GRACE summer 2017

GRACE summer 2017

Over the summer GRACE researchers have participated in some interesting events across Europe. ESRs attended these events in order to connect with research communities, refine methodological skills, and engage in creative discussions. These events included: the BAK Summer School Art in Time of Interregnum, the Critical Event Studies and the Politics of Gender symposium organised by Queen Margerethe University and University of Manchester, the WorldCon in Helsinki and the 18th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society in Gdansk, the Noise Summer School at Utrecht University, and the Digital Territories Conference at University of Granada. The BAK School was attended by Wilmarie Rosado, Barbara Grabher, and Sara Verderi. The school offered an opportunity to explore together themes related to individual research projects and the Museum of Equality GRACE project. It was a critical moment to explore the critically explore the conceptualization of art and art production. The ESRs described the school as a useful way to think through exhibitions in terms of the theory of assemblage and the art of assembly; the importance of responding to the urgencies of our time, collective learning, affirmative critique and awareness of our own positionalities; and the imperative to negotiate between care and power in our production of art. The Critical Event Studies and the Politics of Gender symposium was attended by Barbara Grabher. It was a chance to participate in the emergence of the field of critical event studies and explore the diversity of responses research on mega-events. Barbara commented “the gendered perspective in events is a new emerging field but actually so relevant to the contemporary analysis of gender equality in Europe, as Europe but societies globally use events and festivals as a form of expression, representation and negotiation of social/ cultural values, ideologies and mythologies”. Eleanor Drage took part in the WorldCon in Helsinki and the 18th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society in Gdansk which were opportunities to connect with the science fiction and Utopian Studies communities. The events were important in terms of developing an understanding of current trends in European science fiction and participating in though provoking discussions on theory and texts. Tommaso Trillò presented a paper at the Digital Territories Conference at University of Granada on the Non Una di Meno movement in Italy. Through this event he reflected on the importance of multilingualism in digital humanities and digital ethnography, concluding that “digital humanities have a strong bias in favor of studies that refer to data samples in the English language. Devoting attention to non-English speaking contexts can be a powerful practice of resistance”. The Noise Summer School at Utrecht University, was attended by ESR 11 Wilmarie Rosado. For Wilmarie Rosado this school was about exploring contemporary feminist theories and discussing responses to anti-gender movements in the European context. Wilmarie Rosado appreciated the acknowledgement of transnational conversations and exchange of ideas without prioritising hegemonic traditions, the reference to diasporic knowledge and the inclusion of knowledge and epistemic traditions which have been disregarded. Upcoming events in which ESRs are participating include: the CCHR Migrant Ethnographies Seminar in Utrecht, where Sara Verderi and Zerrin Cengiz will be participating; the 4th New Materialist Training School in Barcelona where Johanna Levy and Orianna Calderon will attend; and Athena Enderstein will present at the Addressing Intersectionality in Training for Gender Equality: A Conversation for Gender Trainers a virtual dialogue run by the UN Women Training Centre.

 

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