The Centre includes a community of PhD students pursuing historical, theoretical and practice based research, and runs a seminar course for first year PhD and MPhil students at the University of the Arts London. Priority is given to students pursuing relevant research and supervised by a core member of TrAIN, but other students can apply to join. As well as the seminar course for first year students, TrAIN also hosts other groups, which include PhD+: a group for students in their third and final year and groups for reading texts in languages other than English.
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S.L.A.A.G. started as the Study Group on Latin American Art & Theory in March 2010, as the first student-led seminar on the topic to be held at University of the Arts London. It was designed and created by three UAL PhD students based at TrAIN: Maria Isabel Arango, Caroline Menezes & Sara Angel Guerrero-Rippberger, who invited other research students from UAL and Essex University to join the discussion, including Gerard Choy, Ian Dudley, Susannah Gilbert, Andres Montenegro, Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre, and Suzana Vaz. Since the beginning S.L.A.A.G.’s goal has been to create an on-going dialogue about art and theory from Latin America, and and the significance of this field to art theory in general. The group meets regularly to discuss and share bibliographic references and knowledge about the notion of Latin American art, about local identities and histories. Relying on its members to share expertise, insights and questions, the collective dialogue serves to fill in the knowledge gaps in each student’s individual area of study.