The conference also featured three round table discussions that presented the perspectives of historians, practitioners, and ICDHS executive members : RT1, Trans/national Design Histories and Practices in the 21st Century; RT2, Global to Regional: Connecting Asia and Taiwan to the World; and RT3, The ICDHS: achievement, legacy and future vision. Notably, RT1 was organised by Dr Kikuchi and Dr Sarah Teasley (RCA), chaired by Prof Toshio Watanabe from TrAIN, and featured contributions from leading historians and curators from Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK that provided detailed explorations of the main theme of the conference.
This centered on four specific questions on trans/national methodology, ownership and agencies of histories and design histories, and East Asian perspectives. The session created highly productive discussions which were also facilitated by the two keynote speakers, Professors Shih and Inaga, who performed the role of discussants.
Proceedings: Wendy Siuyi Wong, Yuko Kikuchi and Tingyi S. Lin eds. Making Trans/National Contemporary Design History, Sau Paulo: Blucher. (ISSN: 2318-6968) are available digitally (http://www.proceedings.blucher.com.br/article-list/icdhs2016/list#articles) and further information on the conference is also available in Facebook:
Symposium: ‘Field of Resistance or Space of Negotiation : Who dominates? 對抗場域抑或協商空間：誰殖了誰？’
The symposium ‘Field of Resistance or Space of Negotiation : Who dominates? 對抗場域抑或協商空間：誰殖了誰？’was organised by the Graduate Institute of Interdisciplinary Art at the National Kaohsiung Normal University in Taiwan on 31 October as part of a joint initiative between leading Taiwanese artist, Wu Mali, and Dr Yuko Kikuchi. (http://interart.nknu.edu.tw/?p=772) Dr Kikuchi was invited to present a keynote address: ‘“Craft” as Resistance and as a Means of Negotiating Histories’ and her PhD students at TrAIN Hiroki Yamamoto and Stephanie Wai Ting Cheung were also invited to present papers on their art practice and curation, ‘Negotiating with Post-colonial ‘Ghosts’: Contemporary Art after Colonialism’ and ‘Participatory Art in Contemporary Chinese Contexts – Mainland China, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong’ respectively. Throughout the day, common issues specific to postcolonial conditions of East Asia and contemporary political situations repeatedly came up, irrespective of the media in which artists work and the different fields of interest of historians and theorists. The symposium confirmed how productive the outcomes of inter-Asian interdisciplinary collaboration can be.
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