Symposium – Communalities, urbanities and artistic commonalities – 5 June 2018

Communalities, urbanities and artistic commonalities


School of Arts, Birkbeck University of London

5th of June 2018. 1pm to 5pm

Room 124, 43 Gordon Square


The symposium Communalities, urbanities and artistic commonalities will interweave ideas of art, activism, politics and urban commons, aiming for a dialogue around how we understand the creation of interdisciplinary platforms of exchange and community action in relation to artistic practices in different locations.

Read more about the event and register on Eventbrite-


Evanthia Tselika; Paul Watt; Stephen Pritchard; Lorraine Leeson; Sophie Hope


The dialogue will involve presenters and symposium participants so as to consider ideas around art, activism, politics and urban commons. We will be addressing:

  • New structures of living together – refugee realities and the implication of art.
  • Gentrification and the visual capitalization of marginalization.
  • Cultures of global mobility and digital interactions.

    Initiated by | Evanthia Tselika, Assistant Professor University of Nicosia, Cyprus & Associate Research Fellow, School of the arts,  Birkbeck University of London

    Supported by | Corkscrew Network, Birkbeck

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Call for Papers: Troubled Contemporary Art Practices in the Middle East, deadline 29 January 2016

Call for Papers

Troubled Contemporary Art Practices in the Middle East:  Post-colonial conflicts, Pedagogies of art history, and Precarious artistic mobilization

2 – 4  June  2016

Birkbeck University of London | University of Nicosia
The conference will be held at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus

Deadline for Abstract submissions:  29.01.2016

Confirmed Keynote speakers
Prof. Wendy Shaw, Frei Universität Berlin
Catherine David, Curator, Deputy Director Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Centre Pompidou.

Deadline for Abstracts for 20 minute presentations: 29.01.2016
To apply please send a title, 250 word abstract and a short CV/Biography note to

Academic and Organising Committee
Dr Sophie Hope, Birkbeck University of London
Dr Gabriel Koureas, Birkbeck University of London
Dr Evanthia Tselika, University of Nicosia

Administrative Assistance
Mr Ioannis Hadjipanayis, Art and Design Technical Officer, University of Nicosia

The conference will concentrate amongst other issues on:
Post-colonial Conflicts and art
Pedagogies of art history
Precarious artistic mobilisation
Shifts of centre and periphery
Development of art histories in contexts of conflict
Shifts to curatorial practices- changing field of ‘art history’ in the university context
Socially engaged art turns
Issues of labour and organization in contemporary art practices
Practice-based research
Art History and education in the Middle East- relationship to western Europe

Please refer to the full call for abstracts (PDF attachment) for more detailed information.

The cost for presenting and participating at the conference is
40 Euros (full conference fee)
30 Euros (for part time and full time students, unemployed)

There might be a possibility of some travel expenses being covered by bursaries especially for participants from the Middle East.

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For any queries please contact the organisers on the email addresses provided above.

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