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Call for Papers Writing Histories of the Moving Image

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Call for Papers

‘Writing Histories of the Moving Image’
A Doctoral symposium to be held on Thursday 26 March 2015 at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (University of the Arts London) Kings Cross

Deadline for submission of proposals: 19 January 2015

This call for papers invites submissions for the symposium Writing Histories of the Moving Image.

Moving image studies have been readdressing histories of artists’ film and video, expanded cinema, independent, community and activist film/video since the early 2000s. Recent research has often focussed on practices that go beyond earlier accounts that segregated histories of cinema, art and other forms of reception, distribution and engagement.

Moving image studies thus examine a wide range of histories, including those of exhibition contexts (Balsom, 2013; Uroskie, 2014), alternative approaches to television (Connolly, 2014), or documentary art practice (Demos, 2013). Moving image studies also frequently locates overlooked practices excluded from existing narratives, and in doing so casts a new light on the processes of inclusion and exclusion at work within historical accounts.

The discourse of moving image research reveals that its histories are open, and can be understood from a number of differing theoretical and critical perspectives. Scholars from different fields of academia such as Art History, Anthropology, Philosophy, Gender, Media and Film Studies, have contributed diverse theoretical approaches that have helped to broaden, deepen and contest histories of the moving image.

Writing about artists’ and experimental moving image is therefore built on a fragmentary patchwork of discourses, theoretical concerns and methodologies. While the approaches are diverse, these new histories have often set out to re-read canons, create new narratives, and disrupt boundaries between media and forms of film and video making. In light of these developments, this symposium aims to examine how and why academics today are writing historical narratives about moving image practices.

We invite submissions from speakers that explore new approaches to the histories of the moving image. The day-long symposium will consist of two panels and each speaker will present for 20 minutes. There will also be screening sessions, events relating to The British Artists’ Film and Video Study Collection (part of the Central Saint Martins Museum) and a screening event co-organised with students undertaking the MRES Moving Image at CSM.

The symposium is organised by Claire Holdsworth and Colin Perry, who are currently undertaking PhDs at CSM. It is being organised with support from CSM Research. As well as encouraging submissions relating to PhD and post-doctoral research, we also welcome proposals from academics and curators with insights and interests relating to writing histories of the moving image.

  • Please send a 300-word abstract proposal, and 3-5 keywords, along with your full name, institutional affiliation and a short biography (ca. 50 words).
  • Proposals should be submitted by email with the subject heading “Proposal: Writing Histories” to:
  • Claire Holdsworth ( by 19 January 2015

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Further reading:

Christmas 2014 Pay Day

The December pay day for Christmas 2014 will be Monday 22 December.

Any agreed fee claim forms and any salary changes must be with the HR Officer or HR Consultancy Thursday 27th November. All other hourly paid contracts, overtime claims and season ticket loan applications must be received by Payroll by Monday 1 December to ensure that they are included in December pay.

Nigel Carrington appointed chair of trustees for Henry Moore Foundation

Nigel Carrington  has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Henry Moore Foundation, taking up the post from 4 November. He has been a trustee of the foundation since earlier this year.

Henry Moore sculputre at Chelsea

Henry Moore, Two Piece Reclining Figure No.1

Henry Moore was Head of Sculpture at Chelsea School of Art from 1932-1939 and the school purchased his 1959 bronze sculpture ‘Two-Piece Reclining Figure no. 1′ in 1963. The piece can be seen at Chelsea College of Arts. Read more about the sculpture or visit the Henry Moore archive

Commenting on his appointment, Nigel said: “Having long regarded Henry Moore as a pivotal and enduring influence on the development of British sculpture, it is a particular privilege to be joining the Foundation at such an exciting time in its development. As the largest grant-making artist foundation outside the US, with established and growing venues in Hertfordshire and Leeds alongside prestigious international programmes, the Foundation is well placed to build upon its already considerable achievements.”

Richard Calvocoressi, Director of the Foundation, added: “The Foundation will benefit greatly from Nigel Carrington’s demonstrable enthusiasm for sculpture and knowledge of the arts sector, coupled with a wealth of business expertise. We are extremely grateful to Duncan Robinson who has led us through a period of transition, placing us in a very favourable position to realise future ambitions.”


