14th Oct 2008 - 9th Dec 2008
This seminar series has developed as an interdisciplinary project premised upon a broad understanding of what constitutes a designed world. We will continue this work under the title: 'iota: image-object-text-analysis'.
14 October 2008
‘Double Brides In Double Dresses: The Beginnings of a Narrative of Fabrics and Desire In Lesbian Civil Partnerships’
Catherine Harper, University of Brighton
Catherine Harper’s work in practice and text explores personal identities related to gender, sexuality and nationality, and is rooted in theorised personal narrative and a form of ‘critical-performic’ writing. Locating this presentation in the Queenie works (developed at and through the Orchard Gallery, Derry in 2001) as well as in the research ongoing for her second book Fabrics of Desire (due for publication by Berg in 2009) Catherine will examine how the advent of civil partnerships in the UK (from 2004) has allowed women who may never have been brides to be so. This new opportunity challenges constructions of femininity, understandings of what a ‘white wedding dress’ signifies and how women ‘marrying’ women choose to represent themselves, their desire and their partnerships on their newly available ‘special day’.
This project now sits within a wider research network, supported by a University of Brighton Brief Encounters award and explores ‘gay rites’, life stages in lesbian and gay lives.
28 October 2008
‘Hair and Human Identity’
Sarah Cheang and Geraldine Biddle-Perry, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London
‘Don’t Touch…Touch! Challenges faced when exhibiting interactive artworks, and disseminating research in the museum space’
Megha Rajguru, University of Brighton
25 November 2008
‘Paris Hollywood’: Masculine fashionability and Parisian modernity in the photographs of the Séeberger brothers 1909-39.’
Andrew Stephenson, University of East London
‘Objects of Tradition and Modernity: Symbolic Power and Discourses in Globalising Istanbul'
Emma Hoskins, University of Hull
The iota seminar runs on alternative Tuesdays from 14th October 2008 at 5.30pm in M2, the Board Room, Mezzanine Floor, Grand Parade, University of Brighton.