New Research Centre: UCD & NCAD Centre for Creative Arts & Critical Cultures

UCD Artist in Residence Dominic Thorpe, working with students from the Visual Arts Society (Drawsoc), Spring 2015

UCD Artist in Residence Dominic Thorpe, working with students from UCD’s Visual Arts Society (Drawsoc), Spring 2015

As many of you know I’ve been working for the past year as part of the NCAD + UCD Strategic Alliance project. I’m delighted to share today that we’ve received the green light from UCD to officially establish the UCD & NCAD Centre for Creative Arts & Critical Cultures, of which I will be Co-Director (along with Prof. Jessica Hemmings, Visual Culture, NCAD).

This is the first research centre at UCD to be formally co-hosted with another higher education institution. Its aim is to promote, initiate and coordinate cross-institutional academic activity in the domain of creative arts and critical cultures, across NCAD and UCD’s schools, colleges and disciplines. Here are a few more details of our ambitions:

The Centre for Creative Arts & Critical Cultures supports a cross-institutional, creative academic community whose work bears an affinity of interest in the arts, culture and critical studies — amplifying the impact and reach of this work across both institutions, and beyond to wider society. It will achieve these aims by developing new teaching and research initiatives, promoting and supporting the activities of its affiliated members, and facilitating collaborations between the two institutions.

Our population includes undergraduate and postgraduate students, postdoctoral scholars, academic faculty and staff, and associated artists, critics/writers, designers, architects, and cultural producers. From music to theatre, visual arts to literature, to architecture and design — researchers at NCAD and UCD are nationally and internationally recognized as experts and innovators in the creative arts. However, the Centre’s mission is not constrained to any single discipline, or limited to the arts and humanities. What connects our community is a spirit of intellectual openness and the belief that imaginative thinking and approaches can transform scientific, social scientific, and humanistic enquiry.

By creating this community of scholars we seek to explore alternatives to traditional disciplinary canons; collectively propose new theoretical frameworks; and inspire in each other new forms of artistic and intellectual practice. The Centre will promote cross-disciplinarity and the scholarly ambitions of the community at its core, by:

  • Hosting symposia, conferences, exhibitions and joint events
  • Supporting joint publications and creative dissemination of research
  • Encouraging and sharing information about funding and training opportunities (national, international, European), with the aim of developing joint applications
  • Developing opportunities for staff exchange, mentorship and career development (postgraduate and staff)
  • Developing ‘research clusters’ that will bring together groups of researchers working across both institutions on related themes
  • Promoting the co-supervision of PhDs and funding applications to support them
  • Informing the development of UCD and NCAD’s strategic research objectives
  • Promoting the vision of an interlinked creative campus which welcomes and supports cultural activity, and innovative, cross-disciplinary thinking

The Centre will be discussed further at the NCAD Academic Council meeting on 17 June. We’re looking forward developing a full programme and formal launch event for the autumn semester (lots more details to come) — and announcing the outcome of our recent €30,000 seed funding call — but for now, I’m really excited about this new challenge ahead, and the possibilities it will create for students and staff!

More details are also available here: http://ncad-ucd.ie/project-strands/creative-arts-critical-cultures/

Call for book reviewers – Irish Journal of Arts Management & Cultural Policy

hocking hewison CI reader

*Update: we’ve received a great response to this call, many thanks! The call for expressions of interest is now closed, but additional calls for future issues will also be advertised.*

The Editorial Board of the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy is now seeking expressions of interest for reviews of the following recent publications for Volume 3 of the Journal:

Synopses of the various books and further details can be downloaded here. Interested reviewers should email info@culturalpolicy.ie by Monday, 11 May with a brief statement of interest and a short bio / CV. Books will be sent to reviewers, and final text (approximately 2,000 words) will be due June 2015. Style guidelines and further details may be found at www.culturalpolicy.ie. Volume 2 (2014) of the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy (www.culturalpolicy.ie) is also now available.

Now in paperback: Commemorating the Irish Famine

LUP_coverI’m very pleased to share that my book Commemorating the Irish Famine: Memory and the Monument (Liverpool University Press) is now out in paperback, after going through two hardback runs! I’ve been so delighted with the reception of the book; in the past year alone I’ve had the opportunity to speak about this work across Ireland, and in the UK, US, Canada, Netherlands, Sweden, and Turkey.

If you happen to be in Edinburgh this week — I’ll be giving another talk as part of the Migration, Museums and Memorials conference happening at the National Museum of Scotland from 11-13 February. I’ll also be part of a plenary panel speaking to the theme of Irish Studies and the Dynamics of Memory: Transitions and Transformations at Radboud University in the Netherlands, from 31 March – 2 April. The International Network of Irish Famine Studies is run from Radboud (I’m one of their core members) and we’re also meeting from 23-24 April — the associated CFP has been extended to 15 February, in case you’re interested! Finally in mid-June I’ll be part of the Irish Famine Summer School in Strokestown, Co Roscommon, speaking about Famine memory and legacies of migration.