Creative Industries Federation launches at UAL


The creative economy is outperforming all other sectors of UK. From our world-class galleries to our cutting-edge fashion industry, creativity underscores Britain’s national identity. However, this hard-won success is under threat, from lack of investment in creative education, through to the lack of a coherent government arts policy.

Now, the creative industries are fighting back, with the creation of the world’s first united national creative industries federation. Spearheaded by University of the Arts London’s Chairman Sir John Sorrell and with UAL’s Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington as a founder members, the Creative Industries Federation is housed here at the University. We have been joined by over 200 partners and together we will fight to champion the arts, beginning with a launch event at Granary Square this evening.

Read more about the Creative Industries Federation

Call for Papers: Fast Forward: Women in Photography – Then and Now

Image ©Anna Fox from the series Back to the Village

Image ©Anna Fox from the series Back to the Village

Following a lively panel discussion about the role of Women Photographers, both historical and current, held at the TATE Modern in April 2014, we are now inviting papers and visual presentations for a conference to be held at the Tate Modern, London in the autumn of 2015.

The original panel brought together women from across the globe to explore and identify key themes and issues pertinent to women’s work in photography in the 21st century. The energetic debates and presentations were inspirational. Through these discussions key issues were identified, informing the development of work for women in photography, highlighting the need to ensure a place for women in the burgeoning histories of the medium.

The TATE Modern, The University for the Creative Arts, and UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) (at London College of Communication, UAL) are now organising a two-day conference, Fast Forward: Women in Photography – Then and Now, to be held at the TATE Modern on 6th & 7th November 2015.

This call for papers and artist’s presentations is looking for for submissions that explore the significance of women’s photographic practices both historical and contemporary, addressing key themes pertinent to current photography research and to celebrate the best work produced by women in photography.

Themes might include: new technologies, re-interpretation of archives and histories, vernacular and amateur photography, social and political impact of photography today, identity and sexuality, activist photography , collaborative practices, staging the real, culture of confession, histories of working concerning production and dissemination ie: collectives/co-ops, web dialogues, networking and social media. In the critical discourses emerging from practice and theory, related to these themes, it is vital today to consider the historical and contemporary place that the work of women in photography occupies.

Submission of papers as follows:

  • 19th January 2015 submit 500 word abstracts for anonymous peer-review
  • 16th March 2015 Successful applicants will be notified after this date.
  • 30th September 2015 Full Paper/presentation required.

Please email submissions to:
For any enquiries please email:

UAL in South Korea

The UAL delegation has arrived back in London after a hugely successful week in Seoul. The cross-college delegation visited South Korean design foundations, universities and government organisations with the aim of consolidating UAL links in the region, increasing our impact and creating further opportunities for our students and alumni to work collaboratively across the UK and Korean creative industries.

Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington addressed the Global Leaders’ Forum on design-led innovation and the role of the studio way of working. At a British Council event, Nigel also addressed 200 young people on the UK’s creative industries and the future of design. This was followed by a lively Q&A where a cross-college panel led by LCF’s Frances Corner took audience questions.


Nigel Carrington addresses the Global Leaders’ Forum on design-led innovation

During the trip, the Vice-Chancellor appeared in South Korean newspaper, television, digital and radio media, including interviews with the Korea Herald, tbs eFM, Newsis, JoongAng Daily, TV Chosun and Korea Times. Nigel spoke to the press about topics ranging from his thoughts on traditional Korean culture to the success of UAL’s Korean graduates, as well as highlighting exciting news such as UAL’s Fung Foundation scholarships programme and inviting students from Asia and Europe to undertake a placement at the University. Visits to partner universities Hongik, EWHA and SNU were very positive and UAL will now formalise plans for undergraduate exchange programmes across our core disciplines,  joint research projects and  potentially new curriculum developments.

and Juliette Sargeant from the International Relations Unit at EWHA Women's University, Seoul

LCF’s Frances Corner and Paul McNicoll with Juliette Sargeant from the International Relations Unit at EWHA Woman’s University, Seoul

80 alumni from across UAL’s Colleges joined the Vice-Chancellor and UAL colleagues at a drinks reception at the British Ambassador’s residence in Seoul. This exciting group, including many of Korea’s leading figures in the fashion, arts, media and design industries, were joined by the British Ambassador Mr Scott Wightman and members of the British Council. UAL now plans to launch a new wave of activity in Korea and build on these new relationships by formalising the Alumni Association with the aim of supporting our existing and future Korean alumni.

