A one day postgraduate conference at the University of Sussex
*Friday 14th September 2012*
Trash operates as a physical and symbolic manifestation of consumer society
and its associated debris; it celebrates the filthy, excessive and
grotesque; and it expresses how power communicates and classifies abject
bodies. It not only describes the devaluation of trash culture, but it also
refers to the material practices and processes through which we deal with
‘waste’ in all its forms.
In this one day postgraduate conference we propose to rummage through the
trash heap of history, art, media, culture, politics, and society in order
to uncover new scholarly approaches and methods that continue to
appropriate and recycle theories of trash*.
We welcome papers from postgraduate researchers considering the decayed,
disposed of, degraded and decried from a range of academic disciplines.
To coincide with * TRASH* at the University of Sussex the conference
organisers will also be curating an evening of art, film and music at The
Basement in central Brighton on Thursday 13th September. The evening will
be the welcome event for the conference and it will also provide the
opportunity to engage with and network around the theme of trash outside of
We are seeking proposals for a range of contribution formats to be
considered for either the conference or the evening event:
· The following format will be considered for the one day conference at the
University of Sussex on Friday 14th September:
Ø 20 minute paper presentations.
· The following practise formats will be considered for the evening event
at The Basement in central Brighton on Thursday 13th September:
Ø Short film, video art and animation.
Ø Art, art installation, performance and photography.
Please send a Word document to *firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 16th July
2012 containing the following information:*
· Your name, institution and contact information.
· The format in which you wish to present your work (see above).
· 3-5 key words that indicate the main focus of your work.
· A 400 word abstract detailing the content of your work.
· A 100 word biography.
We also have two bursaries of £50 available to postgraduate students who
will be travelling from outside Brighton and contributing to the
conference. If you wish to apply for a bursary please attach a separate
Word document containing a 200 word statement. Please explain how and why
attending this conference will benefit your research and include an
estimate of your costs.
Conference registration will open in July, please check the blog for
details. The conference fees are £10 or £5 (students).
The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.