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Out of Margin: A Transnational Perspective Reading Group

04 Apr-30 Apr 2024

Join us to collectively read and discuss texts in relation to our cultural identity or diasporic experiences. 

Identity is not as transparent or unproblematic as we think. Perhaps instead of thinking of identity as an already accomplished fact, which the new cultural practices then represent, we should think, instead, of identity as a ‘production’, which is never complete, always in process, and always constituted within, not outside, representation. —

Stuart Hall, Cultural Identity and Diaspora, 1997. 

Join us to collectively read and discuss texts that think through practices in relation to ‘Identity, Migration and Diaspora’ in the transnational world. 

Funded by UALs Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) and iniva, these reading groups are part of Out of Margin: A Transnational Perspective, a research project focus on reading, discussing and sharing texts relating three paradigms: History, Theory and Practices.

It aims to expand the interpretation of art and its discourse to reflect on the social and political impact of globalisation. At the heart of this space is a desire to champion critical theory and practice in art making, curation and collection care that disrupt the prolonged systems of Western pedagogy and colonisation of knowledge.

This series of 12 reading sessions explore practices outside the Euro-American axis through four emergent sections, highlighting voices that are historically underrepresented. 

About the facilitator

Jessica Wan is a curator and writer who works to rethink access from the perspectives of transnationalism, migration and feminist thought. Dedicated to exploring how knowledge and inhabitation is produced through fugitivity and entanglement, her research focuses on radical pedagogies and artistic practices that reflect on ecology, diaspora and collective study. She has lectured and facilitated workshops at the Chelsea College of Arts, Tate, iniva and TrAIN. 

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