Historical Materialism: Crisis and Critique

The seventh annual conference of Historical Materialism will be held at SOAS November 11-14. Likewise previous conferences, the event focuses on the most recent debates about the relation between labour, capital, society and politics. This year’s topic “Crisis and Critique”, indicates the critical nature of the time we live at the moment since society, politics and culture have been severely affected by the crisis-driven politics. The conference provides a unique opportunity for researchers who would like to examine their research topic in the light of issues related to political economy and historical materialism.

Also, there are a number of panels which are related to the visual issues and would be useful to engage with if you are working on urban life, photography, art, aesthetics, painting.  To name some:

– Capitalism, Labour, photography

– Crisis of Representation: Philosophy, Politics, Aesthetics

– Ultra-Leftism, Insurrection and the City

– Art and activism

– Strategies for Art Today I, II

On-line registration will be closed at 8 November. For more information please visit:



Photography & Participation

November 2010: 15th to 24th / 6 talks
The Photographer’s Gallery: Downstairs at Yumchaa, 45 Berwick Street, London W1F 8SF.

Dr TJ Demos: An Informal Talk on Photography & Participation
Mon 15 November, 19.00
Location: 7-9 William Road, NW1 3ER

Prof Arnd Schneider: Camera Positions: Remarks on Observer and Observed in Art and Anthropology
Wed 17 November, 18.30

Dr Paul Jeff (Paul+A) and artist Ben Judd: Performance and the Camera
Thu 18 November, 18.30

Dave Beech: Photography & Relational Aesthetics
Mon 22 November, 18.30

Prof Andrew Dewdney and photographer Anthony Luvera: Community Photographic Practices
Tue 23 November, 18.30

Dr Anthony Downey: The Ethics of Participatory Practice
Wed 24 November, 18.30

Except for the talk with Dr TJ Demos, all of the events are free, booking essential

booking and info here.

The Social, on Street Photography

The Social, on Street Photography

Mon 25 October, 18.30 – 21.00

The Social is a new series of bar nights: a place for photography professionals and enthusiasts to meet, have a drink, and talk about current aspects of photography.

This evening focuses on Street Photography, with photographer Stephen McLaren and lawyer Rupert Grey.

Location: Barrio Central, Poland Street, London, W1F 8PS.

Free, no booking required, but spaces limited.

The Social is organised jointly by The Photographers’ Gallery and the British Journal of Photography.

The lure of the lens

October 2010: 27th

The lure of the lens in art practice and research methods.

Tate Britain, 14.00–17.00

Although much has been written about the lens as a colonial tool, film and other lens-based media remain the media of choice for many contemporary artists and increasingly are also being used as an alternative methodology within the research community.

The seminar will take as its starting point current research carried out in Damascus and Amman by geographer Jessica Jacobs (Royal Holloway, University of London). Jacobs uses a form of participatory film-making as the key method for her research, with the camera being used to reveal new insights into how we navigate place and the past.

The seminar will additionally bring together a number of artists/practitioners to show work and compare similar forms of experimental film and video practices. It ultimately seeks to address how artists and researchers use lens based practices as creative methodologies, identify where, if at all, similarities may be found between their approaches and to create the space for further discussion and understanding between the two fields.

more information here.

Research, Curation and Polemics

October 2010: 21st

Discussion On Research, Curation & Polemics at The Showroom

2010 Turner Prize nominees Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar of The Otolith Group join forces with Karen Mirza and Brad Butler from no.w.here to discuss the distinguishing principles of artistic practice that features research, curation and polemic as well as film and video production. Exploring the likely future for such artist-led initiatives, this event will be chaired and hosted by curators Emily Pethick and Steven Bode.

For more info please visit here.