Alumni Reception, British Ambassador's residence, Seoul

Alumni Reception, British Embassy, Seoul

Let’s Talk About Graduate Destinations

9 December 2014 4-6pm, Seminar Room D103 CSM Kings Cross N1C 1AA
15 December 2014 2-4pm, Room ALG15b (The Billiard Room) Chelsea


Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE) is running a workshop series for all UAL staff who want to understand the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE). This is an opportunity to better understand and use DLHE data: what they are, what they mean, why they are important and the relationship between these statistics and the curriculum. The data can be found on the Unistats website.

Who is this for?

The workshops are relevant for teaching staff, course leaders and programme directors, but any staff member is most welcome to join these informative sessions.

What are the objectives?

  • To understand the DLHE data on your course, at your college/UAL and within the broader context of HE
  • To be able to log in and use the stats towards curriculum and course development at any time
  • To discuss and understand the relationship between the stats and the curriculum

Visit the UAL events pages for more information or book now. Refreshments will be provided. Please bring your laptop or tablet if you have one. For more information contact Katrine Hjelde:

Estates enhancement programmes

The UAL Estates department has completed a major round of improvements across the University estate. The work (started during the summer vacation) includes enhanced teaching and studio spaces, refurbished canteens and open access IT areas and improved accessibility at several sites.

LCF JPS-Canteen

Newly refurbished canteen at LCF’s John Prince’s Street site

This work includes:

  • Major refurbishment to studio spaces at Camberwell, Peckham Road.
  • For LCF, a programme of modifications to teaching and support services rooms at Lime Grove as well as a full refurbishment of the canteen at John Prince’s Street.
  • Modifications and improvements to IT open access facilities across LCF sites
  • Improved climate in Eastern Transit Shed workshop and studio spaces and improved acoustics within various teaching and studio spaces at CSM, Kings Cross as well as remodelling of the Archway entrance.
  • At LCC, the refurbishment of two floors of the tower block, relocation of various academic facilities and the creation of a black space film studio.

You said, we did

Responding to student and staff feedback, the team has also worked closely with the Students’ Union and colleagues in the colleges to understand requirements. The following work has already been completed as part of the Student Enhancement Works programme:

  • LCF, Lime Grove: new outdoor seating and recycling facilities,
  • LCF, Curtain Road: rmodelling and redecoration of the entrance area and ground floor hallways.
  • Wimbledon: outdoor seating area consisting of sustainably-made  picnic tables.

Further student-focused enhancements are planned for the Christmas vacation including: remodelling of the Chelsea library at Millbank, refurbishment of LCC and LCF Student Union bars and improvements to canteens and social areas across UAL.

For more detail on the Student Enhancement Works and other Estates projects visit the Estates News blog.

Learning and Teaching Day 2015: invitation to all staff

Learning and Teaching Day

14 January 2015, 10am – 6pm

London College of Communication

This year the Centre for Learning and Teaching Art and Design (CLTAD)’s Learning and Teaching day will explore the ways we can take risks and innovate to improve learning and teaching at UAL.

We have a fantastic schedule of presentations from staff across UAL – from creative practice cycling tours, to a mobile sustainable library, to object-based learning, it promises to be a fascinating day.

There will be a keynote on creativity by Dr Mark Readman (Bournemouth University), and a drinks reception at conference closing.

Visit the conference website for more information and to book.

High Holborn staff and students raise £1200 for Children In Need


On Friday 14 November, Accommodation Services along with other colleagues from High Holborn organised a Bake Sale and Raffle with all proceeds going to Children In Need.

The organisers approached surrounding businesses who kindly donated some wonderful prizes including UAL’s very own Short Course Management team who generously donated the top prize of any UAL short Course to the value of £500.

Over £900 was raised in raffle ticket sales alone and a further £325 was made selling the cakes and savouries made by UAL staff.  In total we raised £1225.63 which was donated in full to Children In Need.  Both staff and students were winners when it came to the raffle and share prizes ranging from hampers to DVDs.  Thank you to Stephen Reid & Conrad Heyns who drew the raffle and to everyone who helped, donated or bought a raffle ticket and helped to make the Children in Need Bake Sale a great success.