V&A/RCA research seminar series Spring Term 2018

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January 11, 2018 to March 8, 2018
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Dance and History of Dance, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Theatre & Performance History / Studies

Please join us on Thursday evenings from 5.15 pm, at the Royal College of Art’s White City campus in London, for the V&A/RCA History of Design Research Seminar Series.

The V&A/RCA History of Design Research Seminar Series provides a forum for engaging with new thinking in the history of design and material culture, including cutting-edge research in related fields such as anthropology, economic history, the history of art and architecture, medical humanities, performance studies and the history of science and technology.

Seminars this term represent the breadth of our three MA pathways in Design and Material Culture, Performance and Photography:

11 January Sukajan: a Transcultural Site for Commemoration, Rebellion and Commercialisation    Elizabeth Kramer - Northumbria University / Department of Arts

18 January Thrifty Science: Making the Most of Material Things Simon Werrett - UCL / Department of Science and Technology Studies

25 January Designing Resistance to Adversarial Ageism in Caryl Churchill’s Escaped Alone and Split Britches’ Ruff Jen Harvie - Queen Mary UL / School of English and Drama

01 February From Decoy Screen to Bird Hide: Design, Socio-technical Devices and an Observational Culture of Nature Sean Nixon - University of Essex / Department of Sociology

15 February The Flexible Heart of the Home: Rehabilitating Homemakers in Postwar America Barbara Penner - Bartlett School of Architecture / Faculty of the Built Environment

01 March Corporeal Resonances: Making Contemporary Dance in Quito, Ecuador    Sofie Narbed - Royal Holloway / UL / Department of Geography

08 March Camera Time: Popular Photography in Egypt in the Era of High Modernity Lucie Ryzova - University of Birmingham / Department of History

The V&A/RCA History of Design MA and MPhil/PhD programmes are known internationally for an intellectually vigorous approach to the history of design and material culture. Offered jointly by the Royal College of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum, we teach and research cultural, social, economic, political and technological history through artefacts and our interactions with them. For further information regarding the MA and PhD or to attend our next Open Day on 20 January, please see the RCA website.

Seminars are free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. The flyer attached provides full details of all talks and explains how to attend. We look forward to seeing you.

Contact Info: 

Molly Behagg, Administrator, School of Arts and Humanities, Royal College of Art

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