Symposium – Critical Engagements with Engagement. CFP

The next occursus symposium will take place on Friday 26th July, 10am – 4pm at the Bloc gallery, Sheffield. The symposium will not focus on specific case studies, but will consist more of the discussions and debates which surround public and artistic engagement.

The topics we would like to cover in this symposium include, but are not limited to:

Public engagement with higher education; what is at stake when creative practitioners facilitate change in communities; the relationships between the practices of artists and urban policy makers; the line between public engagement as a democratic tool for society’s voice and as a mould for society’s form; public engagement in industry; public resistance in public engagement; the public’s role in academia; the ‘participatory turn’ and its relational, dialogical and collaborative aesthetics; conceptualising publics; how cultural context inflects public participation; temporality of public engagement; sustainable public engagement; acrimony in public practices

If you would like to submit a proposal for a 20-minute paper, screening, small exhibition or other intervention, please email Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson ( by July 15th at the latest.

‘The Headless Artist’. Interrogating methodologies (2)

Following the last post on methodologies and thinking beyond social practice art, Dale flagged up an interesting interview published in Art and Research with Thomas Hirschhorn on ‘The Friendship Between Art and Philosophy, Precarious Theatre and the Bijlmer Spinoza festival’.

We’d like to bring this paper and the one recommended by Paul to the Reading Loop table in February as we think through our ongoing projects in the city.